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Georges River Council

The merger of Hurstville City and Kogarah City councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Georges River” Council.

Georges River Council includes the following wards:

  1. Peakhurst Ward
  2. Mortdale Ward
  3. Blakehurst Ward
  4. Hurstville Ward
  5. Kogarah Bay Ward

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

  • 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. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 146,916

Area (sq Km): 38

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 through to the election.   

Name: John Rayner

Interim General Manager
Name: Gail Connolly

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7) 

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 Georges River Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Peakhurst Park (Eastern end), Peakhurst Community Amenities Building $800,000
Peakhurst Heights Gannons Park Stormwater Harvesting and Irrigation Project $1,000,000
Riverwood Park, Riverwood Community Amenities Building $800,000
Renown Park, Penshurst Community Amenities Building $1,200,000
Carss Bush Park, Carss Park New Public Toilet Facilities $350,000
Georges River Georges River Aquatic Facilities Refurbishment Program $250,000
Claydon Reserve Sport Amenities Building $600,000
Kogarah, Beverley Hills and Riverwood Town Centres Customer Service Hubs (Stage 1: Kogarah Library – roof replacement, customer service one-stop-shop and technology upgrade; Stage 2: public Wi-Fi in Kogarah, Beverley Hills and Riverwood Town Centres; Stage 3: Roll-out of Wi-Fi in other town centres) $1,500,000
Town Centres Town Centres ‘Place-Making and Economic Development Program (Public domain works, job expo, business attraction and investment activation of centres, retail strategy, footway dining projects, shop-front makeovers and easy-to-do business program) $1,100,000
Carss Bush Park Shade Structure - Carss Cottage Museum Carss Bush Park $40,000
Community Pavilion and Amenities Building - Harold Fraser Oval, Kogarah Bay $1,100,000
New or upgraded Public Toilet facilities Oatley Memorial Gardens including disabled toilet Demolition of existing amenities building and construction of new amenities building.  $250,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Helping Vulnerable Kids Living in Families Affected by Mental Illness project. To provide 100 children from the Georges River LGA who are exposed to mental illness with access to Kookaburra Kids camps and activities over a 12 month period $50,000
3Bridges Community with The Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, Sunnyhaven and Civic Inclusive Volunteering Program for People with a Disability. To provide purposeful engaging and ongoing volunteering experiences for people with intellectual and physical disabilities $50,000
CanRevive Inc. Cancer Awareness project for the Chinese community. To publish a Health Care and Support-Services Guide and conduct a series of health related information sessions, including on Women's Cancer and Bowel Cancer, in the Georges River Council LGA $50,000
Project Youth Outreach Project. The program will work with young people aged 10-18 years across the Georges River LGA who may or may not be acting in an anti-social way but who can cause a general perception of fear in the community. $50,000
The Kogarah Storehouse Upgrade and modernise kitchen. Modernise outdated kitchen and kiosk for the Storehouse to be able to meet the increasing demands for weekly meals, especially relating to the St George Community Connections Hub $50,000
Kogarah Community Services The Year of Yes (YOY). A program of community events culminating in a YEStival to attract new proactive community enablers, undertake a skills audit of all enablers and design a community leadership program to create George’s River leaders of the future $49,625
Verge Collaborative Limited Ignition and Beyond – Micro-business Capacity Building Program. To support new and existing sole-traders to identify their opportunities and establish their micro-business or increase their capacity to operate within NDIS $31,625
Resourceful Australian Indian Network Inc. RAIN Centre enhancement with storage outfits - to improve the meeting space for community activities of Indian Sub-Continent frail aged people who are using this centre $19,250
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre Interior refurbishment of the St George Creative Art & Craft Centre in Penshurst. This facility supports the development of the visual arts and crafts in the Georges River region $46,590
Shopfront Arts Co.Op Ltd. Recording Studio upgrade. Upgrading of recording studio equipment that will allow young people to develop skills in music recording and production $44,700
Jubilee Community Services Inc. 2017 Mental Health Arts Development (MHAD) Program. To provide arts and crafts courses for people suffering mental health illnesses as an opportunity to socialise and build confidence to regain employment $21,800
Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc. A program of development, performance recording and publishing for the Fiestaville Multicultural Community Choir including ‘No Kissing in Public’ – an original music theatre production $21,000
Janaranjani Development of website and purchase of mobile recording equipment to allow organisation to continue creating radio programs and facilitate intergenerational knowledge and skills transfer $20,800
Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney Inc. To research and develop a cross-cultural community theatre production focused on local youth issues with the involvement of several local groups of young people of different cultural backgrounds $15,000
St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Inc. The installation of 150 square metre of green rubber softfall and a shade structure in Timothy Reserve, Hurstville for groups to practice exercise and dancing $50,000
Lugarno Progress Association Inc. The construction of a covered pavilion in H.V Evatt Park, adjacent to Webb's Dam, to be available for all types of performances and presentations $50,000
Beverley Park Golf Club Limited The removal of dead trees at the boundaries of the Beverley Park Golf Club. The dead trees present a risk to the public and property and their removal will allow for new trees to be planted $50,000
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc. with Oatley Heritage and History Society; Lugarno Progress Association; Menai Wildflower Group and Friends of Oatley This project relates to the Oatley Castle and is to fund the production of a report by a specialised consultant on what will be required to restore the sandstone Oatley Castle structure to make it a contemporary 'hub' $30,000
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc. (OFFCS) The funding of a concrete pathway suitable for wheel-chairs and strollers south from Myra Wall Garden car-park in Oatley Park. The pathway would extend approximately 165 metres through bushland to a viewing point which offers glimpses of the Georges River $30,000
Jubilee Community Services Inc. with TAFE St George College Outreach and Georges River College Oatley Senior Campus Gardening/volunteering project. In this project assistance will be provided by community volunteers who will mentor students living with a disability and students identified as disengaged from learning to create a community garden $11,460
Renown United Sports Club Inc. The redevelopment of existing amenities block at Renown Park, Mortdale. The current amenities are over 30 years old and do not adequately cater for current community needs, including the two sporting clubs who call Renown Park home $50,000
St George Cycling Club Resurfacing of Hurstville Oval Velodrome. It is hoped that resurfacing of the velodrome will result in Hurstville being able to once again top level competition $50,000
Oatley RSL Soccer The redevelopment of existing amenities block at Renown Park, Mortdale. The existing amenities building at Renown Park is to be replaced by a new building meeting the current community needs. $50,000
Olds Park Netball Association Inc. The demolition of two existing courts and construction of new courts at Olds Park Penshurst. Netball is played on these courts Saturday by OPNA but is used by the local schools during the week $30,000
Connells Point Rovers Football Club The purchasing of portable goal posts for the two full sized soccer fields at Poulton Park. The goals would be moved around the field to ease the wear and increase the time of the fields being open to the community $18,151
St Joseph's Riverwood Sports Club The purchasing of equipment for cricket, netball, Oz-Tag, touch football and T-Ball. Much of this equipment can be expensive for families to purchase so the club provided this equipment for them $10,000
Cycling NSW Resurfacing of Hurstville Oval Velodrome $50,000