Restore local democracy: no forced amalgamations

Restore local democracy: no forced amalgamations

The Upper House has passed a bill to end forced council amalgamations. If it passes the lower house, the Local Government Amendment (Amalgamations Referendums) Bill 2017 would:

  • Halt all outstanding forced amalgamation proposals until residents are given their say in a binding referendum. 
  • Give residents in councils that have been forcibly amalgamated the right to a binding vote on de-amalgamation. 
  • Stop this or any future government from amalgamating councils without first holding a binding referendum of local residents

The Greens are committed to restoring local democracy to all local councils

The Upper House has passed a bill to end forced council amalgamations. If it passes the lower house, the Local Government Amendment (Amalgamations Referendums) Bill 2017 would:

  • Halt all outstanding forced amalgamation proposals until residents are given their say in a binding referendum. 
  • Give residents in councils that have been forcibly amalgamated the right to a binding vote on de-amalgamation. 
  • Stop this or any future government from amalgamating councils without first holding a binding referendum of local residents

The Greens are committed to restoring local democracy to all local councils

Save our councils

I support the bill to put an end to forced council amalgamations. 

Dear Premier,

The NSW Upper House has passed a bill to restore local democracy.

This bill says that all outstanding forced amalgamation proposals must be halted until residents have their say at the ballot box. Communities disenfranchised by the Coalition’s forced amalgamations in 2016 will be given the right to vote on de-amalgamating.

It also protects local democracy in the future by ensuring that no government can amalgamate a council ever again without first holding a binding referendum of local residents.

This bill will now go down to the lower house where the Coalition has one more chance to right a wrong on a failed and undemocratic policy.

When this bill comes down to the Legislative Assembly we urge your government to listen to communities, councils, courts, the Upper House and vote in support.

Forced amalgamations are a failed policy. We want our councils back.