Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to postpone the state’s council elections until September 2021 because it provided certainty to Australian communities during these extraordinary times.
LGNSW President Linda Scott was grateful the Government had acted swiftly because there had never been a more important time for visionary local leadership that provided hope and guidance for each part of NSW. “In light of the Minister’s decision to delay local elections because of the COVID-19 crisis, I know all elected councillors will continue to work across political boundaries to pull together for the public good,” Cr Scott said.
“Mayors and councillors are working hard to ensure good governance continues during the COVID-19 crisis and will continue to do so.
“When asked to serve for an additional year, I’m confident mayors and councillors will understand the need to provide stability and continuity of governance.”
Cr Scott said a small number of elected leaders may need to stand down and LGNSW would work with councils to support them during any necessary periods of transitions.
“Councils are the closest level of government to the community, and we are only too aware of the need to keep our communities safe and healthy,” Cr Scott said.
“It is democracy that makes Australia the country it is, and while we should always be cautious about any action that has the potential to weaken that democracy or diminish the right of the community to have a say in their own lives, this change by the NSW Government is welcome at this time.”