Community backs independence

Posted Monday 27 April 2015

The Mosman community has shown strong opposition to amalgamation with other local government areas with 82% of 1,211 respondents backing Mosman’s continued independence.

Community consultation conducted between February and April this year was in line with previous surveys with 81.3 % voting for independence in the 2012 election referendum and with the results of earlier referenda in 1962, 1974, 1977, 1983 and 2004.

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.

The results of the engagement, were referred to in the Mayoral Minute of 14 April 2015 and will also be detailed in a future report to be presented to Council at its 5 May meeting during which Council will further consider its position in relation to the ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms.

Between May and June 2015 Council will be preparing its ‘Fit for the Future’ submission to the NSW Government’s Expert Advisory Panel. It has recently been announced that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will act as this Panel, which will receive proposals from NSW councils up until 30 June 2015. The panel is required to assess all proposals received and then provide the NSW Premier and Minister for Local Government with its final report by 16 October 2015, identifying whether or not each council is Fit for the Future and the reasons for this assessment. This final report will be publicly released following Cabinet approval.

More information is available at our Local Government Reform page.