Joint Media Release: Integration proposal on exhibition

Published on 20 March 2017

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The proposal that recommends the transfer of MidCoast County Council assets, liabilities and functions to MidCoast Council, has now been placed on public exhibition by the NSW Minister for Local Government.

Administrator for both entities, John Turner, resolved in December meetings of MidCoast County Council (trading as MidCoast Water) and MidCoast Council, to recommend to the Minister for Local Government to dissolve MidCoast Water, based on “significant cost savings that will be realised through the integration, and the benefits this will offer the MidCoast community by alleviating pressure on water and sewer prices”, he said.

The proposal points to an estimate of more than $3million per annum in staff and operational savings, expected to be realised after an initial transition period that includes a three year employment guarantee that would be applied under Local Government Reform should the proposal proceed.

In this current stage of the process, the NSW Government invites community feedback over a 28-day exhibition period, that commenced on 15 March, and runs through to Wednesday 12 April 2017.

MidCoast Water was governed by representatives of the three former Councils which were merged to form MidCoast Council by proclamation on 12 May 2016.

The proposal can be viewed on the MidCoast Council and MidCoast Water websites. Submissions to the State Government can be made until 12 April 2017 by emailing olg@olg.nsw.gov.au, by post (Minister for Local Government, C/- Office of Local Government, Locked Bag 3015, Nowra, NSW 2541) or by fax on 02 4428 4199.