Tingha exits to Inverell
THE Tingha community has officially bid farewell to Armidale Regional Council and said hello to Inverell Shire with a long-negotiated local government boundary adjustment coming into effect on Monday.
The 800 square kilometre boundary change agreed to by both councils and local residents was formally accepted by the NSW Governor in February this year.
The move marked the end of a nearly four-year process which started in 2016 with a petition launched by the Tingha Citizens Association.
From July 1, 963 residents from Tingha, Georges Creek, Howell, and Stanborough areas formally move into the Inverell Shire local government area.
The boundary change proposal was the subject of a 2016 petition by the Tingha Citizens Association Incorporated (TCAI) to alter the former local government area of Guyra to transfer the township of Tingha into the Inverell Shire LGA.
The subsequent merger of Guyra and Armidale and then the inaugural election of the new council delayed consideration of the proposal.
Inverell Shire Mayor Paul Harman said it wouldn’t take long for the Tingha community to see positive results from the change.
“Council has certainly had some very fruitful discussions with the Tingha Citizens Association and we are very willing to work with residents to deliver on community agreed priorities,” Cr Harman said.
“I am pleased to advise all rates raised in the transition area will be spent within that area of the community and Council will not be taking any portion of this income to fund Council administration costs.
“Over the coming weeks, Council will be undertaking upgrades to the Tingha Gems Caravan Park, including installation of solar lights, internal roads, entrance and greywater system.
“Inverell Shire Council has also taken on two Tingha based staff members, formally of Armidale Regional Council, and looks forward to the wealth of local experience both employees bring to its team”