The 19-member committee appointed to present legislative and policy changes for consideration towards the Local Government Act and Manual of Local Government Act procedures submitted their findings to Minister responsible for Local Government Hon. Clay Sweeting this week.
Minister Sweeting said, “Upon taking the chair, the prime minister gave this ministry and myself a mandate to bring real, tangible change within Local Government. Being a former Local Government practitioner along with Parliamentary Secretary Leonardo Lightbourne and others on this committee, we have been in the trenches and so what makes this so important is that we understand the needs and what Local Government needs to take that next step to really be transformative in this country.”
After traveling through each island, the committee consulted with Family Islanders to help to develop the report. Chairman of the Committee Reverend Dr. Preston Cunningham said since its inception in 1996, very little change in procedures has occurred in Local Government. He said the document presented by the committee seeks to change that.