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Tip the scales back to resident power

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The NSW Coalition and NSW Labor voted on November 23 to gift developers another opportunity to tip the scales in their favour and away from local residents and local government. They decided to remove councils’ ability to charge for compliance investigations, despite warnings that this would lead to councils being forced […]

Deamalgamate says NSW!

Opinion by PETER HEHIR It’s a rare thing indeed that the “Tree of Knowledge” has seen such a gathering. Situated just on the edge of the Domain adjacent to the rear of the NSW Parliament, it’s the chosen spot for interviews and media releases and has no doubt witnessed many truths; and just as many […]

Cost of de-amalgamation must be paid by NSW government

Opinion by PIP HINMAN In response to a seeming concern by Labor councillors Darcy Byrne and Mark Drury that rates would rise in any demerger, the majority of councillors on September 14 tabled a letter from the Office of Local Government which again stated that the cost of any demerger of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield […]

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 […]

Inner West councillors, candidates and residents argue the case for de-amalgamation

By EVA BAXTER A remote grassroots residents forum was held on Wednesday night to argue the case for de-amalgamating Inner West Council. A question will be put to residents to answer voluntarily on December 4, ‘do you support the inner west LGA being de-amalgamated so as to restore the former local government areas of Ashfield, […]

De-amalgamation. Why the scare tactics?

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The political forces that were against even asking the Inner West Council to request the NSW Electoral Commission for a poll on de-amalgamation – giving residents their first democratic say on the matter – were defeated by a majority of councillors agreeing. Their efforts are now going into furious postings on […]