Independence proposal for Mosman

Posted Tuesday 30 June 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 wanted Mosman to maintain its distinctive identity, they saw no reason to amalgamate and had concerns it could reduce community spirit, representation and democracy.

Council has now submitted its ‘Fit for the Future’ Proposal to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), which will act as the NSW Government’s Expert Advisory Panel. To view proposals visit the IPART website.

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