Newcastle and Lake Macquarie council merger talks resurface

THE possible amalgamation of some Hunter councils is back on the table at Lake Macquarie.

Several Lake Macquarie councillors have spoken out against boundary changes proposed in an independent review into local government released earlier this year, arguing it was not in the best interests of residents.

Among other suggestions, the review recommended Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils merge to create a "super-council" for 390,000 residents.

In the merger, Morisset and Wyee would be shifted from Lake Macquarie to Wyong Shire Council or a new Central Coast council.

Lake Macquarie councillors responded to the review last week when they examined a report by the council's general manager, to be presented to the Independent Local Government Review Panel.

Councillors agreed they did not want Morisset partitioned off, given the amount of planning they had done for the area.

Councillor Kay Fraser said the report was sure to make an impression.

"I think the state government - the so-called independent body who gets this report - will have a look at it and say wow, this council knows what they're doing," Cr Fraser said.

"It showcases what a great council we are ... financially leaps and bounds ahead of our neighbouring council. There's no way anyone who is totally independent would look at this and say we should merge, it's just not feasible and it shouldn't happen."

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