Keep Lachlan Local

Locals Support Lachlan Shire

 

The preliminary results from the independent survey taken late last week have been received and it shows 68 per cent of people surveyed do not want to merge with Parkes Shire Council.

The Argus is urging all residents to write to their local member and say resounding NO to almalgamations. Fill in the form on the front page and return it to the Argus by Wed 11th November.

By Melissa Blewitt

The preliminary results from the independent survey taken late last week have been received and it shows 68 per cent of people surveyed do not want to merge with Parkes Shire Council.

This is despite a proposed 34 per cent rate increase over four years from next year, the $5 million State Government incentive for the new entity to build infrastructure and the $5 million from the State Government to cover merger costs. The survey of 254 households has a plus or minus 6 per cent error factor which means had we surveyed every resident the result would have been in the range of 62 per cent – 74 per cent against any merger.

Take the time to fill out the Argus survey form (BELOW) and return it to the office by 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 November.

“This result provides solid support for Lachlan Shire to remain independent and the views of the community will be conveyed to the State Government in Council’s submission which is due by the 18th November,” Council’s General Manager Robert Hunt said.

The Mayors and General Managers of the Mid Lachlan Alliance (Forbes, Weddin, Lachlan and Parkes Shire Councils) met to discuss the recently released IPART Report regarding the Fit for the Future Proposals last Tuesday.

The consensus of the Mid Lachlan Alliance was that the time available before the November 18 deadline for responses will be used to seek feedback from their communities.

Before the IPART Report was released, all four Councils were in a position where their communities wanted to stand alone in the future.

All Councils agreed that the views of their communities are very important and this survey will give community members the chance to present their feedback regarding standing alone or merging with another Council.

Editors Opinion

Now is the time to stand up for Lachlan standing alone.

We have to do everything in our power to stop forced amalgamations.

WE have to say NO, and call out the State Government on their shortsighted strategy.

Take the time to fill out the Argus, The Lachlander or any survey form that helps show support for Lachlan Shire Council to stand alone.

The Lachlander survey form needs to be returned to PO Box 154, Condobolin, 2877 or placed in the ‘Have your Say’ containers at The Lachlander office or the Condobolin Newsagency in Bathurst Street by 12 noon on Monday, 9 November.The Condobolin Argus survey form needs to be returned to the Argus office at 93 Bathurst Street, by 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 November.

This is a vital part of helping to keep Lachlan Local.  MB

Committed to Condo

A group of local business owners want to establish a Chamber of Commerce in Condobolin.

• Tracie Robertson, Daryl Nairn, Brenda Haworth and Peter Kuhn want all Condobolin businesses to come together and form a Chamber of Commerce. They believe it would empower both business owners and the community. A meeting is being held on Thursday, 2 July at the Condobolin RSL Club (upstairs) from 5:30pm. All local business owners are invited to attend. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

A group of local business owners want to establish a Chamber of Commerce in Condobolin.

There was strong interest expressed at an informal meeting held last week.

“A Chamber of Commerce acts as a conjuit between businesses and Council,” Tracie Robertson of Ray White said.

“Parkes and Forbes have had great success with theirs, and I believe it is imperative we all work together to have a collective voice in the community.”

Peter Kuhn of Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre agrees.

“We all want Condobolin to thrive,” he said.

“We want a spirited discussion on what we can do to make the retail sector in Condobolin flourish.”

Shirley Bell of Happy Daze said it is imperative to get people from other towns to visit and shop in Condobolin.

“Shopping local helps everyone,” she said.

“We want business owners to come to the formation meeting and share their ideas.

“Put your thoughts forward and be part of making the Condobolin Chamber of Commerce a success.”

It is hoped by forming a Condobolin Chamber of Commerce, it will enable local businesses to network with each other and share vital local retail information.

“Together we can achieve more,” Peter, Shirley and Tracie said.

The formation meeting for the Condobolin Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, 2 July from 5:30pm at the Condobolin RSL Club.

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