Amalgamation still in balance

Despite a court ruling last month that Woollahra Council’s challenge to its proposed amalgamation with Waverley and Randwick Councils was not allowed, it sheds little light on the potential outcome of Ku ring gai’s battle to stop its own merge with Hornsby.

Ku ring gai’s case is due to go before the Land and Environment Court on February 16 and until then, it’s not known whether the two North Shore authorities will unite.

While Hornsby Council is pro-amalgamation, Ku ring gai is not, though its new second-time around mayor Jennifer Anderson has said she would back down from the fight in court if councillors ruled against it at an extraordinary meeting. No such meeting is planned as yet.

Speaking after the LEC’s controversial Woollahra decision, a Hornsby Council spokesman said:“This decision does not change anything for us and we must await the decision of the court.”

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