Have your say on Marrickville's merger preference!


*** This survey has been closed ahead of the scheduled date of 5 February. See news feed below for more information and results of survey ***


Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils have submitted a joint merger preference in response to the State Government's proposal for forced amalgamations.

Marrickville Council told the State Government our first preference is to stand alone and we remain implacably opposed to forced amalgamations. However if the State Government forces amalgamations, our preference is to merge with Leichhardt and Ashfield councils.

Updated modelling by independent consultants found that a merger of the

*** This survey has been closed ahead of the scheduled date of 5 February. See news feed below for more information and results of survey ***


Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils have submitted a joint merger preference in response to the State Government's proposal for forced amalgamations.

Marrickville Council told the State Government our first preference is to stand alone and we remain implacably opposed to forced amalgamations. However if the State Government forces amalgamations, our preference is to merge with Leichhardt and Ashfield councils.

Updated modelling by independent consultants found that a merger of the three councils could save $75 million over ten years. This includes $25 million funding currently on offer from the State Government for councils that voluntarily merge. The research also showed that there are similarities in the communities and the visions of the three councils.

Now we want to know what you think might be the potential benefits and risks of an amalgamated Marrickville-Leichhardt-Ashfield Council. Click on the survey to participate.

More info

Get more information in the 'read more' section, view the FAQs and check out the council comparison table below.

Council comparison table

Source: Office of Local Government 2013/14

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What happens next?

Marrickville Council will now wait for the State Government to respond. They have indicated that will be some time in December. We do not know what or how they will respond but will update our community as soon as news comes through.

Marrickville's Councillors will consider a report of the community's views at Council's meeting in February 2016. The report will also be posted on this page.

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