Fit for the Future

Consultation has concluded

- Click here to view Council's Submission on the Merger Proposal of Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby City Council


- Click here to view Council's Submission on the Merger Proposal of North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council


- Click here to view Council's Submission to IPART


- Click here to download Council's Fit for the Future Information Pack


What is Local Government Reform?

In 2013, the Independent Local Government Review Panel was established with the aim of ensuring an effective framework for the provision of services and infrastructure to local communities in NSW. The Panel acknowledged that local government works the closest with communities and highlighted how this can be an important factor in achieving local, state and national goals and objectives. The panel stated that a move to larger organisations, with greater ability to generate increased resources, work at scale and implement more effective ways of operating, would see communities benefit from better infrastructure and services and a stronger link between local and other tiers of government.


What does Fit for the Future mean?

Fit for the Future is the NSW Government’s response to the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s report Revitalising Local Government. In the report there are recommendations concerning the amalgamation of councils in metropolitan Sydney, including the recommendation that Willoughby City Council amalgamate with neighbouring councils Lane Cove, North Sydney, Mosman, Hunter’s Hill and part of Ryde.


The State Government’s Fit for the Future criteria are:

• scale and capacity
• financial sustainability
• efficiency
• infrastructure and services

Incentives have been offered by the State Government as part of the proposal and include $10.5 million for each newly merged council (of two or more councils) with a population of at least 250,000 residents and an additional $3 million for each additional 50,000 population above that threshold.


What does this mean for Willoughby?


Willoughby Council, like all other councils in NSW, has been requested to prepare a submission by 30 June 2015 under the Fit for the Future proposal. The submission must demonstrate how Council plans to meet the Fit for the Future criteria and continue to be effective and sustainable in the future.

Where does Willoughby stand?

In March 2015, Willoughby Council passed a resolution relating to its position on council amalgamations. In short, Council decided to commence community consultation on four scenarios, which are outlined in this brochure. Along with extensive community consultation, Council will also undertake a number of studies and research projects to assist in preparing a comprehensive submission to the NSW Government to ensure that Willoughby’s communities are in the best position going forward.


The four scenarios being considered are:
1) Willoughby only
2) Willoughby and North Sydney merger
3) Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove merger
4) Willoughby, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hunter’s Hill, Mosman and part Ryde (eastern two thirds) merger

Looking for more information?

The information pack provides detailed information on the current situation of Council and forecasts on four possible scenarios which Council has released for consultation. Table 5 in the Information Pack provides more detailed information for Willoughby and
the five other councils in the State Government’s proposed merger scenario. Key references are also provided on Page 10 of the Information Pack and in the 'Important Links' section of this site.

There will also be pop up information displays at the following locations:

Chatswood Library on The Concourse
10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 13 May
409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Dougherty Community Centre
10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 20 May
7 Victor Street, Chatswood

Staff will be available to answer any questions
and gather community feedback.




Consultation has concluded
  • State Government announces mergers will not proceed

    4 months ago

    Willoughby Council welcomes certainty for the future of our community. During the proclamation period, we continued to focus upon service delivery and sound planning while undertaking reforms that position the City well for the future.

    Our financial position is strong, our reserves are healthy and our assets in good condition.

    The Chatswood CBD planning strategy, delivery of upgraded sports and recreation facilities and continued advocacy for school and transport infrastructure are some of our recent initiatives seeking to assure good outcomes for the community.

    We will continue to increase our influence in regional decision making and service... Continue reading

    Willoughby Council welcomes certainty for the future of our community. During the proclamation period, we continued to focus upon service delivery and sound planning while undertaking reforms that position the City well for the future.

    Our financial position is strong, our reserves are healthy and our assets in good condition.

    The Chatswood CBD planning strategy, delivery of upgraded sports and recreation facilities and continued advocacy for school and transport infrastructure are some of our recent initiatives seeking to assure good outcomes for the community.

    We will continue to increase our influence in regional decision making and service efficiencies, by partnering and working with government and other key stakeholders. Examples include our strategic planning input around the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan, and our work combining waste services with other Local Government Areas.


  • Council Mergers – final judgement for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby on hold

    about 1 year ago

    20 September 2016: The NSW Land and Environment Court handed down judgement in North Sydney Council and Mosman Council’s challenge to the State Government’s merger proposal with Willoughby Council, finding there was a ‘defect’ in the Delegate’s report to the Boundary Commission and Minister for Local Government.

