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Local Government NSW provides support and advocacy on behalf of member councils on a variety of issues relating to planning and building policy and legislation.



Jane Partridge 
Strategy Manager 

Phone: 02 9242 4093 

Linda Blinkhorn 
Senior Policy Officer, Planning 

Phone: 02 9242 4094 

Vanessa Burow 
Senior Policy Officer, Planning 

Phone: 02 9242 4025 

Whether it’s planning and designing future communities, providing for development in the local area, improving local amenity and ensuring buildings are safe and well-built, councils play a critical role in protecting the environment, health and well-being of their local communities.

LGNSW advocates and makes representations on issues of importance to local government and their communities by responding to changes to planning and building laws, making submissions to all spheres of government on matters affecting local government, and participating in working and reference groups.

Importantly, we believe local government is best placed to lead and influence local planning processes according to the needs and expectations of communities.

Please select from the below options to learn more about the planning and building policy support we provide.

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Planning and Building Overview

LGNSW advocates and makes representations on issues important to councils and their communities.

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Current Issues

LGNSW advocates for councils on a range of policy and planning issues and reforms.

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Local Planning and Development

Information on planning-related issues affecting urban, regional and rural councils.

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NSW councils are transitioning to an environment where planning services are online.

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Building and Construction

Information on issues related to the building and construction sector that affect local government.

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Community Engagement

Information on councils’ engagement with their communities when developing plans and projects.

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Local government plays an important role in the conservation and management of heritage.

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Crown Lands

Read about the Crown Land Management Bill, plus councils’ responsibility in managing Crown reserves.

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