FRESHLY-inducted Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton needs to make her intentions on council mergers clear now, according to an Orange councillor.
Chris Gryllis has objected to ongoing delays for months as Cabonne Council pursued legal action against then-minister Paul Toole to stop an amalgamation with Orange and Blayney councils.
Mr Toole lost the portfolio in Sunday’s reshuffle to make way for Ms Upton.
“This is ridiculous now – for the last 10 years, it’s been on-off, on-off and the amount of money spent on studies has been enormous,” Cr Gryllis said.
“There have been enormous interruptions.”
Cr Gryllis, who supported mergers, said staff and councillors simply wanted to know “what will happen tomorrow”.
“I hope the minister will come up with some sort of resolution,” he said.
The Nationals have already committed to stopping 12 regional amalgamations when parliament resumes.