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Economic Stimulus for Local Governments
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Join Local Government NSW in calling for the Federal and State Governments to direct economic stimulus packages to local governments.

Local councils are best placed to deliver locally led solutions, including recovery efforts and economic stimulus in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic – as demonstrated during bushfires, drought and floods. 

We know economic stimulus provided to local governments during the Global Financial Crisis was effective in generating significant local economic recovery for Australia.

Further NSW government stimulus packages must include substantial funding and resources for councils to help drive local economic recovery for every corner of the state, ensuring local employment and support for local businesses across NSW, as well as ongoing investment in public infrastructure and community services for the public good.

But what works in the City of Sydney may not work in Cobar. We need the NSW Government to support local economic development strategies to boost jobs and the resilience of every community across NSW. We know Councils can deliver this.

Please join LGNSW in calling for economic stimulus for NSW councils by passing a motion, writing a letter to your State and Federal MPs, and engaging your local media about this issue.

This week we have successfully secured you:
  • Progress towards legislative change needed to enable councils (as democratically-elected bodies) to meet via phone or video-conference facilities.
  • Advocacy for certainty on local government election dates.
  • Clarification on the delivery of grocery and other supplies to supermarkets and retailers. 
  • Clarification on the Joint Workplace Response to COVID-19.
  • NSW Government-funded rates relief for properties destroyed beyond repair by bushfire.
  • Council of Australian Governments review of Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
  • Bridges renewal funding program.

All employers covered by the Award are to provide the Industrial Relations Commission information relating to casual, labour hire and fixed term contract employees by no later than 4pm on 30 March 2020.
NSW government updates
Updates from NSW government. The Office of Local Government is providing regular updates on the COVID-19 response for all councils. Stay informed by subscribing here (and tick ‘council circular’). These updates, developed in response to questions raised by councils, include relevant local government information as well as useful resources available on government websites.
Social distancing
Public meetings and engagements
NSW has moved to immediately ban non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people (incl. staff) and a ban on outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people as part of tough new national measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Failure to comply with Orders under the Public Health Act 2010 could result in prison or a fine, or both, plus additional penalties for each day the offence continues. please click here for the latest advice from NSW Health.
Having a current and well-understood business continuity plan is important, especially if absenteeism rates climb in the coming months. 
Councils can now access template emergency plans to help them manage COVID-19. The following templates have been provided by the City of Sydney for use by all councils:
Coronavirus facts and resources
Councils are encouraged to share NSW Health factsheets and resources to support the distribution of accurate and current information on the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19). Importantly, information and FAQs are available in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Arabic, Bahasa, Korea, Thai and Vietnamese. For information specific to your local area, and before making any public statements on COVID-19, councils are encouraged to contact their local NSW Health Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
Applications are open for grants up to $15,000 under the Community Heritage Grants Program for community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, history societies, multicultural and indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned nationally significant collections that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio-visual material. Applications close 4 May.
Grants to assist recovery efforts. Bushfire affected communities can apply for grants to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. The March 2020 round will give priority to the following projects: Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 and Sport & Recreation: $100,000 to $300,000 (available per project). Applications close 6 April.
Black Spot Program
Funding available.
The Australian Government will provide $1.0 billion to the Black Spot Program from the 2013-2014 financial year to the 2022-2023 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $110 million each year following. This funding is part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget in which the Government committed an additional $50 million per year from 2019-20. The Black Spot Program makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018–2020. Read more about funding conditions, eligibility and how to nominate.
Help clean op our Act. The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the future of waste and recycling in New South Wales following the release of an issues paper, Cleaning Up Our Act: The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW. Your feedback will inform the development of the 20-Year Waste Strategy. LGNSW will be consulting with councils shortly. To register your interest to be involved please email Denise Anderson, Senior Policy Officer - Environment. Submissions are due via email to or via the survey submission at by 8 May.
Let's talk about plastics. The NSW government has released a discussion paper, Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW, as part of plans to develop a new, comprehensive approach to managing plastic waste and pollution. The discussion paper will inform the development of the NSW Plastics Plan which is an  important part of the NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy. Feedback can be made by email to or via a short or long survey submission at by 8 May. LGNSW will be consulting with councils on this paper shortly. To register your interest please email Denise Anderson, Senior Policy Officer - Environment. 
Award negotiations
Commission issues direction
Arising from proceedings before the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales concerning the re-negotiation of the Local Government (State) Award 2017 (Award) the Commission has issued a Statement and Direction requiring all employers covered by the Award to produce to the Commission specific information relating to casual, labour hire and fixed term contract employees by no later than 4:00pm 30 March.
New small business grants
Bushfire-affected small businesses in NSW can now access new grants up to $10,000. Unlike previous grants, these new grants are available to businesses indirectly impacted, and which have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period as a result of the bushfires, compared to the previous year. LGAs eligible for this grant include; Bega Valley, Blue Mountains, Clarence Valley, Eurobodalla, Hawkesbury, Kempsey, Lithgow, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly. Businesses can apply online or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.
Grants for cigarette butt litter
Apply now for grants of up to $40,000 for local cigarette butt litter prevention projects.  that answer local needs and contribute to achieving NSW goals in long-term litter reduction.
NSW councils, regional waste groups, community groups, business and other government agencies are eligible to apply for the grants which are funded by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
Projects should use a collaborative approach to measurably prevent or reduce cigarette butt litter in a designated site.
Applications close 10am 14 April 2020.
For full details, guidelines and application forms please visit the EPA webpage or contact the EPA on (02) 9995-5000 or
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