Macquarie University
01whole.pdf (1.56 MB)

Fit for the future, (not) fit for the community: a critical analysis of NSW Council amalgamation and community opposition

Download (1.56 MB)
posted on 2022-03-28, 03:15 authored by Khandakar Al Farid Uddin
The NSW State Government announced its local government strategic reform program Fit for the Future (FFTF) in 2014. At the centre of the NSW Government's plan was the desire to reduce the number of local government areas (LGAs). This research found that council amalgamation remains a central policy goal of local government strategic reform. Despite the goals of the State Government, the FFTF reforms were opposed throughout the process. This opposition arose from both local communities and local government. Despite a growing body of existing literature exploring Council reform in NSW, a critical gap is observed. To date, analysis of local government reform fail to examine the rationale and strategy of community opposition. In order to better reveal the insights of the amalgamation process, this project adopted a case study approach by examining the proposed merger of Ryde, Lane Cove and Hunters Hill councils. A qualitative mixed methods approach is adopted. Within the context of the neoliberal and post-political form of governance, this research reveals the State Government objectives and strategies behind FFTF. Likewise, drawing on a post-politics and NIMBY framework, councils and community reasons and strategies in opposing council amalgamation is interrogated.


Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction -- Chapter Two. Literature review -- Chapter Three. Research methodology -- Chapter Four. Council amalgamation in New South Wales -- Chapter Five. Critical insights of NSW council amalgamation -- Chapter Six. Conclusion -- References -- Appendices.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 62-69

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography and Planning

Department, Centre or School

Department of Geography and Planning

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kristian Ruming


Copyright Khandakar Al Farid Uddin 2016. Copyright disclaimer:




New South Wales


1 online resource (75 pages) colour illustrations

Former Identifiers