Defeated in the effort to ensure fairer Hawkesbury Council Rates

Last night the Mayor moved a Mayoral Minute to try to make our rating system fairer. We failed. The vote was defeated 8:4. Some suburbs in the Hawkesbury are suffering under Council rates that are anywhere between 50% higher to 300% higher or more than other suburbs. This is despite those families having similar incomes […]

New land valuations give little relief for rates in most Hawkesbury suburbs

Residents around the Hawkesbury should be receiving their latest land valuation letters from the Valuer General. I got mine this week. I’ll be making a more detailed analysis when some details crystallise, but since it’s already been mentioned on social media, let me get some data out to you. Every few years, the VG revalues […]

Australian Councils deserve more help from the Federal Government

I’m down in Canberra at the 27th National General Assembly of Local Government, and it’s been a valuable experience. My head is swimming with statistics – the presentations have been excellent, covering the effects of COVID (both economic and health), initiatives to make communities more resilient, new technologies that aid in planning, communication and environmental […]

The NSW Productivity Commission White Paper and Local Government

Being a good local government representative means understanding the landscape that Councils inhabit, and the way we interact with other tiers of government. So, it’s well to pay attention when the State Government announces potential shifts in policy. Constitutionally, Local Government does not exist. This is despite a decades long campaign, which I support, for […]

Hawkesbury Council gets 2018 underway with a bang

After the unqualified success of Hawkesbury’s Australia Day celebrations down by the river, the first Hawkesbury Council meeting of 2018 occurred on Tuesday night and went from 6:30pm and until well after 1am. A number of issues of consequence to local residents were on the agenda. Thankfully, now that Council is “podcasting” its meetings (a […]