Fight with Par­ra­matta rum­bles on Jenny Bar­lass

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all ar­eas ben­e­fit. Par­ra­matta al­legedly feels Sec­tion 94 pay­ments col­lected by Hornsby in Ep­ping be­long to them.

It stems from the re­moval of Ep­ping and Car­ling­ford from Hornsby in the ex­pec­ta­tion last year’s mooted merger with Ku-ring-gai would go ahead. When that didn’t hap­pen and Pre­mier Bere­jik­lian aban­doned her plans for city coun­cils to merge, “it meant we be­came the only shire that was re­duced in size and in­come.”

Hornsby is now out of pocket $9.1m in re­duced in­come through the loss of th­ese sub­urbs and some 15,000 ratepay­ing res­i­dents. Some ser­vices are be­ing frozen as a re­sult.

“De­spite pru­dent bud­get­ing for years we’re go­ing to be in deficit to the tune of around $2m this year, but so far we haven’t cut any ser­vices.”

Westleigh and Quarry re­me­di­a­tion projects were due to be funded with sur­pluses of which there are now none. “We will progress with th­ese as we can pay for them, along with other ser­vices like in­fra­struc­ture, tree plant­ing, ru­ral roads and foot­path main­te­nance. But if we stay in debt it may take 30 years to de­liver our foot­path plan.

“It’s a case of pri­ori­tis­ing ser­vices like waste col­lec­tion and li­braries. That’s why we’re pursuing this strate­gi­cally with the state govern­ment at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

A Par­ra­matta Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “As the mat­ter is still be­fore the Supreme Court, City of Par­ra­matta Coun­cil is un­able to pro­vide a com­ment on the case at this point in time.”

Berowra MP Ju­lian Leeser last week gave Green­way Park $2.7mil­lion Fed­eral cash to lo­cal sport­ing clubs to build the Green­way Com­mu­nity Sports House, which will house fe­male change rooms, shade for spec­ta­tors, im­proved dis­abil­ity ac­cess, an all-pur­pose fa­cil­ity for club gath­er­ings and a sur­face up­grade to the top oval. The com­plex is home to 3,000 play­ers and 8,000 sup­port­ers across AFL, rugby, net­ball, cricket and ath­let­ics.

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