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Strathfield outraged at “new” merger proposal

Strathfield Council is outraged at The Daily Telegraph’s article printed today indicating that Strathfield is to be merged with Canada Bay and Burwood – yet again changing the goal posts.

Strathfield Councils position is and has always been to stand alone as our community is overwhelmingly against the proposed amalgamation of the 6 Inner West Councils.

As a standalone Council we meet more of the State Governments Fit for the Future criteria than as a merged Council with Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Marrickville.

Today’s story by the Daily Telegraph indicating the results of the IPART report – scheduled to be released today – refers to Government sources confirming a merger of Strathfield with Burwood and Canada Bay.

Strathfield Council is extremely concerned that it appears the whole Fit for the Future process has been a charade. It appears the State Government has already made its decision which simply ignores the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Review Panel and the assessments by IPART.

The original proposal was for the 6 Inner West Councils to merge. Never has there been any mention of Canada Bay, Burwood and Strathfield as a merged Council.

The State Government is treating the people of NSW with contempt. Their behaviour is completely unacceptable and makes a mockery of the whole process.