This week the LGEA provided LGNSW and the other industry unions with our Log of Claims for the Local Government (State) Award 2017.
On behalf of our members we have submitted a strong set of claims for the next Award which are based upon the almost 500 responses we received to our recent member Award 2017 Survey.
With so many members taking the time to complete the survey we have been able to put forward a list of matters that are not only reflective of the needs and priorities of LGEA members, they are also able to address some of the key issues that are impacting on the industry, including its ability to attract and retain professional staff.
Local Government in NSW is in a state of flux. We are in the midst of council amalgamations and other industry reform and we all know that the industry is grappling with significant challenges including a growing asset management and infrastructure funding gap.
From our survey we know that the industry does not employ adequate numbers of skilled professionals and that councils are struggling to retain the ones that they do have. Put simply, this means that councils will lack the capacity to deliver infrastructure and other services to their communities efficiently and in a cost effective way which in turn means that resources will be wasted, ratepayer money will be wasted and substandard outcomes will be the result.
Our claims are made within the context of this changing and challenged industry.
Our vision is to create a flexible, modern industry Award that can help councils attract and retain skilled professionals and help to avoid this waste.