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Date for release: 18 January 2016
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Boorowa, Harden and Young Merger Proposal Assessment Underway
The NSW Local Government Ministers proposal to merge Boorowa, Harden and Young Councils has now been referred to a delegate of the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for review.
The Ministers proposal was announced before Christmas with further clarity on timeframes recently provided.
“We expect that proposals will be assessed early in the year, followed by proclamations to extinguish merging Councils and create new Councils around the middle of the year” said Boorowa Mayor Wendy Tuckerman.
The delegate assessing the Boorowa, Harden and Young merger proposal will be holding public inquiries in each of the three communities, with the inquiry in Boorowa to be held at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club at 9am on 4th February 2016. Members of the public wishing to speak at the inquiry are required to register prior with details on registration available on the web at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au. Members of the public can also make written submissions up to the 28 February 2016.
According to Mayor Tuckerman the community should take the opportunity to voice their opinions on what is important to them, particularly within the context of Council.
“From Councils perspective we certainly believe the merger of the three Councils is a good outcome, however the Government has indicated that local government elections may be deferred from September this year until March 2017, meaning that there will be an interim period where the council will be under some form of interim governance arrangements” she said.
Based on current information the interim arrangements could either include representatives from the current councils or alternatively an independent government appointed administrator.
“Boorowa Council will be strongly advocating for local representation during the interim arrangements and are hopeful that this can be achieved, particularly if all three councils can agree on a suitable model and also advocate for the same position. It is important that each of the three Councils start working together to ensure we have a seat at the table and input into shaping the new Council and the future.” she said.