NSW Government Media Release - Joint Organisations to bolster Regional Councils
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton today announced the NSW Government will introduce new laws to allow councils in regional NSW to voluntarily create new Joint Organisations in 2018.
Mr Barilaro said Joint Organisations would transform the way the NSW Government and local councils collaborate, plan, set priorities and deliver important projects in regional NSW, to help them deliver on the ambitions and priorities of their regional communities.
The announcement follows the success of a pilot program which trialled five separate Joint Organisations across NSW.
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government would provide seed funding of $3.3 million to support councils choosing to become a member of a new Joint Organisation.
“Joint Organisations bring together local and state governments to focus on the issues that matter most to regional communities such as building strong businesses, creating jobs, securing water supplies, improving regional transport, and developing community infrastructure, services and facilities,” he said.
“Councils choosing to take up this option will get a seat at the table in planning infrastructure and investment for their region, with support and funding from the State Government,” he said.
Mr Barilaro said over the course of the pilot period, the NSW Government had been working with councils and listening to feedback to get the Joint Organisations model right. Read more...