Residents invited to view Fit for the Future proposal
Wingecarribee Shire Council is inviting residents to have their say on Council’s Fit for the Future submission.
“All councils across the State were requested by the NSW State Government to submit their Fit for the Future proposal by the 30 June,” said Council’s General Manager, Ann Prendergast.
“And now all 144 submissions from across the State are available for viewing on IPART’s website.”
Under the Fit for the Future reforms, councils across the State had to meet a series of ‘fitness’ criteria relating to scale, capacity and financial health.
In a review undertaken by the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel, Wingecarribee was categorised as sustainable in its current form and not recommended for amalgamation.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will now perform the role of the Expert Advisory Panel to assess how all of the proposals meet the Fit for the Future criteria.
As part of the assessment process, ratepayers and other stakeholders are invited to share their views with IPART.
IPART will subsequently make their recommendation on all Fit for the Future submissions in October 2015 with the Minister for Local Government expected to make an announcement shortly thereafter.
Residents have until Friday 31 July 2015 to make comment via the IPART’s website at: www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Local_Govt/Fit_for_the_Future
The link also provides a fact sheet explaining the Fit for the Future process.