Inner West Council

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Merger Proposal?

The Minister for Local Government has formally asked the Office of Local Government to review a merger of Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils.

The Proposal may be viewed here.

This Merger Proposal is one of 35 similar proposals to amalgamate councils across NSW.

 

2. What is the process for considering a Merger Proposal?

The Office of Local Government’s Chief Executive Officer has referred consideration of all Merger Proposals to a number of Delegates, one of whom is responsible for reviewing the merger regarding Ashfield Council. More information about the delegates can be found here: https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/

The Delegate must hold a Public Inquiry, which members of the public may attend. The Delegate, in reviewing the Proposal, must consider a number of factors specified under the Local Government Act (S263). Submissions may also be made, as part of the Public Inquiry process.

The Delegate then reports back to the NSW Office of Local Government. This report is then provided to the Boundaries Commission for review and comment. The Boundaries Commission then prepares a report, based on the results of the Public Inquiry and provides this to the Minister.

The Minister for Local Government, after receiving the report, can recommend to the Governor that the Merger Proposal be implemented, as originally put or with modifications, or that the Proposal not be implement. It is anticipated that the Minister will make his recommendation by mid-2016.

A Proclamation is then made by the Governor of NSW and new Council established.

This is NSW Government process and is not managed by Ashfield Council.

 

3. What factors must be considered by the Delegate and the Boundaries Commission?

There are a number of factors specified under the Local Government Act (S263) that must be considered, when reviewing a proposal for merger:

  • financial advantages or disadvantages
  • community of interest and geographic cohesion
  • existing historical and traditional values and the impact of change on them,
  • attitude of the residents and ratepayers,
  • elected representation for residents and ratepayers,
  • ability of the councils of the areas concerned to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities,
  • (the impacts on the employment of the staff by the councils,
  • the desirability (or otherwise) of dividing the resulting area or areas into wards,
  • the need to ensure that the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented,
  • other factors relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas

 

4. How can I have a say?

This is the final step in the amalgamation process and the last opportunity for the community to have a say in the process. You may make a written submission and/or attend the Public Inquiry.

 

5. How can I make a submission?

You can review the Minister’s Proposal and make a submission. Submissions close 5pm, Sunday 28 February.

Written submission may be made online or by mail:

GPO Box 5341

Sydney NSW 2001

 

Submissions should are encouraged to address the factors that the Boundary Commission must consider. These are listed above and also under ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on the NSW Government’s website.

6. When is the Public Inquiry?

The Public Inquiry will be held:

Wests Ashfield Leagues Club

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

1.00pm to 5.00pm and 7.00pm to 10pm

Members of the public who would like to attend must register online or by contacting 1300 813 020.

If you would like to speak at the Public Inquiry: you must indicate that you wish to do so when you register to attend.

 

For more information: www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/ashfield-leichhardt-municipal-and-marrickville-councils/