Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza today said Randwick City Council is not included in 19 local government mergers across the state announced by the NSW Government.
“We are not included in the first round of mergers,” Mayor D’Souza said. “In announcing the Council mergers, the Government has not included Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra, despite us being recommended to merge in a proposal released by the Minister earlier this year.
“It seems that we are not part of this first round of mergers because of the pending court case decision brought about by Woollahra Council against the merger. In a media statement issued by the Premier today, it says the Minister for Local Government supports creating a further nine councils, subject to decisions of the court.
“We’ve always said as a Council we’d prefer to stand alone. We know this is what most residents want, but we’ve also been dealing with a Government that wants to reform local government.
“I think today’s announcement by the Government shows they are pretty serious about getting on with the job of merging councils. I think residents should prepare themselves for the possibility that a merger of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra may happen soon, once the court case is resolved.
“I also would like residents to know that if a new eastern beaches council is created, it’s nothing to fear and staff from all three councils have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition.
“I believe the impact on residents would be minimal and if I’m still a part of the Council, I will be ensuring that we not only continue providing our existing services, but provide even greater services and projects for the eastern beaches area,” Mayor D’Souza said.
Visit www.strongercouncils.nsw.gov.au for further information on the proposed merger between Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.
The following documents and reports provide an in-depth look at The Delegate's consultation and ruling process:
- Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Municipal councils proposal
- Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Municipal councils delegate report
- Public Enquiry Transcript: RWW Randwick 4 February 2016 1pm
- Public Enquiry Transcript: RWW Randwick 4 February 2016 7pm
- Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Municipal councils submissions pack
- Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Municipal councils Boundary Commission comments