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News Two women to lead council for new term Child sex offences A Mount Annan man, 27, has been charged with child sex offences as a result of a Western Australia police invest- igation. Police searched his home about 10am on September 5 and seized computers and electronic storage devices. He was charged with using a carriage service to groom persons under 16 years of age for sexual activity and two counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16. He will face Camden Court on October 16. CAMDEN mayor Lara Symkowiak has been returned as mayor for the third year in a row while first-term councillor Theresa Fedeli will have a turn in the deputy mayor’s role. Both were elected unopposed at last week’s Camden Council meeting and will serve for the next 12 months. Cr Fedeli said she was looking forward to taking on the challenges facing the Camden local government area over the coming years. ‘‘It is an honour to represent the community of Camden,’’ she said. Cr Symkowiak said her focus for the next year would be improving customer service through better technology for staff and some of the upcoming big projects. ‘‘It will be a building and construction phase for the next 12 months,’’ she said. Copper stealing charge Camden police have arrested a Busby man, 31, and a Mount Pritchard man, 34, for allegedly stealing copper cabling from a Narellan construction site. The police came across the men about 1.10am on Saturday and allegedly found tools and copper cabling in the back of their ute. They will both face Picton Court on October 14. Man refused to answer Police were called to a brawl in Main Street, Mount Annan, about 12.30am on Saturday. A Whalan man, 37, was being aggressive and refused to give police any information about what had happened, but it later emerged he had been kicked in the head several times. Lured by unlocked car Residents are reminded to keep their garage remotes secure and lock their car doors after thieves entered a garage in Ancona Avenue, Spring Farm. Police said the family had left their car unlocked and parked in front of their home on Saturday night and the offenders had used the garage door remote to enter the garage. Women who lead: Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak has been re-elected for a third year in a row and Theresa Fedeli is Camden’s new deputy mayor. Picture: Jonathan Ng Council needs to show viability By Kerrie Armstrong CAMDEN Council will have to put together a plan to show how it will remain sustainable into the future under new NSW government require- ments. All NSW councils are required to put together the plans as part of the government’s response to the Inde- pendent Local Government Review Panel’s recommendations on the local government sector. The new Fit for the Future pro- gram will see money offered to councils that amalgamate and cheaper finance available for coun- ¦ Plan is key to standing alone cils once they complete the plan. Local Government Minister Paul Toole said the local government reform package, worth $1 billion, would help councils to remove obsta- cles that may have prevented reform and innovation in the past. The reforms include $258 million to help councils that choose to amal- gamate, up to $600 million in poten- tial savings for Fit for the Future councils to invest in local infrastruc- ture, $5.3 million to help the estab- lishment of new joint regional organisations of councils and up to $100 million in cuts to red tape. The Advertiser asked for an inter- view with Camden Council general manager Ron Moore to discuss what Fit for the Future means for Camden. Six days later we were provided with a statement from mayor Lara Sym- kowiak which can be read on our website, However, Campbelltown Council general manager Paul Tosi said his council would not seek to merge with Camden because planned develop- ment would mean significant popu- lation growth for both areas. He said the forecast populations of Camden and Campbelltown would put them within the accepted range to be judged as ‘‘fit for the future’’ stand-alone councils. Wollondilly Council general man- ager Luke Johnson welcomed the reform package. ‘‘If you aren’t fit for the future it [the financial gap] is only going to get big- ger,’’ he said. The full program can be seen at What if you were becoming obsolete – and didn’t even know? Shift is happening. 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