Democracy in local government
Forced amalgamation has corporatised council and reduced local representation across Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt from 36 councillors to only 15 in the Inner West Council.
Services have declined and people’s concerns are being ignored.
IWC meetings have impossibly long agendas, leaving councillors little to adequately consider the issues. Hand-picked committees of “professionals” have replaced real resident input.
Bigger has not meant better.
For a council that serves the community
The NSW government’s forced amalgamation was aimed at weakening local resistance to socially and environmentally irresponsible corporate-driven projects like WestConnex, and other inappropriate developments – especially along the rail corridor.
Its broader agenda is to sacrifice public assets and public good to boost the profits of its big business mates.
It doesn’t care if these mega councils go broke because that can be used to force them to privatise more community assets.
Government must pay for de-amalgamation
New amendments to the Local Government Act state the NSW government will pay for the cost of any de-amalgamation within 10 years of it taking place.
Vote yes to de-amalgamate and bring greater accountability and representation back.