Randwick City's Future

CURRENT SITUATION

The NSW Government announced in December 2015 that it proposes to create a new eastern beaches council by merging Randwick with neighbouring Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

This would create a new council of 274,000 residents spanning the eastern suburbs from Watsons Bay to La Perouse and deliver significant cost savings.

The proposal was on public exhibition in January and February 2016.

In May 2016, the NSW Government announced the creation of 19 new councils by merging councils. However the proposed Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra merger was not included because of ongoing legal action by Woollahra Council. The Minister said this merger has "support in principle".

On 20 July 2016, the Land & Environment Court dismissed the legal action, but Woollahra Council announced on 26 July 2016 they are appealing to the Supreme Court.


NAMING COMPETITION

In April and May 2016, Randwick and Waverley Councils partnered to run a public naming competition for the new council. Hundreds of residents took part and the winning name, which was also the most popular, was Eastern Beaches Council.

COUNCIL POSITION

Council would prefer to stand alone, however as this was not possible through the Fit for the Future process, Randwick Council advocated for the creation of a smaller eastern beaches council that retained local identity and protecting staff and our sense of community. Council opposed the Government's previous preferred merger option of a global city as this would result in the loss of local identity.

Randwick City Council submitted a proposal on 29 June 2015 to merge with Waverley Council to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as part of the Fit for the Future process. This proposal was assessed by IPART to be 'fit'. The Government has subsequently expanded it to include Woollahra Council.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Thank you to the 8,000 residents who took part in the most comprehensive community engagement program throughout 2014 and 2015 in the council's history. Lots of people had their say through reply-paid surveys, online surveys, telephone surveys, focus groups and information stalls.

You told us:

  • most people don't want change, but if mergers must happen, 90% would prefer an eastern suburbs council;
  • 49% of people would prefer Randwick to stand alone and 51% want a merger;
  • a Randwick / Waverley merger is one of the most preferred merger options as it keeps an eastern suburbs identity with beaches, parks and families.
Download community consultation PDF fact sheets: Community Survey, Telephone Survey, Focus Groups and Information Stalls. Or view the full reports in Appendix B - Community Engagement

OPTIONS ANALYSIS

Randwick Council released a comprehensive Options Analysis on 14 May 2015 for public exhibition for 28 days on merger and stand-alone options and the results of its community consultation. The reports were considered at a Council meeting on 26 May 2015.

BACKGROUND

The NSW State Government released its ‘Fit for the Future’ program in September 2014 which required most NSW councils to consider amalgamation options with neighbouring councils as the Government wanted to reduce the number of metropolitan councils.

For Randwick Council, the Government wanted us to consider an amalgamation with City of Sydney, Woollahra, Waverley and Botany councils – building a global city with more than 500,000 residents. This proposal has since been dropped by the NSW Government.

We believe Randwick City Council should not be amalgamated because we are financially viable, have no debt and provide high quality services and facilities for our community.

However the government has indicated that no change is not an option and we are required to consider the global city option or something 'broadly consistent'.

In February 2015, every resident and ratepayer was sent an Information Pack and a Community Survey. The survey could be completed in hard copy or on-line and has now closed.

CURRENT SITUATION

The NSW Government announced in December 2015 that it proposes to create a new eastern beaches council by merging Randwick with neighbouring Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

This would create a new council of 274,000 residents spanning the eastern suburbs from Watsons Bay to La Perouse and deliver significant cost savings.

The proposal was on public exhibition in January and February 2016.

In May 2016, the NSW Government announced the creation of 19 new councils by merging councils. However the proposed Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra merger was not included because of ongoing legal action by Woollahra Council. The Minister said this merger has "support in principle".

On 20 July 2016, the Land & Environment Court dismissed the legal action, but Woollahra Council announced on 26 July 2016 they are appealing to the Supreme Court.


NAMING COMPETITION

In April and May 2016, Randwick and Waverley Councils partnered to run a public naming competition for the new council. Hundreds of residents took part and the winning name, which was also the most popular, was Eastern Beaches Council.

COUNCIL POSITION

Council would prefer to stand alone, however as this was not possible through the Fit for the Future process, Randwick Council advocated for the creation of a smaller eastern beaches council that retained local identity and protecting staff and our sense of community. Council opposed the Government's previous preferred merger option of a global city as this would result in the loss of local identity.

Randwick City Council submitted a proposal on 29 June 2015 to merge with Waverley Council to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as part of the Fit for the Future process. This proposal was assessed by IPART to be 'fit'. The Government has subsequently expanded it to include Woollahra Council.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Thank you to the 8,000 residents who took part in the most comprehensive community engagement program throughout 2014 and 2015 in the council's history. Lots of people had their say through reply-paid surveys, online surveys, telephone surveys, focus groups and information stalls.

You told us:

  • most people don't want change, but if mergers must happen, 90% would prefer an eastern suburbs council;
  • 49% of people would prefer Randwick to stand alone and 51% want a merger;
  • a Randwick / Waverley merger is one of the most preferred merger options as it keeps an eastern suburbs identity with beaches, parks and families.
Download community consultation PDF fact sheets: Community Survey, Telephone Survey, Focus Groups and Information Stalls. Or view the full reports in Appendix B - Community Engagement

OPTIONS ANALYSIS

Randwick Council released a comprehensive Options Analysis on 14 May 2015 for public exhibition for 28 days on merger and stand-alone options and the results of its community consultation. The reports were considered at a Council meeting on 26 May 2015.

BACKGROUND

The NSW State Government released its ‘Fit for the Future’ program in September 2014 which required most NSW councils to consider amalgamation options with neighbouring councils as the Government wanted to reduce the number of metropolitan councils.

For Randwick Council, the Government wanted us to consider an amalgamation with City of Sydney, Woollahra, Waverley and Botany councils – building a global city with more than 500,000 residents. This proposal has since been dropped by the NSW Government.

We believe Randwick City Council should not be amalgamated because we are financially viable, have no debt and provide high quality services and facilities for our community.

However the government has indicated that no change is not an option and we are required to consider the global city option or something 'broadly consistent'.

In February 2015, every resident and ratepayer was sent an Information Pack and a Community Survey. The survey could be completed in hard copy or on-line and has now closed.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Randwick City's Future Community Survey

    Have your say on the future of the City of Randwick.

    Residents, ratepayers and business owners are encouraged to complete this survey. Your feedback is vital to help us understand the community’s attitudes to council amalgamations and will help inform Council’s position and submission to the State Government. If you require assistance completing this survey, or would like to speak with a Council staff member in another language call us on 1300 722 542. Survey closes 5pm Sunday 1 March 2015.

    Have your say on the future of the City of Randwick.

    Residents, ratepayers and business owners are encouraged to complete this survey. Your feedback is vital to help us understand the community’s attitudes to council amalgamations and will help inform Council’s position and submission to the State Government. If you require assistance completing this survey, or would like to speak with a Council staff member in another language call us on 1300 722 542. Survey closes 5pm Sunday 1 March 2015.

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