The 5th November 1861 marked the establishment of Marrickville municipality.  The population at that time was  600 people.   Photo shows Richardsons Reserve in The Warren.

The 5th November 1861 marked the establishment of Marrickville municipality. The population at that time was 600 people. Photo shows Richardsons Reserve in The Warren.

Well it is no longer rumour.  The Independent Local Government Review Panel established by the NSW State Government has put forward 3 options for amalgamation of Marrickville municipality.

From Marrickville Council’s ‘Your Say Marrickville’ website, they are –

  • “Merge with the proposed Sydney group of councils, creating a new ‘super Sydney’ council that would include City of Sydney, Botany Bay, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra & possibly Leichhardt. The Panel believes this option could provide close functional interaction & economic/social links; unify local government to plan & manage Parramatta Road; inner west development; make Burwood a major centre.
  • Merge with the proposed Inner West group of councils that would include Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield & possibly Leichhardt. The Panel believes this option could provide close functional interaction & economic/social links; unify local government to plan & manage Parramatta Road; inner west development; make Burwood a major centre.
  • Merge with the proposed Canterbury Council. The Panel believes this option could enhance the economic & social mix; & remove problematic boundaries to the north and east.

Other options are –

  • Oppose amalgamation recommendations altogether & retain Marrickville Council as it is.
  • Propose alternatives boundaries, for example, splitting half of the current Marrickville Council area into the proposed Sydney group & the other half into the inner west group.”
  • “The Panel has also suggested an alternative to amalgamations which is the creation of strong County Councils, by combining member councils according to the groups listed above (Sydney, Inner West or Canterbury) anchored by a regional centre & sharing services across council boundaries.” 

Marrickville Council is asking the community to give feedback about the proposed options for amalgamation & whether we should appose amalgamation & seek to remain as Marrickville municipality.

On Council’s ‘Your Say Marrickville’ website there is a downloadable report ‘Future Directions for Local Government,’ a quick poll, a discussion forum & an online submission form to be included in Council’s submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel.  This is a very important issue that will affect all of us so it makes sense to participate in this community consultation.

The deadline for submissions from the community is Friday 14 June 2013.  See – http://yoursaymarrickville.com.au/local-govt-review

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