Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:28

Welcome to our new member councils

Map of new council boundaries for Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and City of Parramatta. Map of new council boundaries for Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and City of Parramatta. Stronger Councils website.

Following the final stage of Fit for the Future this month, WSROC welcomes its three new member councils; Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and City of Parramatta.

While WSROC’s geographical area has only increased marginally, the region has seen a significant realignment of its local government boundaries.

Former councils Auburn and Holroyd have combined to form Cumberland Council, Canterbury and Bankstown have merged to form Canterbury- Bankstown, and the borders of Auburn, Holroyd, Hornsby, The Hills Shire and Parramatta have been realigned to form the new City of Parramatta.

Following the mergers, elected councillors have been dismissed. Three independent administrators, Viv May (Cumberland), Richard Colley (Canterbury-Bankstown) and Amanda Chadwick (City of Parramatta), have been selected by the NSW Government to act in the place of council until the next council elections in September 2017.

While council staff will be busy over the coming months, all three councils have assured residents that services will continue as normal.

In addition to these three mergers, the proposed merger between the Hawkesbury and Hills Shire Councils was not followed through. Hawkesbury City Council will remain a stand-alone entity and can now pursue its strategic alliance with The Blue Mountains and Penrith City Councils.

Following these changes, WSROC now has nine member councils: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

For further information on the mergers, visit the NSW Government’s Stronger Councils website: https://www.strongercouncils.nsw.gov.au/new-councils/

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