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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Merger Proposal for Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils

July 2017 - State Government abandons the forced amalgamation of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove Councils

Save Hunters Hill Rally

In a landmark decision today that is sure to put an end to any proposal by the NSW Government to force the merger of Hunters Hill Council, the NSW Court of Appeal has ruled that “the proposal made by the Minister for Local Government under Section 218E(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 for the amalgamation of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde local government areas is invalid”.

Further, the Court of Appeal has also ordered that the Minister pay Hunters Hill Council’s costs of the original hearing before the Land and Environment Court and the subsequent Court of Appeal hearing.

Full Media Release

May 2017 Update

On 14 February 2017 the NSW Premier announced that all proposed Sydney Council amalgamations will proceed and for those that are taking legal action, such as Hunters Hill Council, that the current court cases will continue.

In late March Ku-ring-gai Council was successful in its case before the Court of Appeal.

Our case was heard in the Court of Appeal in the first week of April and while the case took a few days to hear, the actual decision may not be known until sometime in June.

Woollahra Council was successful in early May in its application seeking leave to appeal to the High Court. No date for a hearing has been set at this this time.

The legal costs expended by Council to date on the original Land & Environment Court case were $334,924. Costs of $75,710 have been incurred until the end of May on the Appeal to the Supreme Court. Council has defrayed the costs of both the original case and the appeal, by having a costs sharing agreement with other participating Councils.
An update on legal costs appears as a standard report for each Ordinary Meeting of Council.

September 2016 Update - Land and Environment Court Decision

Hunter’s Hill Council has lost its case in the Land and Environment Court fighting the process of a forced merger by the State Government. Hunter’s Hill Council has a week to lodge an appeal. No decision by Council has been made at this point in time. A date for an Extraordinary Meeting of Council has yet to be determined.

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