Support for larger and stronger councils

The Central Coast NSW Business Chamber says a local government reform report that was submitted to Warringah Council in early December reveals community support for larger and stronger local councils.

A survey undertaken as part of the report showed that 61 per cent of respondents supported the amalgamation of Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils into a single peninsula council.

The Central Coast NSW Business Chamber proposed the amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils into a single Central Coast Council as part of its 10 Big Ideas to Grow the Central Coast campaign. 

“Momentum continues to build for the reform of local government,” said Ken Baker, President of the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber. 

“Business continues to advocate for a single Central Coast council that will be better aligned to the growing needs and demands of the Central Coast. 

“Warringah Council is taking the common sense approach to planning for the future, I'd like to see Gosford and Wyong Councils do the same.

Mr Baker said the benefits of larger, stronger councils were financial sustainability, reduced bureaucracy, more highly qualified staff, better infrastructure and regional facilities, better services, standardised rules, bylaws and policies and regional strategic capacity for housing and infrastructure. 

“I'd encourage the NSW Government and Local Government Minister Don Page to support the case for stronger local councils.” 

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