Full Court Minute Books

Case S141/2017

Woollahra Municipal Council v. Minister for Local Government & Ors

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

22/12/2016 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal) (Bathurst CJ, Beazley P, Ward JA)

[2016] NSWCA 380


Administrative law – Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) – Where Minister made proposal under s 218E(1) for forced amalgamation of Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick local government areas – Where Government published document disclosing part of analysis by KPMG – Where Delegate heard evidence in secret from KPMG – Whether obligation to hold inquiry under s 263(2A) did not permit evidence to be heard in secret and not disclosed to public – Whether Court of Appeal erred in failing to find that no prescribed inquiry at which there was examination of required statutory factors had been held – Whether Court of Appeal erred in failing to find that requirement to inquire into financial advantages and disadvantages of proposed amalgamation not discharged without having regard to specific financial advantages and disadvantages to residents and ratepayers of each local government area.


12/05/2017 Hearing (SLA, Canberra)

19/05/2017 Notice of appeal

16/06/2017 Written submissions (Appellant)

16/06/2017 Chronology (Appellant)

23/06/2017 Written submissions (Randwick City Council seeking leave to intervene)

07/07/2017 Written submissions (First Respondent)

21/07/2017 Reply

20/10/2017 Summons

26/10/2017 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney)

29/11/2017 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney) - Special leave revoked