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Council Decided - 22 December 2015

Posted Wednesday 23 December 2015

At an Extraordinary General Meeting Mayor Abelson delivered a Mayoral Minute addressing the NSW Government’s merger proposal that Mosman Council be amalgamated with Manly and the southern half of Warringah with a total initial population of approximately 153,000.

The Mayoral Minute outlined the process that the Government will follow in relation to pursuing the merger proposal, including the public consultation requirements. In response to the Government’s announcement Council resolved the following:

  • Noted that the Mosman Community has been consistently and strongly opposed to amalgamation with any other council. In a full referendum in the 2012 local council election, 80% of residents voted against amalgamation. In surveys in April/May this year, only 23% supported a merger with North Sydney, 17% with Manly and 7% with five other Northern Councils including East Ryde, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Willoughby and North Sydney.
  • Noted that there has been no formal or even informal business case or any other assessment, and no polling, of the proposed merger with Manly and half Warringah.
  • Noted and accepted that the NSW Government has determined broadly to follow the requirements set out in the Local Government Act 1993.
  • That the requirements of the Act should be followed thoroughly and completely in all its components.
  • That the assessments by the Chief Executive and the delegates should be demonstrably objective, draw on local views as required by the Local Government Act, and be based on evidence rather than on convenient but unsupported assumptions.
  • As part of this process will fully engage with Warringah and Manly councils to determine key priorities.
  • As representatives of our community will be strongly guided by the informed views of our community.
  • An allocation of up to $50,000 for an information campaign in response to the Government’s merger proposal.

Further information on the process and timing of public consultation is expected to be provided during the first week of January 2016. Details of how the community can contribute to the consultation process will be posted on this website once available.