NSW Government abandons council amalgamation legal battles

27 July 2017

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the NSW government will no longer force the mergers of 14 Sydney local councils currently challenging the actions in court. The proposed mergers that will no longer proceed are: Burwood, City of Canada Bay and Strathfield Municipal councils; Hornsby Shore and Ku-ring-gai councils; Hunter's Hill, Lane Cove and City of Ryde councils; Mosman Municipal, North Sydney and Willoughby City councils; Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Municipal councils.

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald Ms Berejiklian stated "The government's merger policy has always been about putting ratepayers first and it has become increasingly clear that certain councils were happy to continue lengthy and costly legal proceedings,..We want to see councils focusing on delivering the best possible services and local infrastructure to their residents.". Full details on this report here