Give communities the right to vote on the future of their council in a binding plebiscite

Give communities the right to vote on the future of their council in a binding plebiscite

The Baird Government is pushing on with at least 19 forced amalgamations across the state.

Strong and sustainable councils like Tumbarumba, Guyra, Marrickville and Pittwater are being forced to merge despite all the best evidence showing that when councils have been forced to amalgamate  rates have gone up, services have stagnated and residents end up less connected to the councillors who represent them.

This struggle is far from over.

The Greens are committed to ensuring that residents, not Mike Baird, have the final say on the make-up of their local council.

We guarantee to support and develop legislation that will ...

The Baird Government is pushing on with at least 19 forced amalgamations across the state.

Strong and sustainable councils like Tumbarumba, Guyra, Marrickville and Pittwater are being forced to merge despite all the best evidence showing that when councils have been forced to amalgamate  rates have gone up, services have stagnated and residents end up less connected to the councillors who represent them.

This struggle is far from over.

The Greens are committed to ensuring that residents, not Mike Baird, have the final say on the make-up of their local council.

We guarantee to support and develop legislation that will give residents in every council the subject of a forced merger the right to vote in a binding plebiscite on de-merging. Whether this legislation passes in 2016 or 2019 the commitment remains firm, and residents deserve nothing less.

 

 

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Petition

Dear NSW Parliament,

We call on every NSW MP to commit to legislation that allows residents to vote in a binding de-merger plebiscite in any council that is forced to merge by the Baird Government.

If a majority of residents support standing alone, then the law must provide for a council to be reinstated and a de-merger to occur.

We make this demand because we believe that it is residents and communities, not Mike Baird, that should decide the future of their local councils.

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