Mudgee hosts state Governance conference

The presentation by Sandra Duke, senior training and education officer, Public Interest Disclosures Unit, NSW Obudsman.

The presentation by Sandra Duke, senior training and education officer, Public Interest Disclosures Unit, NSW Obudsman.

Mudgee this week hosted the annual LG Governance conference, which a collaboration of councils from across the state and key organisations.

LG Governance is a conference for governance professionals in local government across NSW, and brings together delegates to discuss the issues facing local councils today.

Delegates from councils across the state – not just the Central West and regional centres such as Tamworth - were in attendance, coming from as far away as Port Stephens and Mid-Coast in the Greater Taree and Glouster area to Junee in the Riverina.

As well as from Sydney councils including; City of Ryde, Nothern Beaches, Fairfield, Randwick, Penrith City, and the Inner West.

In addition to governance professionals, others with a specific interest in governance matters – such as solicitors and auditors – were also present.

The course provides an understanding of the governance function within NSW councils.

And covered; the role of the Office of Local Government; corruption prevention; risk management; effective decision making process; public interest disclosures and investigations; the role of the Auditor-General; the role of the NSW Ombudsman and complaints management.

Mid-Western Regional Council manager governance, Tim Johnston, said that the chance to learn how different delegates approach common issues – and reports from the various organisations and presenters – was very beneficial.

With the value of an event such as this being the collaboration with other delegates on issues that all councils face across the state.

Also getting to hear from departments such as the NSW Ombudsman, ICAC, the Office of Local Government, is also very important.

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