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Mayors take a good first step

Release Date: 2/12/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber has acknowledged the Blacktown, Liverpool, Parramatta and The Hills Shire Council’s taking the first step toward local government amalgamation by holding a forum to canvas the issues.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber Patricia Forsythe said, “The fact that councils are talking and taking the proactive step toward merger is a sign that local councils in Sydney know that 41 separate councils is not sustainable.
“The discussion between the mayors of four big Sydney Councils also highlights the opportunities presented by the NSW Government’s recent funding offer to support council amalgamations.
“Multiple reviews of local government have recognised that Sydney with 41 local councils is in need of consolidation and should be better aligned with the proposed Metropolitan Strategy that plans the pattern of Sydney’s growth through residential and employment targets.
“Real reform will be more than a few councils becoming one it requires the councils to align their boundaries with Sydney’s cities and not rely on the historic local boundaries.
“Further discussion into the exact size and location of these new super councils will come next, but whatever form it takes, council amalgamation is essential to meeting the targets that are set out in each of Sydney’s sub-regions within the draft Metropolitan Strategy
“A few super councils will give Sydney the best chance of meeting these targets and the best chance of continuing to be a truly competitive global city,” said Mrs Forsythe.  
The Sydney Business Chamber has long championed reform of local government to create stronger local councils with fewer councillors that are well resourced, including with well-paid and resourced mayors and councillors.  
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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