Sunday, November 1, 2020

Financial Statements Amalgamation Costs

Financial Statements 2019/20

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The state government sets benchmarks for councils - from the financial report. Note rates are not the only source of revenue for councils


Leichhardt Council Submission on Amalgamation

"the Panel must recognise that this last minute change to the FFF submission process has given no time whatsoever for Councils to

prepare detailed JO business cases.
Therefore it is submitted that any JO proposals should be treated on their merits when first assessing scale and capacity, notwithstanding the absence of a detailed business plan at this stage." -

Size of the LGA

the IPART review was based on 2011 populations (census)
Ashfield 8sqkm pop 43,550
Leichhardt 10sqkm pop: 55,650
marrickville: 16sqkm pop: 81,100
Total Population (2011 figures): 180,300
Inner West Council Population is now closer to 200,000 across 5 wards
2016 Census Data: Population 182,043 (51.3% Female; 48.7% Male -

Marrickville and Ashfield Rate Variations 15-16

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved applications from Ashfield and Marrickville councils to increase general income by more than the rate peg amount of 2.4% from 1 July 2015.
Ashfield Council applied for 4 consecutive increases of 7.5% in 2015-16, 8.2% in 2016-17, 8.9% in 2017-18 and 9.3% in 2018-19, all including the annual rate peg, to be retained permanently in its rates base.
Marrickville Council applied for a permanent increase of 5.4% from 1 July 2015, including the rate peg.
In approving the councils’ applications, IPART has imposed conditions requiring that the additional income be used for the purposes outlined in the applications, and that the councils report to their communities in their annual reports each year until 2024-25 on the
outcomes achieved." - Media Release,
19 May 2015,

SMH: 'Rates will have to rise': Council mergers in crisis as losses mount, SMH,October 31, 2020 — 12.01am

 "Bayside spent nearly $7 million of a government grant on astroturf in two neighbourhood parks, and Inner West Council[Administrator], [budgetted] $10 million on an IT project [out of $15million amalgamation funding] without going to tender. SMH,October 31, 2020

2003 change in boundary where the Annandale Foreshore along with Glebe were moved to the City of Sydney

"Schedule A – Land Transferred from the Area of Leichhardt to the City of Sydney
Area about 2.22 square kilometres. Commencing at the intersection of the north-western prolongation of Wattle Street and the Mean Low Water Mark of the generally southern shore of Port Jackson at Blackwattle Bay: and bounded thence by that shore generally westerly to the generally western boundary of Bicentennial Park; by that boundary southerly to Chapman Road; by that road westerly and The Crescent generally southerly to Johnstons Creek Stormwater Channel; by that stormwater channel upwards to Wigram Road; by that road south-westerly and Booth St south-easterly to Johnstons Creek Stormwater Channel, aforesaid; by that stormwater channel downwards and Orphan School Creek Stormwater Channel upwards to Foss Street; by that street north-easterly, Cross Street south-easterly and Bridge Road south-westerly to.." source: 2174, SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT, Government Gazette 19 February 2003

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