UPDATE: April, 2016. Following a huge backlash from the community, the Minister announced an additional proposal to go to public hearing of one Northern Beaches Council from The Spit to Palm Beach (ie Manly, Warringah & Pittwater).
In the meantime existing Mayors, Councillors & General Managers have been invited to submit an 'Expression of Interest' to serve on the interim Council, and to fully support that process, even though it hasn't been announced what form that will take.
The final decision is expected to be announced by proclamation by end June/mid July 2016. At this stage Council elections for the newly formed Council are expected to be held March 2017.
The Boundaries Commission has announced the public hearing for the proposed Manly, Mosman and part Warringah merger for Tuesday 2nd February at Manly Golf Club. Session times are 1-5pm and 7 - 10pm. You can register to speak and/or send a submission here. (A copy of Good For Manly's submission is below).
Does splitting Warringah in half make any sense? Should Mosman be merged into a "Greater Manly"?
There is a huge groundswell developing against this preposterous idea with public opinion now favouring only one the Northern Beaches, if we have to amalgamate.
Councils all around the State have been told they have to amalgamate - some with the most unlikely neighbors.
Follow Save Our Councils Facebook page for more details.
Have we been conned on the Northern Beaches? How can splitting the largest council, Warringah, in two to create two Councils of the same size make any sense for the community they are to serve? This is purely a political decision and is not in the best interests for Manly, or the Northern Beaches.
Our three northern beaches councils are financially strong and serve their communities well. Why not just leave us alone and let us get on with it! If amalgamation is inevitable then one Northern Beaches Council would seem to be the preferred option by most local residents.
Watch this space for details of huge public rally against forced council amalgamations to be held on Saturday 30th January, 11.30am in Strathfield.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.