Queanbeyan-Palerang Community Voice

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… of the Queanbeyan-Palerang community

The Community Strategic Plan

Posted by Pete on August 29, 2017
Filed under: Community

During one of the Meet the Candidates meetings last week, I was a little alarmed to find that only one person in the audience was willing to admint that they knew anything about council’s (or, really, that should be the community’s) Community Strategic Plan (CSP). This is not really the right place to dig into the NSW Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework, but I thought it might at least be worth providing an overview of where the CSP fits into that program. (more…)

Local Government Reform

Posted by Pete on August 6, 2017
Filed under: Miscellaneous Ramblings

If you heard the news of the NSW Government’s abandonment of outstanding council amalgamations and wondered where that left their local government reform agenda, I’m sure you would not have been alone. It’s a bit disconcerting that while amalgamations were apparently a critical element of that agenda, 15 of those 35 originally proposed have now been abandoned. Mind you, amalgamations were not a centrepiece of the report presented by the Independent Local Government Review Panel back in 2013, so maybe there was some other, perhaps more political motivation for council amalgamations in the first place. (more…)