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Southern Councils Group supporting Councillors holding ‘dual roles’

The Southern Councils Group (SCG) will provide a submission to the Department of Local Government regarding Councillors serving terms concurrently as Members of Parliament.

At today’s final 2011 SCG meeting held at Shoalhaven City Council, members voted to write to the DLG expressing support for Councillors who chose to simultaneously hold a position within NSW Parliament.

The meeting noted that having a Member of Parliament serving on Council can bring with it tremendous advantages when it comes to the lobbying of State Members on local issues.

Minister for Local Government, Don Page has released a discussion paper aimed at eliciting community feedback following ongoing public commentary on the issue.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green, himself a Member of the Legislative Council, said the SCG was supportive of current legislation that allowed Councillors to uphold dual roles.

“The SCG has formed the view that serving Councillors should not be prevented from holding a position within NSW Parliament,” said Clr Green.

“While serving dual roles certainly brings a larger workload, I strongly believe that the advantages outweigh the negatives.”

“The SCG will be taking the opportunity to write to Minister for Local Government, Don Page in support of Councillors who choose to serve terms concurrently as Members of Parliament.”

“I would certainly encourage the community to also express their views on this important subject.”

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