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Mosman Council sold out in Fit for the Future report

20 October 2015

The IPART report has found that Mosman Council is fit financially and strategically and provides efficient services that the community wants.

However, IPART has found that Mosman and the other five councils in its original mega merger grouping (Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Willoughby and East Ryde) are unfit as they do not meet the scale criterion although each council met the financial criteria.

“The State Government has decreed time has run out for public consultation and that we should now begin merger talks with our neighbours. However our community strongly supports Mosman’s continued independence with 81% of respondents in a 2012 poll opposing a merger,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.

Mosman Council will consult with the local community on its options at a public meeting on Monday night 26 October.

“We hope to see a strong turnout at Monday’s meeting to share these findings and determine our community’s response,” Cr Abelson said.

Cr Abelson, a noted economist, said the State Government’s economics don’t make sense. “The State Government has forecast substantial savings from mergers, but there is no evidence that larger bureaucracies are more efficient than small ones. IPART itself found that three of the largest councils in Sydney are financially unfit while many small ones are financially fit,” Cr Abelson said.

“The scale criterion is a fabricated criterion that has no substance or evidence base – mergers will cost state taxpayers and local ratepayers money.”

Residents are urged to attend a public meeting at Mosman RS Club on Monday 26 October at 7pm.