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Young confirms its position for local government reform

Young Shire Council has confirmed its position for Local Government reform and the “Fit for the Future” process. At the Extraordinary Meeting held today it resolved to affirm its position in support of a merger of the Boorowa, Harden and Young Shires as its first preference. The Mayor Clr Brian Ingram said “this position is consistent with the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Review Panel and the Council’s original resolution for the process.”

The Council also adopted a second preference of merger of the Boorowa, Cootamundra, Harden and Young Shires in recognition of the Independent Pricing Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) recommendation and following community feedback during the consultation phase. IPART determined that this would provide the greatest regional efficiencies. Clr
Ingram said, “this option whilst seen as the providing the greatest benefits, the merger of the Councils would be a complex process involving all aspects of the councils operations and culture.”

The Council also adopted a third preference which supports a merger of Boorowa and Young Shires. Clr Ingram said “This merger has been deemed fit for the future by the Office of Local Government and remains a viable option. However in making this recommendation the council identified that this may leave the path open for future mergers.”

General Manager, David Aber said,” these decisions will form the basis for the Councils submission to the State Government which is to be submitted by the 18th November. An announcement of the outcomes of this process is expected before Christmas.”

Posted On Friday, November 13, 2015