At the Local Government elections on 4 December 2021, our community will be asked to elect local representatives and also to answer an additional important question about the future of Inner West Council.

Remain with one Inner West Council or return to the original three councils?

In 2016, the NSW Government formed Inner West Council by bringing together Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils. Recently, the NSW Government made it possible for Councils to put forward a business case for de-amalgamation. In our local government area, de-amalgamation would mean separating the one Inner West Council into the three original councils: Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville.

Inner West Council is considering preparing a de-amalgamation proposal for the NSW Minister for Local Government who is responsible for the final decision.

Your views will be key to informing Council’s position on whether to proceed with a proposal for the Government to consider.

Council commissioned an independent report from consultants Morrison Low to prepare a De-amalgamation Cost Benefit Report to inform decision-making about the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ case.
The De-amalgamation Cost Benefit Report has been placed on public exhibition for community feedback.

Council is also interested in your feedback on the question that will be asked at the elections on 4 December 2021. The question is:

"In May 2016, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils were amalgamated into one local government area by the NSW Government. Do you support the Inner West local government area being de-amalgamated, so as to restore the former local government areas of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville?"

During this public exhibition Council is not asking for opinions on de-amalgamation. The community will be asked for their opinion on de-amalgamation at the local government election on 4 December 2021.

Provide your feedback on the De-amalgamation Cost Benefit Report or the poll question using the online feedback form below.

  • By mail addressed to: Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham 2049, attention to General Manager titled De-merger residents survey
  • Call Annie Coulthard on 02 9392 5328 to request a paper copy of the survey and/or to provide feedback over the phone
  • Call a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 9392 5328
  • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
  • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
  • TTY call 133 677
  • SMS relay call 0423 677 767

Last day to provide feedback is Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Community feedback report will be considered by Council at its meeting on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

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