Inner West Council

Background

Local Government Reform

The Council Boundary Review process is the final step towards council amalgamations in the NSW Government’s Local Government Reform process. Further information about the Council Boundary Review and the process can be obtained from the NSW Government website: www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/

Background

In September 2014, the State Government announced the ‘Fit for the Future’ package, in response to the final recommendations of the Local Government Review Panel and Local Government Acts Taskforce. As part of this package, the NSW Government expressed its view that Ashfield Council should consider amalgamating with its neighbouring councils. For further information visit: www.fitforthefuture.nsw.gov.au/

Fit for the Future and Council submissions

During 2015, after a robust discussion with our community about the future of local government for Ashfield,  Council resolved to submit a 'stand alone' (Improvement Proposal) in response to Fit for the Future. Ashfield Council is already fit for the future, by any fair criteria. The proposal was endorsed by Council on 23 June 2015 and submitted to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for their assessment.

On 10 November 2015, the NSW Premier and Minister for Local Government released IPART assessments of all NSW councils s and announced a final round of consultation with local government. The assessments can be viewed here.

The NSW Government indicated its strong intention to proceed with council amalgamations. In response, on

10 November 2015, Ashfield Council resolved that:

  • That Ashfield Council re-iterate its preferred position to ‘stand alone’ as a Council.
  • That Council rejects the State Government’s recommended merger option of the 6 Inner West Councils, being Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt.
  • That Council rejects a merger with Auburn, Canada Bay, Burwood and/or Strathfield.
  • That in light of the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ process, Council instruct the GM to complete the template indicating that a preferred merger option is Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt.