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Sydney Local Councils are Not Fit for Sydney’s Future

Release Date: 20/10/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber said today’s release of IPART’s Fit for the Future report paints a damning picture of an inefficient local government system in Sydney and places the NSW Government in a position where not to reform local government would put Sydney’s future development at risk.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Sydney will not manage its growth and job creation while government at the local level is effectively broken, and no manner of protesting by local councillors can hide the simple statistic that 71 percent are not efficient enough to manage their responsibilities into the future.
“Key business groups have placed the issue of 41 local councils on the agenda of government for at least a decade and today’s report confirms the view that reform is well overdue.
“Business is not an opponent of local councils, far from it, as efficient and capable councils are good for local business.
“The announcement by the NSW Government of the creation of a Stronger Community Fund to support councils with local infrastructure such as parks and libraries at the same time as reform is proceeding gives the lie to the campaign that some local councillors have been running that the reform agenda was really about cutting local services.
“The positive report card for Randwick and Waverley as a merged council and for larger councils such as Bankstown and Sutherland shows that, with scale, councils can be capable and efficient.
“Sydney is in the midst of an unprecedented infrastructure and building phase that is taking the city to a new level, which means it must take the next step and address the issue of fragmented local governance.
“Cities across the world have boosted the capability and scale of local councils to create cities that are strong and efficient and are able to manage their growth and development.
“Armed with this Report, the NSW Government will need to be strong in the face of council run scare campaigns,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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