After almost 2 years of legal battles, The New South Wales Government has abandoned the forced amalgamation of Strathfield, Canada Bay and Burwood Councils.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement earlier today in a press conference.
“The Government’s merger policy has always been about putting ratepayers first and it has become increasingly clear that certain councils are happy to continue lengthy and costly legal proceedings” Ms Berejiklian said.
Other proposed mergers of Mosman, Willoughby, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ryde, Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Woollahra, Randwick and Waverly will also no longer go ahead.
Councillor Andrew Soulos, Mayor of Strathfield said “I felt relief this morning on hearing the news from the NSW Government that its pursuit of amalgamations is to be abandoned. The spectre of abolition has been lifted from Strathfield Council. The will of Strathfield residents, as shown in several surveys of the last four years, has finally prevailed. Relief at last.”
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