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Release Date: 24/10/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber has welcomed the frank assessment of the state of Sydney&rsquo;s local government by Planning Minister Pru Goward as a clear acknowledgement that Sydney&rsquo;s future capacity to be a competitive global city requires the significant reform of local councils.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;The Minister&rsquo;s view that doing nothing is not an option is overwhelmingly the view of business,&rdquo; the Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The focus of today&rsquo;s lunch, hosted by CEDA, was on Sydney 2030 and its future capacity to be a global city, and it was clear that good design and liveable streets require strong leadership and adequate resources to match infrastructure with growth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;The wealth of the <em>City of Sydney</em> anchored in a strong CBD where business is a major contributor to the rate base of the council is in stark contrast to the small councils that draw their revenue principally from residents.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Greater Sydney has to manage its growth and the clear conclusion from today is that 41 local councils is not the means to success.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mrs Forsythe said, &ldquo;Local Government reform including council amalgamation is not an easy option for the State Government but the honest assessment of two key Minister&rsquo;s in a couple of days is a clear indication that reform has to be on the agenda.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Local councils need to be given the capacity to deliver local services and manage infrastructure but they need to understand that timely and efficient planning decisions that support jobs and dwelling targets are at the core of their role.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Given the choice, investment dollars will go where there is certainty and reliability in the planning system. The Minister indicated today that she has that message; local councils need to hear it too.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367</strong>

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