NSW State Government has decided Inverell Shire Council is in a position to manage a comprehensive list of Crown Land blocks throughout the shire, planning and undertaking their future maintenance.
Unfortunately, council is yet to be convinced about the wisdom of the handover, which sees them responsible for a list of addresses that is 10-pages long.
While handing over management to council to do plans of management for every parcel of land might seem somewhat simplistic, Mayor Paul Harmon said it left a great deal of work for staff to undertake.
"Not every parcel of Crown Land is the same," he said.
"We have a large number of parcels of Crown Lands that are going to be handed back to Inverell Shire Council. A lot of those are disused gravel pits, so those plans of management won't be too bad, we'll be able to do a generic plan for those.
"But then, we have a number of parcels where we have a village hall, for example. There is ongoing use for those, so we need to write those plans of management to suit those individual uses of those lands."
Cr Harmon said it was all about staff time in managing, developing and implementing the plans.
"And there's not a lot of money coming forward from state government to compensate us for our time to do all that work," he said.