SNAP ACTION: Join the Call to Keep it Local

This Thursday you can join our campaign to keep it local.

Even if you don’t have time to sign up through the survey, you can still be a part of the Call to Keep it Local:

Contact details for who we’ll be ringing

Some suggested talking points

We encourage you to personalise your message, talk about why your local council is important to you and why you want to keep it local.

– “You (Mr Baird, Grant or Toole) have been elected to represent the people of this state, and we want you to know that we support our local council and oppose it being amalgamated”

– Local government is the level of government closest to the people and is therefore in the best position to identify and respond to the needs of local residents.

– As councils get bigger our individual voices as residents become less important, and many localities will have no voice at all.

– The Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ assessment of councils was hopelessly flawed and biased:

– its terms of reference set by the Baird Government to rubber stamp forced amalgamations and super-sized councils

– IPART handed down its final report on the 15th October and found that of the 152 state-wide councils, 103 are ‘unfit’ to standalone.

– This is despite the fact that the great majority were assessed as being financially ‘fit’, but were almost all failed on the discretionary “scale and capacity” criterion.

– The “scale and capacity” criterion was never defined as an objectively measurable feature.

– In the regions local councils, and the secure jobs they provide, are the economic glue for smaller towns and those jobs and services are at risk with amalgamations

– Of the 111 rural and regional councils across the state, 61% were found by IPART to be financially fit and sustainable and many more can be made sustainable with help, rather than bullying, from the State government

– Of Sydney’s 41 metropolitan councils, 93% were found by IPART to be fit for the overall financial criteria. The biggest council in the State, Blacktown with more than 312,000 residents was one of the few councils that failed on financial grounds.

– This year’s NSW Parliamentary Inquiry found that merging councils did NOT save money and in fact bigger councils tended to be less efficient than smaller ones. In Victoria and Queensland the cost of forced council mergers have pushed rates up to 40% more than in NSW

– Most local councils have consulted with their communities, reviewed the implications of mergers and determined that their residents do not support having their democratic say diluted by a merger and there is no economic justification to amalgamate

– Local councils who decide to stand alone as a viable, community-supported and responsible local council should be supported – not threatened by your government with unwelcome amalgamations.

Our local councils are too important to lose to an arrogant state government’s big business agenda.

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10 Responses to SNAP ACTION: Join the Call to Keep it Local

  1. Margaret Hogg December 8, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    By now there can be no misunderstanding from the Premier Mr Toole or in fact any members of government that forced amalgamations and in fact any so called voluntary mergers have been forced by the Fit for the future protacol
    This undemocratic and blatent lying of a government can not be accepted.
    This givernment has come to power with a promise it would not force amalgamations
    Yet by its actions and lack of democratic adherance to good practice has shown its lie to have been intentional
    This government
    This practice
    This attitude and contempt for the people
    Must Go!

  2. terry mills + di miller December 8, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    we will not be bullied into forced amalgamations by city based polititions who would not have a clue

  3. Kay Lyme December 8, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Thank you so much for your visit to 0beron and your continued interest and help in this issue…….I will certainly be ringing on Thursday and appreciate the follow up.

    Kay Lyme

  4. Glenda Sandars December 8, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    The State Government has made an appalling mess of calling for local councils to amalgamate. The State Government should have defined what it means by “scale and capacity” and allowed Councils to provide a case as to whether they met those criteria. This has been a shoddy and under-handed attempt to give a veneer of consultation to the process. At no time have I heard the State Government explain how they think the amalgamations will still provide the level of access and representation that a community deserves IN A DEMOCRACY. This is just an administrative push to serve the State Government’s agenda for increasing urban density, and has no regard for the fundamental rights of its citizens. I am mightily unimpressed and will be remembering this disregard at the next State elections.

  5. Sandra Birdsall December 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Pittwater Council fought hard for secession from Warringah some 23 years ago, not so that we would re-amalgamate. This push for amalgamation seems to be more for the benefit of developers than ratepayers. Who is in whose pocket one might ask. Pittwater is fit for the future – is the Baird Government? I think not.

  6. Barry Canham December 10, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Why is this government destroying communities? Bulga, Millers Point, .Why are developers desires over-riding the people’s rights. In the firing line are the councils adjacent to West Connex. Stop these council amalgamations NOW>

  7. Gillian Napper December 10, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Please do not force amalgamations – we wish that Local councils stay small to ensure the proper attention to LOCAL issues. As well it is not fair to ask one council to take on the debt of another when we are debt free.

  8. Linda Eisler December 10, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Bigger is not better. We need quality councillors. The ROCs do what the Liberals claim amalgamation will do.

  9. Sarah Jones December 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Well done on this great initiative. We smaller Shires are just as important as the metropolitan councils, if not more so. Often providing services in lieu of the State Government. We must keep fighting this – my children’s future depends on it.

  10. Kevin December 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    I phoned Minister Toole’s office today and will follow up with a more detailed email.