Council welcomes plans for reform

Hornsby council "Fit For The Future"

Deputy Mayor Gurdeep Singh, who is acting for Mayor Steve Russell while he is overseas.

Hornsby Shire Council has welcomed the State Government report that recommends reform of local government, called Fit For The Future.

“It’s long been obvious that reform is needed and we’re keen to work with the Government to find the best solution for our residents,” Acting Mayor Gurdeep Singh said.

“Everybody has a stake in making sure that local government is sustainable in the long term.”

Under the plan being proposed by the Government every council will carry out a self-assessment in October that will determine whether or not they are sustainable for the future.

Those that fall short of the criteria set by the Government will be asked to come up with a road map to help them plan for a secure future.

“Hornsby Shire Council is in a very strong position to respond to the Government’s request, having already commissioned reports from KPMG into Council’s sustainability and from Crosby Textor into community sentiment regarding reform,” Acting Mayor Singh said.

“The Government has made it clear that reform is coming and now it is up to us to secure the best possible deal for the residents who have placed their trust in us as their elected representatives.”

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