Fit for the Future

Update December 2015

AlburyCity will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity and will not be forced to amalgamate with any of its neighbouring councils.

On Friday 18 December, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced the biggest shake-up of local government in more than 100 years, with a proposal to reduce the number of councils across the state from 152 to 112.

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Update October 2015

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has recommended that AlburyCity is Fit For the Future and should not face merger.

IPART assessed submissions from every Council in NSW on whether they were Fit for the Future, asking Councils to demonstrate how they would become and remain sustainable, provide effective and efficient services, and develop the scale and capacity to meet the needs of the community.

IPART has made its recommendations to the Minister for Local Government.

Read IPART's recommendations here

Mayor Henk van de Ven welcomed the declaration that AlburyCity is Fit for the Future and said Council would review the recommendations and respond accordingly.

"We made a compelling case and we are extremely pleased for our community," Cr van de Ven said.
"This is recognition of the hard work that has been done at AlburyCity."

The Mayor recently wrote to NSW Local Government Minister, Paul Toole, seeking a further assurance that there will be no forced merger between AlburyCity and Greater Hume Shire.

Read AlburyCity's endorsed Fit for the Future proposal here.

Background

In 2014, the Minister for Local Government announced the 'Fit for the Future' reform package based on the recommendations of the Independent Review of Local Government. 

Every council in NSW is required to submit a proposal by 30 June 2015, outlining their plans to become 'Fit for the Future'. Councils need to demonstrate how they will become and remain sustainable, provide effective and efficient services, and develop the scale and capacity to meet the needs of the community. 

The NSW Government developed criteria and benchmarks for a Council to be Fit for the Future. Depending on the findings of the Independent Local Government Review Panel report, and the achievement of the required benchmarks, Council's are able to complete a Council Merger Proposal or a Council Improvement Proposal template.

AlburyCity's Fit for the Future Improvement Proposal includes an assessment of the sustainability, infrastructure and services and efficiency benchmarks and addresses the required areas under the Fit for the Future Improvement Proposal template. The objectives and strategies developed form the Improvement Action Plan of Council's Fit for the Future proposal. The improvement actions are guided by the community aspirations within Albury 2030.

The draft proposal was on Public Exhibition for 28 days from 2 May 2015. No submissions were received from the community. The proposal was forwarded to the Extraordinary Council meeting on 9 June 2015 and endorsed.

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