Creating Stronger Councils
Twenty new councils created in 2016 are powering ahead and exceeding expectations, injecting $8.6 billion into the NSW economy in one year through approved DAs alone.
While it is premature to assess the performance of these new councils, early indications are positive, showing they have made over $50 million in savings to date.
These savings are funding improved services for residents and ratepayers.
Simple operational and organisational changes at new councils have made them more efficient and responsive, enabling them to provide better services and enhanced systems and processes to meet community needs.
Savings and service improvements have resulted from:
- Reducing unnecessary duplication
- Streamlining and aligning contracts and using increased purchasing power to negotiate better deals for ratepayers
- Consolidating systems, insurance policies and processes so more money can be directed to frontline services.
Further benefits include:
- Enhanced service delivery and infrastructure
- Fairer representation through more evenly distributed councillor and population ratios.
The following new councils were created in 2016:
- Armidale Regional Council: The merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire councils
- Bayside Council: The merger of City of Botany Bay and Rockdale City councils
- Canterbury-Bankstown Council: The merger of Bankstown City and Canterbury City councils
- Central Coast Council: the merger of Gosford City and Wyong Shire councils
- City of Parramatta Council: the merger of Parramatta City*, The Hills Shire*, Auburn City*, Holroyd City* and Hornsby Shire* councils
- Cumberland Council: The merger of Parramatta City*, Auburn City* and Holroyd City* councils
- Dubbo Regional Council: The merger of Dubbo City and Wellington councils
- Edward River Council: The merger of Conargo Shire and Deniliquin councils
- Federal Council: The merger of Corowa Shire and Urana Shire councils
- Georges River Council: The merger of Hurstville City and Kogarah City councils
- Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council: The merger of Cootamundra Shire and Gundagai Shire councils
- Hilltops Council: The merger of Boorowa, Harden Shire and Young Shire councils
- Inner West Council: The merger of Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and Marrickville councils
- Mid-Coast Council: The merger of Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and Greater Taree City councils
- Murray River Council: The merger of Jerilderie Shire and Murrumbidgee Shire councils
- Northern Beaches Council: The merger of Manly, Pittwater and Warringah councils
- Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council: The merger of Palerang and Queanbeyan City councils
- Snowy Monaro Regional Council: The merger of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro Shire and Snowy River Shire councils
- Snowy Valleys Council: The merger of Tumbarumba Shire and Tumut Shire councils.