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Public meeting to discuss Council's future

A special community forum will be held on Tuesday night, June 11 to discuss the future of Bland Shire Council.

An uncertain future has been cast over every Council in New South Wales following the recent release of the independent Future Directions for NSW Local Government Report, which identifies the potential devolvement of Council areas, mergers and amalgamations.

The report identifies options for Bland Shire to merge, possibly with Weddin, Lachlan  and Forbes Shires to form part of an Orange based regional Council comprising Orange, Bland, Cabonne, Blayney, Weddin, Forbes, Cowra, Lachlan, Parkes, Young, Boorowa and Harden Shires.

Bland Shire Council has called the community forum to provide members of the public with the opportunity to provide their input into determining Council’s future. It will also allow for Council to provide information to the community in relation to the Review and recommendations contained in the report. All feedback received from the forum will be considered by Council in a formal submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel due by June 28.

Bland Shire General Manager, Ray Smith, Mayor Neil Pokoney and other interested Councillors will also attend Council consultation forums in Junee on May 29 and Parkes on June 4.

Mr Smith said the potential merger with Weddin, Lachlan or Forbes was just one of many recommendations contained in the report and it was still far too early to speculate about what the future holds for Bland Shire.

“However, it is prudent that Council at least establishes a position which includes community input,” he said.

A special Councillor workshop was held on Tuesday, May 14 to discuss the Future Directions report and establish Council’s base position. Mayor Pokoney said Council is determined to take a proactive approach to the future and input from the community would be critical to the process.

“Bland Shire Council acknowledges that some change is inevitable. We need to listen carefully and weigh up what is going to be best for our community. ” he said.

“Council’s approach to any proposed merger or amalgamation of councils is to ensure that the benefits to the Bland Shire Council community are clearly identifiable and tangible. Communities of interest must play a major part in determining any new local government boundaries

“The Bland Shire community must be involved in developing the future direction and structure of their own local government area.”

The forum will be held in the Bland Shire Council Chambers at 6pm on Tuesday, June 11.

People can also learn more and provide their feedback regarding the future of the Bland Shire by visiting Council’s website at

For more information contact

Community Relations Officer

Craig Sutton

Phone - 02 69722 266 or Email –