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Daily Telegraph

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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Tonight Councillors ignored the Community. The Mayor offered Nella from Save Our Councils the opportunity to speak if Councillors voted for it. Only Cr Esta Paschaledis-Chilas and Cr Linda Eisler did. So much for democracy.
Only Cr Eisler and Paschaledis-Chilas voted against opening dialogue with Bankstown to amalgamate.
The Community said we want to stand alone. If we had to amalgamate 2/3rds wanted St George, only 1/3rd Bankstown.
Cr Eisler pointed out we were already a very large council at about 150K residents. Bankstown is about 200K and able to stand alone.
Bigger is not better. It is the quality of Councillor that counts.
Super councils have failed in Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand.
The State Upper House is against amalgamation. Fred Nile holds the balance of power and points to regional organisations as the answer. These ROC’s already exist. They merely need improving. Better than spending millions on redoing street signs; merging different IT systems; new planning rules’; ditching irrelevant stationary; redundancies…… the list goes on.

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What ACA didn’t say was that Cr Eisler supported the staged increase in usage recommended by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel.

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From the Canterbury Bankstown Express 14th April 2015:

By Chris Georgakopoulous

HIGHRISE apartments will help Canterbury accommodate more than 35,000 people over the next two decades.

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

The council has approved about 50 development applications for highrise apartments for Canterbury town centre and the Canterbury Rd corridor since 2014.

Those developments will mean the council meets its target of an extra 25,000 people by 2031 set out by the Metropolitan Strategy.

But in Padstow, residents are fighting a proposal by Bankstown Council to rezone 30 streets for developments of three to eight storeys.  Some residents say it would destroy the village feel of the suburb.

Greens councillor Linda Eisler said the area needed funding invested into public transport to cope with the population boom.

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

“I believe we need to build more public transport so we can get less cars on the road,” Cr Eisler said.


“I think we need to work with the community on this to make sure there is enough green space as well.

“It’s great to have accommodation but keeping apartments ­affordable is also very important. ”The council and the Roads and Maritime Services need to do a traffic study to ease further congestion on Canterbury Rd.

Canterbury Council general manager Jim Montague said more than 10,000 dwellings were needed to meet targets.


“By 2026 there will be approximately 26,650 more people living in (Canterbury) than in 2011, which implies there will be a need for an additional 10,950 dwellings,” he said.

The targets are based on approved DAs since 2011.

Developers have up to five years to act on a development application after receiving approval.

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