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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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How much does it cost to sack 45 local councils?

How much does it cost to sack 45 councils, remove local democracy and appoint 19 hand-picked, unelected and unaccountable council administrators to run your agenda? Apparently it costs at least $590 million. Mike Baird is costing New South Wales taxpayers and ratepayers nearly $600 million to do a job on local communities and rush through […]

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Baird’s Administrators lose control of two councils in two days

In a sign of the growing revolt against the Coalition’s forced amalgamations, two of Baird’s new councils have had their first council meeting shut down by community protest. Administrators Richard Pearson and John Turner lost control of their respective councils as the communities made clear their strong opposition to the undemocratic takeover of their local […]

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Baird’s New Inner West Council Administration censors opposition to West Connex

Just one week after the undemocratic amalgamation of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Council, the new Administration has censored Facebook posts criticising WestConnex. Mike Baird’s new “Inner West Council” is now under the administration of his handpicked delegate Richard Pearson, who previously held the position of Deputy Director General of Planning NSW. All three former Inner West Councils have had […]

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1,011 reasons not to amalgamate Oberon

A petition of 1,011 signatures has been tabled in Parliament today calling on the Baird Government to abandon its plan to forcibly amalgamate Oberon Council with Bathurst Regional Council. Oberon has a proud history of being a strong and independent regional council, and its community knows that if the forced amalgamation proceeds any future decisions […]

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