    The court ruled that one of the specific complaints raised by the Councils in challenge of the amalgamation was valid, and that the delegate had failed, adequately, to have regard to one aspect of the elements mandated by s263 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 as part of the inquiry and reporting... Continue reading

    20 September 2016: The NSW Land and Environment Court handed down judgement in North Sydney Council and Mosman Council’s challenge to the State Government’s merger proposal with Willoughby Council, finding there was a ‘defect’ in the Delegate’s report to the Boundary Commission and Minister for Local Government.

    The court ruled that one of the specific complaints raised by the Councils in challenge of the amalgamation was valid, and that the delegate had failed, adequately, to have regard to one aspect of the elements mandated by s263 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 as part of the inquiry and reporting on the proposed amalgamation.


    Willoughby Council is waiting on further advice regarding implications of the finding. However, it is thought that sections of the merger proposal reports will need to be redone and resubmitted for consideration for merger.


  • Proposed Council Merger Update - May 2016

    over 1 year ago

    Thursday 12 May 2016: The State Government today announced the creation of 19 new councils across Sydney and NSW.

    At this time, Willoughby Council is not included in the councils announced to merge, due to pending litigation by North Sydney and Mosman Councils.

    The State Government has, however, given in principal support to a three Council merger of Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils, pending the result of litigation. The timeframe for this is currently unknown.

    We await further decisions and announcements from the State Government.

    During this time, Willoughby Council will... Continue reading

    Thursday 12 May 2016: The State Government today announced the creation of 19 new councils across Sydney and NSW.

    At this time, Willoughby Council is not included in the councils announced to merge, due to pending litigation by North Sydney and Mosman Councils.

    The State Government has, however, given in principal support to a three Council merger of Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils, pending the result of litigation. The timeframe for this is currently unknown.

    We await further decisions and announcements from the State Government.

    During this time, Willoughby Council will continue to work with our community ‘business as usual’ to deliver and improve local services and support, and will keep our community informed of important developments.

  • Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby Merger Proposal - Further Information

    over 1 year ago

    A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released on the NSW Government’s Council Boundary Review website on 25 February 2016.

    This resulted from the Minister for Local Government accepting the legitimacy of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a ‘Northern Beaches’ Council (Warringah, Pittwater and Manly). This second merger proposal is in addition to a prior proposal put forward by the State Government, which involved splitting Warringah and included Mosman along with all of Manly and Pittwater Councils.

    Public Inquiry conducted by Delegate

    The merger proposal for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby councils is in addition to a previous proposal for Willoughby and North Sydney Councils only, and therefore a separate Public Inquiry for this new three-Council merger proposal must be conducted. The Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds will also assess the second proposal.

    Council encourages the community to take make a formal submission and take part in the consultation process for the new merger proposal by:

    1) Attending the Delegate-run Public Inquiry

    · 5pm – 10pm, Tuesday 22 March 2016 at The Chatswood Club, 11 Help Street, Chatswood

    · 5pm – 10pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016 at The Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman

    2) Making a submission online at the Council Boundary Review website www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au. The closing date for submissions is 8 April 2016.

    As this is a new and separate process, previous submissions on the North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal will not be considered for this new proposal.

    For further information on the public meetings, submission process, and topics relevant to the consideration of merger proposals, please visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au

    Public Meeting conducted by Council - Monday 21 March

    Willoughby City Council is inviting residents to express their views on the State Government’s Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal at a public meeting from 4pm - 5.45pm on Monday 21 March, 2016 in the Council Chambers at 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.

    Speakers will be required to register on arrival.

    Council will listen to views expressed at the public meeting to assist with its preparation of a submission to the Delegate, Ian Reynolds, as part of the Public Inquiry into the merger proposal. This meeting is separate from the formal Public Inquiry meeting being conducted by the Delegate (information above).

    Council will finalise its submission on the Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal at the Council Meeting of Tuesday 29 April, 2016.


    A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released on the NSW Government’s Council Boundary Review website on 25 February 2016.

    This resulted from the Minister for Local Government accepting the legitimacy of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a ‘Northern Beaches’ Council (Warringah, Pittwater and Manly). This second merger proposal is in addition to a prior proposal put forward by the State Government, which involved splitting Warringah and included Mosman along with all of Manly and Pittwater Councils.

