Nine of the 10 City of Sydney councillors have backed Lord Mayor Clover Moore in her decision to fight the State Government on a proposed merger with neighbouring councils.
An extraordinary council meeting, which was expected to run for 30 minutes last night, took two hours because so many of the 100 attending residents wished to speak.
Seventeen people took to the microphone after Cr Moore’s speech, all passionately defending the council’s right to remain a stand-alone local government.
“Sydney is a better city for living today than it was 10 years ago,” resident Darryl Toohey said.
“That’s because of Clover Moore and her team of independents — not because of the Labor or Liberal party.”
Another ratepayer, Barry Barney, said: “I’ve watched this city change, and it’s changed for the better, thanks to this successful council.”
Central to the council’s argument is that the City of Sydney is thriving and the change would jeopardise its economic outlook.
“The NSW [Government’s] own Treasury department rates our economic outlook as strong or positive,” Cr Moore said.
“We are the only local government in the state with that rating.
“Over 80 per cent of residents and over 70 per cent of businesses want the boundaries to remain the same.”
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