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Media release: Woollahra Wins, Berejiklian embarrassed, as High Court looks into forced amalgamations

A year to the day after the NSW Coalition tried to force dozens of council mergers across NSW, the High Court has ruled in favour of Woollahra Council and decided to have a full hearing into the Coalition’s failing amalgamation plans. Meanwhile, across the State councils and communities are gathering to support local democracy and […]

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Local Democracy Matters for Residents who take the Berejiklian Government to Court

The Coalition’s forced amalgamation agenda is facing a new battle with local residents in the Eastern suburbs taking their own legal action to save their local councils. With Woollahra Council’s High Court hearing approaching this Friday, residents in Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra aren’t leaving it to their councils to save local democracy. Residents have now […]

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Ku-ring-gai Council wins appeal against Coalition’s forced amalgamation

The Coalition’s forced council amalgamations are in legal disarray with the Court of Appeal today overturning the proposed amalgamation of Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby councils. The Court found that the government’s decision to hide the KPMG report denied  Ku-ring-gai Council procedural fairness and has ordered that the delegates report, and Boundaries Commission report, are to be […]

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Greens bill to stop forced amalgamations

The Greens have a parliamentary package that is simple, democratic and will fix the forced amalgamation mess. As reported by the Mosman Daily: THE  Greens will attempt to end forced council amalgamations with a Bill in NSW Parliament. Upper House MP David Shoebridge will introduce the Bill in the current sitting session. There are 20 […]

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Community campaign saves local government from forced amalgamations

A strong and principled campaign from communities, councils and the Greens has forced the Coalition Government to back down on its undemocratic forced council amalgamation agenda. Former Premier Baird’s failed forced amalgamations have become politically untenable with reports that no further forced amalgamations will go ahead and plebiscites will be held across the state for […]

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No more mergers anywhere

  No more mergers anywhere With recently installed Nationals leader John Barilaro’s announcement that he will stop further council amalgamations in the bush, it’s time for a consistent state-wide end to all forced council mergers. You cannot have one rule for local democracy in the bush and another in the city. Every resident in NSW […]

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It’s official: confusion and delay steal the day with Baird’s forced council mergers

Baird’s unpopular forced council amalgamations are continuing to cause confusion and chaos, with advice from the Office of Local Government today indicating that there could be as many as four separate election dates for local councils. The so-called “clarification was sent by circular to all local councils this week.  It sets out four possible election […]

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