Council to battle with government for money



THE Carr Government's enforced local government amalgamations have delivered yet another funding blow to the Clarence Valley Council.

The council's noxious weeds' unit has received formal notification from the NSW Department of Primary Industries that government funding worth $34,480 for the 2004-2005 financial year is no longer available.

Previously this amount was provided to assist with administration costs when the Clarence Valley Weeds Authority provided a service to the Grafton City, Pristine Waters and Maclean councils.

Following amalgamation, the Clarence Valley Weeds Authority was disbanded. It operates now as a business group within the council's environment and planning directorate.

The merging of councils meant the grant for providing a noxious weed service to multiple council areas was cut.

Council's chief weeds officer Reece Luxton, in a report to council, said if the shortfall in the current year budget was not supplemented by council it would be necessary to reduce the scope of works undertaken on the ground.

"The amalgamation process has not resulted in administration cost savings in this area," he said.

Council has agreed to write to the department and request a reinstatement of funds.



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