The Mayors of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde issued a Media Release on Thursday, February 9 in regard to the proposed forced merger of the three muncipalities.
“In recent weeks, following the appointment of Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the new
Cabinet, there has been significant attention given to a review of several NSW Government
policies, including the issue of forced council mergers.
‘The Mayors of three northern Sydney councils significantly impacted upon by a forced
merger proposal, Hunters Hill Council, Lane Cove Council and the City of Ryde, have
welcomed the commitment of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to genuinely listen to local
communities regarding forced council mergers and to adopt a new and more consultative
“We urge the Premier to withdraw the forced merger of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and the City
of Ryde Councils and we commit to working with the Government to achieve meaningful
reform”, said Hunters Hill Mayor Cr Richard Quinn.
City of Ryde Mayor, Cr Bill Pickering said;
“Such a decision by the Premier would clearly demonstrate that she is listening to communities who have indicated time and time again in
surveys and community feedback that they oppose forced mergers.”
Lane Cove Mayor Debroah Hutchens said it is not too late to stop the forced merger.
“It’s not too late for the Government to get this issue right by maintaining local democracy
while pursuing reform” said the Mayor of Lane Cove, Cr Deborah Hutchens.
The Media Release goes on to say;
“Whilst acknowledging the difficult political situation in which the NSW Government now
finds itself on the issue of forced mergers, the three Mayors remain optimistic that Premier
Berejiklian and Local Government Minister, Gabrielle Upton, will not proceed with the
forced merger and will facilitate the joint organisation model that was first proposed in
2013 by the Independent Local Government Review Panel and unanimously recommended
by the multi-partisan NSW Legislative Council’s 2015 Inquiry into Local Government as a
“cooperative and consensus model for local council reform in Metropolitan Sydney”