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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 […]

Waverley Council divided over amalgamations

By Jessica Yun Waverley Mayor Sally Betts has sparked controversy within council over her response to the NSW Government's planned local government reform, including council amalgamations. The reform, called Fit For Future, encourages councils to consider voluntary amalgamations with neighbouring councils. A council report outlining the Mayor's position reads: "Council's stated position has been one […]

Councils hit back against amalgamations

Councils and resident groups have expressed their anger at the State Government reopening the possibility of forced local government amalgamation. The NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole last week announced a $1 billion package for council reforms, leaving the door open for forced amalgamations. Under the Fit for the Future […]