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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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More undemocratic bullying from Baird and Toole

The Baird Government’s letter to all Councillors calling on them to reapply for their jobs is just the latest in their push to make Councillors roll over on council amalgamations. Put simply, this is deeply undemocratic. Councillors are elected by their local residents and ratepayers, not handpicked by the government of the day. Rather than engaging […]

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The Baird Government’s 6 step plan for forced amalgamations

This is a short guide to the Baird Government’s six-step plan to force council amalgamations in this State: Step 1: Come up with a plan to force council amalgamations across the State and give your so-called reform the misleading branding of “Fit for the Future”. Step 2: Have the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal determine […]

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Secrecy and deceit, the Baird Government’s guide to council amalgamations  

  The Baird government is refusing to release 25 secret reports analyzing the costs and impacts of 35 forced council amalgamations. In response to a Government Information Public Access application (FOI) lodged by Greens MP David Shoebridge, the Department of Premier and Cabinet have refused access to KPMG’s business case, financial modeling and impact analysis, […]

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Greens call for KPMG report to be immediately released

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for the Baird govenrment to immediately release the key KPMG report that is being relied upon to force council amalgamations. It is a farce that the Baird government is pushing for public submissions on merger proposals without giving the councils and communities access to the KPMG […]

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2016 set for showdown between Community and Coalition on forced council amalgamations

The Coalition’s forced amalgamations plans that were announced today, face growing community opposition and are far from guaranteed. State-wide opposition to forced amalgamations has already seen Baird’s merger plans scaled back significantly. Every single plan for a forced merger must now go through a drawn out public inquiry with the Boundaries Commission and this will […]

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