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A second chance denied

Narrabri Shire rejects request to re-join regional group

A second chance denied

Where should Narrabri Shire Council pitch its lot?

With the likes of Tamworth and Gunnedah or Moree and Armidale? Or both?

It's a question that occupied the minds of councillors at the monthly meeting last week, and saw some heated debate, and a casting vote needed to decide.

The council was part of the Namoi Joint Organisation pilot program, which involved seven councils including Tamworth, Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains and others in that region.

The idea behind JOs was that they were a more effective voice to state government for regionwide initiatives.

The pilot JO morphed into what is now known as Namoi Unlimited, and was the grouping that travelled to China in March.

However after that trip Narrabri ditched Namoi Unlimited and applied to join the New England Joint Organisation, as the program was rolled out across the state.

The New England JO includes Moree Plains Shire and Armidale and extends as far north east as Tenterfield.

However, Namoi Unlimited hasn't given up on Narrabri and has requested it consider associate membership.

This would cost $15,000 a year but not allow Narrabri any voting rights.