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.


  • Minister for Local Government commences process to forcibly amalgamate Marrickville

    about 3 years ago
    The Minister for Local Government has commenced the process of a forced amalgamation of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt councils, and is once again calling on the community to express their views on this issue. Because of this, the merger preference survey has been closed ahead of schedule.

    Residents are urged to have their say on the issue of forced amalgamations of councils. Submissions to the new Council Boundary Review are open NOW and will close 5pm on Sunday 28 February.

    Read more about how you can make a submission and background on the forced amalgamation.
    The Minister for Local Government has commenced the process of a forced amalgamation of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt councils, and is once again calling on the community to express their views on this issue. Because of this, the merger preference survey has been closed ahead of schedule.

    Residents are urged to have their say on the issue of forced amalgamations of councils. Submissions to the new Council Boundary Review are open NOW and will close 5pm on Sunday 28 February.

    Read more about how you can make a submission and background on the forced amalgamation.

  • Results of merger preference survey

    about 3 years ago

    The results of the surveys received highlight that the communty:

    • are far more supportive of Marrickville standing alone (67%) than merging with Ashfield and Leichhardt (21%)
    • believes there are considerably more risks from a merger than there are benefits. The potential risks that the community are most concerned about are: less responsiveness to local needs, a reduction in local services, no evidence of benefits from amalgamations, higher rates and taking on other councils debt.

    Council also contracted an independent research company, Micromex, to conduct a demographically representative survey on merger preference. The results of this research show that 75% of...

    The results of the surveys received highlight that the communty:

    • are far more supportive of Marrickville standing alone (67%) than merging with Ashfield and Leichhardt (21%)
    • believes there are considerably more risks from a merger than there are benefits. The potential risks that the community are most concerned about are: less responsiveness to local needs, a reduction in local services, no evidence of benefits from amalgamations, higher rates and taking on other councils debt.

    Council also contracted an independent research company, Micromex, to conduct a demographically representative survey on merger preference. The results of this research show that 75% of respondents want Marrickville to stand-alone.

    See the full results in the Council business paper.