Western NSW councils to meet in Nyngan

AN IMPRESSIVE line-up of guest speakers including the NSW Minister for Local Government Don Page, minister for Western NSW Kevin Humphries and the federal member for Parkes Mark Coulton will be featured during the two days of the Western Division Councils of NSW annual conference next week.

Division president Peter Laird said there was a great deal of change in local government and this was a terrific opportunity for western councillors to get together and discuss the issues.

Local Government Independent Review Panel representative Glenn Inglis will give an update on the panel's work, while there will be two presenters on the formation of the NSW Local Land Services and one from the Local Government Association and another from the Department of Primary Industries. The Royal Far West will be showing delegates their Mobile Care Van and speaking about their work, while TAFE Western NSW will explain to delegates the opportunities for up skilling their workforce.

The NSW government's Far West and Western Strategic Plans will be unveiled by a representative of the Premier's department and delegates will have an opportunity to ask questions about the report.

A speaker from the National Native Title Tribunal will explain the Western Native Title Claim and the processes involved. Other speakers will talk about local government employment and industrial relations changes and opportunities to join a regional marketing initiative.

A solar energy plan for the region will be discussed as well as a presentation from the owners of the Nyngan Abattoir.

The Western Division Councils of NSW has 13 member councils and covers 42 percent of the State. The conference is being held from Sunday, February 24 to Tuesday, February 26 at the Nyngan RSL Club.

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