We haven’t come up with a onesize-fits-all (population) figure but we will be informed by the figure in the independent panel’s report which underpins each of the proposed council mergers.
– Dr Peter Boxall duce the number of councils in Sydney because it claims the sector is unsustainable.
It has urged councils to consider merging, and offered financial incentives to do so, but most strongly oppose the moves.
Dr Boxall said council proposals would be weighed against the recommendations set out in the Independent Local Government Review Panel, which proposed cutting Sydney’s 41 councils to as few as 15.
“It is important to remember that the councils have been asked to consider the independent panel’s recommendation on mergers and either put in a proposal consistent with that, or make an argument on an alternate proposal,” he said.
If a council opposed merging, he said they would need to demonstrate their proposal was “at least as good”.
IPART will deliver its report to the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, on October 16.