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Brewarrina Council to go it alone — for now

Brewarrina Shire Council General Manager David Kirby. Photo TWH

Brewarrina Shire Council will remain a standalone council and not consider joining the Far North West Joint Organisation of Councils, at least until after next year’s local council elections.

Bre Shire’s General Manager David Kirby said the decision was made to enable the elected council next year to make the decision on whether to become a JO member or continue to go it alone.

“Council decided at its June meeting that we won’t proceed to be legally gazetted in the Far North West Joint Organisation of Councils, and main reason is because we have elections 12 months away and potentially a new council and new representatives,” Mr Kirby said.

“Council feels strongly about letting the new council have their democratic rights in the town, so rather than rushing in and committing to something that may impact future councils, this Council decided it will let the matter sit for now.

“We were very grateful and positive in our response to the invitation from the Borke, Cobar and Walgett Shire Councils and we still have a working relationship with all three councils through the Western Alliance.

“That Western Alliance is made up of 14 councils from the mid-western councils to the Central Darling, so we still have that regional collaborative approach. […]

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