|Minister for Local Government|
|Department of Planning and Industry|
|Nominator||Premier of New South Wales|
|Appointer||Governor of New South Wales|
|Inaugural holder||John Daniel FitzGerald|
|Formation||15 November 1916|
The New South Wales Minister for Local Government is a minister in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities which includes all local government areas and related legislation in New South Wales, the most primary of which is the Local Government Act 1993. The minister administers the portfolio through the Department of Planning and Industry.
Minister of the Crown is a formal constitutional term used in Commonwealth realms to describe a minister to the reigning sovereign or their viceroy. The term indicates that the minister serves at His/Her Majesty's pleasure, and advises the sovereign or viceroy on how to exercise the Crown prerogatives relative to the minister's department or ministry.
The local government areas (LGA) of New South Wales in Australia describes the institutions and processes by which areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires, and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).
New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.
The Minister for Local Government is Shelley Hancock since 2 April 2019. The minister works within the cluster, and assists the senior cluster minister, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade, currently John Barilaro, also since 2 April 2019.Ultimately both ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.
Shelley Elizabeth Hancock, an Australian politician, is the Minister for Local Government in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Hancock has been a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly seat of South Coast since 2003.
The Deputy Premier of New South Wales is the second-most senior officer in the Government of New South Wales. The Deputy Premiership has been a ministerial portfolio since 1932, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.
Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro, an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016. Barilaro is the New South Wales Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019; and is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Monaro for the Nationals since 2011.
With the significant expansion of Local Government areas in the early 1900s the first formal government body with the specific responsibility for Local Government was established by the Local Government (Shires) Act, 1905, which created the "Local Government Branch" of the Public Works Department on 9 December 1905. On 5 January 1906 the Secretary for Public Works was charged with its administration.On 15 March 1915 the Local Government Branch was made independent as the "Department of Local Government" and the process of its full establishment culminated with the appointment of the first Minister for Local Government on 15 November 1916, John Daniel FitzGerald. Fitzgerald was responsible for steering through the first major piece of legislation dealing with local government regulations and powers in the Local Government Act 1919 . The new Act provided for the establishment of County Councils to enable Municipalities and Shires to combine for the carrying out of large works that affected more than one district, most prominently in the area of electricity supply, with the Sydney County Council being a prime example.
John Daniel FitzGerald was an Australian politician.
The Sydney County Council (SCC) was formed in 1935 to produce electricity and operate the electricity network for part of metropolitan Sydney. The county council was established by the state government to represent several local government areas. It assumed control of the Electricity Department of the Sydney City Council. In 1952, the SCC lost most its electricity generation functions to the Electricity Commission of New South Wales and retained only its distribution functions. The SCC was merged with other municipal county councils in 1989 to form Sydney Electricity.
In February 1936 the Department merged with the Public Works department to become the "Department of Works and Local Government".On 2 June 1941, this short-lived department was abolished and "Department of Local Government and Housing" succeeded it. The then Minister for Local Government and Housing took on responsibilities for social housing in the state. This body then became the Department of Local Government again on 8 June 1944. In 1948 the new Minister Joseph Cahill was responsible for moving the most significant reform to local government since 1919 when he passed through the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948 , which placed the City of Sydney within the regulations of the 1919 act (by repealing the Sydney Corporations Act 1932) and entailed large-scale amalgamations of local councils in Sydney.
John Joseph Cahill, also known as Joe Cahill or J. J. Cahill, was a long-serving New South Wales politician, railway worker, trade unionist and Labor Party Premier of New South Wales from 1952 to his death in 1959. Born the son of Irish migrants in Redfern, New South Wales, Cahill worked for the New South Wales Government Railways from the age of 16 before joining the Australian Labor Party. Being a prominent unionist organiser, including being dismissed for his role in the 1917 general strike, Cahill was eventually elected to the Parliament of New South Wales for St George in 1925.
Local Government (Areas) Act 1948 was a landmark New South Wales statute that was notable for its wide-ranging reforms for and amalgamations of the Local Government Areas of New South Wales within the County of Cumberland. Largely informed by the recommendations and findings of the 1945–46 Royal Commission on Local Government Boundaries, the act was written and presented to parliament by the Minister for Local Government in the NSW Government, Joseph Cahill.
The City of Sydney is the local government area covering the Sydney central business district and surrounding inner city suburbs of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established by Act of Parliament in 1842, the City of Sydney is the oldest, and the oldest-surviving, local government authority in New South Wales, and the second-oldest in Australia, with only the City of Adelaide being older by two years.
On 6 November 1981 the Department was abolished and replaced by the "Local Government Office" of the Department of Local Government and Lands. On 29 February 1984 a new Department of Local Government replaced the functions of the Office of Local Government.This Department of Local Government was amalgamated with the Registry of Co-operatives on 1 July 1991 to create the Department of Local Government and Co-operatives headed by the Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives. The second minister of this title, Garry West, was responsible for the passing of the Local Government Act 1993, which repealed the 1919 act, modernised the controls and powers of Local Government and formalised the command structure with the Minister at its head. This continues to be the main piece of legislation operated by the Minister today. On 6 April 1995 the responsibility for co-operatives was transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Garry West is an Australian politician. He was a National Party Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1976 to 1995, representing the electorate of Orange. He held several Ministerial positions in the Nick Greiner and then John Fahey Liberal-National coalition Government.
On 1 July 2009 the Department of Local Government was abolished and its functions were transferred to the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the Office of Local Government.In 2011 these functions were moved to the Department of Planning and Environment. Following the 2019 state election, the Office of Local Government was abolished and its functions, together with a broad range of other functions were transferred to the newly-formed Department of Planning and Industry.
