November 2011

Call for local government reform at Destination 2036 conference

March 2012

Independent Local Government Review Panel appointed

October 2013

Independent Local Government Review Panel delivers final report

The Panel delivers their final report and recommendations. Blue Mountains City Council is recommended for 'no change' due to its specialised role in managing urban areas within national parks.
September 2014

Announcement of the Fit for the Future reform package

A reform package of up to $1 billion announced by the NSW Government, providing support and incentives to help each council become Fit for the Future.
April 2015

IPART appointed to assess Fit for the Future proposals

The NSW Government announces the appointment of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to perform the role of independent expert panel to assess Fit for the Future proposals against set criteria.
June 2015

Lodgement of Fit for the Future proposals

Councils are required to lodge Fit for the Future proposals to IPART by 30 June 2015.
July 2015

Fit for the Future proposals available for comment

Blue Mountains City Council's Fit for the Future proposal will be publicly available from this site and also on the IPART website. Community members wishing to provide comment on the Council's proposal can make a submission to IPART prior to 31 July 2015.
October 2015

IPART delivers final report to NSW Minister for Local Government

IPART to provide the Minister for Local Government and the Premier with a final report by 16 October 2015. Findings will be publicly released following Cabinet approval.
November 2015

Final consultation on local government reforms

Councils have until 18 November 2015 to make a final submission on the findings of the IPART report and to confirm any merger preferences.
December 2015

NSW Government announces Fit for the Future outcomes

The Government has committed to finalising its position on local government reform by the end of the year.
March 2016

Councils start implementing improvement proposals

Councils begin to implement their roadmap for improvement based on NSW Government decisions.
September 2016

NSW Local Government elections