The initial assessment showed Kiama meeting the Scale & Capacity thresholds, but not passing all of the financial criteria.
Mayor Brian Petschler believes that the initial assessment was largely due to an overly conservative way of accounting for non-cash items, such as depreciation of roads, compared to other councils. “We have a consultant in to look at all the factors
at play, as they could make a big difference to the way our ratios turn out,” he says.
The Government is yet to outline the next stage of the process.