DECENTRALISATION TASKFORCE CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
The NSW Government is seeking submissions from local stakeholders to inform the work of the new Decentralisation Taskforce established in November 2012 to pursue opportunities for regional development and government decentralisation.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure & Services Andrew Stoner said the Taskforce, led by Northern Tablelands MP Richard Torbay and including Member for Lismore Thomas George will advise the Government’s Decade of Decentralisation Strategy and regional policies.
“Boosting regional economies is a top priority for this Government and we are doing that by stimulating regional development, localising decision making and decentralising public sector staff,” Mr Stoner said.
“Input from key stakeholders including local & regional government and those representing specific interest groups in the regions will be essential to informing the work of the Taskforce.
“The Taskforce is expected to report back to Government by the end of March with advice on the Decade of Decentralisation Strategy. It has been asked to specifically look at the following regional policies and programs: Resources for the Regions, the Regional Relocation Grant and Government Agency relocation,” Mr Stoner said.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Taskforce will seek to build further on the extensive decentralisation efforts made by Government to date.
“The NSW Government has led a range of initiatives to encourage jobs and economic growth in the regions, for instance through the Northern Rivers Jobs Plan and the Illawarra Innovation and Investment Fund, and through the relocation of public sector jobs from Sydney to regional NSW.
“We need to engage with groups and organisations in communities in regional NSW who can help us fine tune the NSW Government’s policies and help to promote further decentralisation and build regional communities,” Mr George said.
Submissions can be made on the NSW Government’s “Have Your Say” website at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/decentralisation from 11am Friday 18 January until midnight Friday 15 February 2013.