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Mosman Mayor Peter Abelson addresses the public meeting

Strong support for independence at Mosman meeting

28 October 2015

More than 300 residents attended a meeting on Monday night supporting Mosman’s independence ahead of the impending State Government announcement on the fate of NSW councils.

After Mosman’s Mayor, economist Peter Abelson, presented information on the NSW Government’s council amalgamation policies, numerous residents took to the microphone to express their concerns about the plans and their desire to maintain the community’s independence and identity.

“We asked our residents if they wanted us to consider merging now that the State Government has asked us to provide them with up to three merger preferences. The response was an overwhelming and emphatic ‘no’,” Cr Abelson later said.

“Our residents aren’t dummies – they know no case has been made to prove that a merger between Mosman and North Sydney or any other council would benefit either community. The State Government delivers rhetoric not evidence or specifics.

“In addition, most of the councils in the proposed sub-region mega merger with North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Willoughby and two thirds of Ryde strongly oppose mergers.

“The proposed mega merger received strong opposition in community consultation earlier this year with 84% of respondents opposed while merger options with either North Sydney or Manly recorded 61% against and 62% respectively.”

The meeting followed the State Government’s release of the report of the Independent Pricing and Regulation Tribunal (IPART) which declared every council to the East of Parramatta (except Bankstown) unfit for the Future because they were not large enough.

Mosman Council will continue to seek community feedback on the matter until 3 November. The responses will be given to the State Government.