Last week the NSW Government formally announced that they will merge Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils to form a new eastern beaches council.
I am pleased the government has listened to our concerns and abandoned the concept of a global city council in favour of our proposal for an eastern beaches council which retains local identity, protects jobs and delivers savings to ratepayers.
While our preference has always been to stand alone, it was clear through the Fit for the Future process that this was not an option, so we have achieved the next best thing.
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a good time to slow down, appreciate all that we have and reflect on what is truly important - to have the support of family, friends and the wider community.
I wish you all the best for the festive season and look forward to ringing in the New Year with many of you at Coogee Sparkles from 9pm on Thursday, 31 December 2015.
Councillor Noel D'Souza
Mayor of Randwick @randwickmayor