Ku-ring-gai Council believes it is in the best interests of its residents for it to remain a stand alone Council and not merge with Hornsby Council.
To reach this position we undertook comprehensive research to determine the specific impacts of a merger with Hornsby Shire Council on the residents and ratepayers of Ku-ring-gai. The research indicated that we are strongly positioned to provide for our community in the future, and that a merger with Hornsby will be highly unfavourable for our residents and ratepayers.
On Tuesday 17 November our council resolved to stand alone and submit the following response to the State Government:
"Ku-ring-gai Council strongly opposes any proposal for it to amalgamate with Hornsby or any other council.
Ku-ring-gai, a highly performing council that fully discharges its functions under the Local Government Act, exceeding the IPART financial benchmarks, is already large by national and international standards.
Its community overwhelmingly opposes amalgamation".
Key reasons why Ku-ring-gai Council should stand alone
- Ku-ring-gai Council is in a healthy financial position and provides high quality services and facilities
- Ku-ring-gai Council already services one of the larger populated metropolitan areas in Sydney.
- In a merged council, there will be a maximum of 15 councillors with representation for former council areas determined by the population size. Councillor representation would significantly reduce in a merged council with the majority of councillors elected from Hornsby due to their larger population.
- The two areas are very different, with Ku-ring-gai being urban while the much larger Hornsby Shire has more rural land than residential and includes remote communities.
- Ku-ring-gai Council won the Bluett Award in 2014 - the highest award for excellence in NSW local government.
To learn more on how council came to this position visit our 'Background information' webpage