Concerned about St George council mergers? Have your say

HURSTVILLE residents will have another opportunity to have a say about the proposed merger between Hurstville and Kogarah councils at a public inquiry to be held at Club Central Hurstville on February 3.

Hurstville mayor Vince Badalati said he encouraged community members to attend the inquiry as it would provide information about the proposed merger and would give residents and ratepayers an opportunity to express their views.

The merger between the two councils was announced recently by Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, as part of the Fit for the Future local government reform.

Cr Badalati said the Hurstville and Kogarah communities were similar in many ways with strong social and cultural links between the residents.

The inquiry will be held under section 263 of the Local Government Act 1993 which deals with functions of the boundaries commission.

Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by contacting 1300 813 020.

Those who would like to speak are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

Submissions can be made now and will close on Sunday, February 28.

Or lodge a submission by mail: GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

Cr Badalati said the council would continue to ensure the community was informed with all the latest information as it became available.

He said the impact of this proposed merger would not affect the day-to-day operations of Hurstville Council in the short term.

"It's business as usual," he said.

There will be two inquiry sessions: one from 1pm to 5pm and the other from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information on the Council Boundary Review, visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov

.au or contact 1300 813 020.

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