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Greens parliamentary package to restore local democracy

The Greens have launched a three point package to restore local democracy and put an end to failed forced amalgamations. Every resident in NSW deserves equal treatment and genuinely local democracy which is why we have a bill in Parliament that would: Immediately terminate all outstanding forced amalgamations proposals, Immediately de-amalgamate all local councils forcibly merged, Introduce a legislative requirement […]

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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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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 Local Government “Integrity” reform is hollow while property developers are still allowed on council

The Baird Coalition Government has again voted to allow developers and real estate agents be elected to council despite their obvious conflict of interest deciding planning and development matters. This was Premier Baird’s last ditch attempt to appear credible on local government reform. While the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill contains positive […]

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Forced amalgamations and loss of local representation already costing taxpayers $590 million

 Mike Baird is planning to spend almost $600 million to sack councils, remove democracy and appoint handpicked Administrators in his attack on local councils. Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “The cost of the Baird Government’s undemocratic forced amalgamation agenda is being revealed, with NSW taxpayers footing a $590 million bill to […]

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Greens launch Administrator Watch to keep a close eye on Baird’s handpicked Council Administrators

Today the Greens are launching “Administrator Watch“, an online page to monitor and report on Baird’s handpicked and unelected Council Administrators. Baird’s chosen Administrators include members of the National Party, former Delegates and Departmental Bureaucrats. None of the Administrators were elected by any one of the local communities they are now running. The Government’s shambolic […]

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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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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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