New merger proposal from State Government released: Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils
26 February 2016
A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released yesterday on the NSW’s Government’s Council Boundary Review website.
This results from the Minister for Local Government accepting the legitimacy of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a ‘Northern Beaches’ Council (Warringah, Pittwater and Manly). This second merger proposal is in addition to a prior proposal put forward by the State Government, which involved splitting Warringah and included Mosman along with all of Manly and Pittwater Councils.
Willoughby Council will now respond to two boundary proposals:
- The initial Willoughby and North Sydney proposal. Council endorsed a draft submission at its 22 February Council Meeting, which will be finalised and submitted by the due date of Sunday 28 February.
- The second proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman – submissions close 8 April 2016.
The second proposal is not detailed like the first. It is simply a notification letter from the Minister for Local Government on the Council Boundary Review website.
The Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds will assess both merger proposals and make a recommendation on the preferred proposal to the Boundaries Commission. At this stage, proclamations of new councils are still expected by mid 2016.
Willoughby Council will consider the new merger proposal, and any submission it may wish to make, in accord with the 8 April 2016 deadline.
Council also encourages the community to take part in the consultation process for the new merger proposal which now includes Mosman. A Public Inquiry will be held and the details announced in the coming weeks.
Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.
Please visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au for further information.
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