Local council merger stalls after legal challenge
The forced merger between Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay councils has been halted in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court as a result of a court challenge by Strathfield council.
The Court determined that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who recommended merging the councils.
A number of other councils including Mosman, Hunters Hill and North Sydney also have challenged the Government’s proposed amalgamations and were buoyed by the result of this challenge.
On 12 May 2016 the State Government created 19 new councils under its forced amalgamation program which reducing 152 councils to 112 with a delay in respect of the 9 councils that have commenced legal action.
The mergers have resulted in the sacking of hundreds of councillors and the appointment of administrators to administer councils until the next council elections which have been postponed until September 2017.
The first meeting of the new Inner West Council which was the result of the merged Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield councils was marked by a strong resident protest.
Several councils escaped being merged, notably the proposed amalgamation between Walcha and Tamworth council, which was strongly opposed by the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Other mergers which will not be proceeding include the Hills and Hawkesbury Shire and Kiama and Shoalhaven councils.
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Meet Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and the Greens candidate for Reid, Alice Mantel. From 4pm to 6pm at the Memorial Hall (upstairs), Majors Bay Rd, Concord. Music by the Lonesome Cowboys. Refreshments available. Just let us know you are coming. See the flyer for more details. Share this:
This is an opportunity for old and new members to get together to discuss the upcoming federal election. On Sunday 10 April 2016 @ 12.30pm. Meet at the Brasserie, Canada Bay Club, William Street, Five Dock Share this:
A major issue affecting the people of Canada Bay, and across Sydney, is the NSW Government’s controversial council amalgamations, with the Government intending to amalgamate the councils of Canada Bay, Burwood and Strathfield, amongst many others across NSW. Here is the Canada Bay Greens submission regarding the proposed merger. Related issues include: Westconnex, the NSW Government’s tollway nightmare, related because amalgamated councils will be less connected to local opposition by … Continue reading
Rhodes Foreshore Park – C Meet the Greens candidate for Reid, Alice Mantel and help clean up this site. There will be a free BBQ from 10 am – 12.30 pm for all volunteers at Council’s clean-up sites: Rodd Park, Rodd Point with mayor Angelo Tsirekas Rhodes Foreshore Park, Rhodes with the Resource Recovery team Let’s make it the biggest and best ever! Join an existing site or register … Continue reading
One of the major feminist festivals in Sydney, the International Women’s Poetry and Arts Festival is directed by poet, filmmaker and Asylum Seekers Centre Ambassador, Saba Vasefi. It is hosted by member of the NSW Parliament Dr Mehreen Faruqi, and will be MCed by performer, writer and activist Candy Royalle. The Festival strives to honour and support female poets, writers and artists to reclaim their rightful place in literature and … Continue reading
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Greens NSW MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will host an International Women’s Day breakfast with special guests, playwright and actor Nakkiah Lui, performer, writer and activist Candy Royalle, and author Randa Abdel-Fattah, for breakfast on Tuesday 8 March 2016 to celebrate International Women’s Day at NSW Parliament House. This is an autonomous event for all people who identify as women. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/1Pc1Y6V For … Continue reading