State floats changes to structure

The state government is seeking feedback on a proposal whichincludes recommendations to give the local government minister stronger powers to deal with councillors who compromise council governance.

The proposedchanges affect how local councils are structured and includeextending mayoral termsto two years and giving them greater power.

The proposal also includes the possibilityof citizen elected mayors.

The Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, has released a directions paper whichproposes far-reaching changes to the LocalGovernment Act 1989, aimed at creating more efficient and collaborative local councils.

Recommendations include:

Extending mayoral terms to two years, strengthening their powers and providing the option of directelection;Making council electoral structures, the number of councillors and wards more consistent;Putting communities at the centre of shaping council plans by requiring councils to undertake deliberativecommunity engagement (for example, citizens juries);Remove the requirement for non-resident property owners to be voters;Making voting rules consistent and providing the option for electronic voting for Council elections in 2020;Giving stronger powers to the Minister for Local Government to deal with individual councillors whocompromise council governance;Improving transparency of CEO pay, recruitment, conditions and performance;Creating a single consistent land valuation system for levying ratesMinister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said the review was “about reforming local government so councils can serve their communities more effectively.”“With the release of the Directions Paper today, the Andrews Labor Government is inviting a new round ofconsultation on a range of exciting and different ideas to improve local communities statewide,’’ she said.Visit: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov419论坛

PROPOSAL: The state government is proposing changes to the Local Government Act.

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