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Inner West Council finances fail to satisfy residents, survey reveals

By KATELYN MILLIGAN Some Inner West residents believe that council does not offer good value for money or manage their finances well. According to research found by Inependent Inner West Councillor John Stamolis, only 29% of residents believe Council offers good value for money, whilst only 1 in 4 believe that Council manages its finances […]

IPART approves Inner West council’s proposed minimum rates

By ALLISON HORE In a decision which will leave many households out of pocket, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) have given the Inner West council’s proposed new rates structure the green light.  Under the approved plan, rates across the whole Inner West Council area will be harmonised to at least $850 a year […]

Pork barrelling report “damning” for NSW Government

By SOOFIA TARIQ The NSW Senate inquiry into the Government’s ‘Stronger Communities Fund’ has delivered its’ report, calling the scheme “a clear abuse of the grants process”.  The inquiry was launched following widespread backlash towards the Berejiklian government over their handling of the grants fund, which Labor and Greens politicians say amounted to “pork barrelling.” […]

Inner West Council race tipped to go to Greens and Labor

BY GEORGIA CLARK Four months into a highly awaited round of campaigning, candidates of the Inner West Council’s Stanmore ward are vying to take the helm of one of Sydney’s most vibrant communities. With the election just weeks away, the battle is tipped to be a game-changer for the area. Political heavyweights, the Greens and […]

Tale of two cities: Woollahra saved, Leichhardt razed

BY THE CITY HUB NEWS TEAM Alex Eugene, Georgia Clark, Tommy Boutros, Dylan Crismale Premier Gladys Berejiklian's latest backflip has created havoc for a number of Sydney councils. The shock announcement this week that the government would scrap all amalgamation plans for Councils contesting merger plans in court ensures that Woollahra Council will not be […]

Council Amalgamations – What now for constitutional recognition of local government?

BY ADRIAN ROOK The question of whether to recognise local government in the constitution was last put to the Australian people 28 years ago, in a referendum brought by Labor Attorney General Lionel Bowen. The overwhelming majority voted ‘no’. At the time the campaign against the changes argued that the recognition would be an intrusion […]

Sparks fly as residents react to mergers

BY LUCAS BAIRD It may have a reputation for being posh and civilised, but it was anything but last Thursday, when residents from Woollahra local council area made it clear they were opposed to IPART’s proposed merger with Waverley and Randwick. Over a hundred turned out to Club Rose Bay last Thursday February 4 to […]

Residents won’t be forced without a fight

By RYAN QUINN A rally of united councillors and residents crowded the NSW Parliament House footpath on the opening day of the Fit for the Future parliamentary inquiry. More than 20 people chanted and protested against forced amalgamations on Monday morning, July 28, led by the Save Our Councils Coalition (SOCC). The rally brought together […]

What would amalgamation mean for Waverley?

Waverley Council financial operations are under the scope after the release of the draft Sydney Metropolitan Plan, sparking renewed speculation over amalgamation. The State Government’s plan has placed fiscal accountability as crucial in the development of Sydney’s transport and infrastructure for 2031. The government is currently assessing the merit of amalgamating the 152 councils in […]