Uralla Shire Council is yet to decide whether it will join NAMOI or New England joint organisations

CONTEST FOR COUNCIL: Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce said the town is yet to decide which joint organisation it will become a member of. Photo: Matt Bedford.
CONTEST FOR COUNCIL: Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce said the town is yet to decide which joint organisation it will become a member of. Photo: Matt Bedford.

URALLA is at the centre of a joint organisation tug-of-war.

New laws will allow councils to voluntarily create a super-group, share amenities and better lobby the state government.

Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce said the council still hasn’t decided whether it will join the NAMOI or New England Group of Councils.

“We’re no longer the wallflower waiting for someone to ask us to dance,” Cr Pearce said.

“We’re the popular girl or boy that everyone wants to have a dance with – it’s a nice feeling.”

Mr Pearce said the council would not have considered the New England Group if Armidale Regional Council had not elected new faces.

The council will have to make a decision by February next year.