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A message from Deputy Mayor Roy Bendall

Notwithstanding the headline in last week’s Mosman Daily, our Mayor Peter Abelson’s departure is not imminent, as he will be serving until the end of his term in September. However, as Deputy Mayor the responsibility for the monthly Mayoral column is bestowed upon me until his return from annual leave.

North Shore By-Election 8 April

It is a cliché to say that we live in interesting times. Certainly, I cannot ever recall such interest (or such a deployment of resources) in an election for our local State Government seat of North Shore as is occurring for our forthcoming by-election on 8 April.

State Government Obduracy a Grave Disappointment

Premier Berejiklian’s announcement, Tuesday 14 February, that the State Government would continue to try to force mergers on Sydney councils while ceasing to force all non-consummated mergers outside Sydney is a grave disappointment.

A Busy New Year

With the start of the New Year, so too begins Council’s next actions, in keeping with overwhelming community support, to maintain our independence.

Thanking our local volunteers

On behalf of our community, I would like to express thanks to all who voluntarily provide services and support for other members of our community.

Progress Report on Amalgamation

As of 24 October, we have not seen the Delegate’s revised report and Minister Paul Toole has not responded to the letter that I sent to him over one month ago.

Moving to the second round

On Tuesday 20 September Justice Moore (Land and Environment Court) found that the Delegate’s report regarding the proposed merger of Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby was not valid because it failed to address one of the mandatory requirements of the Local Government Act.

A busy day

Tuesday this week, 23 August, was a busy day. In the morning I sent a letter to the Premier on behalf of seven councils in legal actions against forced amalgamation.

Uncertainty reigns

As most readers know, two months ago (actually on 29 April) we commenced legal action in the Land and Environment Court (LEC) seeking an order restraining the Minister for Local Government from recommending to the Governor that Mosman be amalgamated with North Sydney and Willoughby Council.

We are still fighting

On Thursday 12 May, the State Government announced that 44 councils would be abolished and replaced by 19 new councils with instant effect.