AlburyCity declared Fit for the Future
AlburyCity has welcomed a report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) recommending that it 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.
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."
"We look forward to reviewing the IPART submission in detail and preparing a response to the NSW Government by 18 November."
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.
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 was required to submit a proposal by 30 June 2015, outlining their plans to become Fit for the Future.