Media Release - Boorowa, Harden and Young Merger Preference of Government

Approved for release by: Anthony McMahon

Date for release: 18 December 2015

Media Contact: Mayor Wendy Tuckerman

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Boorowa, Harden and Young Merger Preference of Government

With today’s announcements on the most recent phase of the NSW Governments “Fit for the Future” program, Councils across the region are assessing what it means for them.

For Boorowa Council the announcement that a merger with Young and Harden will take place is a welcome one and reflects the Councils long running preference.

“From early on we felt that the best long term outcome for our region was a merger of the three Councils which have become known as the Hilltops Councils Proposal” said Boorowa Mayor Wendy Tuckerman.

Both Boorowa and Young had previously supported the three way merger with Harden indicating a preference to merge with Cootamundra. The three Councils will now need to discuss how the merger process will occur and gain a better understanding of the parameters set by the Government.

“Although Harden had recently not supported the merger we are hopeful that now the Government has made its decision the three Councils can re-engage to ensure the interests of all three communities are considered going forwards” said Mayor Tuckerman.

Based on information provided by the Government to date it is expected that a Boundaries Commission will form to assess the suitability of the proposed new Councils and report back to the Minister. The timeframes for this process are not yet known.

“Although the Boundaries Commission plays a role, the decision ultimately lies with the Minister and I think the Government has now made their preferences clear after we have all had the opportunity to convince them what we believe is the best outcome” said Mayor Tuckerman.

The Premier has also indicated that the next Local Government election will be deferred until March 2017 rather than September 2016.

“We look forward to taking the next step in the reform process in the new year and expect to be able to keep the community informed” said Mayor Tuckerman.

ENDS

Mayor Wendy Tuckerman

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Media Release - Boorowa, Harden and Young Merger Preference of Government