HORNSBY COUNCIL SUBMISSION
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.