HORNSBY COUN­CIL SUB­MIS­SION

Monthly Chronicle - - Council Amalgamation -

The sub­mis­sion by Hornsby Coun­cil to the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion is ex­pected to pass Coun­cil’s fe­bru­ary vote and be adopted. The sub­mis­sion out­lines the po­si­tion of Hornsby Coun­cil on a num­ber of points.

It firstly, refers to the Coun­cil’s pre­ferred op­tion for merger which would take in­clude the ex­cised por­tion of Ep­ping and also take in parts of Mac­quarie Park as well. That op­tion has been pre­sented be­fore and the pre­ferred po­si­tion of the NSW State Gov­ern­ment is to merge the ex­ist­ing borders of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai and ex­cise the Ep­ping area south of the M2.

The sub­mis­sion ex­presses Hornsby Coun­cil’s dis­ap­point­ment at the ex­ci­sion of the area south of the M2 from the pro­posed new coun­cil. It cal­cu­lates losses of rev­enue which in­clude mil­lions dol­lars of lost rev­enue at­trib­uted to rates, sec­tion 94A con­tri­bu­tions and grants.

The sub­mis­sion also out­lines the Coun­cil’s pre­ferred op­tion for Wards and coun­cil­lors in the new shire.

Cur­rently, the NSW leg­is­la­tion around Lo­cal coun­cils al­lows for a max­i­mum of 15 coun­cil­lors. Hornsby Coun­cil pre­ferred op­tion is 12 coun­cil­lors and one Mayor for the new shire.

This will be bro­ken down into three coun­cil­lors across four dif­fer­ent wards. While the ex­act de­tails of the bound­aries of the wards are yet to be de­fined it roughly equates to two Hornsby wards and two Ku-ring-gai wards.

The to­tal of 12 coun­cil­lors and one Mayor is 13 rep­re­sen­ta­tives which is ap­pro­pri­ate in case of a vot­ing dead­lock.

It is pro­posed the Mayor will be pop­u­larly elected.

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