NSW State Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea has put his weight behind the Ku-ring-gai council bid opposing council amalgamation with Hornsby.
In a statement today, Mr O’Dea confirmed that he had made a submission to the NSW Council Boundary Review and asked to “treat Ku-ring-gai Council’s proposal to stand alone with respect.”
O’Dea went on to say that if that proposal was not upheld by the Delegate, then consideration should be given to altering the proposed boundaries to substantially reduce the size of the Hornsby Council component. He is also opposed to Willoughby Council’s proposal to annex Roseville Chase from Ku-ring-gai.
However, he did say “the area currently in Hornsby Council west of Berowra Creek should be excluded from any Ku-ring-gai/Hornsby merged entity and transferred to the new Hills/Hawkesbury merged council area”.
“This land is essentially rural in nature and largely out of character with the rest of the proposed Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai council area.”
O’Dea is clearly not opposed to amalgamation where appropriate, stating that his preference is for one Northern Beaches Council to be formed from the current Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Council areas. Similarly, he supports one council to be created from the Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman Council areas.