The proposal put forward by the Centroc group of councils has been selected as one of five pilots program’s from across the State as part of the Local Government Reform Program. After a consultation period that ended in April 2014 the Government’s response to the final recommendations by the Local Government Reform Panel was released – ‘Fit for the Future’. The proposal by the State Government included a $1B package to assist councils with the process. As part of the reform the Government announced that there is to be a creation of Joint Organisations of Councils. Funding was also announced for the creation of pilot joint organisations of councils.
“I am very pleased that the Central West Regional Organisation of Councils (Centroc) has been selected to be one of the joint organisation of councils pilot program” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “Centroc has been a terrific organisation that has worked with and assisted the councils in the region greatly.”
“Centroc has also been recognised as one of the industry leaders and one that we have been very proud of. There is an opportunity now for Centroc to transition into the new organisation and for this region to continue to be a leader” said Mayor Statham.“As part of the local government reform process all councils in NSW will have to make a submission to the Minister demonstrating that they are Fit for the Future. I believe that Lithgow can put a very good case for its future” concluded Mayor Statham.