Mike Baird is planning to spend almost $600 million to sack councils, remove democracy and appoint handpicked Administrators in his attack on local councils.

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The cost of the Baird Government’s undemocratic forced amalgamation agenda is being revealed, with NSW taxpayers footing a $590 million bill to lose their local democracy.

“While the Coalition has been bleating about an alleged saving of $2 billion over the next 20 years, 30% of these supposed savings will be blown in just two years.

“It is clear that NSW taxpayers would be far better off with their local, elected councillors than paying $590 million for unelected and unwanted Administrators.

Fast facts – Local Government:

  • Baird’s forced amalgamations will be costing taxpayers $590 million over the next two years
  • This accounts for 30% of the alleged $2 billion savings over 20 years, blown in just 2 years

Greater Sydney Commission paid to talk to Council Administrators

Sydney’s planning future is in the hands of the unelected and unaccountable Greater Sydney Commission, headed by Lucy Turnbull and this year’s budget sees more than $40 million being spent to have Ms Turnbull talk to Mike Baird’s handpicked Administrators before they remodel our city.

Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“As communities across the state are losing their elected representatives, the bureaucracy is becoming more and more top-heavy.

“The Greater Sydney Commission has been allocated $41 million in new funding to work with new councils, yet these are the same councils that have been sacked and dismantled.

“Mike Baird is spending $41 million having Lucy Turnbull talk to his newly hand-picked Council Administrators”

Fast facts – Greater Sydney Commission:

  • $41 million in new funding to go to the unelected, super planning bureaucracy for Sydney
  • This funding to the Greater Sydney Commission is purportedly “in partnership with councils and the community” despite the majority of Sydney councils being sacked
  • NSW Planning Department to become more and more top-heavy, with an additional 107 FTE staff employed to “manage growth and change”, an additional 50 FTE staff employed in policy and strategy and 66 staff to determine and fast-track development approvals