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Joint Organisation legislation passes parliament

Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Category: Ministerial Media Release

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton today announced local councils across regional NSW will now be able to form voluntary Joint Organisations following the successful passage of new laws through NSW Parliament.

Mr Barilaro said the new legislation would deliver a brand new model of collaboration between local councils, improving their ability to deliver projects for their local communities.

“The passing of legislation today is a great milestone for people living in regional and remote towns across NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Today’s decision followed a comprehensive trial of Joint Organisations involving 43 councils across five regional areas, which proved to be highly successful in delivering for local people.

“We listened to the feedback from that trial, and we’re confident this new legislation is exactly what local councils and local people want.

“Before I entered State Parliament, I worked in local government, so I know how important it is to have strong local councils delivering services for people in country areas.

“Essentially Joint Organisations lead to better collaboration, greater clarity on local priorities, improved economic strength, and in turn better service delivery for local people,” he said.

The Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Act 2017 will now make way for eighty-six regional councils to voluntarily join a Joint Organisation.

Each Joint Organisation will comprise of a minimum of three councils and be established within an existing NSW planning region. Read more...

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