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The Local Government Act 1993 and City of Sydney Act 1988 are to be rewritten. The Minister for Local Government has appointed a four member Local Government Acts Taskforce to develop new, modern legislation that meets the current and future needs of the community and local government sector.

In undertaking its work the Taskforce is required to consult with key stakeholders and to take into account recommendations made by the Independent Local Government Review Panel that are adopted by the NSW Government.

discussion paper entitled “A New Local Government Act for NSW” is designed to provoke thought and discussion on how the legislation and regulatory regime can be best designed to provide an optimum framework for long term sustainable local government in NSW. All interested organisations and persons are invited to comment on the ideas and proposals outlined in the paper. Submissions close on 28 June 2013.

To view the discussion paper, click here. (link is external)

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