Shoalhaven City Council will convene a workshop in early January to discuss the proposed merger with Kiama Municipal Council.
The workshop will be used to discuss the ‘positives’ and ‘negatives’ of the proposed merger before Council makes a final determination.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said the workshop would also allow Council to highlight issues before formulating questions to be put to the Minister for Local Government.
“The upcoming workshop, to be held within the New Year, will allow Council to fully discuss the logistics of a proposed merger with Kiama Municipal Council,” said Clr Gash.
“It is important that Council considers all of the issues before making a final determination on its position.
“While there is a tendency to want to rush, the reality is that Council has not received all of the information from the State Government at this stage.”
Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was calling on the local community to have their say on the proposed merger.
Council will provide information on the proposal to all residents and ratepayers in the New Year after the internal workshop.
Information will be available on council’s website and will set out the facts, implications and process concerning the proposed merger so the community can make an informed decision.
The Mayor said Council would be taking the wishes of the community strongly into consideration when forming a position on the proposal.
“It is also important to note that the Office of Local Government will soon be appointing a delegate to undertake consultation in both Council areas.”
“The community will be provided with plenty of opportunities to have their say on the proposal inclusive of a public meeting which will be hosted by the State Government.”
The Mayor said Council would provide the community with further information on the proposal as it came to hand.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170