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Stories about "council amalgamations":
Senior NSW Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson has spoken out against the possibility of forced council amalgamations. But, while welcoming her support, Local Government New South Wales says she's misinformed about the 'rural model' for local councils.
The mayors of both Byron and Ballina shires have emphatically stated they are not interested in a merger, despite the state government flagging council amalgamations as part of its Fit for the Future plan, announced on Wednesday.
Tweed and Lismore councils have welcomed a state government plan that offers struggling metropolitan and regional councils financial incentives to merge with their neighbours, even though council mergers are not guaranteed to produce budgetary savings.