EUROBODALLA Shire Councillor Fergus Thomson has been elected to serve as a Director on the first Local Government NSW Board.
Cr Thomson was elected as one of 10 Rural and Regional Directors on the Board from a pool of 45 candidates. The elections took place during the Local Government NSW Conference which was held at the Sydney Town Hall this week.
Local Government NSW is the peak industry association for all NSW councils and is charged with helping councils achieve strong and prosperous communities. This is the first LGNSW Board election since the Local Government Association of NSW and the Shires Association of NSW merged to become one strong, united association on 1 March 2013.
Cr Thomson said he was proud to be elected to this important role and able to serve the interests of rural and regional councils in the south east, and across NSW.
“The new board is made up of ten Metropolitan and Urban Directors, and 10 Regional and Rural Directors. This ensures that the interest of all councils in NSW will be fairly represented and I’m looking forward to being a voice and advocate for regional and rural NSW over the next two years”, Cr Thomson said.
This week’s first Local Government NSW Annual Conference attracted councillors from across NSW who came together in Sydney to discuss issues faced by NSW communities, confirm policies for the coming year and debate appropriate solutions to the many challenges that face local government.
Topics on the Conference program included findings in the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report, the future financial viability of councils, the Local Government Act review and the proposed Planning reforms.