Coffs Harbour Council has made the decision to become part of a Joint Organisation. Picture: Trevor Veale/The Coffs Coast Advocate
by Jasmine Minhas
After some debate, Coffs Harbour Council has made the decision to become part of a Joint Organisation, a rather new concept which was passed by the NSW Government in November last year.
At this week’s Council Meeting, 7 out of 9 councillors voted in favour of pursuing the formation of a JO which includes Bellingen Shire, Clarence Valley, and Nambucca Shire Councils.
According to the State Government, the benefits of JO’s include better alignment of state, regional and local priorities; improved collaboration between councils; and stronger recognition of the role of local government in regional planning.
The initial recommendation to join a JO with the addition of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Kempsey Shire Council was rejected over an alternate recommendation made by Cr Sally Townley.
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