Dubbo City Council disappointed by merger proposal

Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson said it is disappointing the NSW Government has ignored the favourable IPART assessment of Dubbo City Council and has instead put in place a process to merge Dubbo City Council with Wellington.

“The IPART Assessment specifically stated Dubbo City Council meets the scale and capacity criterion as well as the financial criteria overall to be considered Fit for the Future,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“It also acknowledged that Dubbo explored a merger but did not pursue it.  Dubbo City Council had resolved unanimously not to pursue a merger as such a proposal was not in the Council’s or the community’s best interest.”

“Wellington has also repeatedly stated they did not want to pursue a merger with Dubbo.”

“This has been ignored by the NSW Government with the latest announcement that proposes Dubbo merge with Wellington.”

Councillor Dickerson said Council will now consider the announcements and review the proposal in detail when it is provided to Councils in January. This will allow Council to properly consider the proposal and ensure Council’s position and the position of the community is included in the report of the boundaries review to the Boundaries Commission and the Minister.

“The last amalgamation for Dubbo City Council occurred on 1 April 1980 when the Councils of Dubbo City and Talbragar Shire amalgamated,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“This potential merger is more significant and more complex and will mean significant change for Council staff and residents across the two local government areas,” he said.

“This will be a difficult time for affected staff and their families. However, Council remains committed to ensuring the community continues to receive the same high quality service they expect of their local Council and major projects underway will continue.”

Last Edited: 11 Jan 2016

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