Councils meet to discuss panel recommendations

The mayors and general managers of Harden, Boorowa, Harden and Young Shire Councils met on Tuesday, May 7 in Boorowa to discuss the implications relative to the three Councils contained in the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s draft report which was initiated by the NSW State Government.

Tuesday’s meeting was to initiate discussion on the options that Councils should consider for their long term future.

For regional/rural NSW, the Panel believes in the establishment of a number of County Councils as well as amalgamations, including the amalgamation of the three Councils.

In drafting boundaries for these County Councils, the Panel has included the Boorowa, Harden and Young Local Government Areas as part of the Central West County Council, which is to be based at Orange City Council.

The ‘Central West County Council’ model would also include the Councils of Lachlan, Bland, Parkes, Forbes, Weddin, Cabonne, Blayney and Cowra.

All three mayor are strongly opposed to any forced amalgamations but do acknowledge that in order to better service their communities, change from the current system of Local Government as we know it is inevitable.

The mayors agreed that it was important that our local region should have been given consideration as an emerging regional centre.

Most importantly they strongly agreed how vital it is that we control our own destiny through strong and cooperative leadership, commitment to our communities and our region.

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