Fighting fit for the future - Kyogle's working out

Kyogle Shire Council
Kyogle Shire Council David Nielsen

AN EXTRAORDINARY meeting for Kyogle Council saw no concrete decisions on mergers, but a willingness to look ahead.  

The meeting resolved to continue their community engagement strategy to keep residents and rate-payers informed.  

"It's a very unsettling time for everybody," mayor Danielle Mulholland said.  

"Information has been inconsistent and people are filling in the holes."  

Cr Mulholland said council will be holding emergency discussions with Richmond Valley and Lismore councils to help contribute to business case studies that will make the picture clearer as to what a merger will look like.  

"These meetings don't mean we are willing to merge, but we need to ask the questions such as 'will rates go up or down?' and 'what is the scale and capacity and is it achievable?' if we merge," she said.  

"We will be sending a consistent and informed message to all residents and rate payers."  

Kyogle council logo
Kyogle council logo

Cr Mulholland said Kyogle Council has not been happy with the Fit for the Future process saying they will be writing to the NSW premier regarding some of it's 'glaring errors'.  

While council has been deemed financially sustainable and able to fix its large infrastructure requirements, IPART found it was not fit for it's scale and capacity standards set by the state government.  

With a population of 9,550 it had too many people to be classed as rural and was too close to regional centres Casino and Lismore.  

"Numbers keep changing for (what makes) a rural council," Cr Mulholland said.

"First it was 5,000 (in a population) then we are measured against 10,000."

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