No extensions for merger submissions

Dubbo City Council has formerly lodged its submission to the NSW Government Council Boundary Review investigating a proposed merger between Dubbo and Wellington Councils.

Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson said the submission in full is available on Council’s website and provides a thorough and detailed analysis of the reasons against the proposed merger.

“Council’s submission exposes extensive holes in the merger proposal,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“There has been no sound business case presented for this amalgamation,” he said.

“Council’s submission raises many areas of concern financially, in service delivery, in the equitable distribution of services and the future capacity of the Council and the community to fund new facilities and manage on-going capital maintenance and renewal expenses,” he said.

“Council’s position is in-line with the prevailing community attitude,” Councillor Dickerson said. “Out of more than 1300 votes cast in Council’s online poll 79% have said ‘no’ to amalgamation,” he said.

The window for submissions closes this Sunday 28 February at 5pm. Submissions for or against the merger proposal can be made up to the closing time at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au

At the close of the submission period the Office of Local Government Delegate Dr Ian Tiley will examine the proposal including reviewing public submissions and provide a report to the NSW Local Government Minister and the Boundaries Commission.

“The decision whether to go ahead with a merger of Dubbo and Wellington Councils or not rests with Minister for Local Government the Hon Paul O’Toole,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“There has been no formal indication of when this decision will be made save for a vague assumption that it will be around the middle of the year but it could be as early as May.”

“Until that decision is made public Dubbo City Council will continue to operate largely as normal ensuring continued high quality service to our customers and managing major projects committed under the already adopted 2015/2016 Annual Operational Plan and 2013-2017 Delivery Program,” Councillor Dickerson said.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639 053    

Last Edited: 26 Feb 2016

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