NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Inner West Council

The merger of Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and Marrickville councils

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

Inner West Council includes the following wards:

  1. Marrickville Ward
  2. Stanmore Ward
  3. Ashfield Ward
  4. Leichhardt Ward
  5. Balmain 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: 185,990

Area (sq Km): 35

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.  

Administrator
Name: Richard Pearson

Interim General Manager
Name: Rik Hart

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 Inner West Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Thirning Villa – Renewal of slate roofing and painting Replacement of Slate roofing tiles and external painting of building $180,000
S.H.A.R.E Building Summer Hill Upgrade/Renewal works Construction of new enclosed area and refurbishment of internal fitments and finishes $400,000
Greenway Missing Link H2 – Longport St Tunnel Construction of Greenway missing link H@ Pedestrian/cycle tunnel under Longport Street. Partial funding only $500,000
Greenway Missing Link 1 – Cadigal Reserve Cycle Path Construction of Greenway missing Link 1. Cycleway upgrade works at Cadigal Reserve. Part funding only $600,000
Way Finding through the Gadigal-Wangal – Ashfield Ward Way Finding signage to reflect the indigenous culture and heritage from the Cooks River to the Iron Cove Bay $60,000
Ashfield Park Lighting upgrade Replacement and upgrade of park lighting to more energy efficient lights, including light poles $590,000
Darrel Jackson Gardens New irrigation/drainage $170,000
Underwood Reserve Fencing renewal/upgrade $40,000
Lincoln Street, Dulwich Hill Replacement of poor condition concrete footpath including installment of a grass verge and new verge trees, as well as four in road trees $150,000
Victoria Street at Summer Hill Street, intersection upgrade Kerb extension at T-intersection to slow vehicles and improve pedestrian priority $130,000
Bridgewater Toilets Construction $290,000
Birchgrove Sports Pavilion Upgrade the existing Sports pavilion at Birchgrove Park $490,000
Glover Street playing field Baseball cage improvements $60,000
Mort Bay Parks Design, supply and install additional lighting at More Bay Park $130,000
Greenway Missing Link N – Leichardt Northern Feeder Construction of Greenway missing link N, includes upgrade of shared path at Leichardt North for Feeder Link to Greenway. Fully funded. $250,000
Way Finding through the Gadigal Wangal – Balmain Ward Way Finding signage to reflect the indigenous culture and heritage from the Cooks River to the Iron Cove Bay $60,000
Douglas Grant Interpretive Memorials at Douglas Grant Memorial Park & Callen Park Restoration of the existing Douglas Grant Memorial, including story board and commemorative plaque $100,000
Illoura Reserve Renewal of flagstone path at Illoura Reserve $280,000
Ewenton Park Renewal of parks furniture $10,000
Colgate Reserve Upgrade the existing playground equipment $25,000
Orange Grove Upgrade the existing playground equipment $70,000
Booth Street Bridge Detailed design and construction of existing bridge at Booth Street $1,040,000
Haberfield Library Installation of disable lift to upper floor, upgrade existing A/C Plant, roof replacement $260,000
Mervyn Fletcher Community Centre Replacement of roof tiles and refurbishment of internal fitments and finishes $190,000
Leichardt Town Hall Renew and repair the various sections of Leichardt Town Hall $650,000
Greenway Missing Link J1 – Bridge under Parramatta Road Construction of pedestrian/cycle bridge under Battle Bridge at Parramatta Road. Part funding only $700,000
Way Finding through the Gadigal-Wangal – Leichardt Ward Way Finding signage to reflect the indigenous culture and heritage from the Cooks River to the Iron Cove Bay $60,000
Pine Street Reserve Playground upgrade $60,000
Richard Murden Reserve and Hammond Park Fencing renewal/upgrade $90,000
Dalhousie Street – Road reconstruction Reconstruction of kerb and gutter, footpath and resurfacing $320,000
Street upgrades Resheeting $150,000
Traffic calming improvements – Haberfield North Installation of new Local Area Traffic Management devices $180,000
Pedestrian crossing and calming improvements – Denman Avenue Installation of new raised pedestrian crossing in Denman Avenue in front of school, including traffic calming improvements $190,000
Steel Park Community Room Inclusion of a community meeting room $350,000
Sydenham Green staged upgrade Upgrade of basketball courts – new lighting, skate park and car parking area, as well as support for community garden $700,000
Way Finding through the Gadigal-Wangal – Marrickville Ward Way Finding signage to reflect the indigenous culture and heritage from the Cooks River to the iron Cove Bay $60,000
Steel Park Priority 1 and 2 Works New pathways connecting to Thornley Street, path lighting upgrade and major landscape works and tree planting $450,000
Cooks River Foreshore and Warren Park water and biodiversity upgrade Construction of new rain garden and revegetation adjacent Cooks River and Warren Park path upgrade, landscaping and tree planting $380,000
Edgeware Road Bedwin Road to Lewellyn Street Replacement of poor condition concrete footpath, including instalment of a grass verge and new street and intersection improvement $240,000
Hart Street, Tempe Footpath upgrade $100,000
Brown Street, St Peters Replacement of poor condition concrete footpath including minor verge and tree embellishments $100,000
Petersham Road, Centennial Street to Marrickville Road Resurfacing $220,000
Bruce Street, Beauchamp Street to Princes Street Resurfacing and minor kerb and gutter works $110,000
Victoria Road at Edward Road Narrowing of wide intersection to improve pedestrian safety and new landscaped verge and tree plantings $180,000
Petersham Town Hall Refurbishment and Compliance Upgrade Installation of elevator and other compliance works, install energy efficient lighting, refurbishment of bathrooms and accessories, relay flooring, replace AC units and repaint walls and ceilings $990,000
Camperdown Park picnic, play area and basketball court upgrade New picnic/BBQ facilities, shade structure, new older children’s play area and resurfacing of basketball court with durable flexible surface $310,000
Way Finding through the Gadigal-Wangal – Stanmore Ward Way Finding signage to reflect the indigenous culture and heritage from the Cooks River to the Iron Cove Bay $60,000
Camperdown Park New seating terraces and bleacher renewal $130,000
Petersham Park Upgrade to park entry pergolas, path upgrade and major landscape works and tree planting $310,000
Petersham Park Grandstand Brick cleaning and point work, repairing external timber, upgrade internal rooms to modern standards and install accessible public toilets $770,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Pratten Park Community Sports and Bowling Club Kitchen renovation $50,000
Marrickville Youth Resource Centre Make youth centre more sustainable and energy efficient $47,000
Style Street Children’s Community Long Day Care Centre Redevelopment of playground $10,000
Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Repairs to truck $13,500
Sydney Latin American Film Festival New cinema $28,500
Ashfield Boys New amphitheatre and green outdoor classroom $19,500
Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre Integrate IT systems $15,488
TechKNOWLEDGE Purchase and installing equipment for Life Programs $41,562
ANTaR Inc. Green Sea of Hands to the Inner West to expand awareness of reconciliation and Aboriginal history and culture $25,000
Articulate Project Space Leichhardt Improve accsesibility of venue $49,211
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre Upgrade public access areas and install AV system and IT equipment $15,100
Ashfield Baptist Church/Childcare Inc. Improve presentation and functionality of community hall $12,000
Village Church Annandale Upgrade of meeting place for local residents and visitors $20,000