On the 12th of May 2016 the NSW State Government announced the mergers of 19 Councils across the State. These Council mergers seek to improve efficiencies by streamlining administration and delivering cost savings to the communities. The Council mergers also seek to make it easier to implement infrastructure requirements that are essential to the growing populations.
So far there are 19 new merged Councils in NSW with a further 12 proposals being considered. The Council mergers are listed below:
- Armidale Regional Council : The merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire 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
- Edward River Council : The merger of Conargo Shire and Deniliquin councils
- Federation Council : The merger of Corowa Shire and Urana Shire councils
- Georges River Council : The merger of Hurstville City and Kogarah City councils
- Gundagai 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 Murray Shire and Wakool Shire councils
- Murrumbidgee 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
- Western Plains Regional Council : The merger of Dubbo City and Wellington councils
The NSW State Government will be conducting a review in 4 years’ time to evaluate the merged Council’s progress.
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