MEDIA RELEASE 14 February 2017
Bathurst Regional Council will continue to look to the future for the local government area ensuring the provision of quality services, infrastructure and amenities for residents after today’s announcement that planned forced amalgamations will not go ahead.
NSW Premier Berejiklan announced that all existing amalgamations will be unchanged in the city and in regional NSW. Planned forced amalgamations in regional NSW will not proceed. Pending forced amalgamations in Sydney that are subject to court proceedings will go ahead, subject to decisions of the courts.
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Gary Rush said Council has always taken a position of working with the NSW Government and other Councils on the issue of local government reform and today’s announcement by Premier Berejiklan would be accepted by Council.
“Council will continue to look forward to ensure we capitalise on opportunities for continued growth and development for the residents and ratepayers of Bathurst Regional Council, and this approach will not change, irrespective of the State Government final decision on council mergers.
“We have always stated our position as one of accepting the Government’s position on local government reform, and this will not change.
“Council is currently undertaking, and will continue to invest in major capital works projects for the benefit of the local government area, and to ensure the continued provision of quality services and amenity for our residents.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the State Government on a range of issues, including the structure of local government, and will continue to work for this community throughout this process,” Cr Rush said.
More information: Therese Ryan Manager Corporate Communications