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County councils merge 1 July 2016
NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole has announced from 1 July 2016 Rous Water, Far North Coast Weeds and Richmond River County Council will merge as Rous County Council. The decision to merge the operations of the three organisations follows unanimous agreement for change by each county council and their member councils, and a formal proposal put to the Minister in 2014.
The merger is expected to improve financial sustainability with immediate cash savings expected to be in the vicinity of $130,000 for the operations of the two smaller counties. This is largely achieved in the area of administration and governance. Savings will be evident through greater efficiency gains by combining three into one and in particular through the reduction of triplication of costly reporting requirements.
Far North Coast County Council and Richmond River County Council will be dissolved with all functions transferring to Rous County Council effective 1 July 2016. While there will be some operational changes to attend to, our community and customers can expect business as usual with the continued delivery of high quality services in all three areas.