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Mosman Council to submit independence proposal

07 May 2015

Mosman Council has resolved to maintain its independence by lodging a ‘Council Improvement Proposal (Existing structure)’ as its Fit for the Future submission to the NSW Government.

Council unanimously voted 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.

Results from feedback cards, surveys and polls show 82% of 1,211 respondents back Mosman’s continued independence – in line with previous surveys and referenda – and 90% of respondents are at least somewhat satisfied with Council’s performance, including 67% who were very satisfied or satisfied.

A proposed “mega merger” of Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Willoughby and two thirds of Ryde council received strong opposition with 84% of respondents opposed while merger options with either North Sydney or Manly recorded 61% against and 62% respectively.

“Some of the most common responses confirmed residents want Mosman to maintain its distinctive identity and they see no reason to amalgamate citing concerns it could reduce community spirit, representation and democracy,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.

“Mosman Council has a strong record of successful partnerships with other organisations, including the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC), and can demonstrate scale and capacity without the need for formal mergers.

“Council’s performance over recent years, including the success of SHOROC and other key partnerships, demonstrates that mergers alone are not the only way forward for efficient and effective local government.

“There is also a lack appetite for amalgamation by lower north shore councils and equally a lack of robust, demonstrable evidence of the benefits of amalgamation.”

Council is now preparing its ‘Fit for the Future’ response for submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), which will act as the NSW Government’s Expert Advisory Panel, by 30 June.

More information is available at Mosman Council’s Local Government Reform page.