Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson are pleased with the progress of the pilot Namoi Councils Joint Organisation following a meeting with the group in Tamworth today.


The Namoi Joint Organisation was one of five pilots chosen to help develop a new way of regional working.


Joint Organisations (JO) are central to the Fit for the Future reforms in regional NSW, providing a forum for local councils to work together with their local member and the State Government on the things that matter most to their communities such as jobs, education, housing, roads and transport.


Minister Toole commended the councils in the Namoi JO region for working together to identify future benefits for their communities.


“The Namoi Councils JO has been enthusiastic about their regional priorities from the start of the pilot,” Mr Toole said.


“Since launching their pilot in January 2015, the group has looked at attracting more economic investment to stimulate job growth.


“It has also identified the need for a B-triple transport network to improve access to jobs, services and markets within the Namoi region and beyond.”


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he was pleased to see the collaboration between the group of councils which includes Tamworth Regional Council, Gwydir, Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains, Moree Plains, Narrabri Shire and Walcha Shire, as well as Uralla as an associate member.


“We’ve been working with these Councils along with the State Government to strengthen the region and develop a new model of collaboration that will help all of regional NSW.”


“The JO model will maximise the potential and strengths of Namoi councils which will improve the lives and prospects for their local communities.”


The NSW Government will continue to work with the five pilot JOs and will soon be consulting on the proposed final JO model, to be implemented across regional NSW from September 2016.


The other pilot regions include Central NSW, Riverina, Hunter and the Illawarra.

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