Councils’ sign MOU to work together on improving region

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Indigo, Federation, Moira and Berrigan councils have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve their region as it recovers from the pandemic and prepares for a population increase.

All four mayors, and their general managers and CEOS came together in Mulwala on Wednesday, 30 March to officially sign the MOU agreement, which outlines agreed-to principles, including open information sharing, maximising services to meet the needs of the community, reducing costs and duplication, and seeking innovation.

Councillors from all four Councils voted unanimously for the agreement to be established to effectively remove jurisdictional lines.

Indigo Shire Council Mayor Bernard Gaffney said that the MOU was formed with the goal of achieving better outcomes for each community.

“We already have a great relationship with each of these Councils so this MOU simply formalises how we collaborate,” Mayor Gaffney said.

Mayor Gaffney says that working together is crucial when there is a clear crossover with many aspects of each Council.

“Recent surveys show that 50 percent of people that stay in Corowa visit Rutherglen so by working closely with our neighbouring Councils, we can streamline and optimise our efforts to serve our communities,” he said.

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