Parliamentary survey shows forced amalgamations on the nose

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...
Push-polling in the Hills

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...
‘Fit for the Future’ creating turmoil in local councils

‘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...
IPART shows lack of distance with council merger support

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...