AlburyCity not on merger agenda

18 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.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird today 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.

In October, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal found that AlburyCity is Fit for the Future and can stand alone.

AlburyCity presented a compelling case to IPART detailing how it could remain financially sustainable, provide effective and efficient services, and continue to develop the scale and capacity to meet the needs of the community and contribute to the region into the future.

Mayor Henk van de Ven says AlburyCity's stand-alone status is recognition of the work that's been done over a number of years to ensure that council is financially sustainable and ready for future challenges.

He says the decision not to force AlburyCity into a merger means it can get on with its delivery program and progress as a strong, sustainable and forward-thinking organisation.

As part of the reform program, it is proposed that AlburyCity participate in a regional Joint Organisation, made up of a number of local councils that will work with the state on regional priorities such as job creation, education, health, housing, roads and transport.

"The make-up of the JO councils won't be decided until after the Boundaries Commission makes its final recommendation to the Minister for Local Government on the new look local government boundaries across the state," Cr van de Ven said.

"Our role in the JO will ensure a stronger voice for our region and a more effective relationship with the State Government."

Further information can be found at the Fit for the Future website.