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New councils for NSW

Published: 12 May 2016
Nineteen new councils across Sydney and NSW have begun operation.

The new councils have emerged from one of the most comprehensive local government reforms in more than 100 years. The creation of a further nine councils is pending.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the government’s plan was to create stronger new councils in Sydney and regional NSW.

“We are ensuring our communities have stronger and more efficient councils, which will free up money for important projects such as local roads, parks, playgrounds and footpaths.”

The rate protection policy commitment means residents of new councils will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for four years.

Reducing waste and red tape through local government mergers could free up close to $2 billion over the next 20 years, allowing councils to fund better services and new infrastructure for communities or lower rates.

The NSW Government will conduct a review in four years to ensure the community is continuing to benefit from stronger councils.

Each new council will receive up to $10 million to meet the costs of merging and up to an additional $15 million to kick start new investment in community infrastructure through the Stronger Communities Fund.

Administrators will govern councils until council elections on 9 September 2017.

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