    Public Inquiry conducted by Delegate

    The merger proposal for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby councils is in addition to a previous proposal for Willoughby and North Sydney Councils only, and therefore a separate Public Inquiry for this new three-Council merger proposal must be conducted. The Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds will also assess the second proposal.

    Council encourages the community to take make a formal submission and take part in the consultation process for the new merger proposal by:

    1) Attending the Delegate-run Public Inquiry

    · 5pm – 10pm, Tuesday 22 March 2016 at The Chatswood Club, 11 Help Street, Chatswood

    · 5pm – 10pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016 at The Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman

    2) Making a submission online at the Council Boundary Review website www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au. The closing date for submissions is 8 April 2016.

    As this is a new and separate process, previous submissions on the North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal will not be considered for this new proposal.

    For further information on the public meetings, submission process, and topics relevant to the consideration of merger proposals, please visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au

    Public Meeting conducted by Council - Monday 21 March

    Willoughby City Council is inviting residents to express their views on the State Government’s Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal at a public meeting from 4pm - 5.45pm on Monday 21 March, 2016 in the Council Chambers at 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.

    Speakers will be required to register on arrival.

    Council will listen to views expressed at the public meeting to assist with its preparation of a submission to the Delegate, Ian Reynolds, as part of the Public Inquiry into the merger proposal. This meeting is separate from the formal Public Inquiry meeting being conducted by the Delegate (information above).

    Council will finalise its submission on the Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal at the Council Meeting of Tuesday 29 April, 2016.


  • Notification of Public Inquiry for the Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal

    over 1 year ago

    A Public Inquiry will be held for the new merger proposal for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby following the recent announcement by Local Government Minister, The Hon Paul Toole MP, of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a Northern Beaches council which includes Warringah, Pittwater and Manly but excludes Mosman.

    Two meetings will be held at which members of the community can address the Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds, regarding their views on this second merger proposal.

    5pm – 10pm, Tuesday 22 March at The Chatswood Club, 11 Help Street, Chatswood

    5pm – 10pm, Wednesday 23 March at The Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman

    Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

    Submissions are invited from members of the community and can be made online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by mail to GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

    Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.

    For more information contact 1300 813 020 or visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au


    A Public Inquiry will be held for the new merger proposal for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby following the recent announcement by Local Government Minister, The Hon Paul Toole MP, of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a Northern Beaches council which includes Warringah, Pittwater and Manly but excludes Mosman.

    Two meetings will be held at which members of the community can address the Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds, regarding their views on this second merger proposal.

    5pm – 10pm, Tuesday 22 March at The Chatswood Club, 11 Help Street, Chatswood

    5pm – 10pm, Wednesday 23 March at The Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman

    Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

    Submissions are invited from members of the community and can be made online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by mail to GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

    Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.

    For more information contact 1300 813 020 or visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au


  • Council Amalgamation Proposal - February 26 Update

    over 1 year ago

    January 2016

    The State Government provided notification of a formal merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils, as part of the Fit for the Future reform of Local Government. The merger proposal is one of 35 mergers across NSW that the State Government has referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.

    Ian Reynolds has been assigned as the Delegate for the North Sydney/Willoughby consultation process.

    January - 28 February 2016

    Willoughby Council encourages the community to have their say about the State Government’s proposed amalgamation with North Sydney Council.

    Public Inquiry

    A public inquiry was held on 2 February 2016 at the Rydges North Sydney (54 McLaren Street) between 1-5pm and 7-10pm, where members of the public registered to speak.

    Written Submissions

    Members of the public can still make written submissions until 5pm, Sunday 28 February 2016:

    Online at http://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/

    By mail to Council Boundary Review Submissions, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    Submission must be directed to the website and email addresses above; not to the Council.

    Willoughby Council will also respond to the proposal with its own written submission. Council endorsed a draft submission at its 22 February Council Meeting, The final response was submitted on Friday 26 February.

    UPDATE - Thursday 25 February

    A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released on the NSW Government’s Council Boundary Review website.

    This results from the Minister for Local Government accepting the legitimacy of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a ‘Northern Beaches’ Council (Warringah, Pittwater and Manly). This second merger proposal is in addition to a prior proposal put forward by the State Government, which involved splitting Warringah and including Mosman along with all of Manly and Pittwater Councils.

    Willoughby Council will now respond to two boundary proposals:

    The initial Willoughby and North Sydney proposal.

    The second proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman – Council will consider the new merger proposal, and any submission it may wish to make, in accord with the 8 April 2016 deadline.

