NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Bayside Council

The merger of City of Botany Bay and Rockdale City councils

On 9 September 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Bayside” Council through the acceptance of the City of Botany Bay and Rockdale City council proposal.

Bayside Council includes the following wards:

  1. Botany Bay Ward
  2. Bexley Ward
  3. Rockdale Ward
  4. Mascot Ward
  5. Port Botany Ward

Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

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 9 September 2017.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 152,814

Area (sq Km): 50

Number of Wards: 5

Number of councillors per ward: 3


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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council. 

Name: Greg Wright

Interim General Manager
Name: Meredith Wallace

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Bayside Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Eastgardens Westfield Pagewood Establishment of the Bayside Council Customer Service Centre $2,500,000
Pine Park Ramsgate Beach Detailed design and documentation to relocate care parking and create 6m wide promenade along the beachfront and associated works $4,000,000
Cahill Park, Wolli Creek Detailed design, documentation and implementation of elements of the Cahill Park master plan including lighting and pathway connections $2,500,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Women's Community Shelters Ltd Crisis accommodation shelter $50,000
Exodus Youth Work Employment skills training program $50,000
Sunnyfield Skills-for-life courses $33,822
Kyeemagh Infants Public School P&C Association Workshop facility for growing and cooking $27,632
Bay City Care After-school youth 'Drop-In' centre $50,000
South Eastern Community Connect Community wellness and mentoring $49,002
Dolls Point Football Club Installation of lighting towers $48,400
Pagewood Botany Football Club Inc Upgrade of technology and canteen $50,000
St George Children with Disabilities Fund Incorporated Upgrade of equipment to support children $25,000
Arncliffe Scots Baseball Club Installation of dedicated ground watering $50,000
St George Football Club Installation of new seating and portable goal posts $50,000