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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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The Baird Government’s 6 step plan for forced amalgamations

This is a short guide to the Baird Government’s six-step plan to force council amalgamations in this State: Step 1: Come up with a plan to force council amalgamations across the State and give your so-called reform the misleading branding of “Fit for the Future”. Step 2: Have the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal determine […]

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Greens call for KPMG report to be immediately released

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for the Baird govenrment to immediately release the key KPMG report that is being relied upon to force council amalgamations. It is a farce that the Baird government is pushing for public submissions on merger proposals without giving the councils and communities access to the KPMG […]

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Canterbury community ignored as council votes for an amalgamation

Canterbury Council has ignored its own community and voted to approach Bankstown City Council for a “voluntary” merger at an Extraordinary Council meeting held last night. Greens Councillor Linda Eisler was one of only two councillors to vote against the motion. The vote flies in the face of the overwhelming majority of Canterbury’s 150,000 residents […]

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Minister insults local councils in key evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry

The Minister for Local Government has insulted local councils and communities across the state by describing the growing campaign against forced amalgamations as driven by “self-interest”. In evidence given to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government the Minister was unable to provide evidence to support the “bigger is better” mantra for local government and shed […]

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Fit for the Future: What are the facts?

As you are no doubt aware, local councils are in the process of making submissions as to whether they are ‘Fit for the Future’ with IPART appointed by the state government to assess whether local councils should be merged. While IPART continues with its flawed assessment process, a Parliamentary Inquiry has been established in the […]

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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 to give residents all the options. The booklet directs residents to a biased […]

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Save our Councils launch with cross-party support to keep local government local

The ‘Save Our Councils’ community group launched a campaign today to keep local government local, supported by every political party in the NSW Parliament except the Coalition. Save Our Councils are a non-aligned network of community groups, residents, business organisations, councillors and mayors from across the political spectrum publicly committed to resisting forced local council […]

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IPART rubber stamps Coalition’s political agenda for super-sized councils

Today IPART has effectively rubber stamped the government’s forced amalgamation agenda with their uncritical acceptance of the Coalition’s ‘Fit for the Future’ plan to super-size Sydney councils and force unpopular mergers on regional areas. However without an upper house majority to deliver these reforms the Coalition may well be driving a fatally compromised political agenda. […]

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