Planning for our future

Inner West Council was created on 12 May 2016 from the merger of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils.

Proudly serving our new, larger inner west community of over 185,000 residents across 26 suburbs, Inner West Council is 1,250 staff strong.

Local councils are complex organisations, providing hundreds of different services every day.

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Council is seeking feedback on the Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2017/18, which details Council's proposed ongoing activities, key initiatives and associated budgets.

The Plan has been developed to ensure existing levels of service are maintained across the area as well as achieving an ambitious schedule of infrastructure projects. Council remains committed to reducing the infrastructure back-log, including a four year, achievable capital works program that sees a number of large scale projects commencing during the next financial year.

Visit or Council’s Customer Service Centres to view the Plan and have your say. Comments close at 5pm on Friday 26 May.

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Integration and Innovation Plan (i-Plan)

Council's Integration and Innovation Plan (i-Plan) outlines a roadmap for establishing a modern, efficient and service-focused organisation, with the needs of inner west residents at the heart of everything it does.

Download the i-Plan (PDF 11MB)

Operational Plan and Budget 2016/17

Delivery Program and Operational Plan

Council's Operational Plan 2016/17 brings together the operational plans, budgets, and fees and charges of the former Councils of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville.

These budgets are as adopted but with the addition of new State Government funding of $15 million for local community infrastructure projects/services and $10 million to enable the structural integration of our new Council without impact on operations.

Council is committed to ensuring that service levels of the former Councils are maintained or enhanced throughout 2016/17 and that we continue to deliver high quality services and facilities to our residents, ratepayers, business owners and visitors.

Community Satisfaction Survey

Inner West Council conducted its first community satisfaction survey in October 2016. Key objectives of the research included:

  • Assessing and establishing the community’s priorities and satisfaction in relation to council activities, services, and facilities
  • Identifying the community’s overall level of satisfaction with Council’s performance
  • Identifying the community’s level of agreement with prompted statements surrounding wellbeing/connectedness
  • Identifying methods of communication and engagement with Council

Micromex Research was commissioned to undertake the work.

2015/16 financial statements from the former councils

Each year, individual local governments across New South Wales are required to present a set of audited financial statements to their council and community.

The financial statements set out the financial performance, financial position and cash flows of Council for the reporting period 1 July 2015 to 12 May 2016 (the date where the merged Inner West Council was formed).


Your Say Inner West website
A community engagement hub for you to get involved in important projects that shape the future of the Inner West.





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