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Councils are given new governance

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January 01, 2018

A NEW bill released last last year aims to improve the governance of Victoria’s local government councils.

Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz released the Local Government Bill 2018 which will repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989, which has been amended more than 100 times.

The draft bill implements consistent representation structures and voting methods for council elections across Victoria and requires councils to adopt long-term plans and budgets backed by their local communities.

It also gives the State Government stronger powers to deal with individual councillors who are not performing and requires most council meetings to be open to the public.

The draft is open for public comment until February 23 with feedback to be used to shape any final changes before the bill is legislated in 2018.

Ms Kairouz said they are putting people first and getting it done.

‘‘Updating laws that haven’t been properly updated in decades,’’ she said.

‘‘This bill will ensure councils are accountable and focused on delivering what’s important to ratepayers.’’

The bill is one of several election commitments from the Labor Government to improve the accountability and transparency of councils, including the introduction of Fair Go Rate Capping and the Know Your Council website.

To view the draft visit yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov.au

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