Council Amalgamation Decision

 


Precise from Manly Daily
December 22, 2015 
Steven Deare

Manly Daily readers have given a damning assessment of the State Government’s decision to split Warringah between Manly and Pittwater councils.

Nearly 85 per cent of readers who provided feedback to the Manly Daily’s Facebook page on last week’s decision condemned it. Mosman Council would also be included in a greater Manly council. Warringah Mayor Michael Regan said residents were dismayed, angry and confused. “You only have to read the social media to see that,” he said.

Pittwater would gain suburbs to the south, including Killarney Heights, Frenchs Forest, Forestville, Oxford Falls, Cromer, Terrey Hills and Collaroy. Manly would gain Mosman and suburbs to the north, including Beacon Hill, Dee Why and Narraweena.

Manly Mayor Jean Hay said she had only heard positive feedback on the decision. “The only people I’ve heard from is Warringah residents saying how happy they are,” she said. That included attendees at Sunday’s Swim for Saxon at Queenscliff. “Many people came up to me and said, ‘Congratulations, we’re really pleased to think we’re going to be part of Manly’,” Cr Hay said.

Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend did not respond to requests for comment.

Council elections are expected to be pushed back to March 2017.

In Queensland, 157 councils were cut to 73 in 2008. Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said while there were strategic benefits, costs were underestimated. He advised against NSW’s three-year employment guarantee for council employees, which was also undertaken in Queensland. Merged councils could only cut costs and gain efficiency with fewer people, according to Mr Hallam. “How can you find those savings if you can’t make anyone redundant,” he said.

The government has published the proposed boundaries of the new councils.

More Information

Council Boundary Review


 

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