City Of Sydney Seeks Comment On Future

24/03/2015 5:02 am
by Matthew Player on March 24, 2015

The NSW State Government is undertaking a review of the performance and sustainability of local government. This process is called Fit for the Future.

City of SydneyAll councils in NSWE are being asked to demonstrate how they will become sustainable, provide effective and efficient services, and have the scale and capacity needed to meet the needs of communities. Councils are also being asked to consider merging to reduce the number of councils in NSW.

Currently the City of Sydney argues that it is in a strong position to stand alone because the council is:

  • financially viable,
  • has no debt, and
  • provide high quality services and facilities for the community.

In 2013 the NSW Treasury Corporation rated the City’s financial sustainability as ‘Strong’ with a positive outlook –the only NSW council to receive this rating. The City delivers debt free budgets, its average residential rates are amongst the lowest in Sydney.

The City of Sydney currently has a residential population of approximately 200,000 people with 22,000 business establishments, and services more than a million residents, workers, and visitors each day.

The city has been given the following options:

  • Not merge, but show how we the city will be fit for the future by completing a detailed Council Improvement Proposal.
  • Merge with one or more neighbouring Councils: Botany, Leichhardt, Marrickville, North Sydney, Randwick, Waverley, or Woollahra.

Before the council finalises the response to the Government in June 2015, they are seeking the communities views on these options.

The city inviting the community to take part in a short survey online or come along to one of the community stalls during March 2015.

More information here.