NSW Managers shape their future
The NSW Division of the Institute of Municipal Management (IMM)
staged its Annual Conference in Sydney from 27-29 July. Using the
theme 'It's Our Future ... The Way Ahead', then President, Stuart
McPherson said that the program provided delegates with another
chance to have their thinking challenged.
Less than 500 days to go!
sessions at the NSW IMM Annual Conference were those relating to the
impact of the Year 2000 Bug. Tony Gates, Manager Year 2000 Compliance
Project at the NSW Office of Information Technology, told delegates,
with less than 500 days to go, it is vital for all organisations,
public and private, to recognise they have a problem they must do
Intense lobbying over
recent months by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)
and its member State and Territory LGAs has paid off with the
announcement that Council rates, water and sewerage charges will be
GST free under the Federal Government's Tax Package. However,
ALGA believes that despite this exemption Councils and their
communities still face a massive GST bill of hundreds of millions of
dollars per year on Council services.
Each edition we
feature the views of a State Local Government Association President.
The following is from Councillor Peter Woods OAM is President, Local
Government Association of NSW and President, International Union of
Local Authorities (Asia-Pacific Region).
NSW acknowledges management excellence
The innovative capacity of Local Government to achieve greater
efficiency and provide better service delivery to their communities
has been acknowledged by the 1998 NSW Institute of Municipal
Management and Sydney Morning Herald Management Excellence Awards.
Local Government demonstrated once again that it is capable of
finding creative solutions to manage the range of functions and
services that come under its auspices. This year 49 entries were
received across the four Award categories.
Pros and cons of Local Government
In delivering the Presidential Address at the recent
NSW Institute of Municipal Management Annual Conference, Stuart
McPherson*, pointed to the fact that Local Government salary packages
for senior managers still regularly gain attention from the daily
press. The following is an abridged version of his speech.
Off again, on again Tas amalgamations
successful Supreme Court action by three Tasmanian Councils,
Devonport, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands, has resulted in
the postponement of Council elections scheduled for August. This
has also put on hold Council amalgamations which would have seen
Tasmanian Councils reduced from 29 to 14.