President's Message 5 December 2019

All the Excellence in the Environment Awards winners for 2019.


The LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards were held on Tuesday 3 December, with an impressive array of 16 category winners who are leading the way in protecting and improving our environment. Congratulations!

This week we have been involved in a range of important discussions with NSW Government about a range of matters including:

Bushfire emergency and clean up assistance

LGNSW is now part of the NSW State Recovery Committee meeting with a large range of government agencies. Our involvement ensures you are well represented at the highest levels on emerging recovery issues including water supply, housing, and fencing. Additionally, agency/council resourcing, communication and community engagement are priorities in the recovery stage.

LGNSW will advise of the priority needs of affected councils and request support from councils across the state, when required, based on coordination between the regional general manager reference groups established by Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Local Government. In the meantime, refer to our web site. We also recommend councils copy the links provided to their own websites.

For further information or should your council need to seek more assistance, email Shaun Mc Bride Chief Economist

Music festivals roundtable

I was pleased to attend the Music Festival Industry Roundtable yesterday. LGNSW called for such a forum in our submission to the Legislative Council Regulation Committee Inquiry in August. As not only festival regulators and event organisers, but also sponsors and supporters, councils are supportive of evidence-based initiatives to improve safety at music festivals while easing the regulatory burden.

We welcome that the Taskforce will submit a review of the new laws and regulations to the Government early next year, for consideration and possible reform of the new Act. Thank you to those councils who provided their views prior to the meeting, including City of Sydney, Inner West, Byron, Penrith, Kiama, Blue Mountains, and others – where some of the largest music festivals are held.

For further information or to provide your feedback on the new NSW Festival laws, email Elizabeth Robertson, Senior Policy Officer Manager – Social and Community.

Showcasing leadership at Environment Awards

LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards is such a momentous occasion for local government, showcasing local council leadership in protecting and improving our environment. This year’s awards featured an impressive array of 16 category winners.

Congratulations to City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and her team who won the main category, by fulfilling the United Nations sustainable development goals, with initiatives such as a 5MW solar farm, 5000 new LED street lights, and electric vehicle charging stations.

Congratulations also to Mayor of Waverley Council John Wakefield with Waverley Council also a big winner, receiving awards in the Towards Net Zero Emissions, Water Management, Behaviour Change in Waste and Sustainable Infrastructure categories.

Kudos to the City of Newcastle’s Innovation and Sustainability Coordinator Adam Clarke who won the prestigious Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability.

For further information, email Susy Cenedese, Strategy Manager – Environment

Save our Recycling campaign

Thank you, Wollondilly, Strathfield, City of Sydney, Kempsey and Orange Councils, for recently endorsing the LGNSW Save our Recycling campaign. We are calling on the NSW Government to work with us to fund and deliver a fresh approach to waste and recycling, making it a product not a problem. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to support the campaign by downloading the new recycling support pack.

For further information, email Susy Cenedese, Strategy Manager – Environment

Tourism conference 2020

A refreshed LGNSW Tourism Conference program will be available on the LGNSW website in mid-December. I encourage you to send your tourism, events, planning and economic development staff to this event, to allow them to learn from senior industry executives and speakers who are experts in their field. The theme is Create your own adventure!

Date: 16-18 March 2020

Location: Rydges Horizons, Jindabyne - in the heart of the Snowy Mountains.

For details on how to register online and be sure to secure the early bird and accommodation discounts, refer to the LGNSW website.

For more information, email LGNSW Events Team or call 02 9242 4000.