LGNSW has developed a clearer ‘policy compass’ for the core principles that are important to our members, with the following approach:
- Overarching Policy Principles – The Interim Policy Statements are replaced by a smaller, more focused set of overarching Policy Principles to direct our response to key issues. These Principles will be referred to in our submissions and interactions with other spheres of government and are timeless.
- Position Statements, sitting under the principles – LGNSW will develop a range of Position Statements on particular issues as they arise or develop. The Position Statements might reflect more than one principle. While the Policy Principle(s) remain the same, new Position Statement(s) will be drafted and existing ones updated to reflect current issues. These Position Statements will go to the LGNSW Board for endorsement.
A Discussion paper on the Policy Principles was circulated to members in June 2016. The following Policy Principles were endorsed by the LGNSW Board in December 2016.
- Local government must have control of its revenue raising and investment decisions and be fairly funded by the Commonwealth and State/NSW Governments to meet its infrastructure and service responsibilities.
- Local government promotes local and regional economic development and employment growth.
- Local government is best placed to plan for, deliver and manage essential local infrastructure.
- Local government is best placed to lead and influence local and regional planning processes according to the needs and expectations of local communities.
- Local government planning prioritises community quality of life.
- Local government actions reflect Ecologically Sustainable Development principles:
- Intergenerational equity – today’s actions maintain or enhance the environment for future generations
- Precautionary principle – prevent environmental degradation and manage and mitigate risk
- Conservation of biological diversity
- Improved valuation and pricing of environmental resources – recognising the value of the environment to the community.
Social and community
- Local government is committed to the principles of:
- Equity – fair distribution of resources
- Rights – equality for all people
- Access – to services essential to quality of life
- Participation – of all people in their community
- Recognition – of the unique place of Aboriginal people in NSW and the right of Aboriginal people to be involved in all decisions affecting Aboriginal communities.
- Local government must be constitutionally recognised and respected as an equal sphere of government
- Local government is democratically elected to shape, serve and support communities.
- Local government is committed to the principles of good governance.
- Local government is responsible and accountable to the citizens and the communities it represents, through consultative processes, legislative accountabilities, efficient delivery of services and effective customer service.
- Local government is recognised as a responsible and place-based employer.