LGNSW Statement re councillor conflict of interest

LOCAL Government NSW has welcomed moves to prevent councillors voting on issues to their own pecuniary advantage.

"Everyone - the Government, the Opposition, the sector and the community - wants the same thing," LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM said.

"We all want decisions of integrity, that are in the best interest of residents and ratepayers rather than individuals.

"The Government changed the law in 2012 to avoid impossible situations - it makes no sense, gir instance, for all councillors to be prevented from voting on a council-wide Local Environment Plan, simply because they own their homes in the council area.

"The intent was never to give individual councillors the capacity to make planning decisions to their own financial benefit."That's why we support moves to clarify the law and ensure Council decisions are above reproach.

"However it's important that we don't throw the baby out with the bath water, and introduce unintended consequences that would make Councils less effective.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister and the Office of Local Government on the review of the Local Government Act to ensure that red tape is removed without opening new doors to corruption or inefficiency."



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