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General Meeting


Wednesday 11 November 2015

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Item 1     LM11/15 Local Government Reform - Fit for the Future Update...................................... 1   




Office of the General Manager

Date of Meeting: 11/11/2015



GM3/15 - Local Government Reform - Fit for the Future Update



Additional information with  NO CHANGE  to Recommendation


General Manager’s Report No. GM3/15 notes that the Mayor wrote to our neighbouring councils (Ku-ring-gai, The Hills, Parramatta and Ryde) on 21 October 2015 seeking to have discussions about each of the council’s current positions on Fit for the Future (FFTF) prior to the State Government’s 18 November 2015 deadline for council responses about merger preference(s) and IPART’s findings. By the time General Manager’s Report No. GM3/15 had been finalised and included in the 11 November 2015 General Meeting Business Paper, only Ku-ring-gai had responded to the Mayor’s letter and this was detailed in the Report.

Since then, the Lord Mayor of Parramatta has responded by letter on 2 November 2015 advising of his Council’s position. A copy of the Lord Mayor’s letter and our Mayor’s response to such are attached. The Mayor of The Hills Shire has also recently been in contact and a meeting has been arranged on 12 November 2015 at which their Mayor and General Manager will outline their adopted position on FFTF.



THAT in the apparent absence of any interest from our neighbouring councils to investigate a voluntary merger with Hornsby, and in line with its adopted position from the 10 June 2015 General Meeting, Council provide the following responses (shown in italics) to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in respect of the NSW Government’s release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) report titled Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals:

·              In respect of IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission

o     IPART’s assessment of Council’s submission was in line with Council’s expectations and understanding of the process.

·              In respect of preference/s for merger partner/s

o     Preference 1 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils together with changes to Hornsby’s existing boundaries at Carlingford, Eastwood, Epping, Marsfield and Macquarie Park as proposed in Council’s letter to the Minister for Local Government dated 30 June 2015.

o     Preference 2 – A merger of the whole of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils.







Gary Bensley

Acting General Manager

Office of the General Manager






Parramatta City Council Position and HSC Response





File Reference:           F2014/00494

Document Number:    D06778197


Hornsby Shire Council

Attachment to Report No. LM11/15 Page 1