An independent review of local government is to sit in Ballina today, allowing councils from around the region to put forward their ideas.
Tweed Council has already voted on an options paper that would see Byron Shire Council swallowed up by other local shires. Byron councillors have vehemently opposed the plan.
But all topics covering council sustainability are up for discussion and there is an option for the public to have their say in the afternoon session.
Local government minister Don Page said part of the motivation for the review was that ‘half of the councils in NSW are really struggling financially,’ implying that amalgamation was the real driver behind the review.
The public meeting will be held at Ballina Council Chambers, Cherry St Ballina, from 1.30pm.