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siriusMon, 31/07/2017 - 10:40am

Former Greater Taree City Councillor, Peter Epov, today called for an independent review of the MidCoast amalgamation saying that he has serious reservations about the success of the amalgamation experiment, and the ability of the new Council to effectively service the ratepayers and residents of the new Local Government Area.

dougkFri, 24/03/2017 - 1:55pm

The proposal to merge MidCoast Council with MidCoast Water is on public exhibition until 12 April. Details of the proposal and explanations on how to make a submission can be found here: http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say/MidCoast-Council-and-MidCoa...

How will this merger affect North Arm Cove?

Probably not very much - given that we have neither sewer nor town water and are unlikely to be provided with those services in the foreseeable future. Possibly there will be some side effects.

There is an expected $3million in savings but, on previous experience, none of that will head our way....

Meeting 11 Feb 10amdougkSun, 05/02/2017 - 9:19pm

The first general meeting of the Residents Association for 2017 kicks off at 10am this coming Saturday (11 February ) . We do hope to see you there at the Hall. (The airconditioning will be on!)

Since our last meeting in December 2016, a change of Premier has led to a reversal of the previous policy of forced Council amalgamations. Alas, this change of heart is all too late for us. The eggs have been too well scrambled.

Our forceful protestations last year - that a merger with Greater Taree (now referred to as Manning) and Gloucester would...

dougkTue, 18/10/2016 - 10:10pm

MidCoast Council (MCC) will be holding another ‘community update’ meeting in Tea Gardens Baptist Church at 6pm on Wednesday 9 November. You're invited to come along to find out the most up-to-date information on how the merger is progressing.

Interim General Manager, Glenn Handford, along with other key MCC staff are looking forward to hitting the road once again and visiting communities across the region, from Harrington in the north to Tea Gardens in the south. “These meetings are a great way for us to get to know people in each community and chat about opportunities, challenges and concerns,...

dougkSun, 02/10/2016 - 8:14pm

What does MidCoast actually mean? Can a meaningful identity encompassing the whole of the merged council area be manufactured? How would Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pindimar, Bundabah and North Arm Cove fit in? Do we fit in?

Council has initiated a process to develop a unified identity for the new MidCoast region. They have invited representatives of community organisations to attend one of a series of focus groups to be held:

dougkMon, 16/05/2016 - 1:28pm

Statement by Administrator John Turner Mid Coast Council

John Turner has been appointed the Administrator of Mid Coast Council, which is a merger of the former Great Lakes Council, Greater Taree City Council and Gloucester Shire Council.

Mr Turner was appointed as the Administrator of the Council by a proclamation of the Governor of NSW on 12 May 2016.

Glenn Handford interim GM
dougkThu, 12/05/2016 - 1:40pm

Following today's NSW Cabinet meeting (Thursday 12 May) , the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, has announced that a merger of Great Lakes, Gloucester and Greater Taree will go ahead forming a Mid-Coast Council with effect from today .

It is clear that the feelings of the majority of the local community counted for nought in this decision. Our submissions appear to have been ignored.

If there exists a justification for this decision it could only be ideological because, on the basis of the available evidence, it is not in anyway logical. The identified disadvantages...

dougkFri, 15/04/2016 - 11:03pm

Submissions to the Public Enquiry into the proposed merger of Great Lakes with Greater Taree and Gloucester Councils closed earlier today (15 April). Great Lakes Council has now published its lengthy submission on the Council website . The Executive Summary repeats the Council's preparedness to cooperate with the NSW Government on local government reform but also notes:

... Our submission on this merger proposal will show that there are many risks associated with the merger. The government proposal contains very little detailed information and leaves many unanswered questions around the viability of a new entity. This...

dougkFri, 08/04/2016 - 8:46pm

For the past two years or more, the senior staff of our Council have been diverted from their normal task of servicing the needs of the Great Lakes Community. Driven by the State Government, we've had key Council staff and councillors pre-occupied with the TCorp review, the Fit for the Future process, then, for the past 18 months, the on and off and on-again saga of prospective mergers.

Positioning for success
dougkSun, 03/04/2016 - 11:17am
GLC seeks to take the lead position

GLC's Community Engagement Meeting (Wednesday 30 March) focused almost entirely on the current proposals to merge GLC with Gloucester and Greater Taree councils.

General Manager Glenn Handford stressed the significantly better position that the Great Lakes Council is in when compared to either Gloucester or Taree. Of the three councils only GLC was assessed as both "fit for the future" and having a positive financial outlook. Glenn attributed this superiority to GLC's better management practices, better planning and the considerable work undertaken over recent years to address such things as the maintenance backlog. GLC had been...


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