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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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More decision making powers to be stripped from democratically elected councils

Stripping local councils of their powers to make decisions about development applications will do nothing to restore integrity or accountability to the NSW planning system. Under the Coalition’s proposed changes contentious planning decisions will be made by unelected “independent” planning panels rather than democratically elected councillors. The Greens know that restoring trust in our local […]

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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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