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THE CORRYONG COURIER
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2016
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A proposed merger between the Tumbarumba
and Tumut Shire Councils has met with fierce
resistance from residents.
Under the NSW government’s Fit For The
Future program, Tumbarumba was surprisingly
announced as a partner in a forced amalgamation
with Tumut Shire in late December 2015.
Under a government review Tumbarumba
indicated that it wanted to stand alone.
Tumbarumba mayor Cr Ian Chaffey said the
proposal did not make sense.
“Our community relates to different parts of
the region, there’s no advantage by becoming
involved with Tumut,” he said.
“There is a fundamental difference between
the two shires which the government is failing to
Following a series of information meetings
throughout the shire - including Khancoban,
Tooma and Jingellic - the community has
galvanised to fight the merger propsal.
Around 50 Tumbarumba residents travelled by
bus to a recent meeting called by Tumut Council,
which is in favour of the amalgamation, to voice
their opposition to a merger.
It is understood that Tumut council has
indicated that it no longer supports the proposed
A public inquiry is part of the merger process
and meetings are being held at Tumbarumba and
Merger plan fires up the community
Ghost float turns up
Corryong police are seeking information from
the public about a horse float that mysteriously
appeared at Tintaldra late last year.
The float was stolen from the Cudgewa area
more than a year ago, along with other items.
It was identified last Friday at the Tintaldra
Recreational Reserve and may have arrived there
around Christmas Eve.
Anyone with information about the theft or
how the float came to be at the reserve is asked to
contact the Corryong police on (02) 6076 1666.
Merger impact is there for all to
Corryong people will have bitter memories
of their forced amalgamation with Tallangatta
Shire. The effects are obvious to those of us from
Tumbarumba Shire who are regular visitors or
who have regular contact with our cross border
Tumbarumba now faces a similar fate. A
forced merger with Tumut Shire.
Tumbarumba Shire was deemed capable
financially and organisationally to stand alone until
Tumut Shire made a take-over bid for the more
progressive municipality. The goal posts were
moved and the merger announced days before
Christmas. Tumut was slated to become the major
centre and with a much larger population would
inevitably rob Tumbarumba Shire residents.
The outer communities like Tooma,
Khancoban and Jingellic of representation would
The ‘local’ attention that comes from a local
shire administration will be lost.
Sound familiar, Corryong?
Tumut Shire councillors have since seen the
folly of the proposal to merge with a shire which
is in a totally different catchment, has opposite
community of interest and which operates with
a totally different ethos. Tumut councillors were
long in denial about the sloppy and misleading
business model that was used to suggest the
Tumut has decided not to continue with a
request to merge with Tumbarumba Shire but this
is not the end of the matter. Far from it!
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole
still has the final say and he can still rule that the
Tumbarumba-Tumut Shires merger goes ahead.
Mergers at any cost is the aim of the NSW Baird
Stopping the merger continues to be a political
issue and Tumbarumba Shire residents must
continue to exert the maximum pressure on the
political leaders. The experience of Corryong is
very relevant to Minister Toole’s consideration.
The Tumbarumba Shire community’s response
so far has made the politicians take notice and
even split their Liberal Party loyalties. Now
efforts must be redoubled and focus on making
Mr Toole, change his mind. He must abandon
his shoddily researched, inaccurate and illogical
A massive turnout at this week’s public inquiry
in Tumbarumba is vital. Government appointed
delegate Knockles will hear from Tumbarumba
Shire Council, Hyne Timber general manager
and registered speakers today at the Tumbarumba
Bowling Club between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.
Written submissions are of critical importance
and everybody is urged to send their views to the
Shires Boundary Review by Sunday 28 February.
Assistance and information is available
daily at the Tumbarumba Pharmacy or on the
Tumut Council would have us believe that
they may have reconsidered their position but
there is still much work to be done. It is not too
late for our Corryong neighbours to assist in a
very real way.
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