The NSW local government review announces 65 recommendations

The Final Report of the Local Government Review Panel: Revitalising Local Government was released late last year and includes a raft of recommendations aimed at creating a stronger and revitalised system of local Government.

While the panel moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach, structural reform including local Government amalgamations remains a key theme.

According to the report, “a strong commitment to local identity and democracy does not rule out creating larger council areas to improve efficiency and effectiveness.”

Importantly an overhaul of the process for how amalgamations and boundary changes are considered was recommended, a position strongly supported by TPG.

With 42 Councils within the Sydney metropolitan area, it is hoped this “essential component of reform” will deliver a more streamlined town planning approvals process, eliminating some of the uncertainty for developers and NSW businesses.

Other key themes for recommendations included:

  • The need for Councils to make improvements in efficiency, accountability and political governance to deliver greater fiscal responsibility.
  • Stronger regional organisations to ensure increased resource sharing, joint planning and to support vulnerable rural-remote councils.
  • Major new initiatives to tackle underlying problems of financial weakness and infrastructure backlogs.
  • Improved working relationships between local government and state agencies across the board.

Read TPG’s submission
TPG has worked closely with Plus Fitness in putting together a comprehensive SEE which and they continue to improve and assist our franchisees in obtaining what can sometimes be challenging approvals from Councils.

TPG has always been understanding of our requirements as a fast growing company and has always been willing to assist us in any way they can to better understand and develop our processes across a variety of challenging situations and circumstances. This helps us achieve favourable results and a positive experience for our Franchisees. TPG’s professional approach, product knowledge and willingness to understand our industry makes them a pleasure to deal with and they are an integral part of our business. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone considering engaging the services of a Town Planner.

John Fuller
Founding CEO
Plus Fitness

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