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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

State Government Abandons Forced Amalgamations

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.

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