Mayor of Weddin Shire Council, Mark Liebich has reinforced a desire to take a considered approach in responding to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) assessment of Council’s ‘Fit for the Future’ proposal.
“I have met with Council and we are still very supportive of Weddin standing alone as a Rural Council. However, we need to be certain that this is still the will of the community particularly in view of the incentives the State Government is offering for voluntary mergers. To this end we will be launching a survey on Friday 6 November 2015 to obtain community input in helping Council to respond.”
“I am puzzled at how IPART could have the confidence to support a special rate variation (SRV) specifically granted to support the construction of the new Grenfell Health (Medical) centre and a new pool, in February 2015 and then find us unfit in October of the same year? “
“Council argued that it had a capacity to pay for the projects and to service the loans. It would be disappointing if the IPART determination (which was based on questionable financial ratios) affected applications for these projects currently before the government for funding support.”
Council is currently considering all of our options and will review the results of the community survey prior to lodging a response by 18 November 2015.
“Should the NSW Government resolve that Weddin Shire is not a Rural Council and will be forced to amalgamate I will be calling a public meeting in order to support the community’s position.”
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL