REPORT ON AMALGAMATION RELEASED
Pittwater Council has
released an independent report prepared by local government expert
Prof. Brian Dollery from the University of New England.
The report was commissioned by the Council in response to the NSW
Government’s Independent Local Government Review Panel’s recommendation
that Sydney councils be merged into 15 mega-councils.
As a result the Panel had proposed that Pittwater and Manly Councils be
amalgamated with Warringah Council to form a northern beaches council
of 250,000 residents.
The Panel’s ‘Future Directions’ report was issued in April this year. A
final report on council reform in NSW will be presented to the
government in September.
Prof. Dollery’s 115 page report examined Pittwater Council’s viability
and the case for amalgamation with one or more neighbouring councils.
It examined a number of factors affecting any potential amalgamation,
including socio-economic profiles of each council area and their
respective finances. The report also examined case studies on
amalgamation using examples from Queensland, Victoria and South
Australia and those councils which had merged and subsequently decided
The report made a number of findings based on the evidence and
statistics it examined, including:
The full report was published today on the Council’s website at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au
- A merger would not improve financial sustainability
- An absence of economies of scale would not result in
- Given the diverse socio-economic profiles of the
Pittwater, Manly and Warringah Council areas, there was no evidence of
a strong joint ‘community of interest’ which was an essential
pre-requisite for a successful merger.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said Prof. Dollery’s report highlighted the lack
of detail in the Panel’s recommendations for amalgamations.
“All the evidence suggests that rates do not decrease – quite the
reverse – and ratepayers from merged councils are disenfranchised from
the decision-making process for their area,” she said.
“Pittwater was created out of a sense of frustration that money was not
being spent locally and people not being consulted about what was
happening here. If the Panel’s recommendations are adopted by the state
government, the danger is there will be a return to this sense of
Mayor Townsend urged Pittwater residents to have their say on the local
government reforms at www.localgovernmentreview.nsw.gov.au
by the closing date of 28 June.
Mark Ferguson Pittwater Council
Ph: 9970 1105
A new program to ‘enliven’
village centres through public art and cultural events will kick off
shortly with a launch next month.
The Enliven Pittwater project is designed to improve the street life
and vibrancy of Pittwater’s town and village centres.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the collaboration between Pittwater Council,
local businesses and the community would see a range of programs and
events in our villages.
“These are likely to include ‘pop-up’ art and cultural activities in
public spaces,” said Mayor Townsend.
“To give residents a taste of the type of activities that will occur
when the Enliven Pittwater program gets underway, we’ve placed an art
installation outside Mona Vale Library.”
“The art work called imag_ne by Emma Anna is a sculpture which measures
4.2 metres in length. It will be on show from June to August,” she said.
imag_ne is composed of large wordplay letters that spell out the word
‘imagine’, although the second ‘I’ is missing. This absence operates as
a blank canvass, inviting the audience to physically engage with the
work in order to complete the word.
Over the last four years imag_ne has been exhibited both nationally and
internationally, including at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in
Sculptor Emma Anna suggests that ‘the capacity to imagine is an
inherently human characteristic, shared by all human beings. Its power
is to inspire us to imagine new possibilities and different ways of
looking at the world and each other.’
Other initiatives to be explored as part of Enliven Pittwater include
the development of a phone app with a calendar of events across
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the program reflected the changing
expectations of the community. “Enliven Pittwater is a wonderful
opportunity for our village and business centres to become vibrant
community spaces attracting more people to them.”
Melinda Hewitt, Pittwater Council
Ph: 9970 1170
Release - 06 June 2013
The strength of opposition from Pittwater residents to a recommendation
from the Local Government Review Panel that Pittwater, Warringah and
Manly councils should be amalgamated into one super council, was
demonstrated at both the rally outside Warringah Council Chambers and
submissions to a hearing by the panel on 4th June 2013.
The rally, organised by People for Pittwater committee was attended by
about 150 concerned residents who chanted the themes of “No
amalgamation” and “Hands off Pittwater.” The rally was addressed by
People for Pittwater executive members Shane Withington (Friends of
Currawong) and Eunice Raymond (Chair, Save Mona Vale Hospital
Committee) and was MC'd by Co-Convenor of People for Pittwater Harvey
The rally was attended by many prominent members of community
organisations who passionately voiced the opposition to amalgamation
proposals. The rally unanimously passed a motion which stated total
opposition to amalgamation of Pittwater with Warringah and Manly.
People for Pittwater Co-convenor Harvey Rose stated “The passionate
connection of so many residents with Pittwater and their willingness to
fight for Pittwater’s independence was demonstrated at the rally.”
“People for Pittwater will continue to campaign for as long as it takes
to ensure the view of the overwhelming majority of Pittwater residents
prevails.” “We must not be steamrolled by the bureaucrats” Mr Rose
The hearing of community submissions to the Review Panel was held
inside the Warringah Council chambers. Around 150 people attended the
hearing - 95% of these appeared to be Pittwater residents who were
there to support submissions against amalgamation. People for Pittwater
Executive members Harvey Rose, Shane Withington and Eunice Raymond
presented to the panel as did former Pittwater mayor Robert Dunn.
Thirteen people in total made submissions opposed to amalgamation.
Nearly all submissions opposed amalgamation - in fact no submission
People for Pittwater’s Harvey Rose commented “The quality of the
submissions was of the highest level and must have impressed the Panel
chair.” “Let us hope the Panel heeds the view of our community.”
“People for Pittwater will continue our campaign until this matter of
amalgamation is entirely defeated.”
Mr Rose further commented “The panel chair Prof. Graham Sansom admitted
all three councils on the Northern Beaches were financially strong and
sustainable.” “We must ask then why the panel would suggest
amalgamation.” “Amalgamation would disturb our communities and be very
costly.” “What would likely follow, as in Queensland, would
de-amalgamation with more disturbance and unnecessary financial
burdens.” Mr Rose continued “We have the ideal organisation now with
agreement on regional issues, cost savings through bulk buying and
shared services to come, through the regional organisation SHOROC”.
“Significant cost savings have already been made.” “Keeping our local
councils means we ensure our communities have access to sufficient
councillors.” “The Panel should let us get on with the business of
serving our council well and withdraw their baseless recommendation
about amalgamation” Mr Rose concluded.
0438 593 157
Reprint of Media Release from
People for Pittwater
13 Urara Rd
Avalon, NSW 2107
Letters to the Editor
are excited to share with everyone that after 5 months and over 100
days in ICU Adam has been moved to a ward and is now breathing without
the ventilator and making great progress towards coming home.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the island community for
all their help & support. From the brilliant & life saving
first response team, the help with the move & the new house,
dinners, babysitting, puppy sitting, boat repairs and some amazing
support & company.
Karine, Adam, Chloe, Mia & little buddy
If it ain't broke
don't fix it.
And Pittwater is not broke. NSW Treasury has just announced that it has
a "strong" financial rating.
So what would we gain by amalgamating with Warringah and Manly?
We would certainly incur higher rates, which would go towards funding
the big new Civic Centre in Dee Why and we would definitely have
minimal Pittwater Councillor representation on a mega Council dominated
by Warringah Councillors.
What would happen to Pittwater's strength, our "community of interest"?
What is the up side? Noosa Council found there was no up-side and the
last year the residents voted to de-amalgamate.
Amalgamate? -- no way.
Hands off Pittwater, Minister Don Page, MP.
Go on -- tell him at email@example.com
and The Premier Barry O'Farrell, MP at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Rob Stokes, MP at email@example.com
before Friday 28th June 2013.
12 Orchard St
Ph (02) 9997-1723
To Pittwater residents on proposed State Government Reforms
There have been a number of recent notices urging responses to the Future Directions for NSW Local Government (report
of the Independent Local Government Review Panel) and to A
New Planning System for NSW (the White Paper) and its associated
draft Planning Bill 2013
I also strongly urge all residents to respond to these two proposals,
but I recognize the burden imposed just by reading all the
I have read them, and offer my personal comments for those who may be
Future Directions calls for amalgamation of local Councils; this is the
thin end of the wedge. I know that many people have had issues at
time or another with Pittwater Council over development applications or
compliances. While I think the process can certainly be improved
simplified, I don’t think that Warringah Council will provide the
solution. While the issue of Council amalgamation has been
by several groups, I believe that the implications of the White Paper
are more serious and require urgent consideration and response.
