Premier Mike Baird has been attacked by his own Liberal Party Mayors, Councillors and members over his arrogant pursuit of forced amalgamations of local democratically elected Councils.

Liberal dominated Lane Cove Council has unanimously carried a motion to seek adoption of a “Preservation of Local Democracy Bill” to be “presented to the NSW Parliament at the first available opportunity”.

Council members have already met with Upper House MPs Rev Fred Nile and Paul Green of the Christian Democratic Party requesting them to present a joint Private Members Bill to the NSW Parliament as soon as possible in 2016.

The motion calls on Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts to support the Bill and to write to NSW Parliament Upper House MPs David Shoebridge of the Greens, Robert Borsak of the Shooters Party, Labor’s Peter Primrose and Local Government NSW to seek their support. 

The Bill will make changes to the Local Government Act 1993 “which reflects the findings of the Legislative Council inquiry into Local Government” especially in relation to mergers of local Councils.

The Bill will state “that no merger of councils can be proposed by the Minister unless there is demonstrable evidence that the councils are severely financially unsustainable to the point of insolvency or are otherwise unable to maintain an acceptable level of service provision to their respective local communities”.

Council will write to Trent Zimmerman MP in his capacity as recently elected MP for North Sydney and as the President of the NSW Liberal State Council.

Councillors want Mr Zimmerman to confirm to Council the NSW Liberal Party’s official policy with respect to forced amalgamations.

And they want him in his dual capacity as NSW Liberal State Council President and Member for North Sydney to write to all Councils in his electorate to explain how he intends to represent his constituents in opposing forced amalgamations.

Also they want Mr Zimmerman to confirm in writing to Lane Cove Council that he will make personal representations to the Premier that the majority of constituents in his electorate do not want forced amalgamations and concedes that some of the swing against his party was attributed to the State Government’s agenda of forced amalgamations.

 

Pressure on Liberal MPs

Roberts and Zimmerman

Lane Cove’s Liberal Party dominated Council has written to Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts, left, and recently elected North Sydney Federal MP Trent Zimmerman, right, to publicly support their stand against forced amalgamation of Lane Cove and other Councils.

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Party members

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NSW Liberal State Council President and Member for North Sydney to write to all Councils in his electorate to explain how he intends to represent his constituents in opposing forced amalgamations.

Also they want Mr Zimmerman to confirm in writing to Lane Cove Council that he will make personal representations to the Premier that the majority of constituents in his electorate do not want forced amalgamations and concedes that some of the swing against his party was attributed to the State Government’s agenda of forced amalgamations.

 

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