Local Government Mergers

The NSW State Government is currently working reduce the number of local Council’s across the state. It is doing this through the forced merger of local government areas both in Sydney and regional areas.

In the Illawarra Kiama will be forced to merge with Shoalhaven and Wollongong with Shellharbour.

Currently independent delegates are hearing submissions from each community regarding their views on the proposed mergers.

Verbal submissions have been received over the past week in each area, but we still have until the end of February to submit written submissions.

Links to the submission portal can be found below:

Kiama and Shoalhaven

Wollongong and Shellharbour

Kiama Council has put together 10 key points for use in submissions from Kiama residents, Public Inquiry – Boundaries – 10 points



Seeking Case Studies: Successfully Engaging and Working with Government

Illawarra ForumThe Illawarra Forum, in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, are planning a Master Class titled ‘Successfully Engaging and Working with Government’. As part of our preparation for the masterclass we would like to hear from your organisation if you feel you have a good working relationship with NSW state government.

In particular we would like to know

  • What strategies did you use to communicate with government staff and ministers?
  • What outcomes did you gain for your organisation?
  • What were the challenges?
  • What advice would you give community organisations who are planning to engage with government?

Alternatively, you may like to let me know some challenges or roadblocks you have encountered.

Please contact Sarah on sgadd@illawarraforum.org.au or call 4256 4333 by 24 June 2015.