Pittwater and Manly Councils will tell the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) they want to stand alone rather than amalgamate with its northern beaches neighbours.
In Pittwater’s telephone survey an overwhelming 89% of respondents said they wanted Pittwater Council to stay as it is – no merger, no boundary changes. In Manly 59% also want no merger and boundaries to stay the same.
Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend reiterated community feedback stating “Residents do not want to revisit the old scenario”.
“How many times does our community need to speak out? Again and again our residents have told us they don’t want to be part of a mega council.
Pittwater Council’s resolution
Monday 15 June, 2015
1. That Council notes the following results from the recent community engagement process:
- Rejection of a single Council combining Manly, Warringah and Pittwater (Option 3).
- Strong support for No Mergers (Option 1).
2. That based on comprehensive research, including independent evidence and extensive engagement with the community, Council confirms its position as follows:
- Council remains committed to a strong, independent Pittwater Council providing local representation and delivery of local services to the people of Pittwater on the existing boundaries.
- Council is opposed to any proposed merger of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater into one Council.
3. That in keeping with the NSW Government’s requirements, Council submit the following to IPART by 30 June 2015:
- Template 2 – Council Improvement Proposal and Supporting Business Case and documentation for Pittwater Council to maintain the status quo and remain as we are without any boundary changes.
- That no Supplementary Business Case be submitted.
- That on 29 June 2015 an Extraordinary Council Meeting is called to consider Council’s submission to IPART.
For more information see the Minutes from the meeting on Monday 15 June 2015.