Locally-led Recovery and Resilience

Communities right across NSW are working hard to rise from the ashes - literally in the case of bushfires, but figuratively in terms of drought and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strong councils, supported by substantial funding and resources, are key to helping local communities survive and thrive. They coordinate and deliver the goods and services needed to recover from disasters, and help drive and deliver projects that sustain their local economies, keep people in jobs and keep businesses in business.

The current crisis offers an opportunity to drive meaningful reform that will improve the ongoing sustainability of councils, and build greater resilience in local communities right across NSW.

LGNSW is advocating for State and Federal government economic stimulus to secure the delivery of the essential local government services needed to keep our communities running, to protect people’s health and their livelihoods.

Specifically, we are asking for:

  • increased Financial Assistance Grants to 1 per cent
  • immediate economic stimulus to support council employees, especially in early education and care. Many councils throughout the state – particularly in rural and regional NSW – are the biggest employer in their local community.
  • stimulus funding for projects that will boost local economies, including by increasing existing programs such as Roads to Recovery, and
  • increased access to TAFE, VET and other apprenticeship opportunities that council staff can undertake to address skill shortages, especially for staff in non-essential services who are unable to be redeployed.

HELP LGNSW ADVOCATE FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FROM STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS BY: