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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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Greater Sydney Commission: Draft district plans on exhibition

The Greater Sydney Commission’s draft district plans are on public exhibition until 31 March 2017. This district plans are of particular importance to your local area because when it is finalised every local council in the district will be required to amend their Local Environment Plan to be consistent with it. In other words whatever is in […]

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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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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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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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