    The second proposal is not detailed like the first. It is simply a notification letter from the Minister for Local Government on the Council Boundary Review website.

    The Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds will also assess the second proposal.

    Council encourages the community to take part in the consultation process for the new merger proposal which now includes Mosman. A Public Inquiry will be held and the details announced in the coming weeks.

    Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.

    Post Consultation

    Following the consultation process, the Delegate will provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission on both amalgamation proposals. The Minister will consider the Delegate’s reports, together with the comments of the Boundaries Commission, before determining the outcome of merger proposals.

    The Minister can make one of three decisions namely to adopt the merger proposal/s; adopt the merger proposal/s with minor changes or decline to proceed with the merger proposal/s.

    Mid 2016

    Any Proclamations of a new Council are anticipated to occur in mid 2016.

    March 2017

    Elections for any new Council are most likely to be held in March 2017. The NSW government has indicated two potential options for the period between Proclamation and the new Council elections. These options include appointing an Administrator, or appointing all or some of the former Councillors to the new Council. No decision has been made at this point.

    January 2016

    The State Government provided notification of a formal merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils, as part of the Fit for the Future reform of Local Government. The merger proposal is one of 35 mergers across NSW that the State Government has referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.

    Ian Reynolds has been assigned as the Delegate for the North Sydney/Willoughby consultation process.

    January - 28 February 2016

    Willoughby Council encourages the community to have their say about the State Government’s proposed amalgamation with North Sydney Council.

    Public Inquiry

    A public inquiry was held on 2 February 2016 at the Rydges North Sydney (54 McLaren Street) between 1-5pm and 7-10pm, where members of the public registered to speak.

    Written Submissions

    Members of the public can still make written submissions until 5pm, Sunday 28 February 2016:

    Online at http://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/

    By mail to Council Boundary Review Submissions, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    Submission must be directed to the website and email addresses above; not to the Council.

    Willoughby Council will also respond to the proposal with its own written submission. Council endorsed a draft submission at its 22 February Council Meeting, The final response was submitted on Friday 26 February.

    UPDATE - Thursday 25 February

    A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released on the NSW Government’s Council Boundary Review website.

    This results from the Minister for Local Government accepting the legitimacy of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a ‘Northern Beaches’ Council (Warringah, Pittwater and Manly). This second merger proposal is in addition to a prior proposal put forward by the State Government, which involved splitting Warringah and including Mosman along with all of Manly and Pittwater Councils.

    Willoughby Council will now respond to two boundary proposals:

    The initial Willoughby and North Sydney proposal.

    The second proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman – Council will consider the new merger proposal, and any submission it may wish to make, in accord with the 8 April 2016 deadline.

    The second proposal is not detailed like the first. It is simply a notification letter from the Minister for Local Government on the Council Boundary Review website.

    The Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds will also assess the second proposal.

    Council encourages the community to take part in the consultation process for the new merger proposal which now includes Mosman. A Public Inquiry will be held and the details announced in the coming weeks.

    Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.

    Post Consultation

    Following the consultation process, the Delegate will provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission on both amalgamation proposals. The Minister will consider the Delegate’s reports, together with the comments of the Boundaries Commission, before determining the outcome of merger proposals.

    The Minister can make one of three decisions namely to adopt the merger proposal/s; adopt the merger proposal/s with minor changes or decline to proceed with the merger proposal/s.

    Mid 2016

    Any Proclamations of a new Council are anticipated to occur in mid 2016.

    March 2017

    Elections for any new Council are most likely to be held in March 2017. The NSW government has indicated two potential options for the period between Proclamation and the new Council elections. These options include appointing an Administrator, or appointing all or some of the former Councillors to the new Council. No decision has been made at this point.

  • Council Amalgamation Proposal - January Update

    almost 2 years ago

    January 2016

    • The State Government provided notification of a formal merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils, as part of the Fit for the Future reform of Local Government. The merger proposal is one of 35 mergers across NSW that the State Government has referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.
    • Ian Reynolds has been assigned as the Delegate for the North Sydney/Willoughby consultation process.

    January - 28 February 2016

    Willoughby Council encourages the community to have their say about the State Government’s proposed amalgamation with North Sydney Council.

    Public Inquiry

    A public inquiry was held on 2 February 2016 at the Rydges North Sydney (54 McLaren Street) between 1-5pm and 7-10pm, where members of the public registered to speak.

