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Primary Prevention An image by photographer Gemma Louise Saunders, responding to Maribyrnong City Councilís R E S P E C T #evaw End Violence Against women project.

Momentum around the prevention of violence against women has been building over the last year and local governments are showing their support. Read more >

Have your say... Letters to the editor

Dear Editor,
About 300 people attended the public inquiry, conducted by the Council Boundary Review Delegate Cheryl Thomas, in Marrickville on February 2.

Of the approximately 70 speakers, an overwhelming number spoke against the forced amalgamation of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt councils.

In 2013, we asked our residents if they wanted Marrickville to amalgamate, and 64% of them said they wanted Marrickville Council to stand alone. In May 2015 this had grown to 71%. By December 2015 it had reached 75%.

Our residents acknowledge and accept that there may be benefits from a merger with Ashfield and Leichhardt. But they want to stand alone.

Many attendees expressed frustration at the limitations on speaking times which were reduced further on the day of the Inquiry. Their main concerns were loss of local identity and character, less representation, and a lack of transparency in the merger process with many speakers calling for a plebiscite on the issue.

Council’s General Manager Brian Barrett summed up another of the foremost themes of the day when he called on the Delegate to demand to see the full KPMG report.

The contentious report claims that amalgamations will reap economic benefits of $2 billion. It is central to the State Government’s case for its policy of forcing NSW councils to merge, but the full report, and the modelling used, has never been released.

He pointed out that even if the Government doesn’t release the full KPMG report the Delegate has an obligation to properly examine it, and test for herself the adequacy of the assumptions that provide the justification for one of the most significant structural changes in NSW local government political history.

The communities affected and the people who attended the public enquiry are owed that.

Yours Sincerely,
Sam Iskandar, Mayor
City of Marrickville

Editors note: tell FOCUS about your amalgamation experience.

Councils engage with industry

Councils engage with industry Managing Director of OzEnvironmental Pty Ltd, Warwick Giblin, working through the NSW Mineral Councilís draft on suggested refinements to the Planning Agreement process with Association of Mining Related Councilsí Chair Cr. Peter Shinton.

Mining-related councils work with the Minerals Council on Voluntary Planning Agreement for community benefits. Read more >

Rate capping

Rate capping Councillor Bill McArthur - Municipal Association of Victoria

Presidentís comment. Read more >

This month

Primary Prevention

Momentum around the prevention of violence against women has been building over the last year and local governments are showing their support. Read more >


Editorial

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Have your say... Letters to the editor

This is your chance to speak up about current issues affecting your council. Please forward your letters to editorial@lgfocus.com.au Read more >


Councils engage with industry

Mining-related councils work with the Minerals Council on Voluntary Planning Agreement for community benefits. Read more >


Investing in Australiaís future through a partnership with Local Government

Mayor Troy Pickard ALGA President Read more >


Rate capping

Presidentís comment. Read more >


Cities tackle homelessness

The Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo are working together to develop a Regional Homelessness Strategy. Read more >


A bright future for clean energy

The Western Downs Regional Councilís recent approval to establish a Solar Farm at Kogan is a remarkable example of co-existence and the diverse capabilities of the region. At the same time it reinforces the Council as an advocate for renewable energy and a front-runner for securing alternative power solutions for the future. Read more >


Infrastructure Levy in action

More than $600,000 worth of renewal works to buildings at six Willoughby City Council sportsgrounds commenced in January 2016. Council has committed to bring, and maintain, assets and infrastructure up to standards expected by the local community.† Read more >


NSW council amalgamations have a potential silver lining - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Many councils across New South Wales (NSW) are upset as a result of the amalgamations recommended in the ĎFit for Futureí process. KPMG is copping criticism for shoddy analysis of the economic costs and benefits of the proposed mergers, while ministers, MPs and government officials havenít escaped their wrath. Read more >


Youth embrace creative pathways

The creativity, vitality and energy that exists amongst the City of Maribyrnongís young people across all aspects of city life is noticeable Ė and commendable. The arts is certainly one area where young people excel and respond enthusiastically to opportunities to build their skills. Read more >


Heritage Rail Trail awarded

The District Council of Peterborough drives home a major tourism award. Read more >


2016 National Awards for Local Government (the Awards)*

The 2016 National Awards for Local Government (the Awards) opened for entry on Monday 1 February and will remain open for entries until 4 March 2016. Enter your project today at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nalg. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Katherine Town Council, Northern Territory

Councillor Fay Miller, Mayor Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from City of Palmerston, Nothern Territory

Councillor Ian Abbot, JP Mayor Read more >


Small business boost in the new west

Three initiatives by the Penrith City Council are designed to support small business and encourage investors. Read more >


Funds for land improvement

Landholders striving to improve or maintain the environment on their properties are encouraged to apply for Bathust Regional Councilís grants of up to $10,000. Read more >


Council endorses Reconciliation Action Plan

Mount Alexander Shire Council recently adopted the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan for Reconciliation at its Ordinary Meeting of Council. Read more >


Misting device makes cool park

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash during a special beach barbecue in the central business district of Nowra, has officially opened stage II of Jelly Bean Park. Read more >


Funding and forms*

By Collin Steele; Section 51 I was chatting to an engineer in a central Queensland council the other day and he was saying how much the funding world had changed. Read more >