When a large, well-run and fi­nan­cially sound coun­cil like Black­town can be found ‘un­fit’, then the whole se­lec­tion cri­te­ria must be called into ques­tion.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPECIAL REPORT | THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNCILS -

– MAYOR STEPHEN BALI

“It’s the clas­sic case of jam­ming the re­sults to suit the de­sired out­come.”

Pre­mier Mike Baird de­scribed the IPART re­port as “a fi­nal op­por­tu­nity” for coun­cils “to do the right thing for the fu­ture of their com­mu­ni­ties”.

The re­port pointed to ar­eas where Black­town could be­come fit in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing “ex­plor­ing rev­enue and costre­duc­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­fine­ments to as­set man­age­ment plan­ning, and ef­fi­cient use of debt for cap­i­tal and in­fras­truc­ture projects”.

Cr Bali said the lat­est au­dit by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers “found Black­town City Coun­cil was per­form­ing above ac­cepted industry bench­marks”.

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