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‘Totally inappropriate’ meetings scheduled by Waverley

By Lydia Watson-Moore   Community representatives and councillors have questioned Waverley Council’s decision to reschedule the amalgamation rescission motion to a Sunday morning. The next rescission meeting, scheduled for Sunday June 28, comes after criticism of the previous meeting’s date, which was also on a Sunday. As earlier reported by City Hub, the previous meeting, […]

‘Unholy mergemony’ of Waverley and Randwick

By Lydia Watson-Moore   An amalgamation between Waverley and Randwick councils has been likened to a “shotgun marriage” by one Waverley councillor, as tensions ignited over council’s vote to accept a merger. At an extraordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday June 10, Liberal councillors voted in favour of amalgamation with Randwick Council, to the dismay of […]

Community ‘united’ against amalgamations

By Lauren O'Connor   A protest against forced amalgamations near State Parliament last Thursday June 11 highlighted a “united position” against amalgamation, according to Greens spokesperson for local government David Shoebridge. Several state politicians supported the “Save Our Councils Coalition” rally including Labor’s local government spokesperson Peter Primrose MLC, member for Strathfield Jodi McKay, Christian […]

Amalgamation ideas merge in Leichhardt

By Joe Bourke   The amalgamation debate has intensified as the June 30 deadline for local councils to submit their proposals demonstrating they are ‘fit for the future’ draws closer. Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) final ‘Methodology for Assessment of Council Fit for the Future Proposals’, which was […]

Unlikely alliance shakes up Leichhardt Council

By Joe Bourke   Leichhardt’s Labor and Liberal councillors controversially voted in favour of a rescission motion proposing that council consider a merger of Leichhardt, Ashfield and Canada Bay last Tuesday June 2. While the motion notes that council should restate “its unambiguous preference and intention to stand-alone”, it later makes a point of noting […]

Democracy the biggest loser in amalgamations

By Wendy Bacon   Any doubts that the Baird LNP government has forced mergers of local Councils on its agenda have evaporated since the March state election. A debate in NSW parliament last week, along with documents outlining processes being used by the LNP government in its “Fit for the Future” local government reform program, […]

Leichhardt council: we are ‘Fit for the Future’

By Tang Li   Leichhardt councillors have voiced concerns that forced amalgamations could start later this year with the re-election of the Baird Government. Leichhardt Council’s public consultation meeting on the risks of council amalgamations was scheduled for last Wednesday April 22 but postponed due to severe weather. Speakers planned for the event included the […]

Betts’ big Bondi plan under fire

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   Plans for a civic centre in Bondi Junction are moving forward and have come under fire from the local community for being premature and not strategic. Similar to a town centre, the civic centre would cost at least $60 million according to Labor councillor Ingrid Strewe and would feature headquarters for […]

No vote for Waverley referendum

  Waverley Council last week voted down Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak's proposed referendum on amalgamations. Liberal Mayor Sally Betts voted against the referendum, saying it would make it difficult for businesses to comment and denied ratepayers a vote if they were not citizens. Waverley Council has publicly declared it is opposed to amalgamating with […]

Amalgamation debate continues in the inner west

By Joe Bourke   Council meetings were held across the inner west last week to brief councils on a report into proposed amalgamations. The Morrison and Low report found inner west councils are struggling with infrastructure backlog. It said the $150 million savings anticipated by the state government from amalgamations would achieve longer term sustainability […]