Hurstville City Councils Fit for the Future Update
Hurstville City Council resolved last night at its extraordinary Council meeting (11 November 2015), that Council’s preferred merger partners in order are: first option; Kogarah City Council, second; Canterbury City Council and third; Rockdale City Council.
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati said that practical boundary adjustments with contiguous Councils should be made such that shopping centres are not split, according to good planning principles.
“It is now time for Council to form its final submission to the NSW Government and our preference first and foremost is to merge with Kogarah City Council,” he said.
“Our communities in many ways are similar and this merger option makes sense if we can’t remain as a stand-alone Council for the long-term.
“Even though 64 percent of residents indicated that their preference is for Council to stand-alone it is now timely for Council to take action and move forward with a merger proposal.
“It is imperative that we work together with our neighbouring Councils to achieve the best possible options should Council amalgamations proceed.
“The NSW Government throughout the IPART process have been quite clear that simply doing nothing is not an option, so we must be proactive and take the appropriate steps for a potential merger option.
“This merger option with Kogarah City Council has the potential to be most beneficial for our communities.
“Collaboratively if mergers proceed both Councils will continue to provide the community with outstanding services and facilities to our residents and ratepayers.
“Council has until the 18 November 2015 to complete its submission.”
Mayor Badalati said that once the submission is complete it will be lodged with the NSW Government for consideration.
“It is anticipated the NSW Government’s final position on local government reform will be informed in the near future,” he said.
“Rest assured the community will be provided with the latest information when this information becomes available via Council’s website at www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au .”
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