Mosman reacts to NSW Government merger announcement18 December 2015
Mosman Mayor Peter Abelson has called for full and genuine community consultation following the NSW Government’s proposal to merge Mosman with Manly and part of Warringah local government areas.
Cr Abelson said the decision was disappointing given strong community opposition to amalgamation.
“We are dismayed that the State Government has chosen this path despite overwhelming opposition from our local community,” Cr Abelson said. “The Mosman community has shown in surveys stretching back 30 years that they greatly value the sense of local community, the local services and the local democratic processes and as representatives for the local community we have consistently conveyed this message to the State Government.”
Cr Abelson said the move to councils with a minimum of 150,000 residents would be a big shift for smaller communities such as Mosman.
“Mosman residents are justifiably concerned about a potential reduction in representation and our high service levels through amalgamation and there is also a lot of evidence that people are happier in small communities,” he said.
It is expected that all merger proposals will be formalised for consultation from the week commencing 4 January 2016 with public hearings held prior to reports being submitted to the NSW Boundaries Commission and the Minister for Local Government.
The process is likely to take some months, with the next local government elections expected to be delayed six months until March 2017.