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Are Councillors merely State Government rubber stamps when it comes to planning

The Beagle Editor,

The Eurobodalla Council has for many years been plotting its financial survival. Discussions about the long term financial viability of the Council are regularly discussed behind closed doors, not only by the Councillors, but those with the most to lose should the Council become unviable in the longer term. The Rural Lands Strategy package currently being talked about by many is part of a strategic plan to assist with the long term financial viability of the Council. The primary reasons for what’s been submitted for the State Governments consideration about rural lands living and other development is part of a long term plan to reduce costs of providing significant infrastructures roads and other essential services and the longer term maintenance associated with them in rural areas within the shire.

The State Government is attempting to make all NSW local Councils self funding, leaving all the Council financial responsibilities with those living in the Council areas. The State Government is developing a state development or living plan for all NSW Local Councils that will eventually be linked to a National Living and Development plan that includes urban living of smaller blocks and higher living densitys. Why our Council Mayor and others haven’t publicly explained that who knows. Why the expected financial benefits to the wider community haven’t been explained is even more amazing !

Whatever eventually occurs will be a decision of the State Government though and not the local Council.

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