NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Northern Beaches Council

The merger of Manly, Pittwater and Warringah councils

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

Northern Beaches Council includes the following wards:

  1. Manly Ward
  2. Frenchs Forest Ward
  3. Curl Curl Ward
  4. Narrabeen Ward
  5. Pittwater 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: 263,413

Area (sq Km): 254

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: Dick Persson

Interim General Manager
Name: Mark Ferguson 

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 Northern Beaches Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
*Connecting Northern Beaches Integration of active paths and cycleways that link transport hubs and services and creation of two new all abilities playgrounds and play areas throughout the Northern Beaches*Additional funds will be leveraged to contribute to the total value of $20m $14,000,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Active Opportunities Inc. Miniroos Disability Kick-Off Program $12,800
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Aspect Vern Barnett School Years 5 & 6 excursion $6,350
Barrenjoey High School P&C Association Barrenjoey Community Performance Space $25,000
Be Centre Double number of therapy rooms to help twice as many local children $24,451
Fighting Chance Australia Boosting Fighting Chance's Social Impact on the Northern Beaches $25,000
Fisher Road Public School P&C Association Sensory Room Project $32,000
Forestville Park Tennis Club Upgrade tennis court lighting to LED $8,850
Friends of Freshwater Inc. Freshwater Village Public Art Project $29,769
Lifeline Northern Beaches Lifeline Northern Beaches website upgrade $5,300
Manly Women's Shelter MWS Vehicle Project $29,106
Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre (NBISC) NBISC Capital upgrade $10,000
Northern Beaches Interchange Inc. Beaches After School Club $49,750
NSW State Emergency Service - Warringah Pittwater Unit Emergency vehicle safety and utility project $15,620
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association Supporting Bushcare in Mona Vale Basin Reserve $12,000
Relationships Australia NSW Tackling violence $10,000
Sea Life Conservation Trust Inc. (auspicing Sustainable Organisations of Manly SO Manly Single-Use-Plastic Reduction Project $35,100
St John Ambulance Australia NSW – Manly Warringah Division Replace Obsolete Radios $10,785
St Vincent De Paul Society NSW Youth Reach $9,000
Sunnyfield TechKNOWLEDGE $37,475
The Burdekin Association The Burdekin Association Cultural Program $15,000
The Community Pantry The Community Pantry $8,000
The Humour Foundation Clown Doctors – holiday program at Bear Cottage $7,284
The Link Community Care Inc. Mobile Foodcare Project $39,990
The Shepherd Centre – for deaf children "Clear & Confident Class Mate" – for deaf children on the northern beaches $49,000
Wakehurst Golf Club Ltd. Wakehurst Resurface 4 plexi-pave courts $30,360
Autism Spectrum Australia ASPECT Bikes for kids with autism in Vern Barnett School $5,107
Avalon Beach Historical Society Incorporated 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition $5,150
Change Creators Inc. One Million Coffee Cups $10,000
Curly Community Garden Curly Community Garden Food Forest Project $15,000
Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (Sydney Branch) Beach Access Matting & Trailer $17,997
Fighting Chance Australia Stronger employment pathways for people with disability on the Northern Beaches $50,000
Fisher Rd School P&C Association Explore for All $28,200
Lifeline Northern Beaches Northern Beaches Suicide Call Back Service $22,584
Manly Warringah Women's Rescource Centre Northern Beaches White Ribbon walk $5,000
Manly Women's Shelter MWS Internal Bedroom $10,360
Mona Vale Golf Limited Wetland Rehabilitation $25,107
Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre NBISC lighting Upgrade $6,800
NSW Justices Association Incorporated I need a JP $5,260
NSW State Emergency Service Manly Warringah Pittwater Unit Upgrade of AV Facilities $27,677
Peninsula Community Gardens Inc. Community Garden Expansion $17,400
Permaculture Northern Beaches The Green Home $24,807
Pioneer Clubhouse The Hub $29,137
Rainbow Club Swim the Warringah Rainbow 2017 $5,000
Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah Inc. Community Welfare – Mental Health First Aid Courses $5,000
Scotland Island Residents Association SIRA Water Booking Automation $36,800
Special Olympics Australia (Sydney Northern Beaches Region) Special Olympics Festival of Sport $8,000
StreetWork Incorporated PRIDE Empowerment Program $16,950
Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc. Waratah Park Wildlife Monitoring Project $5,630
The Burdekin Association Youth Support and Intervention Project $48,050
The Cottage Counselling Centre Teen Anxiety Workshop $5,000
The Link Church Incorporated Events By The Lake $8,700
Tibetan Friendship Group Australia Incorporated Pray for World Peace Event $5,285
Wheelchair Rugby League Australia Inc. Northern Beaches Wheelchair Rugby League $50,000