Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren MP, has thanked former
Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock MP and her staff, for their
contribution and service to the sector.
Ms Hancock was appointed Minister for Local Government in 2019 and
oversaw a tumultuous time in the sector highlighted by the COVID-19
“I certainly didn’t always agree with every decision Ms Hancock or her
government made, but it’s not to say there was never common ground,” Mr
“I wish Shelley well in the future and I thank her for her efforts and contribution.”
Ms Hancock will be replaced as the Minister for Local Government by Goulburn
MP, Ms Wendy Tuckerman.
“I congratulate incoming Local Government Minister Ms Tuckerman on her
appointment, and provide the same courtesy as I did to Ms Hancock in 2019 to
work together in the best interests of the local government sector, wherever
possible - however reserve my position to stand up for the sector and their
communities when it’s called for.” Mr Warren said.
“I also take this opportunity to highlight some of the many serious issues and
challenges confronting the sector and their communities throughout our state -
including the ongoing affects of the forced mergers policy; continued cost
shifting, rising costs and financial hardship and a code of conduct system
requiring urgent attention - just to highlight a few.
“I look forward to working collaboratively where appropriate with Minister
Tuckerman, in the interests of the local government sector and their