Proposed De-amalgamation of the City of Canterbury Bankstown

Proposed De-amalgamation of the City of Canterbury Bankstown
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Proposed de-amalgamation of the City of Canterbury Bankstown

The City of Canterbury Bankstown (CBCity) was formed on 12 May 2016, amalgamating the former Bankstown City and Canterbury City Councils.
Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 provide that newly amalgamated councils, within ten years of the constitution of their new area, may submit a written business case to the Minister for Local Government setting out a proposal for the de-amalgamation of the area – whether to reconstitute the former areas or different areas.
In July 2021 Council resolved to:
  • Obtain external advice analysing the relevant considerations for Council to consider the merits of de-amalgamating (or not) Canterbury-Bankstown Council to re-constitute the former Canterbury and Bankstown Councils. Councillors are to be briefed on the outcome of the analysis.
Following a report to Council on 26 July 2022, Councillors resolved to submit a Business Case to the NSW Government to de-amalgamate the Council and restore the former Canterbury City Council and Bankstown City Council local government areas. 
As per the Council resolution, a Business Case for de-amalgamation was developed and presented to Councillors for consideration in September 2022. The Business Case was noted and additional community and staff feedback was requested.
At the ordinary Council meeting on 28 November 2023, it was resolved that Council:
  1. Immediately halts all work, and financial spending, on preparing its implementation plan to de-amalgamate, until such time the NSW Government gives an iron-clad commitment to fully fund the cost of any de-amalgamation, and all ongoing costs.
  2. Writes to the Minister for Local Government, Mr Ron Hoenig MP advising him of Council’s decision and outlining the reasons for taking this stance.

Key Documents

Notice of Motion Item 10.7 - De-amalgamation Business Proposal - July 2021
Mayoral Minute Item 4.5 - De-amalgamate Business Case Underway - Feb 2022
Notice of Motion Item 10.5 - De-amalgamation - May 2022
Council Agenda Item 7.3 - Proposal to De-amalgamate - July 2022
Council Minutes Item 7.3 - Proposal to De-amalgamate - July 2022

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.