Dubbo City Council remains firm on no merger position

Dubbo City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to not merge with any other Council and to be part of an Orana Joint Organisation after being found “Fit” in the NSW IPART Assessment of NSW Councils.

Dubbo Mayor Councillor Mathew Dickerson said at last night’s Extraordinary Council meeting it was resolved to not identify any preferred merging partners and accordingly stand alone.

“For many years Dubbo City Council has been soundly managing available funding and resources while delivering major projects that have benefited the community,” Councillor Dickerson said. “These projects include upgrades to the Dubbo City Regional Airport, the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets, and DCL Park Regional Centre for Athletics.”

“IPART assessed Dubbo City Council as “Fit” and this assessment reflects the strong position of Council in terms of its ongoing sustainability.”

“Council has unanimously concurred with the IPART Assessment and sees no benefits in merging with Wellington or Narromine,” Councillor Dickerson said.

Councillor Dickerson said discussions have been held with Narromine and Wellington Councils on the potential for further shared services.

“By operating in a joint organisation the three Councils have agreed to pursue future shared services where it makes sense to do so,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“The Macquarie Regional Library and the Lower Macquarie Water Utilities Alliance are examples of cross Council cooperation but there has to be a benefit to the individual Council or the community to operate a shared service,” he said.

The Council decision will be reflected in Dubbo City Council’s IPART Feedback form due to the NSW Government by 18 November 2015.

Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 20 Nov 2015

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