More shire amalgamations – this time in northern NSW

Editor’s Note: When Will they learn? NSW authorities are proposing amalgamations on shires that have little in common. This is despite the failure  shire amalgamations by QLD governments. There were forced amalgamation in  2007 and then failed de-amalgamations in 2013. This  has impacted adversely on many Queensland Councils. Now, in the name of Havard business school style efficiency (sic) a NSW report recommends amalgamating Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Kyogle shire councils.

Council amalgamations inevitable: report

by Chris Dobney from the Daily Echo

The report into local government in NSW, released yesterday, has flagged that it supports amalgamations of local councils, even though the state government has ruled out forcing the issue.

The Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report identifies Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Kyogle shire councils as future amalgamation targets, with critics saying a Kyogle merger could happen as early as next year.

The panel’s 65 recommendations are available for councils to respond to until just March 7.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has slammed the state government for imposing such a limiting consultation deadline, saying it gives them little or no time to respond given many councils don’t meet until mid-February… read more at

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