Armidale Regional Council will let Tingha area residents choose which council are they live in

WAITING: Yvonne Schroeder, Rachel Short, Jean Symes and Fred Symes await a decision on the area change.

WAITING: Yvonne Schroeder, Rachel Short, Jean Symes and Fred Symes await a decision on the area change.

Fifty rural Tingha area residents will get to choose which council they want to be part of, with the majority to rule.

Armidale Regional Council has already ceded Green Valley Farm to Inverell Shire Council at the request of Tingha residents.

And now, Council will write to 50 farms in the area south-west of the small village down to the border of the Uralla Shire, seeking their preference on which local government area they would prefer to live.

The decision comes after a meeting between the two Councils in Guyra on Monday.

Armidale Regional Council administrator Ian Tiley and Inverell Shire councillors met with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall to discuss the proposed boundary change after the two councils were unable to agree on terms.

The group settled that Green Valley would transfer to Inverell and that 50 property owners in the George’s Creek area would be canvassed.

Dr Tiley said it was about giving residents what they wanted.

“The community of Tingha had made it clear that Green Valley Farm should move to Inverell,” he said.

“And [that] further consultation was required with property owners south-west of Tingha.”

If the majority of residents choose to leave the Armidale Regional local government area, Armidale will give up about 10 per cent of its LGA.

Inverell has backed down on their proposal to include the Moredum Creek area after feedback from residents indicated they would prefer to remain in the ARC area.

Georges Creek property owners will get 28 days to make their decision after Council post letters this week. “I am pleased that we have come to an agreement with Inverell Shire on a course of action to resolve the boundary for the move of the Tingha area to Inverell,” Dr Tiley said.

I am pleased that we have come to an agreement with Inverell Shire on a course of action to resolve the boundary for the move of the Tingha area to Inverell. - Armidale Regional Council administrator Ian Tiley

“I am committed to delivering what the local community wishes.”

A copy of the revised boundary adjustment can be found online at www.inverell.nsw.gov.au or www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au

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