CABONNE Council could take over the maintenance of Orange City Council roads according to Cabonne Council deputy mayor Lachie MacSmith.
The suggestion is part of a plan to fight a proposed amalgamation with Orange and share services rather than give them up.
The Independent Local Government Review Panel in a recent report suggested the two councils should merge.
That decision will be made by the Minister for Local Government Don Page after the panel releases its findings in October.
Every councillor in Cabonne is against the move.
Cabonne deputy mayor Lachie MacSmith said part of the council’s plan to combat the merger would be to offer shared services.
“One example would be, we’ve got all the gear for road maintenance so we could take over the road works for Orange, no-one would lose jobs it’d just be under the management of Cabonne,” he said.
“We could also share a specialist position, we don’t have the work for a full time specialist but we could say have one two days a week and they could work at another council the rest of the time.”
If the review panel finds in favour of an amalgamation and the minister agrees with the panel it still will not be a done deal, according to Cr MacSmith.
The council will deliver a survey in the next few weeks to residents of Cabonne asking for their opinion on the proposed amalgamation in a bid to gather evidence if there is a fight.
The due date for submissions to the panel has long passed but Cr MacSmith thinks if the majority of residents are opposed to the idea they can still use the survey as legitimate grounds to oppose the merger.
“If we have to fight we need to have a reasonable assumption it’s what our rate payers want us to fight for,” he said.
“We decided to do the survey because we had residents come up to us asking what can we do to help?”