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Newtown at night_I have a dream muralConsultation which is now closed, showed none of the three models proposed by the Panel had received majority community support. Council included this information in its submission to the Panel.

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The NSW State Government appointed an Independent Local Government Review Panel in 2012 to identify various options for a more efficient and effective system of local government.

The Panel consulted with councils and stakeholders across the state and in April released recommendations for sweeping changes including council amalgamations in its Future Directions report. 

Marrickville Council seeks our community’s initial views, both positive and negative, towards boundary

Newtown at night_I have a dream muralConsultation which is now closed, showed none of the three models proposed by the Panel had received majority community support. Council included this information in its submission to the Panel.

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The NSW State Government appointed an Independent Local Government Review Panel in 2012 to identify various options for a more efficient and effective system of local government.

The Panel consulted with councils and stakeholders across the state and in April released recommendations for sweeping changes including council amalgamations in its Future Directions report. 

Marrickville Council seeks our community’s initial views, both positive and negative, towards boundary changes and amalgamation with nearby councils. We also seek to gauge the importance that our community places on having local representatives and input into local decision making.

We seek your feedback and advice!

Marrickville Council invites community feedback by Friday 14 June 2013 which will assist Council in making its final submission due to the Panel by 28 June 2013. 


Newtown at night_I have a dream muralThe NSW State Government appointed an Independent Local Government Review Panel in 2012 to identify various options for a more efficient and effective system of local government.

The Panel consulted with councils and stakeholders across the state and in April released recommendations for sweeping changes including council amalgamations in its Future Directions report. 

Marrickville Council seeks our community’s initial views, both positive and negative, towards boundary changes and amalgamation with nearby councils. We also seek to gauge the importance that our community places on having local representatives and input into local decision making.

 

YOUR FEEDBACK

Marrickville Council invites community feedback by Friday 14 June 2013 which will assist Council in making its final submission due to the Panel by 28 June 2013. 

 

THE PANEL HAS SUGGESTED THREE POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR MARRICKVILLE

  1. Merge with proposed Sydney group of councils, creating a new ‘super Sydney’ council that would include City of Sydney, Botany Bay, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra and possibly Leichhardt. This is the Panel’s preferred option for Marrickville, citing the need to have a super city to anchor Sydney as Australia’s only truly global city; close functional interaction and economic/social links; bringing key infrastructure and icons together and spreading the CBD rating benefits.
  2. Merge with proposed Inner West group of councils that would include Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield and possibly Leichhardt. The Panel believes this option could provide close functional interaction and economic/social links; unify local government to plan and manage Parramatta Road; inner west development; make Burwood a major centre.
  3. Merge with Canterbury Council. The Panel believes this option could enhance the economic and social mix; and remove problematic boundaries to the north and east.

 

We acknowledge that information about the impacts of any amalgamation option is limited at this stage and future research and consultation will need to be undertaken. As an initial guide, we have provided a table of comparable data on the various councils included in the three amalgamation options.

  • View the comparison table.
  • For more detailed analysis go to the Independent Local Government Review Panel's Research Report on Similarities and Differences across local government areas.

 

OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

  1. Oppose amalgamation recommendations altogether and retain Marrickville Council as it is.
  2. Propose alternatives boundaries, for example, splitting half of the current Marrickville Council area into the proposed Sydney group and the other half into the inner west group.

 

The Panel has also suggested an alternative to amalgamations which is the creation of strong County Councils, by combining member councils according to the groups listed above (Sydney, Inner West or Canterbury) anchored by a regional centre and sharing services across council boundaries.

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Council will include community feedback in its submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel due by 28 June 2013. The Panel will provide its final report to the NSW government in September.

Under the Local Government Act, amalgamations cannot occur without further extensive community consultation.  The State Government has given assurances that no forced amalgamations will occur before the next election in March 2015. Whether amalgamations proceed will be determined by the State Government, councils and the communities involved.

Until any decision is made, it is business as usual at Marrickville Council. We will continue to inform our community as further information is released.

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