Option 3 - Mosman Council merger with North Sydney Council
What does this mean?
- Mosman Council merges with North Sydney Council into one organisation, with one elected Council and centralised administration and service delivery.
- Mosman as a local government area ceases to exist, becoming part of a larger local area. A merger with North Sydney would result in an overall area of 19.2 km.
- The combined population of the new local government area would be more than 99,000 compared with Mosman's population of 29,900.
- The location for an amalgamated Council would likely be North Sydney.
Some factors to consider
- Mosman has not approached North Sydney for discussions and neither Council has indicated its support for this option.
- The merged Councils would be closer to the 'scale and capacity' criteria that the NSW Government has indicated as appropriate for a local government organisation, but would still not meet these criteria.
- Given the business rate base of North Sydney, a merger could produce minor reductions in rates for some Mosman ratepayers.
- No business case has been prepared for this proposal.
- Mosman is an effective member of the SHOROC regional group of councils and has many other council relationships. North Sydney is a member of a different regional organisation called NSROC.
- Many of the costs associated with loss of independence that would occur in a mega merger