Thursday 19 November 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council has lodged an application with the NSW Government to continue as a ‘stand-alone’ organisation following Bombala Council’s decision to pursue a voluntary merger with neighbouring highland councils.
Bombala Councillors met on Tuesday and narrowly resolved to put forward a merger option with Snowy River and Cooma-Monaro Shire Councils rather than with Bega Valley Shire Council as they had previously favoured.
General Manager, Leanne Barnes yesterday lodged the application with IPART indicating that Bega Valley Shire Council has no merger preferences, while noting that a merger with Bombala Council had been considered and a Memorandum of Understanding with Eurobodalla Shire Council was in the process of being drafted.
Ms Barnes noted that while the application is to stand alone as a Council that is ‘Fit for the Future’, there is a great deal of opportunity in working across a joint organisational platform in delivering Council services.
A decision on all merger and non-merger applications will be announced by the State government in December this year.