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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 then 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 investigated and identified 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 comprised Professor Graham Sansom (Chair), Ms Jude Munro AO and Mr Glenn Inglis and reported to the Minister in July 2013. For further information with respect to the Independent Local Government Review Panel please visit (external link).

Other parties coordinating key actions from Initiatives with the Destination 2036 Action Plan include the Local Government Managers Australia (NSW) (LGMA) (external link) , the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) (external link) , and the NSW Government Division of Local Government (external link) 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 completed their work and their reports were 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 closed on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Make a written submission

To lodge a submission by email

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

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