10 May 2022
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C0522(2) Item 1 Notice of
Motion: Demerger of Inner West Council 4
10 May 2022
Item No: C0522(2)
Subject: Notice of Motion: Demerger of Inner West
John Stamolis, Justine Langford and Liz Atkins
1. Notes that
62.5 % of the Inner West community voted to demerge Inner
West Council to restore the three previous Councils (Ashfield,
Leichhardt and Marrickville) and that the result of the poll was a
majority vote across ALL five existing wards and ALL three previous
2. Notes that
the Demerger Poll was run by the NSW Electoral Commission in which there were
104,219 formal votes;
3. Notes that the
Demerger Poll has the support of the majority of the community and that our
community reasonably expects that Council will prepare a strong and effective
business case for the demerger of Inner West Council;
4. Notes that the
NSW Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Wendy Tuckerman MP has confirmed
that NSW Government will pay for the cost of the demerger;
5. Ensures that
the community, Councillors and local government experts have
close oversight of the development of Council’s business case for
6. Establishes a Demerger
Committee to oversee the development of the demerger business
case and invites Councillors, community members and local government
experts to be active members of this Committee;
7. Provides any documents such
as Terms of Reference for the development of the demerger business case,
the Consultant’s Brief or other; immediately to
Councillors and the Demerger Committee, and to make these documents publicly
8. Invites the Demerger Committee
to review and amend any documents associated with the development of the
demerger business case, including any brief to consultants, to ensure:
a) They outline
the development of a strong and positive business case which reflects the desire
of our community to demerge; and
b) They adhere
to the NSW Government Guidelines for business cases which includes the
provision that there is stakeholder engagement.
9. Reviews the demerger process timeline as outlined by the General
Manager at the residents’ meeting on April 7, taking on board the
NSW Government business case guidelines about consultation with
Councillors and community; and utilising professional expertise in the
preparation of a strong and effective business case;
10. Convenes public meetings across the three former Councils to
consult the community on the demerger process and to summarise details of the
business case which will support the outcome of the demerger poll; and
11. Provide fortnightly updates on progress with the demerger case
on Council’s website.
With a very high response to the Demerger Poll (104,219 voters),
62.5% of Inner West voters want Inner West Council to demerge. It is
now time for Council to prepare a strong and positive business case to reflect
the wishes of its community.
well-attended community meeting on April 7 heard, for the first time, the
process that Council currently has underway to develop the demerger case that
will go to the NSW government.
were rightly concerned that both they and their elected representatives, the
Councillors, have not been consulted on the process for developing the demerger
business case, nor have they been consulted on the appointment of consultant;
nor the consultant’s brief; nor the terms of reference for the
development of demerger business case.
General Manager told the community meeting that the same
consultants as used by Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils (in 2015)
to argue against the amalgamation of their Councils would be
used. Furthermore, the consultants would be using the same
methodology as they used then; which failed in arguing the case against
appears to have been no attempt by Council to review these terms of reference
and methodology, to seek alternative consultants, consult with the Councillors
and the public nor to consult and seek advice from local government experts.
best chance for a successful business case for demerger is if the process is
fully transparent, inclusive and openly consults with the
community. It needs to involve Councillors, residents and experts in
the development of the case.
No further comments
were required for this Notice of Motion.