20 new Councils created in NSW

20-09-2019 by admin

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said twenty new councils announced in NSW last Thursday will work harder for residents and deliver better services and community facilities.
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“The most comprehensive local government reform in more than 100 years will result in 20 new councils beginning operations from the time of the announcement,” Mr Baird said.

In principle, the Minister for Local Government supports creating a further eight councils, subject to decisions of the courts.

“Our plan to create stronger new councils in Sydney and regional NSW will be supported by NSW Government investment of about $500 million,” Mr Baird said.

“We are ensuring our communities have stronger and more efficient councils, which will free up money for important projects such as local roads, parks, playgrounds and footpaths.

Mr Toole said it will be business as usual for residents in new council areas, with services operating as normal.

Each new council will receive up to $10 million to meet the costs of merging and up to an additional $15 million to kick start new investment in community infrastructure through the Stronger Communities Fund, Mr Toole said.

“Following a recommendation by the delegate to proceed with the new council, I have decided to create Hilltops Council by merging the former Boorowa, Harden and Young councils.”

Mr Toole said that $15 million from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund would go towards long-awaited community projects.

“Projects such as expanding the local horticulture and tourism industries, and building critical infrastructure to address water supply.

“The new council will work with the local community to decide how this money is spent.

“Hilltops Council will receive $5 million to meet the administrative costs of streamlining its operations. Unspent funding may be redirected into important community projects.

“The financial benefits from the new, stronger council will also improve planning and economic development to better respond to the changing needs of the community.”

Mr Toole said councillors committed to ensuring the success of the new council will play an important role in the new Hilltops Council, with former Boorowa Mayor, Wendy Tuckerman, appointed Administrator ahead of elections in September 2017.

The Minister has announced that he will proceed with the formation of the following councils:

Armidale Regional Council (Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra) Canterbury-Bankstown Council (Bankstown and Canterbury) Central Coast Council (Gosford and Wyong) City of Parramatta Council (Parramatta and part of Hills, Auburn, Holroyd and Hornsby) Cumberland Council (Auburn and Holroyd) Edward River Council (Conargo and Deniliquin) Federation Council (Corowa and Urana) Georges River Council (Hurstville and Kogarah) Gundagai Council (Cootamundra and Gundagai) Snowy Monaro Regional Council (Bombala, Cooma Monaro and Snowy River) Hilltops Council (Boorowa, Harden and Young) Inner West Council (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) Midcoast Council (Gloucester, Great Lakes and Greater Taree) Murray River Council (Murray and Wakool) Murrumbidgee Council (Jerilderie and Murrumbidgee) Northern Beaches Council (Manly, Pittwater and Warringah) Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (Queanbeyan and Palerang) Snowy Valleys Council (Tumut and Tumbarumba) Western Plains Regional Council (Dubbo and Wellington)

Goulburn Mulwaree Council to stand alone

Goulburn Mulwaree Council will stand alone, after the NSW Government last week made announcements regarding the proposed mergers.

Council finalised their submission to Delegate John Rayner in February, in response to the proposal to merge part of Palerang Council with Goulburn Mulwaree. The submission strongly rejected the Minister’s proposal on the basis that it failed to deliver financial benefits, would have increased infrastructure backlog and created inefficiencies in management of staff and employee costs.

Councillors voted unanimously to make their preferred option to stand alone at a meeting in late February; there was no logic in the Minister’s proposal to merge with part of Palerang and this was supported by delegate John Rayner’s report. Mr Rayner stated that in regard to the factors set out in Section 263(3) of the Local Government Act he considered, the Minister’s Proposal should not proceed to implementation.

His reasons for this conclusion were:

The proposal would not improve the financial capacity of an enlarged Council

It would lead to an annual financial deficit estimated to amount to $3.8 million

The provisions of Section 218CA of the Local Government Act would constrain the new Council’s staffing arrangements and service capability

The proposed boundary would have split 72 properties, as well as Majors Creek and the Araluen Valley

a new Council would have had difficulty in meeting service levels and would have little capacity to equalise services due to the anticipated financial deficit

a proposed expanded Goulburn Mulwaree Council would have difficulty meeting the Financial Sustainability criteria necessary to become Fit for the Future

“Our submission to the delegate on the proposed boundary adjustment has been heard, and I am delighted that the best outcome has been achieved for the region,” said Mayor Kettle.

Wagga staff ‘railroaded’ by shake-up

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WAGGA railway staff hoping for a reprieve fromjob cutshave been left “devastated”afterNSWTrainLink“dramatically reduced” station hours.
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Railway management andRail, Tram and Bus Union officials sat down with local staff on Monday to thrash outthe station’s future, but there was littlechange to cuts announced in June as part of amassive shake-up of the state’s rail system.

All seven of Wagga’s staff will have their hours slashed, meaning the booking office will reduced from eight hours per day to just three.

Staff had beenhopeful the organisation in charge ofregional and rural rail services would soften its stance, after a backflip onplans to make Griffith station unmanned and an announcement Wagga would become the primary stationresponsible for the management of seven other stations.

Retired Wagga railway employee Phil Horwell claimed current staff were “shocked and pretty devastated”.

