Approved for release by: Anthony McMahon
Date for release: 12 May 2016
Media Contact: Anthony McMahon
New Hilltops Council Proclaimed
On 12 May 2016, the NSW Government announced the merger of several Councils across NSW. The announcement included a new Hilltops Council consisting of the former Harden, Young and Boorowa Councils.
As a result of proclamations made by the Government the three former Councils cease to exist effective as of 12 May 2016 with the new Hilltops Council commencing operation at the same time.
Included in the proclamation was the naming of Wendy Tuckerman as the Administrator of the new Council, Anthony McMahon as the interim General Manager and David Aber as an interim Deputy General Manager.
“At this early stage we are still obtaining information on the merger process from the Government, with a workshop scheduled over the coming weekend in Sydney to further clarify the situation” said Mr McMahon.
The timing of the announcements on mergers by the Government has taken place earlier than anticipated with the Government previously stating announcements would be made in the middle of the year. “I have been in contact with Wendy and as a consequence of the announcement she is cutting short an overseas holiday to be back for the weekends workshops” said Mr McMahon.
Although the three former Councils no longer exist the initial impact on the community is expected to be minimal. “In the first instance we will be focused on keeping the day to day operations of the Council as business as usual so that the community can still interact with the Council without negative impact. As things gradually start to change we will keep the community informed on any factors that may impact them” said Mr McMahon.