Message from the Deputy Mayor

Published on 07 June 2016



Public Inquiry into south eastern Sydney council

I want to express my sincere thanks to those residents of the City of Botany Bay, Randwick Council and the City of Sydney who came along to the Public Inquiry on Friday 27 May 2016. There was a great turn out from our City and a strong showing of support for our sensible merger proposal. We now await the Delegates report on the proposal.

Merger update

The City of Botany Bay’s proposal has so far been well received by residents across south eastern Sydney. To date we have received almost 1,500 written responses of which nearly 1,200 support our proposal. Our online petition at Change.Org has received an  additional 300 signatures. If we add the earlier petition we launched in February which received 2,400 signatures in support of our proposal in a single day, then more than 5,000 residents have so far had their say on this important issue! Of the minority residents who have indicated they are against our proposal, many have made it clear they are against all amalgamation rather than our proposal specifically.

The City of Botany Bay is against forced amalgamations. While ideally we would like to keep our Council the way it is, the State Government has made it clear it will force us to merge with Rockdale. Our south eastern Sydney council proposal is the lesser of two evils.

This proposal is a sensible, logical suggestion which we believe will represent the best outcome for residents living in the affected parts of City of Sydney, Randwick Council and the City of Botany Bay.

Residents in southern Randwick have two choices: an “eastern suburbs” council or a south eastern Sydney council with Botany Bay and parts of the City of Sydney.

Snakes in the Museum!

On Saturday 28 May 2016 Council officially launched the new exhibition Our A to Z. The launch was a special event, complete with a reptile demonstration in honour of Botany’s famous snakeman “Professor” Fox. The exhibition brings twenty-six local stories to life and includes a profile on Nancy Hillier and a cow killing cyclone. The exhibition is on now at the George Hanna Memorial Museum in Mascot for more information visit our website.

Deputy Mayor
Stan Kondilios