“Wagga’s lost badly here, we’ve been absolutely railroaded,” Mr Horwell said.

“Currently the booking office is open 9am to5pm with two staff, but the new booking hours will be cut down to 11am to2pm with one person servingpeople wanting to buy tickets.

“The staff willhave to squeeze eighthours of serving people into three and the irony is two XPT trains to Sydney and Melbourne both come during thatperiod when the booking office is open.

“The recentlyannounced area manager will be confined to theback office, looking after eight stations like Leeton and Griffith, withno front-line duties.

“This will mean people can’t bring luggage in early and the cleanliness of the station will also suffer.”

Wagga MP Darly Maguire assured commuters the rationalisation plan wouldn’tdelay timetables.

“The same number of train and coach services would be covered by staff as they are today, including the peak arrivals and departures at Wagga station between midday and3pm,” Mr Maguire said.

“Security at Wagga station will be enhanced, with new CCTV cameras and a customer help point providing 24/7 assistance.”

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Waroona holds off Falcons’ last-quarter surgephotos

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Waroona holds off Falcons’ last-quarter surge | photos South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.
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South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

South Mandurah’s final quarter surge was not enough for them to overcome a strong Waroona outfit. Photo: Coni Forrestall.

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KSDTA team takes out City vs Country Tennis Challenge

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The City vs Country Challenge took place in Kiama recently.
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Front row: (left to right) Luke Matesic, Blake Hazell, Caleb Short, Amelia Geraghty. (Middle row) Natasha Mitchell, Bronwyn Moseley, Tom Howle. (Back row): Jenae Sloss, Jared Sloss, Zane Montgomery, Patrice Sivills, Olivia Sivills, manager Bill Summerside. Absent: Nicol Petkovic, Ryan Fleming, Jett Rory.

Teams from the City CommunityTennis Centre (Sydney City), Smash Tennis(Campbelltown), Kiama&Shellharbour District Tennis Association andKiama Tennis Club participated.

Each group was comprised of three four-playerteams.

Team oneconsisted of children from the 8-10 age group who used orange balls, team two(10-12 years) used green ballsand team three (13 years and over) used the normal yellow ball.

The event took place over four days during theholidays, with an official dinner held atKiama Bowling Club where team members werepresented with their team uniform by their managers.

The event was won last year by the City Community Centre, but this year the winning team was the KSDTA.

The members of the KSDTA wereOrange Ball:Amelia Geraghty, Luke Matesic, Blake Hazell, Jett Rory and Caleb Short; Green Ball: Olivia Sivills, Patrice Sivills, Ryan Fleming, Bronwyn Moseley, Tom Howle and NatashaMitchell; and Yellow Ball:Jenae Sloss, Jared Sloss, Nicol Petkovic and Zane Montgomery.

The Kiamateam consisted of; Orange Ball :Cooper Simpson, Miranda Bodys,Jake Farnworth, WilsonFeatherstone; Green Ball: Ryan Fleming, Ben Rankin, Ben Raison, Hamish Tanner; and Yellow Ball:Bjorn Myers, Reid Formosa, Connor Papageorge, Tom Nastovski.

The event is a great initiative,whereby children can represent their cluband enjoy friendly competition at the same time.

Congratulations to the organisers, Hannah Jones, Daniel Jones, David Jones, JoeMoseley and the Kiama Tennis Club committee for staging such a successful event.

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‘The Recruit’ stars lured to North Ballarat

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THE North Ballarat Roosters have enlisted the services of two of the stars from the upcoming season of Fox Footy show The Recruit for the remainder of the 2016 VFL season.
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Ready to make an impact: Matt Eagles and Daniel Cox from television show The Recruit have joined the North Ballarat Roosters for season 2016. Picture: Kate Healy.

Twenty-five year-old tallMatt Eagles will join the Roosters after impressing in the QFA South competition in Queensland, while 21-year-old Daniel Cox comes to North Ballarat from Cable Beach Football Club in the West Kimberley Football League.

Cox had signed with the Roosters during the pre-season period and spent eight weeks training with the Ballarat side, while Eagles trained for a week in January but only signed at North Ballarat in the last week.

Roosters coach Marc Greig said he expected the pair would become regular fixtures in North Ballarat’s starting lineup in coming weeks.

“Danielfitted in really well with the group during pre-season, and he was really quickand will add some genuine excitement,” Greig said. “Matt’s played his last couple of games in the Essendon District Football League and hejust gives us another big option up forward and in the ruck.”

The pair were selected to take part in the show which will air later this year, but will look to further their development with the Roosters with the ultimate hope of being drafted into the AFL system.

Greig said he anticipatedCox to play the bulk of his football in the forward line, but would give the 21-year-old shortstints though the middle of the ground to utilise his pace.

Eagles is also set to become a focal point of the Roosters’ forward line after kicking 61 goals for Yeronga in the QFA, but like Cox will also become an asset in the middle of the ground through the ruck.

“We’ve kept three or four spots on our list this year with the hope of recruiting some mature guys,” Greig said. “Getting these players back helps the development of the younger boys too as they’ll learn from having experiencedboys around.”

The pair are possible inclusions for the Roosters’ clash with Port Melbourne on the weekend.

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