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Hit the Ground Running Councillor Workshops

Congratulations on being elected to local government in 2016. 

The OLG, in partnership with LGNSW is conducting a series of “Hit the Ground Running” workshops across NSW during October and November 2016 for Councillors and their General Managers. Both new and experienced councillors are strongly encouraged to attend and a promotional flier with more information is available here

General Managers are required to register their councillors and themselves to attend one of the 21 workshops. In order to register attendees to these workshops, General Managers will need access to the Fit for the Future council secure portal .

Only councillors and General Managers from the 81 councils going to election will be eligible to register to attend a workshop. A maximum of 40 attendees can be registered for each individual workshop.

Dates and locations are as follows:

 

Location

Date

1

Nowra

Monday 24 October 2016

2

Moruya

Wednesday 26 October 2016

3

Glen Innes

Wednesday 26 October 2016

4

Goulburn

Thursday 27 October 2016

5

Tamworth

Thursday 27 October 2016

6

Camden

Wednesday 2 November 2016

7

Euston

Wednesday 2 November

8

Blacktown

Thursday 3 November 2016

9

Broken Hill

Thursday 3 November 2016

10

Parkes

Tuesday 8 November 2016

11

Singleton

Wednesday 9 November 2016

12

Gilgandra

Wednesday 9 November 2016

13

Sydney Airport 1

Thursday 10 November 2016

14

Walgett

Thursday 10 November 2016

15

Ballina

Tuesday 15 November 2016

16

Griffith

Tuesday 15 November 2016

17

Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 16 November 2016

18

Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 16 November 2016

19

Sydney Airport 2

Tuesday 22 November 2016

20

Lithgow

Wednesday 23 November 2016

21

Moree

Wednesday 23 November 2016

22

Cobar

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Being a councillor is an important role that carries with it significant responsibilities to the community. Councillors owe it to their community to take personal responsibility for their learning and to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their role effectively.

As a result of the Phase 1 amendments to the Act and proposed amendments to the Regulation, councils will soon be required to support councillors with their learning. Councils will soon be required to:

  • develop an induction program for newly elected and returning councillors and a specialist supplementary program for the mayor
  • develop each year an ongoing professional development program for the mayor and each councillor
  • consult with councillors and consider their specific needs in tailoring a program for each councillor.

Councillors will in turn have a responsibility to participate in the training their council arranges for them. Councils will be required to publicly report on each councillor’s participation in the training arranged for them.

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