Gladys Berejiklian’s government will leave Sydney with a lopsided patchwork of councils, after abandoning its policy of local government amalgamations halfway through.
The Premier announced on Thursday that her government was walking away from its policy of merging Sydney councils, which have challenged their amalgamation in court.
From SMH’s Jacob Saulwick Date: July 27 2017 – 4:02PM
“There’s no doubt that the court proceedings in relation to local government has provided a degree of uncertainty,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Our decision today as a government is to provide certainty to the community for the September 9 council elections,” she said.
It affects 14 councils, which had been set to merge into five. The affected councils are: Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield; Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai; Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde; Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby; and Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra.