The NSW Government has welcomed a proposal from Rous County Council to merge Far North Coast County Council, Richmond River County Council and Rous County Council, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced today. Mr Toole said the proposal to create a new, stronger Rous County Council had the support of all three entities and will deliver substantial improvements to natural resource management throughout the region.

“The merger will enable Rous County Council to become one of the strongest and best run natural resource management councils in NSW,” Mr Toole said.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the merger is expected to generate significant savings that will go directly back into providing frontline natural resource management services.

“The benefits of this merger are clear. It will significantly reduce the administrative workload and provide a level of financial sustainability that wasn’t there before.”

The new Rous County Council will take over responsibility for the eradication of noxious weeds from the Far North Coast County Council for the majority of the merged area, flood plain management from Richmond River County Council and will continue its responsibility for water supply to the region.

The merger will take effect from 1 July 2016.

Mr George said the merger proposal was initiated locally and is separate to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reforms.

“The NSW Government conducted public consultation and the overwhelming view was that the merger will deliver clear benefits to the region,” Mr George said.

Photo: Rous Water General Manager Kyme Lavelle, Thomas George MP, Rous Water Chair Robert Mustow, FNC County Council Chair Robyn Hordern, Minister Paul Toole MP

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