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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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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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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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Local Democracy Matters for Residents who take the Berejiklian Government to Court

The Coalition’s forced amalgamation agenda is facing a new battle with local residents in the Eastern suburbs taking their own legal action to save their local councils. With Woollahra Council’s High Court hearing approaching this Friday, residents in Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra aren’t leaving it to their councils to save local democracy. Residents have now […]

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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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