Extract from an article by Jonathon Howard in Free Times Thursday 30 May 2013
Southern Downs Regional Council mayor Peter Blundell has urged the NSW State Government to approach forced amalgamations with “extreme caution”, as Tenterfield Shire Council and Glen Innes Severn Council face merger plans similar to those used in Queensland during 2007.
Mayor Blundell said the benefits of forced amalgamations, which were introduced in Queensland to deal with mounting debts and shared administration duties, were “debatable at best”.
“I would urge extreme caution from the NSW State Government process of any forced amalgamations and to implement those only as an extreme necessity,” Mayor Blundell said.
His comments came as Tenterfield Shire Council has been called upon to justify why the council, which is grappling with mounting debt, should not merge with Glen Innes Severn Council.