Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has applauded the announcement today from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Gabrielle Upton that the Government has abandoned the forced amalgamation of 14 metropolitan councils. 

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said: “It is a great day for local democracy and we commend this eminently sensible decision.

“Premier Gladys Berejiklian has really listened to the people.”

Clr Rhoades said the Premier had inherited a difficult situation.

“LGNSW has always supported reform, and this decision gives us the opportunity to get on with the job." he said.

“We need to address the very real financial sustainability issues councils face - fixing the rating system, ending cost-shifting and getting a better share of tax revenue to support the local services communities depend on every day."

“We remain keen to work in partnership with the Government and today’s announcement gives us a solid foundation to move forward.”

Clr Rhoades noted that 20 councils had already been forcibly amalgamated.  Communities will have the opportunity to have their say at council elections in September this year.

At the same time, he also commended the people working in these new councils to ensure they deliver for their communities. 

"Local democracy and delivery for communities is what it's all about," Clr Rhoades said.