Berrigan Shire Council will look to establish its own weed control program after both its partners in the Central Murray County Council decided to withdraw from the weeds authority.
Mayor Matt Hannan said the decision will mean a higher cost for council, but it was important the services were retained.
‘‘The decision by Edward River and Murray River Councils to request the consent of the Minister for Local Government to withdraw from the Central Murray County Council has left Berrigan Shire Council with little choice but to go it alone and establish our own in-house weed control service,’’ Cr Hannan said.
‘‘In establishing this service, the council will actively seek to utilise the facilities and the experienced staff currently employed by Central Murray County Council.
‘‘My council is disappointed we will now be forced to meet higher costs to provide a similar level of service to the community, this will however come with the security of controlling future service delivery.
‘‘While the Central Murray County Council has struggled financially in recent years, recent reforms had put it back on the path to profitability.
‘‘Even after reform, including additional contributions from member councils, the Central Murray County Council is still delivering weed control services at a lower cost than Berrigan Shire Council will be able to.’’
The Central Murray County Council has been in operation for more than 40 years.
It employs six staff across the Finley and Deniliquin depots — five full-time and a part-time acting general manager.