Fit for the Future FAQs
What are the options for LSC?
The NSW Government has given LSC two options being:-
- Merge with Parkes Shire Council, or
- Remain independent and become part of the CENTROC Joint Organisation
Previous community consultation in 2014 overwhelmingly wanted LSC to remain a stand-alone Council.
Is doing nothing an option?
If LSC does nothing then, without any community involvement, the panel formed by the NSW Government will make a recommendation.
The process is not a matter of tick and flick, or what position the council or community wants to take. We need to prove we are fit for the future by taking into account all of the facts and obtaining input from the community.
So what is required?
Relevant Council staff are undertaking a comprehensive internal analysis of our structures, services and financial projections to allow council to go to the community and seek their feedback on our options in becoming fit for the future.
Once we obtain valuable feedback from the community, the Councillors will then consider the feedback. This will then assist in determining an appropriate response to “fit for the future”.
What information will be used to determine whether LSC is fit for the future?
LSC will be reviewing a wide range of sources to prove it is Fit for the Future. Most importantly this will include:-
- the views and feedback of our community
- Service reviews and feedback from council staff,
- Assessment of financial plans and strategies for asset management, and benchmarking against industry best practice.
LSC is committed to thoroughly considering all relevant facts to ensure that our decision making process is as thorough and community focused as possible.
What does a submission have to demonstrate?
The submission must address four significant criteria:-
- Financial sustainability,
- Effective infrastructure and services management,
- Efficient service and infrastructure delivery, achieving value for money for current and future ratepayers,
- Scale and Capacity, with strong organisational and regional capacity to mobilise resources to engage effectively across community, industry and government.
When is the submission deadline?
All submissions must be made electronically to the NSW State Government by the 30th of June 2015.
Who will be making the decision?
The NSW Government independent expert panel will review all submissions prepared by councils across NSW. The panel will make final recommendations to the NSW Premier who will then make the final decision.
How does state government decide?
An expert panel will assess councils’ fit for the future proposals against the criteria of scale and capacity, efficiency, sustainability, effective infrastructure and service management. The outcomes of this assessment are expected to be known by October 2015.
How can i get involved and have a say?
We will provide you with frequent updates on the progress of the engagement process, and the different community activities that will be held throughout the council area. Updates will be provided on this site and in the local media.
In addition to this, we will also be conducting an independent community survey to obtain your input and feedback. This will take place following the completion of the comprehensive internal analysis of our structures, services and financial projections. The results of the survey will help to inform Council decision making.