The New South Wales Government has passed the what it calls a ‘common sense’ measure through parliament that will enable the extension of rate freezes for 20 of the state’s newest council bodies.
The Local Government Amendment Bill 2019 builds on previous measures taken by the State Government to ensure that the 20 new councils created in 2016 would temporarily freeze rate increases.
“In 2016 the Government introduced a rate freeze to ensure residents of new councils would pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for four years,” State Minister for Local Government Shelly Hancock said.
“The Bill gives local councils the time they need to conduct important conversations with their community about rating and elections in 2020.”
Mrs Hancock said the Bill also provides practical changes to cut red tape and deliver better value for ratepayers.
“I have met with councils and peak bodies from around the State and their feedback helped shape the practical and sensible measures in the Bill which responds to the issues raised with the Government,” Mrs Hancock said.