State to review Local Government Act

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The Victorian government willreview the Local Government Act1989, to improve accountability and create a more contemporary, accessible Act to meet the current and futureneeds of Victorian communities.

It comes as the Bendigo Advertisercalled on thestate government to review the Local GovernmentAct last week.

Local government minister Natalie Hutchins announced on Tuesday the terms of reference and members of an advisory committee tasked with providing independent advice on the review – the first since the Act’s inception.

Ms Hutchins said the terms of reference provided for a comprehensive examination that would consider all aspectsof the current Act.

The six-member advisory committee will be chaired by Member for Yuroke Ros Spence and is made up ofcouncillors Mary Delahunty and David Clark, former local government chief executives Kathy Alexander and KayRundle, and public policy academic Nicholas Reece.

The committee will provide advice to Ms Hutchins, who will also consult with local government organisations,including the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association and LGPro.

Ms Hutchins said the review would ensure local councils could improve their service delivery and build strongercommunities for local residents.

“We’re reviewing the Local Government Act to bring it into the twenty-first century and give communities thestrong, transparent and efficient local councils that they deserve,” she said.

“The Act needs to be modernised and the Labor government is ensuring that local residents, councils and expertsall have their say, so that we have the best possible system.”

The review will be a conversation with communities across Victoria on what they want from their localgovernment, with the first round of consultation running from August to December 2015.

The terms of reference are available at梧桐夜网delwp.vic.gov419论坛/local-government

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