    Written Submissions

    Members of the public can still make written submissions until 5pm, Sunday 28 February 2016:

    Submission must be directed to the website and email addresses above; not to the Council.

    Willoughby Council will prepare its own written submission, which will be the subject of a report to Council in February.

    Post February 2016

    • Following the consultation process, the Delegate will provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission on the amalgamation proposal. The Minister will consider the Delegate’s report, together with the comments of the Boundaries Commission, before determining the outcome of merger proposals.
    • The Minister can make one of three decisions namely to adopt the merger proposal; adopt the merger proposal with minor changes or decline to proceed with the merger proposal. A significant variation, such as the desire to include another council into the proposal, would require the process to be recommenced.

    Mid 2016

    • Any Proclamations of a new Councils are anticipated to occur in mid 2016.

    March 2017

    • Elections for any new Council are most likely to be held in March 2017. The NSW government has indicated two potential options for the period between Proclamation and the new Council elections. These options include appointing an Administrator, or appointing all or some of the former Councillors to the new Council. No decision has been made at this point.

    January 2016

    • The State Government provided notification of a formal merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils, as part of the Fit for the Future reform of Local Government. The merger proposal is one of 35 mergers across NSW that the State Government has referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act.
    • Ian Reynolds has been assigned as the Delegate for the North Sydney/Willoughby consultation process.

    January - 28 February 2016

    Willoughby Council encourages the community to have their say about the State Government’s proposed amalgamation with North Sydney Council.

    Public Inquiry

    A public inquiry was held on 2 February 2016 at the Rydges North Sydney (54 McLaren Street) between 1-5pm and 7-10pm, where members of the public registered to speak.

    Written Submissions

    Members of the public can still make written submissions until 5pm, Sunday 28 February 2016:

    Submission must be directed to the website and email addresses above; not to the Council.

    Willoughby Council will prepare its own written submission, which will be the subject of a report to Council in February.

    Post February 2016

    • Following the consultation process, the Delegate will provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission on the amalgamation proposal. The Minister will consider the Delegate’s report, together with the comments of the Boundaries Commission, before determining the outcome of merger proposals.
    • The Minister can make one of three decisions namely to adopt the merger proposal; adopt the merger proposal with minor changes or decline to proceed with the merger proposal. A significant variation, such as the desire to include another council into the proposal, would require the process to be recommenced.

    Mid 2016

    • Any Proclamations of a new Councils are anticipated to occur in mid 2016.

    March 2017

    • Elections for any new Council are most likely to be held in March 2017. The NSW government has indicated two potential options for the period between Proclamation and the new Council elections. These options include appointing an Administrator, or appointing all or some of the former Councillors to the new Council. No decision has been made at this point.

  • State Government announces Council amalgamations

    almost 2 years ago

    Friday 18 December, 2015

    Today the State Government announced the proposal to merge Willoughby City Council and North Sydney Council as a result of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reform of Local Government.
    As part of this reform, local councils will reduce from 43 to 25 and regional councils will reduce from 109 to 87 under the government's plans.

    “We are expecting to receive details of the proposal in the week beginning 4 January. The Minister has indicated that the proposal will go through the Boundaries Commission and will have full community consultation,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

    ‘In the interim, it will be business as usual at Willoughby City Council and we will continue to place an emphasis on delivering value for public money services while meeting the needs of the community,” she said.

    “My focus at this time is helping Council through this period of change by working with the State Government and North Sydney Council to ensure the needs of all residents, workers and businesses in the proposed council area are well served,” she said.

    Proposals (a formal requirement of the LG Act in the event of mergers) will be sent to councils in the week beginning 4 January 2016.


    Friday 18 December, 2015

    Today the State Government announced the proposal to merge Willoughby City Council and North Sydney Council as a result of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reform of Local Government.
    As part of this reform, local councils will reduce from 43 to 25 and regional councils will reduce from 109 to 87 under the government's plans.

    “We are expecting to receive details of the proposal in the week beginning 4 January. The Minister has indicated that the proposal will go through the Boundaries Commission and will have full community consultation,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

    ‘In the interim, it will be business as usual at Willoughby City Council and we will continue to place an emphasis on delivering value for public money services while meeting the needs of the community,” she said.

    “My focus at this time is helping Council through this period of change by working with the State Government and North Sydney Council to ensure the needs of all residents, workers and businesses in the proposed council area are well served,” she said.

