Snowy River Fit for the Future Update
Snowy River Shire Council (SRSC) has hit the ground running in 2015, holding their first Extraordinary Meeting of Council for the year on Friday 23 January 2015. At the meeting Council formally decided that two business cases will be prepared in line with State Governments 'Fit for the Future Program'. These being a business case for SRSC to remain stand alone, as well as a business case for the proposed merger option between Bombala, Cooma Monaro and Snowy River Shire Councils.
"Council has been working for some months on preparing evidence that demonstrates it is Fit for the Future (FFTF), however we are also obligated to consider merging as recommended by the Independent Panel", explained General Manager, Joseph Vescio.
An additional outcome from the meeting was that Council agreed that much of the work to be undertaken in the next six months will be useful for any future IPART application with the timing for a proposed rate increase being re-considered later in the year.
The General Manager added "This will now allow us to focus on these two very important projects individually. The IPART submission will be re-visited in July 2015 after the FFTF business cases have been completed and Whatever the outcome, IPART consultation with the community will be required as a rate increase proposal will be a necessary step to becoming 'Fit for the Future' whether our Council remains stand alone or is merged.
Council has formed a working party including two Councillors. This team will ensure that Council is in the best position to fulfil the requirements of Snowy River's FFTF submission. Regular updates will be provided to the community as this process progresses.
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