"The state government last week reiterated its determination to reduce the 152 councils currently in NSW. Mr Baird told a hostile audience at a Local Government NSW conference that fewer councils would mean "we have hundreds of millions of dollars that we can put to work for our ratepayers". The NSW government asked IPART in April to assess whether or not councils met criteria meaning they were "fit for the future". The process has been controversial, with many councils perceiving the looming threat of forced amalgamations, while IPART's methodology has come under fire. Sydney councils deemed fit for the future Auburn, Burwood and City of Canada Bay (merger proposal) Bankstown Blue Mountains City Camden Penrith City Council Randwick and Waverley (merger proposal) Sutherland Shire The Hills Shire Wollondilly Shire Sydney councils deemed unfit Ashfield City Council Blacktown City Council Botany Bay Council Campbelltown City Council Canterbury City Council Fairfield City Council Hawkesbury City Council Holroyd City Council Hornsby Shire Council Hunters Hill Council Hurstville City Council Kogarah City Council Ku-ring-gai Council Lane Cove Council Leichhardt Municipal Council Liverpool City Council Manly Council Marrickville Council Mosman Municipal Council North Sydney Council Parramatta City Council Pittwater Council Rockdale City Council Ryde City Council Strathfield Municipal Council Sydney City Council (as a Global City) Warringah Council Willoughby City Council Woollahra Municipal Council http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ipart-report-the-sydney-councils-facing-the-axe-20151020-gkdce0.html What does everyone think of these proposed mergers. I didn't realise how extensive the council amalgamation proposal was. I live in the Blacktown council, and was surprised to see that it was found "unfit" in the IPART's report. The advantages I definitely see is in cost savings due to economies of scale, and removal of repetition. I think people that oppose these mergers argue from the stand point of having their council deluded by less privileged or profitable councils. But that should not be a reason to not go ahead. Anyone else oppose this on other grounds? What impacts will this have on property investors? For example, more/less restrictive regulations?