The Coalition swept to power in 2011 promising to return local decision-making to local communities, but the reality has been very different.
From entrenching business voting to forced amalgamations to dodgy council grants, Local Government has faced sustained attacks from the Coalition
The Greens and Local Government
The Greens NSW are committed to grassroots democracy. This means we support local councils being active, vibrant and genuinely local.
The Greens believe that local government is an essential part of our democracy because it is closest to the community and is in the best position to identify and respond to the needs of the community. Decisions should be made at the level closest to the people they affect.
One of the four pillars of The Greens NSW is grassroots democracy. There are autonomous Greens local groups all across NSW working hard and campaigning on local issues in their local areas. You can find the Greens NSW local group in your area here.
Local government gives a crucial voice to local communities, particularly in rural and regional areas. Greens councillors promote heritage preservation, sustainable development, local employment and community service delivery.
There are over seventy Greens Councillors in NSW, including mayors and deputy mayors. Find out if your local area has a Greens councillor here.