Botany Bay Mayor calls Extraordinary Council Meeting

Published on 10 September 2014

Extraordinary Council Meeting
Botany Bay Mayor, Ben Keneally, has called an Extraordinary Council Meeting for 8:00 pm tonight. The Extraordinary Meeting will consider today’s response by the State Government to the Independent Review Panel’s Report into Local Government Reform.

The independent Review Panel recommended the City of Botany Bay merge with the City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils. 

“The City of Botany Bay welcomes the Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ package however it fails to provide assurances to communities that there will be no forced amalgamations” said Mr Keneally.

“The residents of Botany Bay need to know that the State Government will not push ahead with forced amalgamations and compromise local democracy.

"We have asked our residents if they want to amalgamate or remain independent.  Overwhelmingly almost 97% of respondents want to remain independent", said Mr Keneally.

Mr Keneally said “Council is looking forward to demonstrating to the State Government that the City of Botany Bay can meet each of the criteria and the benchmarks set by the State Government”.

“I am confident that Council can prove to the State there is no need to amalgamate Botany Bay with any other Council” said Mr Keneally.