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Destination 2036

What is Destination 2036?

Over the next 10, 20 and 25 years, our population, technologies and economy are going to change dramatically. As the providers of core services to our communities, it is incumbent upon local government to consider what these changes will mean, both for our communities and for the councils that serve them.

Destination 2036 provides a process and a forum for local government to explore these issues and to consider and develop structures and approaches to local government in NSW that will allow the sector to meet the needs and expectations of our communities of the future.

Destination 2036 is the start of a new way of planning which moves local government in NSW from talking about and reacting to change, to managing change to create a preferred future. In effect, it will begin the strategic plan and delivery program for NSW local government, mirroring key elements of the integrated planning and reporting frameworks which individual councils are implementing.

Destination 2036 reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to work constructively with local government and to recognise local government as a partner.

The Local Government Minister, the Hon. Don Page, announced the establishment of an independent expert panel to investigate structural arrangements in the context of the financial sustainability of councils across NSW. The Minister indicated that the Independent Local Government Review Panel would investigate ways to create stronger and better councils in the future. The review will drive key strategic directions identified in the Destination 2036 initiative and support the broader objectives of the State as outlined in NSW 2021: A Plan to Make NSW Number One (the State Plan).

The panel will investigate and identify options for governance models, structural arrangements and boundary changes for local government in NSW, taking into consideration:

  • ability to support the current and future needs of local communities
  • ability to deliver services and infrastructure efficiently effectively and in a timely manner
  • the financial sustainability of each local government area
  • ability for local representation and decision making; and
  • barriers and incentives to encourage voluntary boundary changes.

The panel is comprised of Professor Graham Sansom (Chair), Ms Jude Munro AO and Mr Glenn Inglis and is expected to report to the Minister by July 2013. For further information with respect to the Independent Local Government Review Panel please visit www.localgovernmentreview.nsw.gov.au.

Other parties coordinating key actions from Initiatives with the Destination 2036 Action Plan include the Local Government Managers Australia (NSW) (LGMA) , the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) , and the NSW Government Division of Local Government which has a wealth of information and related documents on the Action Plan on their website.

Tweed Shire Council at its extraordinary meeting of 7 August 2012 considered a Submission to the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel on their Strengthening Your Community Consultation Paper. Please view Council's Strengthening Your Community Report and Submission (1.28mB PDF).

A number of documents have been prepared to assist in the Destination 2036 planning process and these are available in the downloads section at the top right of this page.

Have your say on the Panel and Taskforce final reports

The Independent Local Government Review Panel and the Local Government Acts Taskforce have now completed their work and their reports have been released. The reports were developed at the request of the local government sector and are the result of a comprehensive review program, involving input from councils and the community. They aim to develop stronger, more sustainable local government that will meet the needs of communities over the next 25 years and beyond.

Make a submission

Submissions can be madeon the final recomendations of the Panel and Taskforce and the next steps for local government reform. Submissions close on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Make a written submission

To lodge a submission by email lgconsultation@dlg.nsw.gov.au

Submissions via surface mail should be sent to:
Local Government Report Consultation
Division of Local Government
Locked Bag 3015
NOWRA, NSW 2541

Last Updated: 24 February 2014