Update 27 July 2017: Proposed merger of Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Councils no longer going ahead

Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement just after 12pm today.

All proposed council mergers have been taken off the table by the NSW Government.

The decision ends a long period of uncertainty for Ku-ring-gai following its court victory appealing a proposed forced merger with Hornsby Shire.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said she was pleased with the announcement by the government. “We feel vindicated in our stance to remain as a standalone Council”

“The Premier indicated that she would listen to people on Council mergers but it took the win by our Council in the Court of Appeal, the threat of a High Court decision with Woollahra Council and a backlash at the Local Government election to really call a halt to this deeply unpopular policy that affects local communities across the North Shore and beyond”, Mayor Anderson said. 

“Ku-ring-gai residents would not be better off being merged with Hornsby Shire Council. This Council has documented evidence that a merger with Hornsby would have financially disadvantaged Ku-ring-gai residents,” said the mayor.

“We can now be confident that our current programs and services will continue unaffected,” she added.

Ku-ring-gai is a high performing, large metropolitan Council that is future thinking and financially sustainable with a population of 120,000 residents. Those residents are now assured that they will continue to be represented by Councillors who live in Ku-ring-gai.

Ku-ring-gai Council continues to deliver on major infrastructure and strategic projects as well as meeting benchmarks set by the Government.

“Council will continue to focus its resources on providing quality services and facilities for our local community, without the shadow of a new amalgamation proposal being forced on us by the Government.”

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Media enquiries: Joel Callen Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0897 or jcallen@kmc.nsw.gov.au