A VOLUNTARY proposal to amalgamate Goulburn City and Mulwaree Shire Councils has been finalised and sent to the NSW Local Government Minister.
Goulburn Mayor Max Hadlow said the proposal was a refinement of Mulwaree Shire's Option B (amalgamation) formulated when the Local Government Minister, Tony Kelly, called for reform proposals by August 31 year.
A nine-member council without wards and a popularly elected Mayor are outlined in the document.
"We think the best solution is a clean amalgamation. It is best for staff and best for the councils but whether the Boundaries Commission accepts it is another matter," Cr Hadlow said.
Mulwaree Shire Council unanimously resolved at last week's meeting to pursue voluntary amalgamation as the preferred reform option.
Shire Mayor Paul Stephenson said that only minor changes were made to the original proposal.
There had not been any discussion about the location for the merged council headquarters.
"We haven't sat down with Goulburn and discussed any detail. All we did was get option B out and send it to them, and they came back with comments," he said.
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