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On 22 June 2016 the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016 was introduced into the NSW parliament.

Under this new Bill the NSW Government is proposing to add new provisions, giving the Minister for Local Government (“the Minister”), greater powers in relation to local councils.

These new provisions will give the Minister the power to issue a performance improvement order, on local councils they believe are not performing. After issuing this order, the Minister will be able to appoint a financial controller to a council. Once this financial controller is appointed, the council will be prevented from making any payment from council funds, unless the financial controller gives their authorisation.

MatthewsFolbigg Lawyers, Parramatta, are specialist local government lawyers who are able to advise in relation to all matters relating to governance, planning and environmental law.  Call an expert local government lawyer today on 1800 300 308.