Independent Review Panel
NSW Coat of Arms

Strengthening Local Communities

What does the future hold for local government in NSW?

Over the next 12 months, the Independent Local Government Review Panel will be exploring new council structures, models and governance arrangements to strengthen communities in NSW. The Panel will be consulting widely with members of the community, councils and local government organisations to support its research and review.

The Panel was appointed by the NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Don Page, in March 2012, as the first initiative arising from Destination 2036, a state-local government partnership to consider the next 25 years of local government in NSW.

Under the chairmanship of Professor Graham Sansom, director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, the Panel also includes experienced local government practitioners Ms Jude Munro AO, former CEO of four metropolitan councils in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, and Mr Glenn Inglis, former General Manager of Tamworth Regional Council.

The Panel will hold several rounds of community consultation in 2012-13 and will also review and commission research into local government models, structures and boundary changes. A final report will be presented to the Minister in July 2013.

To find out more about the first round of consultation click here.


Inquiries regarding the Local Government Review, contact the Division of Local Government at