Hurstville City Council and Kogarah City Council amalgamate to become Georges River Council

16/05/2016

From Thursday, 12 May 2016, Hurstville City Council and Kogarah City Council were officially proclaimed, following the decision of the Minister for Local Government, to form a new entity – Georges River Council.
 
The appointed Administrator is John Rayner and the Interim General Manager appointed is Gail Connolly. The next local elections for merged councils will be held on 9 September 2017.
 
The first Georges River Council meeting will be held this Thursday 19 May 2016, commencing at 6pm, at Kogarah Council Chambers, Kogarah Civic Centre, 2 Belgrave Street Kogarah.
 
Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said the amalgamation presents positive opportunities for residents and ratepayers in the area.
 
“The two former councils are well placed to work together as one organisation,” he said.
 
“The amalgamation presents an unparalleled opportunity for the new Council to improve administrative and service efficiencies while cutting red tape and improving outcomes for residents and ratepayers.”
 
“We will work hard to build a positive and cohesive council into the future which is well placed for growth and change.”
 
“Georges River Council will endeavour to ensure that the merger process between the two former councils is as seamless as possible for residents and ratepayers.”
 
“This is a time of new opportunity for reinvigorated local government in the region. In the short-term, the amalgamation does not affect day-to-day Council operations or levels of service delivery across the former Hurstville and Kogarah City Councils.”
 
Mr Rayner said it is ‘business as usual’ for all services and this amalgamation does not affect established local community groups, festivals and annual events, which will run as planned.
 
During the interim council period, the Customer Service Centres for both former councils are operating as usual with no changes to service delivery:
 
  1. Georges River Council, Hurstville Customer Service Centre at Civic Centre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
    Open: Monday-Friday, Civic Centre: 8.30am-4.30pm, Call Centre: 8.30am-5.00pm
    Email: hccmail@hurstville.nsw.gov.au
     
  2. Georges River Council, Kogarah Customer Service Centre at 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah
    Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm
    Email: mail@kogarah.nsw.gov.au
Mr Rayner said, “Council will continue to deliver major projects and core services like waste collection, infrastructure program of works including road re-sheeting, footpath repairs, improvements buildings and facilities, and various upgrades to parks, playgrounds and sporting fields across the former Hurstville and Kogarah communities.”
 
The resident population of Georges River Council is 147,000 people and is projected to grow to more than 181,000 by 2031.
 
Mr Rayner said, “On behalf of Council, we thank the community for your patience and understanding during this transition period. Council will continue to ensure the community is informed with all the latest information as it happens.”
 
For the latest updates, contact Council on 1300 525 705 or visit www.georgesrivercouncil.nsw.gov.au  
 
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