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Public Consultation: Methodology to assess is Minister Toole Fit for the Future?

As the Coalition persists with an undemocratic forced amalgamation agenda, we think it’s time undertake an independent, fair and impartial assessment of how Paul Toole stacks up as Local Government Minister. Local councils are currently having to prove that they are ‘Fit for the Future’ against arbitrary targets, benchmarks and thresholds set by Minister Toole. We are consulting and want […]

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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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Minister insults local councils in key evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry

The Minister for Local Government has insulted local councils and communities across the state by describing the growing campaign against forced amalgamations as driven by “self-interest”. In evidence given to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government the Minister was unable to provide evidence to support the “bigger is better” mantra for local government and shed […]

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Parliamentary survey shows forced amalgamations on the nose

The Baird government’s plan for super-sized councils and forced amalgamations has been roundly rejected by more than 70% of respondents to a survey conducted by the Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government. Key survey findings were: –    72% of survey respondents did not support their local council being amalgamated –    73% stated they believed council services […]

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Push-polling in the Hills

The Hills Shire Council has delivered thousands of seriously flawed and biased leaflets to its residents in a bid to support the Liberal Council’s pro-amalgamation agenda. The information booklets are a result of the Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ agenda and fail to give residents all the options. The booklet directs residents to a biased […]

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‘Fit for the Future’ creating turmoil in local councils

Canada Bay Council is the latest victim of the Coalition government’s ham-fisted attempts to force unpopular mergers on local councils, a process which is causing division, distrust and dysfunction across NSW local government. Just one week ago Canada Bay had resolved to stand alone and not merge with adjoining councils despite pressure from the State […]

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Save our Councils launch with cross-party support to keep local government local

The ‘Save Our Councils’ community group launched a campaign today to keep local government local, supported by every political party in the NSW Parliament except the Coalition. Save Our Councils are a non-aligned network of community groups, residents, business organisations, councillors and mayors from across the political spectrum publicly committed to resisting forced local council […]

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IPART shows lack of distance with council merger support

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has been criticised for its “uncritical acceptance” of the state government’s methodology for assessing whether councils should be merged. “IPART’s final methodology has been lifted almost entirely from the Independent Local Government Review Panel, which recommended that 104 of the 152 statewide […]

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IPART rubber stamps Coalition’s political agenda for super-sized councils

Today IPART has effectively rubber stamped the government’s forced amalgamation agenda with their uncritical acceptance of the Coalition’s ‘Fit for the Future’ plan to super-size Sydney councils and force unpopular mergers on regional areas. However without an upper house majority to deliver these reforms the Coalition may well be driving a fatally compromised political agenda. […]

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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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