Gunnedah Shire Council will send three representatives to the 2024 National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra later this year.

Held in early July, the 2024 assembly theme is “Building Community Trust” which aims to explore the critical importance of trust in governments, between governments, its institutions, and its citizens.

At the February ordinary meeting of council, Gunnedah shire councillors endorsed the attendance of two elected members – mayor Jamie Chaffey and councillor Ann Luke. Councillor Kate McGrath was also nominated as an alternate should either delegate be unable to attend. Councillors heard the approximate cost to send representatives was $3200 which included event tickets and flights.

It was customary for council’s general manager to also attend but this cost would be drawn from a separate budget.

Gunnedah councillors were also asked to give consideration to any proposed motions they wish to be included in the National General Assembly Business Paper.

Councillors were advised motions should consider how all levels of government in Australia can build trust in each other, earn greater trust from the community and focus on practical programs that can strengthen the system of local government nationally, among other ideas.

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