NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

New stronger councils
Better local services
Better local infrastructure
Rates will be protected for 4 years


electionsNSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced 19 new councils in NSW commencing 12 May 2016. The Minister has indicated his in principle support to create a further 9 new councils, subject to the decision of the courts.

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

Other new council benefits:

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017.

For further information on proposals currently under examination and reporting please see olg.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au.


New Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries and names are as proclaimed in proclamations made under the Local Government Act 1993 and published on the NSW Legislation Website on 12/05/2016. This plan has been prepared by reference to surveys recorded in the register of public surveys kept under section 7 of the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002.

Councils proceeding

The Minister has announced that he will proceed with the formation of the following councils:

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19 new councils created in NSW today - 12/05/2016

This website contains details on the process of the implementation of the new councils and further information that communities in affected areas may be interested in. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7).

Where an * is displayed next to a council name this means it is a part of that council area.