Farmers should work with councils
NSW Farmers urged farmers and rural communities to engage with their local councils following the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Review which ruled 56% of councils in regional areas did not meet the NSW Government's fit for the future criteria.
The association encouraged its members to engage directly with local government before November 18 - the government's deadline for councils to consult with communities and submit their preferred amalgamation partner.
NSW Farmers' business, trade and economics spokesperson Peter Wilson said members strongly opposed any amalgamations unless there were substantial economic benefits or improved service delivery for local communities.
The IPART report found 56% of councils in regional NSW were not 'fit for the future' because they lacked scale and capacity.
But, they could not meet scale and capacity guidelines unless they agreed to amalgamate.