Kyogle looks south in new sister city arrangement

bY ANDY PARKS

THE homes of the Big Banana and the big baby boom are now sister cities.

The Coffs Harbour and Kyogle shire councils have signed an agreement that Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett hopes will have benefits and savings for the people of Kyogle.

"We've always had good personal relationships with Coffs Harbour council at the general manager and mayoral level," he said.

"I see some big advantages in the human resources and training areas; they are big issues for councils and Coffs has more specialist people in those areas.

"Developing policy can be a hard slog and they're prepared to share that stuff, so there are advantages and savings and every dollar we save means another dollar for the community in another area."

Cr Bennett said the NSW Minister for Local Government, Paul Lynch, was encouraging the idea of sister-city relationships between city and regional councils, but he couldn't see the advantage in travelling to Sydney.

"By having an alliance with Coffs, we can actually drive there in a day, have a session and drive back," he said. "Proximity is a huge advantage and they are a large organisation in relation to Kyogle."

Cr Bennet said at this stage there were no plans for promotions in relation to tourism and marketing of the councils.



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