Coun­cil re­jects State’s pro­posed ‘joint or­gan­i­sa­tion’ con­cept

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com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing pe­nalised be­cause of gov­ern­ment cut backs. The in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties don’t even have com­put­ers,” he said.

“We’re stick­ing up for OROC,” Cr Mohr said. “Western NSW is not get­ting rep­re­sented in the cur­rent form. Ul­ti­mately those peo­ple come and shop in Dubbo, for med­i­cal is­sues, Dubbo is the first port of call. With­out them be­ing in­cluded in a joint or­gan­i­sa­tion with us, they’re dis­ad­van­taged to the point they’re not event in­cluded in a gov­ern­ment.”

OROC is the Orana Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils com­pris­ing 12 mem­ber coun­cils, in­clud­ing Bo­gan, Bourke, Bre­war­rina, Co­bar, Coon­am­ble, Dubbo Re­gional, Gil­gan­dra, Mid-western Re­gional, Nar­romine, Wal­gett, War­ren, and War­rum­bun­gle.

“If they try to put us with Bathurst or Orange, and put us with a fi­nan­cial coun­cil and set fees high, the lit­tle coun­cils can’t af­ford the fees. The fees are set in a JO, and it scares me that a joint or­gan­i­sa­tion can bor­row money – why?

“Ba­si­cally it’s set up to give ad­vice to gov­ern­ment and as a re­source. We’re hop­ing now that we’ve said ‘no thank you’, they’ll come back and ask us why, what are our con­cerns,” Cr Mohr said.

“I think they’ll use it as a form of amal­ga­ma­tion of coun­cils in the long run,” he said. The fol­low­ing ques­tions are cur­rently with coun­cil.

On the Qan­tas flight academy

While it is “Time for ev­ery­one to dream big” about a $20 mil­lion Qan­tas flight academy in Dubbo [re­ported in Dubbo

March 15], what has hap­pened to the RFDS $18 mil­lion sim­u­la­tor pro­posed for Dubbo to train RFDS pi­lots and oth­ers? The ABC re­ported the project on April 4, 2016. Then, ABC re­ported on Oc­to­ber 12, 2017, that it would not go ahead.

The sim­u­la­tor was to be sup­plied by an Is­re­ali-based com­pany. The Pales­tine Sup­port Net­work Aus­tralia had ob­jected to the pur­chase. RFDS said the de­ci­sion “to pull out” was a busi­ness de­ci­sion, not a po­lit­i­cal one. The RDFS said it was look­ing for another com­pany to pro­vide the equip­ment.

What is the sta­tus know? If Dubbo can’t get one pi­lot academy, it may “dream” on to get another.

Where will swim­mers go... to the river?

Two thou­sand peo­ple use the Dubbo RSL in­door pool ev­ery week (which has been closed while roof re­pair work is be­ing done): Dubbo Ducks, kids do­ing swim­ming lessons, ge­ri­atrics, swim­ming club and the aer­o­bics classes. When the Dubbo Aquatic and Leisure cen­tre closes for the Win­ter, Dubbo will be with­out a pool. What is coun­cil do­ing to pro­vide Dubbo with a year-round pool?

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“May­ors and coun­cil­lors across NSW know funds al­lo­cated to elite sta­di­ums would be bet­ter in­vested in lo­cal com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture across NSW – such as lo­cal sport­ing fields, bridges, foot­paths, li­braries, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices,” Cr Scott said.

“We call on the NSW Gov­ern­ment to use fund­ing saved from this sin­gle project – and funds com­mit­ted to the de­mo­li­tion and re­build of Al­lianz Sta­dium in Moore Park – to in­stead sup­port coun­cils to re­place and grow es­sen­tial com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture across NSW.

“Fund­ing alone from the Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment would fix coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture back­log, al­low­ing com­mu­nity roads and bridges to be main­tained at ap­pro­pri­ate stan­dards.

“If the Gov­ern­ment put less than five per cent – or just $22 mil­lion – of the funds saved to­wards lo­cal li­braries – it would ben­e­fit the 34 mil­lion peo­ple who visit li­braries each year, com­pared to only 1.6 mil­lion vis­i­tors to ANZ sta­dium.

“Coun­cil-run li­braries are open to ev­ery­one and they’re free, of­fer­ing a wide range of ser­vices in­clud­ing chil­dren’s story time, home­work help for stu­dents, and ac­tiv­i­ties for se­niors – no en­try ticket re­quired.

“Yet the NSW Gov­ern­ment con­trib­utes $3.76 per capita; well un­der the next low­est gov­ern­ment con­tri­bu­tion of $6.07 pro­vided in Queens­land.

“The Gov­ern­ment’s fore­casts for dra­matic pop­u­la­tion growth in NSW make it even more im­por­tant to boost fund­ing for un­der­ly­ing com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture now,” Cr Scott said.

NSW’S peak coun­cil body has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that a com­plete re­build of ANZ Sta­dium in Syd­ney will not go ahead.

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