FORMER Greater Hume mayor Denise Osborne has won a board spot with the new Local Government NSW.
The board elections for the new organisation were held in Sydney this month. It was created after a merger of the Local Government Association and Shires Association in March.
Former Albury mayor Alice Glachan, an executive member of the Local Government Association, stood on a Liberal Party ticket for the board but missed out on the 10 positions on offer to regional and rural councils.
Cr Osborne, who was on the working party that led to the new entity, said it was important that it gets off to “a really good start and fully represents all of the state”.
“To come together as one association was momentous,” she said.
“The outcomes should be spectacular if we work together well.
“Local government is an absolute passion of mine.”
Cr Osborne became a Hume Shire councillor in 1987 and was Greater Hume’s mayor from 2006 to 2012.
She said no longer being mayor had given her the time for the board.
She said a review of local government was “the basis of everything from here on”.
The independent review panel will soon report to the state government.
Cr Osborne said a push to merge Greater Hume with Albury was “not appropriate for our shire, given we’ve already been amalgamated”.
“It is less than 10 years since it happened and we can’t see anything can be gained,” she said.”
Cr Osborne ruled out using her board position as a springboard to stand at the next NSW election.
She was a member of a regional planning panel that recently rejected an $8.5 million waste compost plant at Gerogery.
Cr Keith Rhoades (Coffs Harbour) is the board’s president with Cowra’s Bruce Miller and Hurstville’s Con Hindi vice-presidents. Cr Paul Braybrooks (Cootamundra) is treasurer and Deniliquin’s Cr Lindsay Renwick a director.