Berrigan Shire Council is one of six southern Riverina councils calling for further reviews of local government before proposed restructure.TONI BRIENT February 19, 2014 9:12am
Berrigan Shire Council is one of six southern Riverina councils calling for further reviews of local government in the region before the NSW Government makes a decision on the sector’s restructuring.
The move follows the release of the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report last month.
The NSW Government last year commissioned the study to identify options to rescue financially strained councils and ensure the organisations’ sustainability into the future.
On Wednesday, Deniliquin Council hosted a meeting with representatives from Berrigan, Conargo, Jerilderie, Murray and Wakool councils to discuss the report.
Berrigan Shire Council general manager Rowan Perkins said the councils decided to call on the government to fund a second study in the region.
He said there was strong support.
‘‘Of those 53 resolutions, there were probably quite a few that were actually supported by all councils,’’ Mr Perkins said.
‘‘In relation to specific mergers and boundary realignments, none of the councils there supported that.’’
In its report, the panel also recommended the establishment of joint organisations to co-ordinate the councils in regional groups.
Mr Perkins said the Southern Riverina councils decided at the meeting last week it would be better to stick with the current regional body Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils. He said the proposed joint organisations would include all the districts present at the meeting, but if amalgamations took place there would be only two councils in the group.
Mr Perkins said the diversity in Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils was important.
‘‘It includes larger and smaller councils so there’s a better opportunity for those councils to share experience and capacity,’’ he said.
Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils executive officer Ray Stubbs said the second study would allow the councils to provide a strong case for retaining existing structures of governance. He said the second study was necessary because the first hadn’t examined the detailed operations of the Regional Organisation of Councils.
‘‘They haven’t tested them out, either,’’ Mr Stubbs said.
‘‘That’s their view, and we’ve got our view.
‘‘There’s possibly some merit in the panel’s view.
‘‘But we believe we have an effective, strong ROC with strong anchor points.’’
Elements of the vision for revitalising the Shepparton central business district are falling into place.
The Tungamah Football Netball Club has completed a fairytale season to clinch the Picola and District Football Netball League South East Premiership with an emphatic 106 point win over the Katamatite Tigers at Tungamah.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Echuca resident Jennafer Whelan is concerned about the health of her son Zane and the effect a mobile could have on his seizures.
David and Katrina Christie’s Nanneella dairy farm is now home to one of the biggest sheds in the district, a 160m by 37m monster.
Don’t write Ky off yet, says coach ahead of preliminary final
Seymour event packs out St Mary's College on Saturday night.
People travelled from all around the region to attend an open day at the Berrigan Rural Fire Service on Saturday.
Mia Mia Cricket Club is about to field its first cricket team since 2001
Cobram Mens Shed chips away at the issue of mental health but calls for more space.
Breakout seasons from Deni Rovers Jamie Thorpe and Nick Hay have seen the pair rewarded with respective best and fairest titles.
Now the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is enshrined in law, many opponents of the controversial plan to return irrigation water to the environment appear to have lost interest.
More than 320 000 foxes and 1500 wild dogs had been eradicated under the bounty scheme in the past three years.
- Motorcycle ride raises money for cancer charity
- Leukaemia patients come together to support Light the Night Benalla
- Permit sought for a clay target shooting range at a disused quarry at Baddaginnie
- Acclaimed pastry chef returns to Benalla
- Benalla resident on journey to help others with mental illness
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.