NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

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

On 12 May NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced the formation of 19 new councils in NSW.

The proclamation of the new Bayside Council was made on 9 September 2016, following the conclusion of legal action by Botany Bay City Council in the Court of Appeal. The decision to proceed with the merger followed consideration of the reports on this proposal and Botany Bay’s alternative proposal to expand its boundaries.

The 20 new stronger, more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure such as roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

New councils will receive a wide range of additional 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, with the option of redirecting unspent funds into 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 the next four years.

Note: The Minister has given his in principle support to create a further six new councils, subject to the decision of the courts. 


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.

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

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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.