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WSROC welcomes release of the Local Government report

Media Release January 8, 2014
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the release of the final report of the Local Government Reform Panel but stressed that many of the recommendations will need further consideration.

“We are pleased to see the final report and applaud the great transparency and consultation which has characterised the work of the Panel and the review process,” WSROC president Clr Tony Hadchiti said.

“WSROC has worked closely with the Panel and we are pleased to see many of our concerns and suggestions have been acknowledged.

“However, there is no doubt that some of these reforms are controversial and likely to create substantial debate both among councils and in the communities they represent,” he said.

“While we agree that there are significant financial and efficiency savings which can be obtained from closer collaboration between neighbouring councils across a regional basis, we are not convinced that amalgamations must be inevitable to achieve this.

“We are also disappointed that the ROCs are not currently perceived as having the capacity to fulfil the regional roles identified for the establishment of the new Joint Organisations,” he said.

“WSROC is already a highly effective regional voice for advocacy on behalf of our councils and the region, and an effective partner with State Government agencies on a range of planning and strategic policy issues.

“We have an established procurement operation and are already looking at a range of potential opportunities for shared services among our member councils.

“And we have a proven track record of delivering State and federally funded programs across the region.

“We feel WSROC is well-positioned to take on the role identified for Joint Organisations and we will be seeking discussions with the Minister as soon as possible to ensure we continue to play an important role on behalf of our residents and the local and regional communities”, he said.

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