    Proposals (a formal requirement of the LG Act in the event of mergers) will be sent to councils in the week beginning 4 January 2016.


  • November 2015 Update - Keeping you informed

    about 2 years ago

    On Monday 9 November Council considered a report on Voluntary Merger Options in response to the State Government's request.

    In summary, Council resolved to submit a preference for a voluntary merger of Willoughby with North Sydney. Council chose not to offer any further preferences for mergers. The Council's preference was based upon communities of interest, community consultation, merger complexity and consideration of the anticipated long term savings.

    Stand alone or joint organisation options were not provided for in the government's template and therefore not supported by Council.

    Council formally made its preference for a voluntary merger of Willoughby with North Sydney to the NSW Government by the due date of 18 November 2015.

    Council also provided feedback on IPART's findings relating to its Fit for the Future submission and clarified an error relating to financial information which was submitted as part of its submission and also referenced in the Council Report on 22 June 2015. The full Council report of 9 November 2015, along with the corrected financial information can be viewed by clicking the links below.

    Council Report Voluntary Merger Options (3.81 MB)

    Attachment: Memo - All Councillors (29.86 KB)

    Attachment: Morrison Low Report - November 2015 (194.04 KB)

    The NSW Government has stated that it will announce the next steps in relation to local government reform by the end of 2015.

    On Monday 9 November Council considered a report on Voluntary Merger Options in response to the State Government's request.

    In summary, Council resolved to submit a preference for a voluntary merger of Willoughby with North Sydney. Council chose not to offer any further preferences for mergers. The Council's preference was based upon communities of interest, community consultation, merger complexity and consideration of the anticipated long term savings.

    Stand alone or joint organisation options were not provided for in the government's template and therefore not supported by Council.

    Council formally made its preference for a voluntary merger of Willoughby with North Sydney to the NSW Government by the due date of 18 November 2015.

    Council also provided feedback on IPART's findings relating to its Fit for the Future submission and clarified an error relating to financial information which was submitted as part of its submission and also referenced in the Council Report on 22 June 2015. The full Council report of 9 November 2015, along with the corrected financial information can be viewed by clicking the links below.

    Council Report Voluntary Merger Options (3.81 MB)

    Attachment: Memo - All Councillors (29.86 KB)

    Attachment: Morrison Low Report - November 2015 (194.04 KB)

    The NSW Government has stated that it will announce the next steps in relation to local government reform by the end of 2015.

  • October 2015 Update - Keeping you informed

    about 2 years ago

    The findings
    Along with 71% of councils in the Sydney Metropolitan area, IPART found Willoughby Council was not‘fit’ as a stand-alone council under their criteria. In particular, Council did not meet IPART’s ‘scale and capacity’ criteria or the infrastructure and service standards. This is despite us meeting financial criteria.

    What we’re doing now
    The State Government has encouraged all Councils to consider the positive outcomes of a merger,
    including funding incentives. Council has begun discussion with our neighbouring councils to find the best way forward for the Willoughby community.

    We’re still listening to you
    A Public Information report went to Council on 26 October, including results of past community
    consultation about the possible mergers*:

    • 32% Willoughby to stand alone
    • 27.4% Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove merger
    • 25.7% Willoughby and North Sydney merger

    *Combined first and second merger preferences

    November deadline
    Council has until 18 November to propose three favourable merger scenarios to the government to be
    eligible for the funding.

    December announcements
    The State Government will announce its intentions for the future of Willoughby and other councils.

    The findings
    Along with 71% of councils in the Sydney Metropolitan area, IPART found Willoughby Council was not‘fit’ as a stand-alone council under their criteria. In particular, Council did not meet IPART’s ‘scale and capacity’ criteria or the infrastructure and service standards. This is despite us meeting financial criteria.

    What we’re doing now
    The State Government has encouraged all Councils to consider the positive outcomes of a merger,
    including funding incentives. Council has begun discussion with our neighbouring councils to find the best way forward for the Willoughby community.

    We’re still listening to you
    A Public Information report went to Council on 26 October, including results of past community
    consultation about the possible mergers*:

    • 32% Willoughby to stand alone
    • 27.4% Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove merger
    • 25.7% Willoughby and North Sydney merger

    *Combined first and second merger preferences

    November deadline
    Council has until 18 November to propose three favourable merger scenarios to the government to be
    eligible for the funding.

    December announcements
    The State Government will announce its intentions for the future of Willoughby and other councils.