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Local government amalgamation trend continues

Release Date: 23/10/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber has acknowledged the decision of the WA Premier and WA Minister for Local Government to reduce the number of Perth Metropolitan Councils from 30 to 20 as a signal that local government reform is on the agenda of other states and NSW cannot be left behind.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber Patricia Forsythe said, “This decision is an indication that the link between local government reform and stronger local government is widely understood.
“NSW is the economic powerhouse of our nation and to stay at number one we need a stronger local government system, to allow more efficient decision making and for local councils to take a stronger role in Sydney’s sub-regional planning.
“Councils in NSW are being given an opportunity to make real improvements to planning and approvals for their communities. To play a more significant role in the functioning of their city and overcome many of the inefficiencies that 41 separate councils brings for the Greater Sydney Region.
“To achieve growth and continue to be a truly competitive global city, we need a strong local government sector.
“NSW cannot be left behind. Councils should embrace the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future package to overcome the barriers to being a great liveable city.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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