Council Mergers - final judgement for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby on hold

Posted: Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The NSW Land and Environment Court handed down judgement in North Sydney Council and Mosman Council’s challenge to the State Government’s merger proposal with Willoughby Council, finding there was a ‘defect’ in the Delegate’s report to the Boundary Commission and Minister for Local Government. 

The court ruled that one of the specific complaints raised by the Councils in challenge of the amalgamation was valid, and that the delegate had failed, adequately, to have regard to one aspect of the elements mandated by s263 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 as part of the inquiry and reporting on the proposed amalgamation.

Willoughby Council is waiting on further advice regarding implications of the finding. However, it is thought that sections of the merger proposal reports will need to be redone and resubmitted for consideration for merger.


On 12 May 2016 the State Government announced the creation of 19 new councils across Sydney and NSW, following its Fit for the Future reforms of Local Government.

At the time, Willoughby Council was included in the councils announced to merge, but the merger was not progressed due to the pending legal processes by North Sydney and Mosman Councils.

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