COUNCIL amalgamations that came when civic bodies were declared unfit under the state government’s Fit Fit the Future (FFF) programwere well publicised, as forthose that were declared fit, well, they were the lucky ones, right?. But how much ‘luck’ was really involvedand how are they handling some of the massive changes now?
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Inverell Shire Council was one Local Government Area declared fit and also one that Mayor Paul Harmon thinks has taken both the process and the change in its stride.

“It’s one of those things we seem to have been talking about forever,” Cr Harmon said.

“The state government put out a template that all councils had to meet, and there were many aspects to it. There were ratios for financials, own source revenue, loans council has, infrastructure backlogs, so it was a long, drawn out, lengthy process.”

Mayor Paul Harmon thinks the community has already seen some of the advantages of the Fit For the Future legislation.

He said Inverell’s application to IPART was independently assessed and audited and was far from a ‘tick and flick’ exercise.

“It was a robust document that shaped council’s plans into 2020 and even into 2022. So it wasn’t just about the next year or the next six-months,” Cr Harmon said.

“It was a long strategic plan that council put in place, and a blueprint for future councils to follow as a guide.”

He said new state government FFF legislation had already beennoticed by the communityin the form of the recent FFFinformation mail-out and the increased implementation of the council website.

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