Fit For the Future: Premier Mike Baird announces amalgamation of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils and forces Botany in with Rockdale – 18th December 2015

UPDATE: South Ward of Randwick City Council will not be absorbed into a new Bayside Council with Botany and Rockdale as feared in the posting belowel.

The following comments are the personal views of Greens Councillor Murray Matson on today’s Fit For The Future announcement by the NSW Premier and are intended to be locally relevant┬áto the Randwick Council area of Sydney. They should not be taken to be a statement on Fit For The Future made on behalf of the broader Greens NSW.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

Councillor Murray Matson.

“Today’s inevitable announcement vindicates the due-diligence approach of a small majority of Randwick Councillors to establish our Transition Committee in timely preparation for what I always knew was a no-choice situation despite personally opposing amalgamation as a bad idea.

Those Councillors who still want to futilely use this committee to oppose the Government’s now proven agenda should realize that this is why they could not be allowed on it. The committee must be perceived not as a battleship but as a tug needed to move the components of the Premier’s decreed Eastern Suburbs Council into position regardless of whether Councillors on it support amalgamation or not.

I agree with the Mayor of Woollahra that forcing it in with Randwick and Waverley Councils is not going to be a good fit and should not have happened.

It is also painful that Botany Council moves into Rockdale to form a new “Bayside Council” as I think its residents would have preferred to go with Randwick and stay ‘eastern suburbs’ if forced to make a choice.

At the time of writing I am very concerned that the Premier may yet allow Randwick’s South Ward to be moved into this new Bayside Council depriving Randwick and Waverley of rates from Port Botany. I understand that a map with the actual boundaries will be available soon.”

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson


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