Councillors across the State will be given the know-how to work together for the greater good of their local communities when the NSW Government’s 12-week series of Hit the Ground Running webinars begins next month.

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman said the initiative would invigorate new councillors and enable them to put their best foot forward in the new council term.

“NSW’s 128 councils are big business, employing more than 48,000 people, spending over $12 billion a year on infrastructure, facilities and services, managing assets worth $178 billion, and maintaining 168,000km of roads,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“That’s why the NSW Government is holding a series of Hit the Ground Running webinars between February and April to arm councillors with the knowledge to fulfill their important civic responsibilities.”

The comprehensive webinars will provide essential information to support the State’s 1,259 newly elected councillors at 124 councils to serve their communities.

“Councillors play an integral role in ensuring their council can provide the infrastructure, facilities and services their local residents need and creating thriving, vibrant and connected communities,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The Office of Local Government provides comprehensive support for all newly elected and returning councillors across the State to ensure they serve their local communities to the best of their abilities over the next three years.

“These in-depth webinars will cover a councillor’s role and responsibilities , financial management, council meetings, the code of conduct, working together, strategic planning, Crown Lands, water services, and professional development.”

New and returning councillors are encouraged to take advantage of these webinars as they provide essential information and knowledge to help them serve their local communities to the best of their abilities.

More information on the webinars and other support for councillors can be found here.

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