As part of the State Government’s local government reforms, Council has been formally advised that the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Paul Toole MP, has made a proposal to amalgamate the existing areas of Maitland and Dungog into one new area. A merger inquiry process is now being undertaken by the Office of Local Government. This merger proposal is consequent to a decision by Gloucester Shire Council to propose an amalgamation of Gloucester, Great Lakes, and Taree councils, which if successful, could potentially leave Dungog without a merger partner.
Even though there will now be an inquiry into the proposal put forward by Gloucester, the original Gloucester Dungog merger inquiry will continue. Port Stephens have also formally put forward a proposal to merge with Dungog.
The Hon. Paul Toole MP has stated that the Government is continuing to work with councils on local government reforms underscoring the fact that no final decision has been made about any proposal.It has always been, and continues to be, Maitland City Council’s position that Maitland is ‘Fit for the Future’ and that a stand alone model best meets the needs of both Council and the community. However, Council must now again consider its position in relation to a potential merger with Dungog.
Council is encouraging the Maitland community to inform themselves about this proposed merger and to make sure that they have their say by making a submission or attending the public inquiry to be held on Thursday 7 April between 9.00am and 1.00pm at Club Maitland City (Maitland City Bowling Club).
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