The report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, assessing the City of Sydney’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future proposal, has been released.
IPART noted the City of Sydney “received the highest number of public submissions of any council, with the majority of submissions supporting the council remaining a standalone council.”
In polling by the City, 80% of residents and 70% of businesses said they like the boundaries the way they are.
A third of the submissions received by IPART related to the City of Sydney. Of those, eight of the 520 submissions supported an amalgamation.
The IPART report said:
“The City of Sydney ‘meets the scale and capacity criterion as a stand-alone council and would be fit as a stand-alone council’ but declared us unfit when compared to the idea of a Global City Council – combining Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany and the City.
“The council satisfies the financial criteria overall. It satisfies the sustainability, infrastructure and service management, and efficiency criteria.
“Other data also suggests City of Sydney is a well-run council with significant scale and capacity. It has pro-actively partnered with governments, undertaken significant CBD-based urban renewal, and approved a large range of development projects to grow the CBD.”
The City has 30 days to respond to IPART’s report.