UPDATE: Randwick City Council resolved the following in relation to the State Government's Fit for the Future proposal at its meeting on 25 November 2014:
RESOLUTION: (Mayor, Cr T Seng) that:
1. Council establishes a working party consisting of the Mayor, a representative of the ALP Councillors, a representative of the Greens Councillors, a representative of the Independent Councillors, and the General Manager, to undertake the necessary due diligence to enable Council to respond in accordance with the 'Fit for the Future' templates, due June 2015;
2. Council advises the United Services Union that it is supportive of the Union's objective of ensuring the protection of Council employees' conditions and the request for the establishment of a peak committee of representatives from Council's management and the relevant Unions to consult on the development of Council's response to the NSW Government's 'Fit for the Future' policy;
3. the outcomes of the working party's due diligence be reported back to Council; and
4. Council consults with the local community by way of a plebiscite or other means to determine our community's view on amalgamations.
Randwick City Council met on 23 September 2014 and considered the State Government's Fit for the Future proposal and Council's position on amalgamations.
NM100/14 Motion Pursuant to Notice from Cr Andrews - Request for Clarification on Amalgamations (F2004/06554)
316/14 RESOLUTION: (Andrews/Bowen) that:
- Council write to the Minister for Local Government and the Premier seeking clarification of the government's policy on forced amalgamations and its relationship to the Fit for the Future package announcement made on 10 September 2014 (and in particular, whether the policy will apply beyond 30 June 2015).
- this Council unambiguously state it is opposed to the amalgamation of Randwick City Council.
- the Councillors affirm that they are opposed to amalgamation of Randwick Council now and after the Council Election of 16 September 2016.
- the Council write to the State Members for Maroubra, Heffron and Coogee seeking clarification that the State Government's policy remains that there be no forced amalgamations of local government after the 2016 Local Government Election.
- the Council immediately notify residents, ratepayers, businesses, community groups, sporting clubs, surf lifesaving clubs and council staff that this Council does not support the amalgamation of Randwick Council.
- Council fund a public awareness campaign opposing any amalgamation of Randwick Council.
- the General Manager arrange a briefing for Councillors as soon as possible in relation to the Fit for the Future package.