On 18 December 2015, the NSW State Government outlined its plans to reduce the number of Regional councils from 109 to 87. As part of this process it proposed that Murray Shire Council merge with Wakool Shire Council to form a new council.
The State Government has now released further detail about the local government merger proposal for Murray and Wakool and the consultation process will be implemented over the coming month.
Details of the proposal are available on the Boundary Review website via the link below:
Boundary Review Process
The NSW Government has appointed Cheryl Thomas as the Delegate to examine the Wakool and Murray Shire proposal. Her prior experience is outlined on the Boundary Review website.
The role of the Delegate will be to examine and report on the proposal including review of submissions and holding a public inquiry. Their report will be provided to the Boundaries Commission for comment only and the Minister for Local Government.
A public inquiry is part of the examination and reporting process conducted by the Delegate and provides an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions on the proposal to the Delegate.
Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register using the on-line registration form HERE or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.
Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by the Delegate. Registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 29 January for public inquiries held during the week of 1 February and registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 5 February for public inquiries that are held during the week of 8 February.
Please see below the sessions for the public inquiry.
cluBarham Golf & Sports
9 Feb 2016
9:00am - 11:00am
Barham NSW 2732
Morning Glory Conference Centre
9 Feb 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Moama NSW 2731
- Submissions regarding the amalgamation proposal can be made through the website or submitted by mail until Sunday 28 February 2016, 5pm.
- Dates of any Public Inquiry meeting/s will be released soon.
- Online submissions can be made via the link below:
Merger Proposal Information Brochure, produced by Wakool Shire Counci.
Fit for the Future – Local Government Reform in NSW
As part of the widespread review of the NSW Local Government Sector known as 'Fit for the Future', The Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) recommended two alternate options for Wakool Shire Council – to become a Rural Council in a Mid-Murray Joint Organisation or potentially a merger with Murray, Conargo and Deniliquin councils.
Council adopted its response to the New South Wales Government’s Fit for the Future package in mid 2015, proposing that Wakool Shire becomes a Rural Council.
IPART handed down its assessment of all NSW Councils in mid-October 2015. On 10 November 2015, the NSW Premier and Minister for Local Government released these assessments with Wakool Shire Council deemed Fit as a Rural Council.