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    Labor's local council tour of NSW continues

    Posted: Wednesday, 17 August 2011 | By: Sophie Cotsis

    NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson and Shadow Local Government Minister, Sophie Cotsis will hit the streets in Western Sydney today to listen to local ratepayers, pensioners and community groups about improving council services.

    Ms Cotsis said while the NSW Government was hosting a conference in Dubbo for councillors and council managers, she and Mr Robertson would be listening to what local ratepayers had to say.

    "Local ratepayers expect councils to focus on essential services like garbage collection, road maintenance and child care," Ms Cotsis said.

    "The NSW State Government should be looking at ways to help councils improve the quality of these services in the here and now.

    "It's good to hear ideas from councillors and managers – but local ratepayers should also have a say.

    "Today we will be visiting Western Sydney to listen to local residents, pensioners and community groups.

    "We want to listen to the local community's issues and concerns."

    Ms Cotsis said the visit today was part of an ongoing tour of local communities in metropolitan and regional New South Wales.

    "Labor wants to work with local communities to improve local services," Ms Cotsis said.

    "Over the past month, I've been visiting local councils and speaking with ratepayers and frontline council workers - as well as elected representatives and council managers.

    "So far, I've been hearing about the good work many local councils do in delivering essential services and getting lots of ideas about where there is room for improvement."

    Over the past month, Ms Cotsis has visited councils and communities in Maitland, Taree, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley, Canterbury, Marrickville and Rockdale.

    Today, Ms Cotsis will visit Blacktown and Penrith Local Government Areas, before heading to Holroyd tomorrow.

    Tags: Canterbury, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, coucils, John Robertson, Kempsey, local government, Maitland, Marrickville, Rockdale, Sophie Cotsis, Taree, tour, Western Sydney

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