IPART Media Release 1:00pm Friday 16 Oct
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has today handed its assessment of council proposals under the Fit for the Future reforms to the NSW Government.
Each of the 139 proposals (received from 144 councils) has been assessed as either ‘fit’ or ‘not fit’ against the Fit for the Future criteria established by the Government last year. The eight Far West councils were not required to submit proposals.
IPART Chairman Dr Peter Boxall said the council proposals to either stand-alone or merge were assessed according to whether they delivered the scale and capacity, financial sustainability, efficiency and the ability to effectively manage infrastructure and services for the community as required under the criteria.
While councils were required to consider the merger options put forward by the Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) in 2013, alternatives put forward were also assessed, along with the input from more than 1500 submissions received during IPART’s public consultation process on the proposals.