Mayor Stephen Lesslie and Deputy Mayor Wayne McAndrew were successful in obtaining majority support at the NSW Local Government Conference in Sydney on Tuesday on two important issues for Lithgow and Regional NSW.
Conference delegates agreed to –
- Advocate for changes to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) allocations to reduce the 30% per capita component of FAGs to 10% and
- Lobby the NSW Government to establish New High Energy Low Emissions/Ultra Super Critical coal fired power station in NSW.
“Lithgow in concert with Belligen and Gunnedah Shire Councils addressed the conference on our issue to lobby for the revision of the per capita contribution of FAG grants from 30% to 10% ensuring more money goes to needy regional Councils with the vote being the closest on the day with 163 votes for and 161 against the motion” said Lithgow Council Mayor, Stephen Lesslie.
“It was particularly pleasing to gain metropolitan support for our stance, as it means more money could potentially be available for regional areas of most need at the expense of our metropolitan supporters, and we are grateful for that” said Cr Lesslie.
Deputy Mayor Wayne McAndrew successfully teamed with Gunnedah Shire Council seconding the motion on the establishment of new high energy, low emission coal fired power stations in NSW and warning the conference in his address of the need for base load power security and the potential impact on regional mining workforces if we failed to effectively lobby for this outcome.
“I was grateful to Gunnedah Shire Council who took the lead publicly on this issue with Lithgow providing tactical support via motion secondment and public address to the conference to achieve the successful outcome to lobby accordingly.” said the Cr McAndrew.
Mayor Stephen Lesslie
Tel: 0436 191 447
Fax: 02 6351 4259
Deputy Mayor Wayne McAndrew
Tel: 0417 230 441
Fax: 02 6351 4259