Local Leaders’ Blog

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Leadership lessons from the Balranald Shire Council inquiry

Leadership lessons from the Balranald Shire Council inquiry

The dismissal of a local council by the Minister of Local Government does not happen very often. When it does occur, it has significant ramifications for the council and its community. In this article, we reflect on five leadership lessons that can be learnt from the dismissal of Balranald Shire Council.

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Creating a conflict resolution mindset

Creating a conflict resolution mindset

Conflict is inevitable in the local government system and is part of being a councillor. Councillors are regularly faced with tough choices and need to balance competing interests when making decisions for their communities. In this article, we share how you can successfully resolve problems with a conflict resolution mindset.

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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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Ultimate guide: Candidate resources for the local government election

Ultimate guide: Candidate resources for the local government election

Typically, candidates running for election are first and foremost focused on getting elected. For obvious reasons, this is critical. At the same time, candidates should take some time to learn about the basics of local government and what life will be like if elected. Here we share a complete list of candidates resources – to help both during the campaign and to prepare for elected life.

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What is local government?

What is local government?

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. However, this description can be a little misleading. In this article, we unpack how local councils are created and controlled.

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Delay of local government elections until 4 December 2021

Delay of local government elections until 4 December 2021

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 one year. Here we share the new key election dates and implications for candidates, councillors and councils.

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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?

The simple answer is, it depends! 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...

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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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