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Mayor’s decision to schedule 10:30pm demerger meeting ‘completely ridiculous’: councillor

By DANIEL LO SURDO An Inner West councillor has savaged mayor Darcy Byrne's decision to schedule next Tuesday's extraordinary demerger council meeting for 10:30pm, calling it "completely ridiculous and unsuitable for our community". Independent councillor John Stamolis, who has been a councillor in the Inner West since 2008 and is staunchly in favour of de-amalgamating […]

Morrison Low to prepare Inner West de-merger business case

By MARCUS HAAR The General Manager of Inner West Council has dismissed concerns that the independent consultancy firm tasked with building a business case for the council's demerger will skew its assumptions based on a previous cost-benefit report. When asked last week at a public meeting about the suitability of consultancy firm Morrison Low preparing […]

Inner West General Manager to address de-amalgamation at public meeting this week

By DANIEL LO SURDO Over four months after residents voted in favour of de-amalgamating back to the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils, the General Manager of Inner West Council is set to update the community on the state of the split later this week. Accompanying the ballots at the December elections was a poll […]

Residents ‘don’t want secrecy’: Motion to install Inner West de-amalgamation timeline defeated

By PATRICK MCKENZIE A Greens motion to develop a timeline for the demerger of Inner West Council into its former three local government areas has been defeated behind the resistance of the eight-seat Labor bloc, with councillor Philippa Scott calling the item “redundant.” At a meeting on Tuesday night, councillor Justine Langford moved to develop […]

In bed with the enemy

Opinion by PETER HEHIR The scene is from Ghostbusters and our heroes are in the Mayor’s office, where the following exchange takes place.  Bill Murray’s character is attempting to win over the Mayor and he kicks it off with;  “A disaster of biblical proportions.” “What do you mean biblical?” says the Mayor. “What he means […]