Stage 2 objectives
Three new key objectives were identified for stage 2 of the review:
The new Act will seek to empower local governments to be ‘Agile’ - allowing local governments to best use their resources to adapt to changing conditions.
It is important that local governments can strike a balance between community expectations, external pressures and the practical limitations of revenue and expenditure.
The new Act will seek to enable local governments to be ‘Smart’ - allowing local governments to better meet the needs and expectations of their communities through being transparent and accountable.
The new Act will seek to support local governments to be ‘Inclusive’ - ensuring local governments represent and involve their communities in decision-making.
As the tier of government closest to the community, there is an expectation that local governments represent the whole community, recognise diversity within their district and are responsive to community needs.