28.2 C
Byron Shire
March 5, 2021

Tweed rejects merging with Kyogle

Latest News

A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless...

Other News

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep...

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

The electoral district of Tweed.
The electoral district of Tweed.

Tweed Shire Council has rejected merging with neighbouring Kyogle Council, which was found to be ‘unfit’ to stand alone under the state government’s Fit for the Future (FFTF) review announced this week.

At its monthly meeting last night, Tweed shire councillors backed general manager Troy Green’s recommendation to decline to indicate any preferred merger with Kyogle, which was found to be not fit due to scale and capacity.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) report released on Tuesday gave the thumbs up to only 52 of 139 proposals submitted by 144 local councils, including four merger proposals covering nine current councils.

‘Given the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s preference for Kyogle Shire to merge with either Lismore City Council or Richmond Valley Council, coupled with the geographical constraints servicing Kyogle Shire from the Tweed Shire area, and the communities of interest including distance between major centres of Kyogle, Lismore and Casino, it is recommended that Council decline to indicate its preference to merge,’ Mr Green told councillors.

Kyogle shire failed to meet the government’s benchmarks in the first assessment for amalgamation.

The IPART report says its analysis based on scale and capacity for the Tweed did not identify ‘evidence for a better alternative to the council’s proposal to stand alone’.

The latest submission by Tweed council for IPART to consider next month supports the Tweed shire standing alone.

Mr Green said the revised submission would take into account improved financial results after an asset depreciation update, and the revised performance criteria would place Tweed in a much better position to stand alone under the next review of amalgamations.

He said that since the June 2015 submission to IPART, council’s general fund Operating Performance Ratio for 2014-15 has exceeded the required benchmark.

‘In addition, results from the asset revaluation for transport and stormwater drainage indicate that council should have a
reduced depreciation expense in 2015-16 of around $2m, further improving the Operating Performance Ratio,’ Mr Green said.

Troy
Tweed shire general manager Troy Green is confident revised performance criteria will put his council in good stead to stand alone.

Most councils that want to continue as stand-alone operators passed the financial criteria but fell down on scale or capacity, and the report found amalgamations could deliver $2 billion in savings over the next 20 years.

Councils have until November 18 to make a final decision to government.
See how our north coast councils shaped up.


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Democracy

Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the...

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.