The Government has announced its proposal to create new councils in NSW
Pittwater Council News Release:
The NSW Government has announced its proposal to merge Pittwater and the suburbs of Warringah— including Terrey Hills, Narrabeen, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cromer, Wheeler Heights, Oxford Falls, Frenchs Forest, Duffys Forrest, Belrose, Davidson, Forestville and Killarney Heights—to form a new council.
The NSW Government has summarised its proposals with accompanying maps, and has identified a 10 step process to create new councils. For details visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/
The new council would receive $10 million to cover the costs of merging as well as an additional $10 million from the Stronger Communities Fund for community infrastructure projects, across the new local government area.
In early January 2016 the Minister for Local Government will refer detailed merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act. The proposed mergers have been informed by four years of consultation with NSW Councils, independent assessment, council merger preferences, and feedback from communities and stakeholders.
- Independent Local Government Review Panel
- IPART Assessment of council Fit for the Future proposals
- Local Government reform – Merger impact analysis
- Process for creating new Councils
- Council decision making during merger proposal periods
The Chief Executive will delegate the function of examining and reporting on each merger proposal to other people (Delegates). In examining merger proposals Delegates will conduct a public inquiry, call for written submissions, and prepare a report with due regard to the factors in the Act. The factors in the Act include financial considerations, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff, service and facilities, and the attitude of residents and ratepayers. The report of the Delegates will go to the Minister as well as the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission for comment.
Details of how the review of merger proposals will be conducted will be made available in January 2016.