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CANTERBURY Greens councillor Linda Eisler has slammed the State Government’s “undemocratic attempt” to force councillors to reapply for their jobs, despite no decision made on merger proposals yet.

Cr Eisler said she would not support the government’s latest move while the results of the boundary review process were still being finalised.

“No one expected the Baird Government to take this unexpected and highly contentious approach during a period of great division and tension, while awaiting the outcome,” she said.

Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson said he would continue to serve until his term ended.

“I’m disappointed the Government has asked me if I will serve my community. But I’m not running away from it,” he said.

On the expression of interest form, councillors are given the choice of positions including administrator, councillor, member of local representation committee, or member of implementation advisory group.

by Cindy Ngo
The Express, Tuesday 5, 2016, p3
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Lakemba is a wonderful community and it was Councillor Eisler’s great pleasure to congratulate them on their first anniversary of Lakemba Community Markets.The Community Centre has done a fabulous job getting these markets happening and Canterbury Council has been very supportive. They are on from 11am on the first Saturday of the month. 7th May is the next one.
It was wonderful for Cr Eisler to visit the community gardens too, as she

had helped get the seeding money, and, sat on the committee that determined its design. It’s looking terrific.

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Capital Gains Tax only benefits those who can afford to buy a second property, and, have a large enough income to benefit from the tax savings. Meantime people like teachers struggle to get into the market. Homes are left vacant so investors can benefit from negative gearing. Is that helping to create a fair society?

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David Shoebridge was erudite in his explanations of where the Liberal Government is going wrong with what is essentially an attempt to force amalgamations onto unwilling communities.

Green women councillors lined up at the conference to show support for the Save Our Councils campaign.

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EXCLUSIVE: BIG-SPENDING councils are holding ratepayers to ransom by refusing to cut costs through mergers and pressuring Liberal MPs to drop their support for amalgamations.

Liberal MPs and senior party figures told The Daily Telegraph that support for council mergers was dwindling within the party because some MPs were scared of upsetting their local power base and others were worried about creating Labor “super councils” in the east.

However, Local Government Minister Paul Toole, a Nationals MP, is standing firm in the face of his Liberal colleagues, telling The Telegraph “no change is not an option” and vowing he would not back down on a complete shake-up of councils.

One senior Liberal said council mergers was an even harder reform to sell to the electorate than electricity ¬privatisation, adding that many MPs were concerned about the public backlash.
“What makes a lot of MPs reluctant to go down the path of forced amalgamations is that the sins of the state government on forced amalgamations will be felt by local MPs,” the Liberal said.
The government is considering cutting the state’s 152 councils to an expected 120-130, but beyond the Liberal party room another roadblock will be upper house crossbenchers from the Shooters and Fishers and Christian Democrats, which support a union-led anti-amalgamation campaign.
Mr Toole said the council system was hampering economic development.

He said there were at least 11 councils in Sydney with a mean development application processing time of 100 days. “No change is not an option for local government. We are committed to reform, we want to reform the whole system,” Mr Toole said.
“I would be surprised if the CDP and the Shooters and Fishers don’t want the same outcome — ensuring we have stronger councils, stronger communities and have councils running efficiently, with better services.
“We cannot sustain a situation where small city councils continue to receive generous government assistance grants while country communities are struggling to fix their roads.”
The Telegraph spoke to another senior Liberal who confirmed that some MPs were worried about their jobs.
“You get preselected by your branches, you need the support of your branches to be preselected,” they said.
Highlighting the split within the party, one Liberal MP accused the anti-merger members of self-interest.

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