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.

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– 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.

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