Far West Joint Organisation
The Joint Organsiations (JOs) provide a new way for local councils and the NSW Government to collaborate on the delivery on initiatives that matter most to regional communities. They represent a commitment to develop and support a shared vision for the region.
The FWJO works closely with partner organisations and key stakeholders to represent the views of local government and the issues and opportunities for the communities of the region. Building stronger regions through collaboration and partnerships.
The Far West Joint Organisation
FWJO is one of 13 regional JO’s across NSW, Together the JOs represent over 85 local councils.
Through collaboration on key strategic regional priorities, councils can drive better outcomes for their communities.
‘The Far West Joint Organisation is a new entity under the Local Government Act comprising the four member councils of Wentworth Shire, Broken Hill City, Balranald Shire and Central Darling Shire. It is a new collaboration initiated by NSW State Government, and designed to provide a stronger voice for Local Government and the communities they represent. Joint Organisations (JOs) provide a new way for local councils and the NSW Government to work together to deliver things that matter the most to regional communities.
They represent a commitment to collaborate in the long term, to develop, and support a shared vision for the region. The Far West Joint Organisation will provide a more structured, permanent way for local councils, State agencies and other interested groups to collaborate.
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The principal functions of the Far West Joint Organisation will be to:
- establish strategic regional priorities for the joint organisation area and develop strategies and plans for delivering these priorities
- provide regional leadership for the joint organisation area and to be an advocate for strategic regional priorities
- identify and take up opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation on matters relating to the joint organisation area.
- enhancing strategic capacity to support member councils to deliver services to their communities
- service delivery to provide services directly to communities within the region
Member Councils in the Far West Joint Organization
Known to many as ‘The Silver City’, Broken Hill is Australia’s first Heritage Listed city. The community has signifcant ties to a long-lived Aboriginal heritage and was named by explorer Charles Sturt in 1844.
The community is famous for the setting that it has provided for many famous productions and the pivotal role that it has played in the mining industry. The ore-body that was discovered in Broken Hill is recognised as the largest and richest of its kind in the world and led to the establishment of the mining giant, Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP).
Located 850 km south west of Sydney and 450 km north of Melbourne, Balranald Shire Council covers an area of 21,346 square kilometres. Major townships within the Shire are Balranald (population 1,200) and Euston (population 600). Balranald Shire has a population of 2,361.
The Shire’s economy has traditionally relied upon dry-land and irrigated agricultural production of grains, wool, sheep meat and beef (valued at more than $80 million in 2006). However primary production is diversifying to encompass horticulture, viticulture, organic agriculture and the growing of fruit and Almond nut trees. Tourism is also now recognised as an important economic driver.
Balranald Shire boasts a progressive well serviced and vibrant community that is committed to continued regional growth and sustainability.
Council is a forward thinking organisation that has identified and pursued opportunities to foster strong economic growth through the development and implementation of the Balranald Shire Economic Development Strategy.
Two international companies are developing major Sun Farms within Balranald Shire:
The Limondale Sun Farm will be made up of approximately 800,000 panels and cover an area of between 750 and 1,000 hectares which is similar in size to around 415 AFL football fields.
The Sunraysia Solar Farm is a 255MW utility scale Solar photovoltaic project. The site comprises of around 1000 hectares and hundreds of thousands of panels.
Central Darling Shire is the largest Shire in NSW and yet has the smallest population. It covers an area about the size of the main island of Tasmania and yet has a population of less than 2,000 people. The Shire is extremely diverse with four main communities that are all different in their commerce, geography and cultures.
Wilcannia, the administration centre of the Shire has a fascinating history of river heritage having once been the prime port for the shipping of wool for the entire western district of NSW. It has a large number of sandstone buildings and a rich indigenous culture.
Wentworth is considered the gateway to Outback NSW, and is situated on the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in southwestern New South Wales.
Wentworth is truly one of Australia’s great meeting places. Why? For thousands of years local Aboriginals have been meeting for corroborees and ceremony. Wentworth was one of Australia’s busiest ports during the paddlesteamer era of the late 1800s and the great rivers of the Murray and Darling join as one here.
Mildura, on the Victorian side of the Murray, is our nearest main town and we’re only 280km from Broken Hill. Wentworth Shire is a region of great diversity and it offers you the opportunity to experience an introduction to Outback Australia.
- The Far West Joint Organisation will provide an opportunity for the member councils to progress regional initiatives and joint interests through strong collaboration and advocacy for its Council members.
- It also provides NSW State Government with a strategic and localised knowledge, and the ability to deliver highly specific economic support across the State.
The principal functions of Far West Joint Organisation will be to:
- Establish strategic regional priorities for the joint organisation area and develop strategies and plans for delivering these priorities
- Provide regional leadership for the joint organisation area and to be an advocate for strategic regional priorities
- Identify and take up opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation on matters relating to the joint organisation area.
Procurement has been increasingly acknowledged in both the public and private sectors as a vital strategic tool to reduce costs and improve performance outcomes. NSW Councils spend more than $7 billion through procurement each year on the goods and services needed to support council operations.
Given the scale of procurement activity, the FWJO has recognised there are significant opportunities available to raise the profile, capability and performance of council procurement in the region.
The FWJO collaborates with its four member councils to progress best practice in procurement for councils in the region by building councils’ capability and capacity through training, and conducting joint procurement activities.
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Mark Forbes – Chief Executive Officer
0400 655 441
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6 Midway Dr, Buronga, NSW 2738 Australia