Council urges residents to have their say on its future

30 March 2015

Mosman Council is calling on residents and ratepayers to have their say on its continued independence and three possible amalgamation options before the current engagement period ends on Thursday (2 April).

Nearly 700 people have already voiced their opinion on the four options being exhibited by Mosman Council in response to the NSW Government’s “Fit for the Future” program.

A significant majority of responses received so far support Mosman’s continued independence, which is the first of four options being put to the community.

The three amalgamation options including a “mega merger” of Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Willoughby and two thirds of Ryde council together with mergers with either North Sydney or Manly, have so far received less support from the community.

Mosman Council confirmed its strong opposition to forced amalgamations at its meeting on 17 February and Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said that it was important that residents and ratepayers participate in the poll.

“The Mosman community has long supported independence with 81% of voters in the 2012 election opposing amalgamation with any other area, but it’s more important than ever that people participate in this survey,” he said.

“Community engagement on these options will vitally assist Council in assessing community sentiment so that we can tell the State Government what residents and ratepayers think is the best way forward for Mosman.”

An online survey is also available on the Mosman’s Future: Your Say page of Council’s website – Council will consider the results at its meeting on 5 May 2015.