The following is provided by Willoughby Council as an update in regard the State Government’s amalgamation proposal – between Willoughby City Council and North Sydney Council.
Below you can see the next steps in the process for the proposed amalgamation.
- The State Government provided notification of a formal merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils, as part of the Fit for the Future reform of Local Government. The merger proposal is one of 35 mergers across NSW that the State Government has referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.
- Ian Reynolds has been assigned as the Delegate for the North Sydney/Willoughby consultation process.
January – 28 February 2016
- Willoughby Council encourages the community to have their say about the State Government’s proposed amalgamation with North Sydney Council. This can be done through a written submission and / or a verbal presentation to the boundary review process.
- Members of the public can make submissions until 5 pm, Sunday 28 February 2016 – Online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au; or by mail to Council Boundary Review Submissions, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
- A public inquiry will be held on 2 February 2016 at the Rydges North Sydney (54 McLaren Street) between 1-5pm and 7-10pm. You are required to register by 12noon on 29 January 2016 if you wish to speak at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au. Registrations must be directed to the on-line and mail addresses above; not to the Council.
- Willoughby Council will prepare its written submission, which will be the subject of a report to Council in February.
Post February 2016
- Following the consultation process, the Delegate will provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission on the amalgamation proposal. The Minister will consider the Delegate’s report, together with the comments of the Boundaries Commission, before determining the outcome of merger proposals.
- The Minister can make one of three decisions namely to adopt the merger proposal; adopt the merger proposal with minor changes or decline to proceed with the merger proposal. A significant variation, such as the desire to include another council into the proposal, would require the process to be recommenced.
- Any Proclamations of a new Councils are anticipated to occur in mid-2016.
- Elections for any new Council are most likely to be held in March 2017. The NSW government has indicated two potential options for the period between Proclamation and the new Council elections. These options include appointing an Administrator or appointing all or some of the former Councillors to the new Council. No decision has been made at this point.