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Your New Council

How big is the combined local government area?

The new local government area is approximately 38 square kilometres. A map displaying the new local government area boundaries is shown below.



The new LGA has been divided into five wards:
  • Blakehurst
  • Hurstville
  • Kogarah Bay
  • Mortdale
  • Peakhurst
In 2016 the estimated population is 147,000, with projected population growth to 181,000 by 2031.

How do I contact the new Council? Can I still access the Kogarah and Hurstville Service Centres?

It’s business as usual! Service Centres are operating as usual with no changes to service delivery. Our friendly staff can help you with your enquiries.

Hurstville Service Centre
MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Telephone: 9330 6400
 
Kogarah Service Centre
2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Telephone: 9330 6400

Email: mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
Mailing address: PO Box 205, Hurstville NSW 1481

Do I go to the same customer service centre or is there a Georges River customer service centre?

The former Customer Service Centres of Kogarah and Hurstville City Council now function as Georges River Service Centres. The details of these two Service Centres are:

Hurstville Service Centre
MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Telephone: 9330 6400
 
Kogarah Service Centre
2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Telephone: 9330 6400

Email: mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
Mailing address: PO Box 205, Hurstville NSW 1481

Will residents be able to access services from either Council?

Services and policies which currently apply to Kogarah residents will remain the same within former council boundaries, and services currently available to Hurstville residents will also remain the same. Residents and rate payers can call either Service Centre for information if they are not sure which policy or service may apply to their place of residence.

Services such as the hire of the community halls and library membership will remain unchanged, and events organised by either former Council have been incorporated into the Georges River Council program of events and activities.

Will the events schedule change in my area?

Events will continue as scheduled. It is not anticipated that events will be lost as a result of amalgamation, however the names of different events may change to reflect the name of the new Council. Access to events is open all to all members of the public.

How many people live in the Georges River Council area?

Currently the estimated population of Georges River Council's local government area is around 147,000.

The projected population growth is to 181,000 residents by 2031.

What suburbs are included in the new Georges River Council?

Allawah Hurstville Grove Peakhurst
Beverley Park Kingsgrove (part) Peakhurst Heights
Beverly Hills (part) Kogarah Penshurst
Blakehurst Kogarah Bay Ramsgate (part)
Carlton (part) Lugarno Riverwood (part)
Carss Park Mortdale Sans Souci (part)
Connells Point Narwee (part) South Hurstville
Hurstville Oatley  

Will my rates increase?

The NSW Government promise to freeze rate paths for four years is unchanged. This means that you will pay no more for your rates than you would have under your former Council. Rate increases set by former councils and approved by the Independent Assessment and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) prior to May 12, 2016 remain in effect. Some households will notice variations in their rates notices as a result of this or due to changing property values, however any such increases have been restricted by the NSW Government to reflect agreed rate paths.

Can I still pay my rates weekly, fortnightly or quarterly?

Residents and ratepayers can continue to pay their rates weekly, fortnightly or quarterly. Existing rate payment methods (by phone, BPay, EFT, and so on) are still available for residents and ratepayers across the former Kogarah and Hurstville City Councils.

Council will work to ensure the newly elected council also has the capacity for residents to pay rates how they choose.

Will my rubbish be picked up on the same day as usual?

Yes. There will be no changes to service delivery, including the collection of household waste.

Who do I send my correspondence to?

Please forward your electronic correspondence to mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

If you need to post something, send it to PO Box 205, Hurstville NSW 1481.

How many Councillors will we have following the local government elections on 9th September 2017?

Georges River Council will have 15 Councillors, with 3 elected from each of the 5 new wards.

Will my old submissions be taken into account in relation to the new Georges River Council draft Operational Plan 2016/2017?

  1. The Hurstville City Council and Kogarah City Councils were amalgamated by the Minister for Local Government on 12 May 2016.
  2. Georges River Council is required, by the Minister to have a new Operational Plan in place by 1 August 2016.
  3. To facilitate this, Georges River Council has prepared a draft 2016/2017 Operational Plan which is on public exhibition until 28 June 2016.  The plan can be accessed at http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Public-Notices-Exhibitions/Georges-River-Council-has-prepared-its-draft-2016.
  4. Any submissions made to the former Hurstville or Kogarah City Councils relating to their earlier draft plans must now be resubmitted to Georges River Council for legal reasons.  You may do this by forwarding your earlier submission or, by writing and stating that you would like your submission to Hurstville/Kogarah Council to be considered as part of the current exhibition for the draft Georges River Plan.  
  5. Submissions can be emailed to: mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or mailed to PO Box 205, Hurstville BC  NSW 1481. Any submission must be received by 28 June 2016.

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