WITH an Independent Local Government Review Panel due to hand its final report to the state government this month, Cabonne Council is asking all its residents to have a say on the type of council they want in the future.
Cabonne residents this week will receive a shire-wide survey in the mail, asking for their opinion on the shire’s future and reforms, such as council amalgamations, that have been considered by the panel.
Cabonne mayor Ian Gosper said the Make Cabonne Communities Count survey and a series of village workshops to be held late in October and early November would be crucial in preparing a picture of the type of local government Cabonne residents wanted.
In its most recent report, the review panel suggested Cabonne be amalgamated with Orange City and Blayney councils.
“The panel’s proposals are simply potential options for consideration by the government, which has already stated there will be no forced amalgamations,” Cr Gosper said.
“Our council has always supported reform, but we don’t believe amalgamation with Orange is the answer.
“I urge everyone to complete the survey so they can have in input in this important issue and to help us continue to improve the services we offer.”
Survey forms will also be available in various locations in Cabonne villages and can be completed easily online by going to the council’s website www.cabonne.nsw.gov.au
Additional forms can also be obtained by calling Cabonne Council on 6392 3200.
In addition to the survey, the council is inviting all residents to take part in a series of village workshops to be held in seven locations around the shire in late October and early November.