Hornsby Council wants its lost territory back from Parramatta

Hornsby Council will demand the return of territory lost during the state government’s amalgamations. 

At last night’s meeting, councillors unanimously supported the decision to resubmit a proposal to the NSW Government seeking the return of territory that was transferred to Parramatta Council during last year’s boundary adjustments.

“The loss of that territory has left the people of Hornsby shire worse off by an estimated $200 million over the next 10 years,” Hornsby  mayor Philip Ruddock said.

“That is completely unreasonable and we expect the boundaries to be restored to those that have existed since the creation of Hornsby shire more than a century ago.”

The Alteration of Boundaries Proposal was originally submitted to the government in July, but the government has asked for it to be resubmitted to ensure its validity.

“The fact that this proposal has now been approved by both the old and the new councils demonstrates that all of Hornsby shire is united in demanding the return of this territory,” Mr Ruddock said.

Hornsby Council did not support the transfer of the territory south of the M2 Motorway and only accepted it as part of wider reforms proposed by the state government that would have seen Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai councils merge.

However, since then the government has chosen not to proceed with the planned amalgamation.

“The government promised larger, stronger councils that would bring a range of benefits to residents,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Hornsby was one of the few councils to publicly support the government’s reforms, but the southern boundary changes have left us smaller and weaker.”

Last month Mr Ruddock met with Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton, who reiterated the people of Hornsby will not be financially worse off.

“I believe the government will honour its promise,” Mr Ruddock said.

“With this newly submitted proposal the matter is now clearly before the government to deal with quickly.”