Regional councils, including Deniliquin Council, will discuss proposed amalgamations today.CASS SASVELLIS February 12, 2014 4:35am
Regional councils will discuss proposed amalgamations today, with representatives from Murray, Conargo, Berrigan, Wakool and Jerilderie Shires meeting with Deniliquin Council at the Deniliquin RSL Club.
Mayors and general managers of each council are invited to attend the meeting.
They will discuss the findings of the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s report, released in October 2013, which recommends amalgamations between the councils.
It suggests Deniliquin Council merge with Murray and Conargo Shires, with the possible addition of Wakool Shire.
The report also recommended Berrigan Shire merge with Jerilderie Shire.
Another recommendation is that all six councils form a Joint Organisation.
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the roundtable discussion will give councillors an opportunity to share their views on the suggested merger.
‘‘It will just be a roundtable discussion to see if councils can come to a consensus that suits all of us,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to get our heads together and see who is willing to go forward.’’
Deni Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges believes a merger would be a positive step for Deniliquin.
‘‘From a business point of view, a suggested amalgamation makes good, practical sense,’’ she said.
‘‘It would better represent the views of Deni and surrounding towns at a national level to Canberra and Sydney.
‘‘There would be more impact with a united voice instead of smaller voices.’’
The Independent Local Government Review Panel was formed to look at options for a stronger and more effective system of local government.
The review included three rounds of consultation, including research into council finances, service delivery, local government boundaries and local decision-making models.
The report can be found at www.localgovernmentreview.nsw.gov.au
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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.