Shellharbour merger decision

Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba at a council meeting in May. Picture: Robert Peet

Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba at a council meeting in May. Picture: Robert Peet

It’s expected a decision will be handed down today over whether Shellharbour and Wollongong councils will be forced to merge.

The case for Shellharbour City Council, along with five Sydney councils, is back in the Land and Environment Court this afternoon.

In early May, it was announced councillors would likely be sacked before the end of their official terms to allow the merger to go ahead.

But Shellharbour council’s eleventh hour action, challenging the legality of the government’s proposal, blocked the merger.

Land and Environment Court (LEC) judge, Justice Tim Moore heard the council’s arguments against the merger proposal in June but reserved judgement pending the outcome of another council’s appeal.

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