The NSW Legislative Council has announced that it will undertake a Parliamentary Inquiry into the ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms. The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry are wide-ranging, and incorporate the key issues local councils have been raising on behalf of their communities, including concerns around the issue of forced amalgamation and the supposed benefits to resident and ratepayers, and possible improvements to the funding framework for local government. Any member of the public may make a submission.
Submissions close on 7 July 2015 (extended due to website technical issues). It is expected the committee report will be finalised by Monday 17 August 2015, unless the committee resolves to table at a later date.
Submissions can be made online
Strathfield Council has lodged its submission to the Inquiry.