INDEPENDENT: Bellingen Shire Council resolves to stand independently in response to the IPART Fit For the Future report.
INDEPENDENT: Bellingen Shire Council resolves to stand independently in response to the IPART Fit For the Future report. Trevor Veale

Bellingen Shire Council decides to stay independent

BELLINGEN Shire Council resolved to stand independently at Monday's council meeting in response to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's Fit For the Future report released last month.

The report found Bellingen Shire Council was unfit for the future along with more than half of the local councils across NSW.

Being deemed unfit put the council at risk of forced amalgamations with other councils across the region.

Council will submit their formal response to the NSW today indicating the council;

  • Satisfies the scale and capacity criteria but not satisfying the financial benchmarks and in particular the Operating Performance Ratio.
     
  • Accepts the direction provided to it by the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel to stand alone and be a member of a Joint Organisation.
  • Also accepts the direction provided by IPART that its analysis has not identified a better alternative to Council's proposal to stand alone.
     
  • Has undertaken significant additional work on its asset framework and based on audited figures has revised its forecasts against the Operating Performance Ratio and the Building and Infrastructure Asset Renewal Ratio.

The response comes after local protests opposing the possible amalgamation of the council with others across the Coffs Coast.



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