City of Adelaide Councillor Sue Clearihan was appointed as the new LGA President at a special meeting of the LGA Board this afternoon.
Councillor Clearihan has been appointed following the resignation of City of Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg from the office of LGA President on 7 June, and will remain in the position until a new LGA Board and President are appointed in October 2018.
Councillor Clearihan said her focus for the next four months would be working with the LGA Board, member councils and State Government on local government reform.
“The LGA has worked with councils to develop a broad-range of reforms for the sector, that will improve efficiency and transparency within local government,” Councillor Clearihan said.
“Some of these reforms include implementing benchmarking for councils, strengthening the code of conduct, standardising external council audits, and local government elections reform.”
“Many of these changes require a partnership approach, and I’m keen to work with the new Government and Parliament on these opportunities, and build partnerships that will benefit our sector and communities.”
“We’re just five months out from the 2018 council elections, and we also want to make sure we get a bigger and more diverse field of candidates this year, and improve voter turnout.”
Town of Gawler Mayor Karen Redman was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy in the position of Vice President that was created by the appointment of Councillor Clearihan to the role of President.
Councillor Clearihan said restoring confidence in the local government sector was a priority.
“Recent events in local government and the LGA have caused community concern, and I will be focused on working with our members to rebuild confidence in our sector, and the LGA itself,” Councillor Clearihan said.
“The LGA is not just an advocacy organisation – it delivers a wide range of services to councils that create savings for ratepayers.”
“An independent review has verified the average value of LGA membership as around $2 million per council per year, or $130 million annually across the sector.”
The next full term of the LGA President will commence in October 2018, and nominations will open at the end of July. In accordance with the LGA’s Constitution, the next President will be appointed from a regional council.