Local councils in future shift

A BROAD review of local government in NSW has started, with the first meeting of the Independent Local Government Review Panel and councils in Broken Hill this week.

The meeting was one of a series of more than 20 that will take place in the next month and eventually determine the future of the state's 152 councils, their boundaries, the services they deliver and their financial sustainability.

Panel chairman, Professor Graham Sansom said this first round of consultation would help refine key concerns and options for further research.

"Significant changes were suggested, which is what you would expect, considering we are looking 25 years ahead and the world will be a very different place in 25 years time," he said.

Minister for Local Government Don Page said the discussions would be open and frank.

"Literally everything is on the table when it comes to local government, and I urge people attending these meetings not to hold back - they should present all their concerns and ideas to the independent panel," Mr Page said.

"When this process is complete the people of NSW can expect a genuine shift in the way local government operates across the state."

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