Fight with Parramatta rumbles on Jenny Barlass
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.