Proclamation was announced on the 12th May 2016 dissolving the former Tumbarumba and Tumut Shire Coucnil and establishing the Snowy Valleys Council.
Joint Organisation Pilot:
Joint Organisations (JOs) are a key part of achieving strong, modern local government in NSW. They will provide a forum for local councils and the State to work together on things that matter most to regional communities and that cut across traditional council boundaries – things like jobs, education, housing, roads and transport.
Each pilot had a slightly different model, to reflect the different working relationships and priorities of their region. The pilots share their learning with other councils along the way and help to develop the JO model.
For further information please visit the Fit for Future page and follow the link to Joint Organisations.
In 2011 a Destination 2036 forum was held in Dubbo. This forum gave councils from throughout NSW a chance to discuss the future of local government. Destination 2036 highlighted the need to take a closer look at local government structures and finances and the way that councils would deliver services in the future.
An Independent Review panel was established to look at ways to strengthen the effectiveness of local government in NSW.
The Final Report of the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel was released on the 7th January, 2014. Public submissions regarding the review close on the 7th March 2014.
Please look at the Independent Local Government Review Panel website for the final report on the future of local government in NSW.
The NSW Minister for Local Government announced on the 10 September, 2014 the Fit for the Future package which offers funding and support for regional Councils.
23 June 2015 - Council endorsed the Draft Tumut Shire Council Improvement Proposal which was forwarded to IPART on 26 June 2015. To view the submission please click on link below:-
All councils proposals are now available on the IPART website www.ipart.nsw.gov.au
In October 2015 - The NSW Government released the IPART
Assessment of Council Fit for the Future proposals.
Please see the Fit for the Future website for more details.
Fit for the Future Media Releases: "click here"
Release of the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 Report 1 titled ‘Local Government in New South Wales’. This report was tabled in the Legislative Council on 29 October 2015.
Next Steps in Reform
18 December 2015 - the NSW Government announced future merger proposals and the next phase of local government reform to create stronger councils and strengthen local communities.
For more information on the next step please click on the link below:-
Merger Proposals Ready for Examination
7 January 2016 - Minister for Local Government Paul Toole referred the NSW Government’s Tumut/Tumbarumba Council merger proposal to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.
The proposal relating to Council and details regarding the process being undertaken, including the name of the Delegate, can be located at: www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au
The process for the review of the council merger proposal allowed for councils and communities to have their say through public inquiry (public meetings) and written submissions.
Submissions could be directly prepared and lodged through the Boundary Review Website:- (Tumut/Tumbarumba Shire Councils) - www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au
Final reports were prepared and submitted to the Minister and the Local Government Boundaries Commission, with final decisions expected mid-2016.
Public Inquiry - Merge Tumbarumba and Tumut Shire Councils
A Public Enquiry in relation to the proposal was held under section 263 of the Local Government Act 1993 at the following times and venues:
Tumut Golf Club Tumbarumba Bowling Club
Thursday, 11 February 2016 Thursday, 11 February 2016
9.00am - 12 noon 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Tumut Shire Public Information Evening
At its Ordinary Council meeting it was resolved to hold a Public Information Evening to be held on Monday, 1 February 2016.
The presentation and handout can be viewed below:
Final Merger Submission
At its Extra-Ordinary Council meeting held on Thursday 25 February 2016 it was resolved to endorse the draft submission for lodgement. The final submission can be viewed below:
Tumut Shire Council Final Merger Submission