THE Hills Council's radical boundary realignment plan will be the hot topic of debate at a forum in Galston tomorrow (Wednesday) night.
The Dural and Round Corner Chamber of Commerce has invited The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne and Hornsby mayor Steve Russell to discuss the benefits of this boundary realignment, or the two councils merging.
"The Hills Council is proposing a major boundary realignment impacting dozens of suburbs and Hornsby Shire will be reduced to almost half its size," chamber vice-president Rod Cuevas said.
The changes were proposed by The Hills Council in June as part of its submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel's 20 Essential Steps discussion paper that recommended fewer councils in NSW.
"What you find is a lot of the rural areas have small businesses in them and they'd be concerned what The Hills Council would require of them — for example, rates might go up," Mr Cuevas said.
The proposed changes involve Hornsby, Parramatta and Hawkesbury councils. Last week, Hornsby voted to investigate the possibility of a "strategic alliance" with The Hills and Warringah councils which, Cr Russell said, "would mean greater savings for the residents of Hornsby Shire through increased buying power".
■ Details: Galston Club, Arcadia Road, 6.30pm.
■ Read previous articles on the boundary plan:
- Read more on what The Hills Council said in June, when it first proposed the changes