Proposed Council Merger

Merger update: 12 May 2016

The Governor of NSW has today made two proclamations for 19 new councils

Newcastle City Council is not included in either proclamation. 

The NSW Government have launched a website with all the details - Stronger Councils.

The website lists the Newcastle-Port Stephens proposal as pending - Find out more

Merger update: 18 December 2015

As part of the State Government's Fit for the Future local government reform process, 35 proposed Council amalgamations across NSW were announced in December 2015.

The Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced a proposed merger of Newcastle City Council with Port Stephens City Council. 

The proposal is available to view online at
Newcastle City Council had previously responded to the Fit for the Future process stating its preference was to remain stand-alone.  However, Council did determine in November that if a merger were inevitable, its preference would be a merger with Port Stephens.
The State Government has appointed delegates to hold public inquiries and report on the proposed merger.  Ian Reynolds has been appointed to review the proposal to merge Newcastle and Port Stephens Councils.  Mr Reynolds will prepare a report for the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission, before a final decision on the proposed merger is made by the State Government.

 Submission to Delete - NSW Government Merger Proposal - Newcastle City Council | Port Stephens Council (pdf)

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Presentation to Public Inquiry

Council's presentation to a public hearing on 4 February 2016. A written submission will be lodged later this month.

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