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Mosman Council submits independence proposal

30 June 2015

Mosman Council has finalised its proposal to stay independent by lodging a ‘Council Improvement Proposal (Existing structure)’ as its Fit for the Future submission to the NSW Government.

The proposal to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) follows Council’s unanimous vote in May in favour of the move following an extensive two-month community consultation process this year that reaffirmed clear community support for Mosman’s independence and opposition to amalgamation with other local areas.

The decision was reaffirmed by external analysis which failed to produce any compelling reasoning for Mosman to pursue the Independent Local Government Review Panel-proposed “mega merger” of Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Willoughby and two thirds of Ryde council.

“We do believe that we have the appropriate scale and capacity to continue delivering excellent services for the Mosman community,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.

“We are also an effective partner at regional, State and Federal level, and our submission has focussed on how we can demonstrate strategic capacity now and moving forward.

“We have also demonstrated our willingness to continue progressing further opportunities to expand regional collaboration, in particular through SHOROC as well as through a regional organisation serving the broader catchment of northern Sydney.”

Cr Abelson said there had been clear and continued community support for Mosman’s stance with 82% of respondents to polls and surveys backing continued independence.

In addition, 90% of respondents were at least somewhat satisfied with Council’s performance, including 67% who were very satisfied or satisfied.

All proposals will be published on the IPART website after 30 June.

Public submissions will be received by IPART until 31 July 2015.