The New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, a department of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for leading the New South Wales public sector to deliver on the Government's commitments and priorities. The department provides administrative support that enables the cabinet to identify, design and implement a coordinated policy, project and reform agenda that boosts the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness across the State. The department consults and work closely with other New South Wales government departments, the Commonwealth Government, local government, business and the community to ensure responses to community needs are effective.
The New South Wales Office of Local Government, a former agency from 1983 until 2019 of the Department of Planning and Environment in the Government of New South Wales, was responsible for administering legislation in relation to local government areas in New South Wales.
The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment was a department of the New South Wales Government between 2014 and 2019, responsible for effective and sustainable planning to support the growth in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Up until its abolition, it made plans based on evidence for the state’s cities and regions, working with the community, business and local government to create places for people in NSW to live, work and spend their leisure time, while ensuring good access to transport and other services like shops and restaurants. The Department was also responsible for the evidence-based assessment of state significant development applications. In 2015-16 the Department approved major projects worth A$20 billion.
The minister has significant powers to regulate and control the operations of local governments. Currently, under section 255 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Minister has the power initiate investigations or a public inquiry into the behaviours of councillors and council staff and, if the findings are against the council's ability to operate within the law or public expectations, the minister can then recommend to the Governor for dismissal of the council. Prominent examples of this occurring under the 1993 Act and previous Acts include:
|Minister||Party affiliation||Ministerial title||Term start||Term end||Time in office||Notes|
|John FitzGerald||Nationalist||Minister for Local Government||15 November 1916||12 April 1920||3 years, 149 days|
|Thomas Mutch||Labor||12 April 1920||10 October 1921|
|George Cann||10 October 1921||20 December 1921|
|John Fitzpatrick||Nationalist||20 December 1921||20 December 1921||0 days|
|George Cann||Labor||20 December 1921||13 April 1922|
|John Fitzpatrick||Nationalist||13 April 1922||17 June 1925|
|George Cann||Labor||17 June 1925||24 March 1926|
|Joseph Fitzgerald||24 March 1926||26 May 1927|
|Tom Keegan||26 May 1927||18 October 1927|
|Michael Bruxner||Country||18 October 1927||3 November 1930|
|William McKell||Labor||4 November 1930||17 June 1931|
|James McGirr||17 June 1931||15 October 1931|
|Labor (NSW)||15 October 1931||13 May 1932|
|Michael Bruxner||Country||16 May 1932||17 June 1932|
|Joseph Jackson||United Australia||18 June 1932||14 February 1933|
|Eric Spooner||15 February 1933||21 July 1939|
|Bertram Stevens||21 July 1939||5 August 1939|
|Alexander Mair||5 August 1939||16 August 1939|
|Lewis Martin||16 August 1939||16 May 1941|
|James McGirr||Labor||Minister for Local Government and Housing||16 May 1941||8 June 1944||3 years, 23 days|
|Joseph Cahill||Minister for Local Government||8 June 1944||23 February 1953||8 years, 260 days|
|Jack Renshaw||23 February 1953||28 October 1959||6 years, 247 days|
|Pat Hills||28 October 1959||13 May 1965||5 years, 197 days|
|Pat Morton||Liberal||13 May 1965||19 June 1972||7 years, 37 days|
|Charles Cutler||Country||19 June 1972||16 December 1975|
|Col Fisher||Liberal||17 December 1975||23 January 1976|
|Tom Lewis||23 January 1976||14 May 1976|
|Harry Jensen||Labor||14 May 1976||2 October 1981|
|Lin Gordon||2 October 1981||10 February 1984|
|Kevin Stewart||10 February 1984||1 January 1986|
|Peter Anderson||1 January 1986||6 February 1986|
|Janice Crosio||6 February 1986||21 March 1988|
|David Hay||Liberal||25 March 1988||6 June 1991|
|Gerry Peacocke||Country||6 June 1991||26 May 1993|
|Garry West||Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives||26 May 1993||27 June 1994|
|Ted Pickering||Liberal||27 June 1994||4 April 1995|
|Ernie Page||Labor||Minister for Local Government||4 April 1995||8 April 1999|
|Harry Woods||8 April 1999||2 April 2003|
|Tony Kelly||2 April 2003||3 August 2005|
|Kerry Hickey||3 August 2005||2 April 2007|
|Paul Lynch||2 April 2007||5 September 2008|
|Barbara Perry||8 September 2008||28 March 2011|
|Don Page||National||2 April 2011||23 April 2014||3 years, 21 days|
|Paul Toole||23 April 2014||30 January 2017||2 years, 282 days|
|Gabrielle Upton||Liberal||30 January 2017||23 March 2019||2 years, 52 days|
|Shelley Hancock||2 April 2019||incumbent||4 days|
|Minister||Party affiliation||Ministerial title||Term start||Term end||Time in office|
|Joseph Fitzgerald||Labor||Assistant Minister for Local Government||17 June 1925||24 March 1926||280 days|
|Jack Renshaw||Labor||Assistant Minister for Local Government||3 April 1952||23 February 1953||326 days|
The City of Botany Bay was a local government area in the eastern region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area encompassed the suburbs to the north of Botany Bay, such as Botany. First proclaimed in 1888 as the "Borough of Botany", the council became the "Municipality of Botany" from 1906 to 1996, when it was proclaimed a city as the "City of Botany Bay".
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The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), a former division of the Government of New South Wales between April 2011 and July 2019, was responsible for the care and protection of the environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage, and built heritage in New South Wales, Australia. Until its abolition in 2019, the OEH supported the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy within the state. The OEH was part of the Department of Planning and Environment cluster and managed national parks and reserves.
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