The following submission regarding the proposed amalgamation of Willoughby, North Sydney and parts of Lane Cove Councils has been lodged with the Boundaries Commission. The submission is based on the resolution carried unanimously by Association members.
The Chatswood West Ward Progress Association represents approximately 18,000 persons within the Willoughby City area. The issue of amalgamation has been discussed at the Association on numerous ocassions. At its last meeting, the Association determined:
Prefer not to be amalgamated, however, if amalgamated we favour:
Popularly elected Mayor
4 wards of three Councillors
Part-time Councilors (as at present)
Pre-election local government training of candidates
Centrally located office (St Leonards)
Inclusion of the whole of St Leonards within the new LGA
Name of new Council: Lower North Shore Council
Maintenance of Progress Associations rather than Precinct Committees
Continuation of Willoughby Council services and the E-restore Levy
There was also some support for including the whole of the current Lane Cove Council area in the amalgamation of Willoughby and North Sydney Councils. This was on the basis of communities of interest. For thirty years prior to 1895, the current Lane Cove area was a Ward of the then Willoughby Municipal Council.
An additional aspects of amalgamations was that it is preferred that LGA boundaries are not down the middle of streets (this can destroy communities of interest). Rather boundaries should be along natural features or the back fences of properties fronting major roads.