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It’s official: confusion and delay steal the day with Baird’s forced council mergers

Baird’s unpopular forced council amalgamations are continuing to cause confusion and chaos, with advice from the Office of Local Government today indicating that there could be as many as four separate election dates for local councils. The so-called “clarification was sent by circular to all local councils this week.  It sets out four possible election […]

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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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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 forced amalgamations signed, sealed and delivered by KPMG in sham process

Fresh documents reveal that since at least July 2015, the Baird Government knew which councils it wanted to amalgamate and then worked backwards, paying KPMG to retrospectively create and then “review” the alleged financial savings of council mergers. A July 2015 “Options Analysis” report from KPMG shows that it was involved in the Coalition’s forced […]

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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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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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