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Randwick elections will be a close call

BY ANITA SENARATNA In the forthcoming 2017 Local Council Elections, the political outcome of the City of Randwick is unpredictable. Although Randwick Council used to be a Labor stronghold, the Liberals and the Greens have had success there in recent years. But the failed merger with Waverley and Woollahra Councils could see a couple more […]

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 […]

Fit for the Future deadline unable to waver Councils

By Lydia Watson-Moore   The majority of Sydney councils remained defiant against forced amalgamations as the state government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ deadline passed on June 30. While most councils including Marrickville, City of Sydney and Woollahra positioned themselves as against forced mergers, Waverley, Randwick and Leichhardt stood out as the few willing to propose […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eastern Suburbs mega council on the horizon

By Elliott Brennan Randwick, Waverly, and Woollahra councils look set to merge into a mega council under the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ amendments to local Government. The Fit for the Future system of local Government is aiming to reduce the number of local councils in Sydney from 41 to just 18. Randwick council […]

Leichhardt Council joins list of local governments against amalgamations

Leichhardt Council has joined a list of inner city councils that have expressed their opposition to the state governments local government amalgamation proposal, called Fit for the Future. Leichhardt Council voted last week to oppose the State Government’s plans to amalgamate local councils because of the financial burden it would put on residents and ratepayers […]