SHELLHARBOUR councillors have reinforced their opposition to forced local government amalgamations.
They have agreed that ensuring the viability of the council is vital, especially in light of the ongoing Independent Local Government Review Panel process.
The state government-commissioned panel is investigating options for governance, structural arrangements and boundary changes for local government.
The panel's third discussion paper is due next month, with its final report expected in July.
At the February 5 meeting, Shellharbour City Council general manager Michael Willis tabled a report responding to the panel's latest consultation paper, Better, Stronger Local Government: The Case for Sustainable Change, in preparation for the council's response.
The report suggested key responses to the paper in areas such as fiscal responsibility and delivering better infrastructure.