On 6 January 2016 the Minister for Local Government referred 35 merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act (the Act). In addition to the NSW Government’s 35 original council merger proposals, a number of councils submitted their own proposals to undergo the same examination and reporting process as the existing proposals.
As a consequence these council-initiated proposals, the Minister for Local Government put forward a number of additional proposals for adjacent areas for examination and report in the event that a council-initiated proposal proceeded. This took the number of merger proposals to 45.
The Chief Executive delegated the examination and reporting function for the 45 merger proposals to Delegates. In examining and reporting on merger proposals, the Delegates conducted public inquiries, called for written submissions, and have prepared a report with due regard to the factors in section 263(3) of the Act. The reports of the Delegates were sent to the Minister for Local Government as well as the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission for comment.
The following new councils commenced in 2016:
The Government announced on 14 February 2017 that it supports in principle the following mergers in metropolitan Sydney proceeding, subject to the decision of the courts:
The Minister has decided not to proceed with these mergers:
In 2016 the Minister decided not to proceed with these mergers: