Your City - Fit for the Future

The report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, assessing the City of Sydney’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future proposal, has been released. To keep updated, follow our news feed.

The City of Sydney's submission on Fit for the Future was adopted at an extraordinary meeting of Council on Thursday 18 June. Read the City's submission.

About Fit for the Future

The NSW State Government undertook a review of the performance and sustainability of local government. This process is called Fit for the Future.

Councils needed to demonstrate how they willContinue reading

The report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, assessing the City of Sydney’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future proposal, has been released. To keep updated, follow our news feed.

The City of Sydney's submission on Fit for the Future was adopted at an extraordinary meeting of Council on Thursday 18 June. Read the City's submission.

About Fit for the Future

The NSW State Government undertook a review of the performance and sustainability of local government. This process is called Fit for the Future.

Councils needed to demonstrate how they will become sustainable, provide effective and efficient services, and have the scale and capacity needed to meet the needs of communities. Councils are also being asked to consider merging to reduce the number of councils in NSW.

Thank you to the 1,247 people who completed the survey between 11 March and 12 May 2015. Results of the online survey will now be collated.

The same survey was also conducted with 1,000 residents and 500 business owners within the City of Sydney by telephone between 11 March – 1 April 2015. It found 71 per cent of residents were ‘supportive’ or ‘completely supportive’ of the City standing alone and not amalgamating with other councils. A further 19 per cent of residents were ‘somewhat supportive’ of this position, bringing total support for the City standing alone to 90 per cent.

To read more about the results click here.

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  • Additional merger proposal

    25 days ago

    The NSW Government will hold a public inquiry and invites submissions on a proposal for the amalgamation of City of Botany Bay, City of Sydney (part), Marrickville Council (part), Randwick City Council (part) and Rockdale City Council (part) local government areas.

    A public inquiry in relation to the proposal will be held under section 263 of the Local Government Act 1993 at the following time(s) and venue(s) :

    Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport: Friday 27 May 2016, 12pm–4pm

    Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport: Friday 27 May 2016, 6pm–9pm

    The NSW Government will hold a public inquiry and invites submissions on a proposal for the amalgamation of City of Botany Bay, City of Sydney (part), Marrickville Council (part), Randwick City Council (part) and Rockdale City Council (part) local government areas.

    A public inquiry in relation to the proposal will be held under section 263 of the Local Government Act 1993 at the following time(s) and venue(s) :

    Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport: Friday 27 May 2016, 12pm–4pm

    Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport: Friday 27 May 2016, 6pm–9pm

  • Fit for the Future announcement

    5 months ago

    The NSW Government's decision to leave the City of Sydney as a stand-alone council not only makes perfect sense, but is also a victory for democracy.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our consultation and told us clearly that this was your preferred option.











    The NSW Government's decision to leave the City of Sydney as a stand-alone council not only makes perfect sense, but is also a victory for democracy.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our consultation and told us clearly that this was your preferred option.











  • IPART Report released

    7 months ago

    The report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, assessing the City of Sydney’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future proposal, has been released.

    IPART noted the City of Sydney “received the highest number of public submissions of any council, with the majority of submissions supporting the council remaining a standalone council.”

    In polling by the City, 80% of residents and 70% of businesses said they like the boundaries the way they are.

    A third of the submissions received by IPART related to the City of Sydney. Of those, eight of the 520 submissions supported an amalgamation.

    The IPART report said:

    The City of Sydney ‘meets the scale and capacity criterion as a stand-alone council and would be fit as a stand-alone council’ but declared us unfit when compared to the idea of a Global City Council – combining Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany and the City.

    “The council satisfies the financial criteria overall. It satisfies the sustainability, infrastructure and service management, and efficiency criteria.

    “Other data also suggests City of Sydney is a well-run council with significant scale and capacity. It has pro-actively partnered with governments, undertaken significant CBD-based urban renewal, and approved a large range of development projects to grow the CBD.”

    The City has 30 days to respond to IPART’s report.


    The report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, assessing the City of Sydney’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future proposal, has been released.

    IPART noted the City of Sydney “received the highest number of public submissions of any council, with the majority of submissions supporting the council remaining a standalone council.”

    In polling by the City, 80% of residents and 70% of businesses said they like the boundaries the way they are.

    A third of the submissions received by IPART related to the City of Sydney. Of those, eight of the 520 submissions supported an amalgamation.

    The IPART report said:

    The City of Sydney ‘meets the scale and capacity criterion as a stand-alone council and would be fit as a stand-alone council’ but declared us unfit when compared to the idea of a Global City Council – combining Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany and the City.

    “The council satisfies the financial criteria overall. It satisfies the sustainability, infrastructure and service management, and efficiency criteria.

    “Other data also suggests City of Sydney is a well-run council with significant scale and capacity. It has pro-actively partnered with governments, undertaken significant CBD-based urban renewal, and approved a large range of development projects to grow the CBD.”

    The City has 30 days to respond to IPART’s report.