Published: 22 December 2016
Woollahra Council is seeking further legal advice after receiving an unfavourable judgement in the Court of Appeal today in relation to the NSW Government's forced amalgamation proposal.
"On behalf of the Council and the community I am extremely disappointed by today's judgement," Mayor of Woollahra Toni Zeltzer said.
"We are consulting with our legal team at Speed and Stracey and our senior counsel about our prospects for an appeal to the High Court," the Mayor said.
"The timing is challenging for all concerned, for us at Council, our legal team and everyone else involved in the case. This kind of timing was never anticipated, just three days short of Christmas.
"The Minister for Local Government has given an undertaking that no proclamation will occur before 10 January so the Council and our lawyers have time to fully consider the judgement.
"We still firmly hold the view there are no benefits for the Woollahra community under this proposed merger, only costs.
"We have always put our community first and we will continue to do so in considering our next step," the Mayor said.