Council welcomes merger back down

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Randwick Mayor Noel D'Souza

Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza today welcomed the NSW Government’s decision not to merge Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

“I am very pleased that the NSW Government has now listened to the community,” Mayor D’Souza said.

“Randwick City Council’s position has always been that we oppose mergers and would prefer to stand alone. Our Council is one of the largest, strongest and most financially viable in the state.

“The NSW Government’s now defunct Fit for the Future program was orchestrated to force council mergers. They told us ‘no change is not an option’ and created a process that forced mergers.

“Our Council took a strong leadership role and protected our community and our staff. We commenced preparatory works for a potential merger with our partners Waverley and Woollahra after the NSW Government told us that mergers would be proceeding.

“I will be seeking full compensation from the Government for Council’s incurred costs in preparing for their merger. It’s not fair that Randwick ratepayers should pay for the Government’s backflip and indecision.

“Now it’s time to get on with the job of serving the residents of Randwick City and continuing to provide the high quality services and facilities that they deserve,” Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza said.

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