It has been confirmed, there will be no forced amalgamation for Cabonne Council. With the merger still a bit in the air Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper can definitely confirm there will be no forced amalgamation for Cabonne.
“I really believe this is the end of it,” Ian Gosper said.
Local Government Minister Paul Toole confirmed the proposed council merger will not go ahead and National Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro vowed to put an end to local government mergers in the bush.
The court process has been put on hold and the coming weeks will reveal more about the processes to be undertaken.
With a strong stance from both parties the coming days will reveal the decision of other forced council amalgamations too, with the hope of the same outcome.
After a hard fight from the Cabonne Community we can now carry on as usual and put the focus back into building the community back up.
“If our community didn’t rally we wouldn’t be here today,” Ian Gosper said.
The forced amalgamation has cost rate- payers $133,000 but it is really a small price to pay to keep our community alive.
Ian Gosper thanks the community “for continuing to fight and for local councillors Kevin Walker and Anthony Durkin for their support”.