Communities, councils and local government stakeholders are being invited to provide feedback on proposed Joint Organisation (JO) boundaries, Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey said.
“JOs are a major part of the NSW Government’s plan to strengthen local government and revitalise regional NSW by giving all councils and communities a stronger voice,” Ms Pavey said.
“JOs will make it easier for councils to undertake regional projects by working with the NSW Government to deliver the important services that regional and rural communities need such as roads and bridges.”
Ms Pavey said the proposed JO boundaries largely reflect the way in which councils currently work together and align with the boundaries of State Government agencies.
“Importantly, the proposed boundaries reflect changes that councils have been asking for to make regional collaboration stronger and more effective,” she said.
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said the NSW Government is now moving from piloting JOs to consolidation and encouraged people to have their say on the proposed boundaries.
“The five Pilot Joint Organisations regions (Central NSW, Illawarra, Hunter, Namoi and Riverina) are already delivering real results for regional communities by cementing stronger and more effective regional planning and collaboration,” Mr Toole said.
“The NSW Government is also developing implementation guidance, tools and support so we can be ready to start the roll-out of Joint Organisations across regional NSW from 2017.”
Feedback can be provided on the proposed map of JO boundaries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Thursday 27th October.