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Strong support delivers Parliamentary Inquiry into council amalgamations

Strong support delivers Parliamentary Inquiry into council amalgamations The Greens today strongly supported the establishment of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Baird Government’s Fit for the Future and forced amalgamations agenda. The inquiry has a comprehensive terms of reference and responsible timeline to ensure that it can effectively report on council amalgamations and prioritise the […]

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Fit for the Future? Fit for the dustbin: THE FACTS

Across NSW local councils of all political persuasions have been successfully resisting the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future (FFF) forced amalgamations agenda. In doing so, they are defending grassroots democracy. All parties in the NSW Parliament except the Liberals and Nationals have spoken out against forced amalgamations. Greens policy is to resist forced amalgamations: […]

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Government shows its true colours on forced amalgamations

The Coalition has today opposed a Parliamentary motion moved by the Greens in support of local government and the rights of community members to determine the future of their own councils. The government’s opposition shows its plan to force local government amalgamations even where councils are financially sustainable and have the support of their communities. […]

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MEDIA EVENT Sydney Mayors call to keep local government local

NSW Mayors and MP’s will be joining together to speak against the Coalition’s ‘Fit For the Future’ package which seeks to amalgamate councils across the state. The 26 Sydney Metropolitan Mayors have unanimously written to the Premier seeking a commitment to no forced amalgamations but have to date received no response. WHO:              Mayors and […]

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Fit for the Future? Fit for the dustbin.

The Greens NSW are committed to grassroots democracy. This means we support local councils being active, vibrant and genuinely local. This means we won’t support the Coalition’s ‘Fit For the Future’ package which seeks to amalgamate councils across the state. The package is essentially using financial blackmail to push for forced amalgamations. On too many occasions […]

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ESTIMATES ROUND UP Local Government Hearing

Complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about: • IPART, amalgamations and council rates • Constitutional recognition of local government • The management of dangerous dogs by councils • Protections against selling off community land. In response to questioning by David about processes local councils are required to go through to […]

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Greens State Council resolves against forced Wagga Wagga City amalgamation

The Greens NSW State Delegates Council meeting in Wagga Wagga this past weekend passed a resolution (full wording below) in response to the Sansom Report on the future of Local Government in NSW, calling on the O’Farrell government to implement resolutions relating to greater financial autonomy for councils but opposing forced amalgamations. Greens NSW Local […]

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Take a stand for real democracy in your local area

The NSW state government, backed by big business and the developer lobby, is attempting to undermine the democracy and viability of local government in NSW. The O’Farrell government is pushing for heavy handed council amalgamations, which have been proven in other jurisdictions to decrease local democracy and fail to deliver either efficiencies or quality services. […]

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Local Government

O’Farrell looking to break election promise on council amalgamations

The O’Farrell government is moving to break an election promise of no forced council amalgamations with the Local Government Minister stating that he will take a plan of forced amalgamations to cabinet regardless of the promises made before the election. See the Daily Telegraph reporting here.  Greens MP and Local Government spokesperson David Shoebridge said: […]

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