Ku-ring-gai Council fails to stand alone

Drawn up: An early map of planned amalgamations shows the long-held intention to merge Hornsby with Ku-ring-gai. A merged Hawkesbury-Hills council was later scrapped.

Drawn up: An early map of planned amalgamations shows the long-held intention to merge Hornsby with Ku-ring-gai. A merged Hawkesbury-Hills council was later scrapped.

Ku-ring-gai Council has failed in its bid to remain a stand-alone council in the face of a forced merger with Hornsby.

However, the decision could be appealed by the council after the Land and Environment Court ruled it would remain independent until Tuesday, September 27. Mayor Cheryl Szatow said the judgement was disappointing.

“However the council will review the judgement carefully in light of other decisions made today on councils fighting forced mergers and consider our next steps.”

With a 111-year history, Ku-ring-gai is set to merge with Hornsby following the NSW government decision.

“Our concern has always been how Ku-ring-gai will be treated as the junior partner in a merger with Hornsby Council. Our residents will have very little say in how or where their rates will be spent,” Cr Szatow said.

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