spreads (2).gif

Council dumps LGNSW and sticks with Canberra Joint Region Organisation

Eurobodalla Council will not be renewing its membership of Local Government NSW for 2018-19.

The decision was taken by councillors late last month. Membership fees for the peak industry body stand at around $50,000 per year.

Council agreed the membership money would be better placed with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation, which Mayor Liz Innes says is the way of the future.

“The Canberra Joint Region Organisation has the influence our shire needs. They have opened doors for us to see government ministers and they are a strong, cohesive voice for the south east region.

“In collaboration with eight other south-east councils and the ACT Government, the Joint Organisation looks at issues and projects of mutual interest as well as resource sharing.

“The majority of councillors agreed we have nothing to lose but everything to gain from this decision. Ratepayers’ money will be well spent with the Joint Organisation, whose annual membership fees are lower and we have the flexibility to decide if we want to fund particular projects as they come up.

“I do have some concerns about what I see as the politicisation of Local Government NSW and in my view they haven’t responded adequately to a number of matters we’ve raised with them recently.” Mayor Liz Innes

Mayor Innes has written to the LGNSW CEO to advise them of Council’s decision. It is understood another south-east council has also decided not to renew their membership of LG NSW.

Member councils of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation include Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Hilltops, Upper Lachlan, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Goulburn Mulwaree, Snowy Monaro, Yass Valley, Wingecarribee, and the ACT Government.

Audio: Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes talks of Eurobodalla Council decision to leave the LGNSW Extract of Interview by Jen Hunt of ABC South East Radio September 13th, 2018 Recorded under Fair Dealing All copy right remains with ABC Photo: Eurobodalla Council

#Council #LocalStateFederal #latest #Opinion

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.

Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a  shame to see your comment deleted)

Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts

Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.