One Northern Beaches Council

THERE will be a single council on the northern beaches and former Warringah Council administrator Dick Person will be in charge.

The announcement, merging Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils, comes as Premier Mike Baird unveils a state-wide program of amalgamations.

According to the legislation, it will be called the Northern Beaches Council.

Mergers have also been announced between Auburn and Holroyd councils in Sydney’s west, between Canterbury and Bankstown councils and between three councils in the inner west.

Pittwater Council general manager Mark Ferguson will be the interim general manager of the new council and Manly Council general manager Henry Wong and Warringah general manager, Rik Hart will be deputy general managers.

Manly Mayor Jean Hay, Warringah Mayor Michael Regan and Pittwater deputy mayor Kylie Ferguson will comprise the interim council.

It is understood the first election of the council will be in September 2017 and that the elected council will stand for three years only, so the following council election will coincide with the elections of all other councils in NSW.

The number of councillors to be elected to the new council at its first election is 15, according to the legislation, while there will be five wards.


The new council will follow the code of meeting practice of the former Manly Council. Mr Persson was administrator of Warringah from 2003 to 2008 and also served briefly as administrator of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.