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Local Government Reform

Centroc members support strengthening Local Government and are well into the work of increasing effectiveness through collaboration. Examples in this region include Netwaste which saved members $8m in its first decade of operation and all Centroc programming including The Centroc Water Utilities’ Alliance which has won national acclamation for its activities.

Our members support voluntary and incremental growth in the reform process where communities retain control over their assets and are able to opt in to programming they believe will add value. This includes regional procurement which would be enabled from reform of the Local Government Act.

Local Government Reform background

At the Destination 2036 conference in Dubbo, Centroc members enthusiastically embraced a state wide approach to strengthening local government through a reform process.

Over the past year the enthusiasm for the Local Government Reform process in this region has waned as successive reports from the Independent Panel for Local Government Reform (the Panel) were published, and the process became increasingly iterative. With the inclusion of lines on maps for amalgamations, member engagement understandably withdrew.

Centroc has published a significant amount of in depth submissions regarding this topic. Click here to review.