Tag Archives | amalgamations

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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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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