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.
– 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”.