Council Amalgamation

Council Amalgamation

NSW Government announces merged councils across the state

12 May 2016

On Thursday 12 May 2016, newly merged councils were created across NSW and declared by proclamation by the Governor.

To view the page of the proclamation with key facts about the merger between Kogarah and Hurstville, click here. The new Council has been named Georges River Council and incorporates the areas covered by the former Hurstville and Kogarah local government areas.

The proclamation in its entirety can be read at the NSW Legislation website


Notification of public inquiry into the proposal to amalgamate or alter the boundaries of local government areas

9 May 2016 

At an Extraordinary Meeting of Kogarah City Council on 7 March 2016, it was resolved that pursuant to section 218E of the Local Government Act 1993, Kogarah City Council make a proposal to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Tool MP, for the amalgamation of the Kogarah, Hurstville and Rockdale (excluding the airport) Local Government Areas (LGAs).

A public inquiry is now being held in relation to Council's proposal, which is separate to the Office of Local Government's proposal to amalgamate the Kogarah and Hurstville LGAs. Should you wish to read this proposal, please click here to view a pdf. The notification from the appointed delegate relating to this proposal is included below:

Pursuant to section 218F of the Local Government Act 1993 the Minister for Local Government has referred a proposal in relation to the following local government areas: 

Kogarah, Hurstville, and Rockdale (part) to the Acting Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report.

Pursuant to section 745 of the Local Government Act 1993 the Acting Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government has delegated to me the examination and reporting functions under section 218F of the Local Government Act 1993.

The examination into the proposal has now commenced and submissions are invited from members of the public. The closing date for submissions is 5pm EST, Sunday, 26 June 2016.

Submissions can be made online at or by mail to:

PO Box R1772
Royal Exchange, NSW 2001

A public inquiry in relation to the proposal will be held under section 263 of the Local Government Act 1993 at the following time(s) and venue(s):

  • Club Central Hurstville: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Venus Reception Centre Kogarah: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7.00pm to 10.00pm

Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

For more information, please contact 1300 813 020 or visit

Peter Peppin

2 May 2016 

The NSW Government’s local government reform process, also known as ‘Fit For The Future’, is moving closer towards finalisation, and proclamations defining the new councils and their boundaries are expected around mid-2016.

On 6 January 2016, the Minister for Local Government referred 35 merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act. The examination into these proposals is currently underway. The proposal relating to Kogarah City Council outlines a merger with Hurstville City Council. 

Residents are understandably concerned about the potential impact of these changes, so we have put together a pdf Guide for Residents

This document provides information relating to:

  • The proposed boundary of the new council
  • Mayor and Councillor representation
  • Services and community consultation
  • Rates and finance.

Should a proclamation from the Governor be made formalising this proposed merger, residents will be informed as soon as possible of the key points of such a proclamation.

If you would like to read about the background of the Local Government Reform process, you can read about it on this page.