Tag Archives | forced amalgamations

Getting our councils back

We’ve had a big win in the campaign to save our councils, but the Greens won’t give up until all communities have their councils back. Whether it’s Pittwater or Leichhardt, Guyra or Tumbarumba, Gloucester or Marrickville, the Greens are committed to winding back all forced council amalgamations. There never has been any evidence, democratic mandate […]

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Coalition’s last council ally turns on them, as Hornsby wants amalgamation unwound

Media Release 13 July 2017 Coalition’s last council ally turns on them, as Hornsby wants amalgamation unwound The Coalition has lost its last ally in local government, as Hornsby Council delivers a stinging rebuke to the Berejiklian forced amalgamation mess.  Liberal-dominated Hornsby Council, the last remaining elected council that supported the Coalition’s forced amalgamations, is […]

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Bill to fix forced amalgamations passes Upper House

In a win for communities and councils across the state, the Upper House has today passed a bill to end forced council amalgamations. All parties other than the government have voted to halt all outstanding forced amalgamation proposals until residents are given their say in a binding referendum. The bill also gives residents in councils […]

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A bill to end forced council amalgamations could pass the Upper House tomorrow

A bill to end forced council amalgamations could pass the Upper House tomorrow. The Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill would: Halt all outstanding forced amalgamation proposals until local residents vote on a binding plebiscite, Require plebiscites to be held in all forcibly amalgamated on whether or not to restore the previous councils, and We […]

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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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Ku-ring-gai Council wins appeal against Coalition’s forced amalgamation

The Coalition’s forced council amalgamations are in legal disarray with the Court of Appeal today overturning the proposed amalgamation of Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby councils. The Court found that the government’s decision to hide the KPMG report denied  Ku-ring-gai Council procedural fairness and has ordered that the delegates report, and Boundaries Commission report, are to be […]

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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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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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