The State Government recently asked councils to lodge a final submission for its Fit for the Future reform project. This submission asked for commentary on IPART’s report and requested councils nominate up to three merger preferences.
Council's submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on the Government's Fit for the Future proposal was adopted at an extraordinary meeting on Monday 29 June 2015. The submission includes rigorous consideration of all amalgamation options and conveys strong community support (81%) for council to remain as a stand-alone organisation and direct public feedback on the importance of maintaining local representation and identity (91%).
Whilst strongly opposed to amalgamation, Council's submission supports local government reform aimed at delivering tangible improvements for its residents. The submission draws on feedback from NSW Treasury Corporation confirming Woollahra's financial sustainability and research provided by leading experts in local government reform and efficiencies: Professor Percy Allen, Professor Gary Sturgess and Grant Thornton Consultants.