Today the New South Wales Government announced the outline of what will be the new amalgamated Councils in New South Wales. It was also announced that there will be elections in September 2017 for these councils (unmerged Councils will be in September 2016)

The new Councils and their statuses are:

New councils:

  • Armidale Regional Council (Armidale, Dumaresq and Guyra)
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Council (Bankstown and Canterbury)
  • Central Coast Council (Gosford and Wyong)
  • City of Parramatta Council (Parramatta and part of Hills, Auburn, Holroyd and Hornsby)
  • Cumberland Council (Auburn and Holroyd)
  • Edward River Council (Conargo and Deniliquin)
  • Federation Council (Corowa and Urana)
  • Georges River Council (Hurstville and Kogarah)
  • Gundagai Council (Cootamundra and Gundagai)
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council (Bombala, Cooma Monaro and Snowy River)
  • Hilltops Council (Boorowa, Harden and Young)
  • Inner West Council (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville)
  • Mid-Coast Council (Gloucester, Great Lakes and Greater Taree)
  • Murray River Council (Murray and Wakool)
  • Murrumbidgee Council (Jerilderie and Murrumbidgee)
  • Northern Beaches Council (Manly, Pittwater and Warringah)
  • Queanbeyan-Palerange Regional Council (Queanbeyan and Palerang)
  • Snowy Valleys Council (Tumut and Tumbarumba)
  • Western Plains Regional Council (Dubbo and Wellington)

Subject to the decisions of the courts, the Minister has announced his in-principle support for the following mergers:

  • Botany and Rockdale
  • Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra
  • Bathurst and Oberon
  • Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby
  • Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby
  • Blayney, Cabonne and Orange
  • Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde
  • Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield
  • Shellharbour and Wollongong

Merger proposals pending:

  • Newcastle and Port Stephens
  • Dungog and Maitland
  • Armidale-Dumaresq, Guyra, Walcha and Uralla

This means that with many Councillors and Mayors sacked and facing the prospect of either bowing out of politics or having to stand for election in mega-Councils, many will not know what to do next. Well our team has the experience from successfully running campaigns for Councillors and Mayors in 2008, 2012 and 2016 Local Government elections in Queensland in the amalgamated Council universe.

It should also note that NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley has announced that if Labor form the next NSW government they will undertake a process for de-amalgamation of Councils which has been a process we have experience with from 2015-2016 de-amalgamation campaigns in Queensland.

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