The system proposed in these documents would result in the NSW
government taking control of all development in the state. In the
words of the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure (The Hon Brad
Hazzard MP) in his Foreword to the White Paper:
new system represents a shift in focus from one that restricts and
controls development to one that enables positive development outcomes
for the state.” (White Paper p. 4)
The documents pay lip service to Community Participation and to
Environmental Concerns, however
“The main purpose
of the planning system is to promote economic growth and development in
NSW.” (White Paper p. 12)
Economic growth is predicated upon population growth, which requires
additional housing, the location and type of housing to be controlled
by the state. If it is deemed to be in the interest of the state,
“The Minister may. .
.amend or replace any provisions of a local plan.” (Planning Bill
2013, Section 3.12)
Planning Bill 2013, which will implement the provisions of the White
Paper, will give the Minister virtual control over all development to
be carried out in the state.
The implications of the White Paper are substantial and of great
concern. Do we want the NSW Government to control development in
HAVE YOUR SAY – PLEASE RESPOND
BEFORE 28 JUNE!
Alan Gaines, Scotland Island
Island Wine Tasting
June 30, 3 to 5pm
Greetings Wine Lovers,
Finally we have the tasting notes for our next wine tasting on Sunday
June 30, 3 - 5pm.
With such respected names as Kalleske, Fireblock, Chateau
Tanunda, Possums and more to tempt you, I am sure this will be a
memorable tasting event.
Please remember to bring along your own tasting glass, tasting notes
and a platter of nibbles as a contribution.
Peter and Debbie Crookes.
121 Richard Road.
- If coming by road and heading south past cargo
wharf. its about 80 meters past the intersection down to the wharf.
look for a big sparkling sign with "121" on it. Walk down the path to
the house and follow the path to the right of the house heading for the
- If coming by road and heading north, keep an eye out
for the sign - it does face north partly hidden by a bush but you
should be able to see it. If you get to cargo wharf intersection. turn
around and follow above instructions.
- By Boat. First boat house south of cargo wharf. High
gable grey roof with white windows / doors.
If you are new to our totally not-for-profit wine syndicate it is lots
of fun. Not only a chance to have a taste of fine wines but also the
opportunity to meet your neighbours.
Date: June 30th 2013 from
Download the tasting notes here.......tasting notes
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2013 SALVATION ARMY
RED SHIELD APPEAL
Island & Bay residents (and visitors) opened their hearts and
wallets over the past few weekends, with over $3300 ($2000 more than
last year) raised for a wonderful cause. Thanks so much to everyone who
donated so generously (including those envelopes still finding their
way to my PO Box 566)!
Special thanks to our enthusiastic and energetic Island volunteers -
Scott Frazer, Greg Roberts, Annette Ritchie, Barbara Labram, Claire
O'Brien, Di Watts and Jane Rich, with a special mention to Shona
Forsyth and her young sons Joel and Emile, as well as Joel's friend
Felix Maple, who showed that families and friends can have fun together
while doing something nice for others.
In the Bays, an amazing effort from Therese O'Neill and her friend
Ingrid Hawke, together with quiet achievers, brother and sister team
Lily & Jack Rich, as well as the irrepressible Anthony Mills, who
all unselfishly gave up their time to help.
Special mention to Jonathan Brailey and his staff at Quays Marina Cafe
who generously contributed their tips, and to Steve Hosking and Tim
Byrne at Quays Marina who collected from marina customers.
Thanks also to Mary & Joe Romeo and their effusive staff-member
Mauro, who enthusiastically encouraged patrons of the Church Point
Waterfront Cafe to dig deep and fill the Salvo's bucket.
A big thankyou to Chad on the Church Point Ferry, who led the way with
the on-water fundraising
effort, and to Alex, Rod & Dave on the water taxis for joining in
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