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Local Government Amendment (Rates – Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 19:55 ): On behalf of The Greens, I indicate our strong opposition to the Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017, which I think is effectively—if anyone can understand the drafting of the bill—the Government’s plan to apply rate pegging, as determined by the Minister for Local Government, to all […]

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Sky high plans overshadow Chatswood community

Willoughby council will tonight consider plans to let developers build buildings as tall and as large as they want in a recipe for disaster for Chatswood. News that Liberal dominated Willoughby Council is using its last few months in office to further a proposal to remove height restrictions and floor space ratio requirements on development […]

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Gerrymanders, financial blackmail and litigation: the truth behind the Coalition’s forced mergers

Imagine if the Coalition’s forced amalgamations agenda wasn’t about saving councils and residents money but delivering a Coalition majority control in cashed up mega councils while beggaring their non-Coalition neighbours? As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: The state government created a safe Liberal majority for the new Parramatta City Council by the way it […]

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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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Baird’s merger plans in legal disarray

The Baird Government’s forced amalgamation agenda has fallen into legal disarray, with consent orders read aloud in open court to halt the merger of Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay councils and throw the Delegate’s report out. The terms of the proposed order, read by the Government in court today, is as follows: Order restraining the […]

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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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Canterbury community ignored as council votes for an amalgamation

Canterbury Council has ignored its own community and voted to approach Bankstown City Council for a “voluntary” merger at an Extraordinary Council meeting held last night. Greens Councillor Linda Eisler was one of only two councillors to vote against the motion. The vote flies in the face of the overwhelming majority of Canterbury’s 150,000 residents […]

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Fit for the Future: What are the facts?

As you are no doubt aware, local councils are in the process of making submissions as to whether they are ‘Fit for the Future’ with IPART appointed by the state government to assess whether local councils should be merged. While IPART continues with its flawed assessment process, a Parliamentary Inquiry has been established in the […]

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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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