NSW Minister for Environment, Local Government and Heritage, Gabrielle Upton, has approved the proposal to dissolve MidCoast Water and move its functions into MidCoast Council.
After considering the proposal and the representations received during the public consultation process, Ms Upton has recommended to the Governor that the proposal be implemented without modification on and from 1 July 2017.
Accordingly, the Governor has issued a proclamation to this effect. The announcement follows the resolutions made by both MidCoast Water and MidCoast Council in December 2016.
MidCoast Council’s Interim General Manager, Glenn Handford, said, “Nothing changes from a service delivery perspective from day one, and residents can feel confident that the integration will be planned with precision to avoid any disruption to services.”
After consideration of the options for the future delivery of water and sewer services to the MidCoast community, the proposal outlined staff and operational efficiencies estimated at over $3 million per year achieved through the integration of functions, which will ultimately deliver cost savings for the community.
“The staff from both organisations will continue to work together to deliver services for our community, at the same time realising significant savings and efficiencies over coming years as we integrate” Mr Glenn said.