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Councillors and social media – beware of defamation risks

Councillors and social media – beware of defamation risks

Previously, we have written about the potential perils of councillors being online including the risk of defamation. Since then, there have been significant developments in this space. This includes the recent High Court decision ruling that media companies are liable...

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What is local government?

What is local government?

Local government in Australia Local government is often called the third level of government in Australia. With the first level being the Federal government and the second level being the State government. The Parliamentary Education Office has a great explanation of...

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Delay of local government elections until 4 December 2021

Delay of local government elections until 4 December 2021

Delay of local government elections again For the second time, local government elections will be postponed across NSW for a further three months due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The elections were set down for 4 September 2021 after having already been delayed for...

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Draft social media policy for local councils

Draft social media policy for local councils

Social media is now an everyday part of our lives. From the perspective of a local councillor, this represents an opportunity to be more connected and engaged with the local community. It also represents a variety of challenges and risks (which we have written about...

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Women in local government

Women in local government

Women in local government leadership positions have historically been underrepresented. This is no different within the elected council.  At present, less than a third of local councillors and mayors across NSW are women. Staggeringly, according to the latest Office...

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How much does a local councillor get paid?

How much does a local councillor get paid?

Local councillors are paid an annual fee to perform their civic duties and are also reimbursed for relevant expenses. The person fulfilling the position of Mayor is also paid an additional fee. The amount of the annual fee is set by the the Local Government...

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Social media and politics – a risky mix!

Social media and politics – a risky mix!

 Lets face it - politics and social media can be risky mix. Hardly a day goes by where a politician (either local or international) isn't involved in an online scandal or social media pile on. In recent times, the most famous has been the banning of the former...

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Who can become a local councillor in NSW?

Who can become a local councillor in NSW?

In short, anyone who is entitled to be enrolled to vote can become a local councillor in NSW, unless that person is disqualified from holding civic office or prevented from being elected to civic office.  So, the better question to ask might be “who can’t be a local...

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Ten characteristics of a good community leader

Ten characteristics of a good community leader

Many community leaders go onto become local councillors making them the heart and soul of our communities. Some may have started in the local Chamber of Commerce or became involved in a local campaign through the local residents association. Many community leaders go...

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Identifying your leadership style

Identifying your leadership style

Many people emerge as local leaders by accident or because of a natural inclination to want to make a difference to their local community. The reality is that each of us will lead differently at different times. Learning to be a leader We also learn to lead in...

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Less than one year to the local council elections in NSW

Less than one year to the local council elections in NSW

Welcome to 2021! This year the local council elections in NSW will be held on 4 September 2021. That is now less than one year away. To start the year with a bang, we are kicking the year off with the launch of our Locale Learning blog. Delay of local council...

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