Throughout this crisis, local councils have been getting the support they need, ensuring they can continue to effectively deliver services to their communities.
The Office of Local Government, Local Government NSW and the USU have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
The Splinter Award is in operation as well as various agreements that provide members with guarantees within their workplaces.
The United Services Union continues to work hard to protect your jobs and conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to be part of the team making sure the local government sector remains strong and viable throughout this crisis and we thank the Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock for a collaborative approach.
Ms Hancock said:
“I’m so proud of the team at the Office of Local Government for making all these measures and reforms happen in a matter of weeks.
Also grateful to Local Government NSW, United Services Union – USU, and all our stakeholders and partners right across the local government sector for their amazing support and engagement in the process.
We’ve achieved a lot, but there is still more to do.”
Here are just some of what has been achieved to assist councils and their communities:
- $250 million extra for TCorp Loans
- $112.5 million Council Job Retention Program
- $32.8 million for Council’s Emergency Services Levy contribution
- 25 million to upgrade local Showgrounds
- $82 million for council childcare centres
- $10 million to fast-track ePlanning
- $500k for council pounds
- New rules to allow remote council meetings
- Allowed councils to delay rates notices
- Let councils waive and reduce fees
- Postponed Elections 12 months