Inner West de-amalgamation business case submitted to NSW Government

The Inner West Council has today submitted its de-amalgamation business case to the NSW Government. 

This is in line with the Council’s commitment to respect the outcome of the poll held in 2021 in which a majority of Inner West residents indicated their support for the de-amalgamation of the Council into the 3 previous Councils of Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt. 

The business case will be referred to the NSW Boundaries Commission for assessment. The final decision and the legal power to undertake the de-amalgamation rests solely with the NSW Minister for Local Government. 

The business case is predicated on the State Government, which forced the amalgamation in 2016, funding the full 10-year costs of de-amalgamation, projected to be between $178 million - $190 million, with no costs to be incurred by Inner West residents. 

Council has also insisted through the submission that no unelected administrator be appointed but rather, ensure the de-amalgamation process is overseen by the democratically elected members of Council, if the process proceeds. 

The Inner West Council will remain focused on delivering great services and being responsive to our community while this process is undertaken by the Government. 

Please find attached the business case and the letter of submission from the Council to the NSW Local Government Minister. 


For further information please contact Jonny Browne on 0411 549 580 or or

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