Fit for the Future

Consultation has concluded

The State Government has introduced a series of reforms for NSW Local Government called Fit for the Future. These reforms are intended to provide communities across the State with confidence that councils are financially sound, operating efficiently and in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services.

All Council's in NSW must submit a proposal to the State Government addressing criteria in the areas of scale, capacity and financial health. Wingecarribee Council is developing strategies to strengthen our operations and improve efficiencies. The early signs are that our current financials are in good shape, however we still have a great deal of work before us.

Please take a look at the information in our document library or ask a question. Further information will be shared on the page as work on our submission progresses.

The State Government has introduced a series of reforms for NSW Local Government called Fit for the Future. These reforms are intended to provide communities across the State with confidence that councils are financially sound, operating efficiently and in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services.

All Council's in NSW must submit a proposal to the State Government addressing criteria in the areas of scale, capacity and financial health. Wingecarribee Council is developing strategies to strengthen our operations and improve efficiencies. The early signs are that our current financials are in good shape, however we still have a great deal of work before us.

Please take a look at the information in our document library or ask a question. Further information will be shared on the page as work on our submission progresses.

Consultation has concluded
  • NSW Govt has confirmed Wingecarribee will continue as a stand-alone Council.

    over 3 years ago
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    Confirmation of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s stand-alone status was made as part of broader announcement around progressing the State Government’s Fit for the Future local government reform program on Friday 18 December 2015.

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    Confirmation of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s stand-alone status was made as part of broader announcement around progressing the State Government’s Fit for the Future local government reform program on Friday 18 December 2015.

    For more information:


  • Opportunity to comment on FFTF proposal

    about 4 years ago

    Council proposals are now available for viewing on the IPART website and IPART is now seeking submissions and public feedback on the proposals via online submission form, email or post by 31 July 2015. Submissions from the public will also be published on the IPART website. An IPART fact sheet explaining the FFTF process and how the community can have their say on council proposals is available on their website.

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    Submissions are also due to the Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee Inquiry into local government in New South Wales. Councils and community members are able to lodge submissions by completing an online questionnaire by Sunday 19 July 2015.

    Council proposals are now available for viewing on the IPART website and IPART is now seeking submissions and public feedback on the proposals via online submission form, email or post by 31 July 2015. Submissions from the public will also be published on the IPART website. An IPART fact sheet explaining the FFTF process and how the community can have their say on council proposals is available on their website.

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    Submissions are also due to the Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee Inquiry into local government in New South Wales. Councils and community members are able to lodge submissions by completing an online questionnaire by Sunday 19 July 2015.
  • Fit for the Future submission complete

    about 4 years ago

    Wingecarribee Shire Councillors have unanimously voted to adopt Council’s Fit for the Future submission. Read the associated report and resolution by viewing the Agenda and Minutes for 24 June 2015 at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-agendas-and-minutes

    Wingecarribee Shire Councillors have unanimously voted to adopt Council’s Fit for the Future submission. Read the associated report and resolution by viewing the Agenda and Minutes for 24 June 2015 at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-agendas-and-minutes

  • Background

    over 4 years ago
    The NSW State Government released the Local Government Fit for the Future reform package in September 2014. Key elements of the reform package included:
    • $258 million to assist councils who decide to merge and make the changes needed to provide better services to communities ($153m for Sydney councils and $105m for regional councils);
    • Cheaper finance for councils that can demonstrate to the State Government that they are fit for the future to build and maintain the facilities that communities need;
    • Improvements to the local government system, including the laws that govern it, the way the State...

    The NSW State Government released the Local Government Fit for the Future reform package in September 2014. Key elements of the reform package included:
    • $258 million to assist councils who decide to merge and make the changes needed to provide better services to communities ($153m for Sydney councils and $105m for regional councils);
    • Cheaper finance for councils that can demonstrate to the State Government that they are fit for the future to build and maintain the facilities that communities need;
    • Improvements to the local government system, including the laws that govern it, the way the State works with councils and the support that councils receive.
    The Office of Local Government has developed defined criteria and benchmarks based on work done by TCorp and the Independent Local Government Review Panel.

    On 26 November 2014, our Council considered a report on the the NSW Government Fit for the Future program and resolved as follows:

    1. THAT it be noted that the Southern Councils Group will cease to exist on 30 June 2015.
    2. THAT Council’s immediate priority is completing analysis in preparation for a Fit for the Future submission.
    3. THAT for the remainder of the Council term Council commits to investment in the maintenance, repair and renewal of its infrastructure assets consistent with its Fit for the Future proposal and completing planned programmes.
    4. THAT Councillors engage with relevant State Members of Parliament regarding funding opportunities for identified projects which are listed below:
    A. Council direct responsibilities:
    • Stage 3 Bowral re-distributor Road
    • Enterprise zone/corridor infrastructure
    • Bowral Memorial Hall performance space
    • Regional Art Gallery (Lake Alexandra)
    • Regional Performing Arts Centre
    • Improvements to Aboriginal Cultural Centre
    • The Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and any amendments to WLEP 2010 which result from the review of the LPS
    • Bicycle Strategy
    B. Non-Council Assets
    • Hospital (funding for upgrade) – whilst not a Council asset the hospital was identified as a critical asset and service required by the community
    • Wombeyan Caves Road
    • Northern entry and southern exit ramps onto and off the Hume Motorway to/from the Old Hume Highway at Welby
    • PCYC

    View the associated Council report (pg138 business paper 26 November 2014) and resolution at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/2014-council-agendas-and-minutes