Historical First Meeting for MURRAY RIVER COUNCIL
The inaugural meeting of the new Murray River Council was held on Monday 23 May. The Extraordinary Meeting was held in the former Wakool Shire Council’s Barham Branch Office.
The meeting, with Administrator, David Shaw, at the helm, dealt mostly with legislative requirements for the formal establishment of the new amalgamated entity. They included the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW, Code of Meeting Practice and Delegations of Authority Policy.
Dates, times and venues for future meetings of the Council were also determined with Council’s Ordinary Meetings to be held on the third Tuesday of the month, commencing at 1:00pm (unless otherwise advertised) with the venues rotating between Barham, Mathoura, Moulamein and Moama.
Council has advised that guidelines for the State Government’s $10M allocation for community projects, such as junior sporting facilities, playgrounds, libraries or pool upgrades will soon be released. There are two streams of funding available, with $1M for community-based projects valued below $50,000 and the remaining $9M for infrastructure projects to be agreed to by the Council and the community. Council will commence the process of identifying community-based projects shortly.
Details of the community consultation framework will also be available soon and will give the communities in the new Council area a clear understanding of how it can have its say in the formation of, and transition to, the new Council.
The new Council area covers 11,865 square kilometres, with a population of 11,456. It will comprise three wards, Moama, Greater Murray and Greater Wakool. Each ward will be represented by three councillors.
Monday’s Council meeting was attended by a gallery which included a number of former councillors from both the Murray and Wakool Shires, as well as interested community members. A second meeting was held today at Mathoura.
Since Monday’s meeting, Administrator Shaw and Interim General Manager, Margot Stork, have dedicated much of their time to meeting with former Wakool Shire Council staff and community members.
Administrator Shaw and Ms Stork will be attending a further briefing next Friday in Sydney concerning the merger transition.
26 May 2016