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
Jarrod Lyle just can't take a trick after making his first cut of the season on Friday at the Crowne Invitational his joy was soon curtailed when he a bogey on the final hole of the third round proved costly and he was cut from the final round.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
Murray Dairy has appointed Ross Read from Toolamba West in the extension co-ordinator role.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Cobram Barooga residents are being encouraged to eat pink this month to support breast cancer research.
The Deniliquin Rodeo Arena was in full swing for the recent Deniliquin Classic Barrel Race.
GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
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.