Ratepayers respond to Council's call

16 March 2015

More than 500 residents and ratepayers have already voiced their opinion on four options currently being exhibited by Mosman Council in response to the NSW Government’s “Fit for the Future” program.

Mosman Council is seeking community feedback on its continued independence as well as three possible amalgamation options with nearby councils.

A significant majority of responses received so far by Council 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 Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said that the level of support shown so far for independence was encouraging, noting there is two weeks to go in the current exhibition period.

“We have asked for community input up until Thursday 2 April, and there is still plenty of time for residents and ratepayers to have their say,” he said.

“This is a critical issue for Mosman’s future, so the more people who contribute the better. We want to be able to tell the State Government what our community thinks is the best way forward for Mosman.”

Mosman Council confirmed its strong opposition to forced amalgamations at its meeting on 17 February and the Mosman community has long supported independence with 81% of voters in the 2012 election opposing amalgamation with any other area.

Information brochures and reply-paid feedback cards were recently delivered to local households, providing a quick and easy way for residents to voice their opinion. An online survey which replicates the feedback card is also available on the Mosman’s Future: Your Say page of Council’s website – www.mosman.nsw.gov.au. Council will consider the results at its meeting on 5 May 2015.