8.6 C
Byron Shire
May 16, 2021

Lismore could be forced to merge

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Oceans 15 triumphant return


The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Chris Dobney

Byron, Ballina and Tweed councils will not have to merge under recommendations released by the NSW local government review  this week. But they would share an overarching county council structure to deliver a range of shared services.

Lismore City Council, however, could be forced to take on the weak and declining Kyogle Shire.

The alternative recommended option is for Kyogle to merge with Richmond Valley Council, which is itself in a very weak position, the report says. According to the report, Kyogle’s population is in decline and would be little more than 9,000 by 2036.

The report says that ‘an overriding consideration for rural councils is the weakness of their own source revenue base relative to their service delivery and infrastructure responsibilities.

It blames ‘cost shifting’ for part of the predicament some councils find themselves in

‘In many cases those responsibilities have tended to expand to fill service gaps resulting from the withdrawal of state and federal agencies or a declining private sector. Nevertheless, the weakness exists,’ the report says.

‘The Panel believes that more can and should be done to channel additional support to rural-remote councils. However, this cannot be in the form of “blank cheques”: rural-remote councils, like their urban counterparts, need to show that they are taking all possible steps to address whatever challenges and difficulties they face.’

The Panel concludes that ‘amalgamations are not always a popular solution and that maintaining local identity is important’ but says ‘properly planned, mergers can produce stronger, more effective councils, and that community identity can be maintained’.

The report also recommends larger county council groupings to deliver a range of shared services, as opposed to the single-issue county councils which currently exist.

It recommends that Byron, Ballina, Lismore and Tweed remain standalone councils but within the  umbrella of a broadened Northern Rivers County Council.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. God help us all if Richmond Valley shire and Kyogle shire have to merge, that would be the poor helping the poor!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.