JUNE  2017

HUGE RESPONSE TO RE-INSTATE PITTWATER COUNCIL http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Protect-Pittwater-Crowdfunding-Week-1-Goal-Reached.php

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David Wenden, Bob Grace, Sue Young, Pip Rey, Miranda Korzy and Lynne Czinner toast community’s determination to Protect Pittwater this week.

Public feels worse off under amalgamated councils in survey – 7News 4 June 2017 – The first report into Sydney’s amalgamated councils is in and the results aren’t good. Ten thousand residents across Sydney believe bigger isn’t necessarily better. https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/35751717/nsw-councillors-fight-against-council-mergers/#page1 

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MAY 12TH 2017 – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF “BAIRDS DAY OF INFAMY”  –

  • Woollahra wins right to appeal to the High Court –
  • SOCC holds “WITHDRAW NOW” RALLY –  Demands Government Withdraw forced mergers or Premier Resign! – 
  • COMMUNITIES RALLY ACROSS NSW  – 
  • Randwick Council votes to join ANTI-MERGER COURT ACTION

SOCC Media Release 12 May 2017 “Withdraw Now”

Communities across NSW on 12 May 2017 have called on the Berejiklian Government to WITHDRAW all forced council mergers NOW! One year from ‘Baird’s Day of Infamy’ and the Government’s attempted destruction of eighty one local councils, the community battle against forced amalgamations is stronger than ever. There have been massive swings against the Liberal/National Party in recent by-elections over this issue and successful court cases showing the process to be legally flawed. The community will win this battle.

VIDEO of SPEAKERS SOCC “WITHDRAW NOW” RALLY May 12 2017

NEWS REPORTS

ABC News 12 May 17 Woollahra Council wins right to take case to High Court. Ku-ring-gai Council’s recent court of appeal victory exposes the Government’s sham and illegal process.

ABC NEWS COMMENTARY MAY 12 2017 – Elizabeth Byrne ABC News on Woollahra Council’s fight against the NSW Government’s forced mergers to be heard before the High Court later this year. It is resisting plans to join with neighbouring Waverley and Randwick Councils. https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/woollahra-council-to-fight-against-forced-council-mergers/vp-BBB2Bn1
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Ten Eyewitness News 12 May 17 Save Our Councils Coalition demanding removal of all forced mergers.

Nine News 12 May 17 Community demands Government scrap the policy of forced amalgamations.

Michael Daley MP 12 May 2017 – Michael Daley MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Peter Primrose MLC Shadow Minister for Local Government and former Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale speaking about the dog’s breakfast that is the NSW Liberal National Government’s policy of forced council mergers. https://www.facebook.com/MichaelDaleyMP/videos/1432636326787182/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

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Alan Jones and Phil Jenkyn 12 May 2017

https://savehuntershill.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/audio1.mp3

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Phil Jenkyn 8 May 2017 on 2RRR Radioactive
Interview with Phil Jenkyn on forced council amalgamations. 

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MEDIA EVENT: WITHDRAW NOW! FRIDAY 12 MAY 2017 at 1pm

PLACE:Tree of Knowledge’ Domain behind Parliament House, Sydney.

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ONE YEAR AGO, on 12 May 2016 the NSW Liberal/National Government broke a written promise by forcibly merging many local councils and launching a vicious attack on those that challenged the decision. Eighty one local metropolitan, regional and country councils were targeted for destruction – to be replaced by mega state dominated councils. Forty five local councils have been forcibly amalgamated, another fourteen continue to fight in the courts and twenty two have to date won their independence battles.

Community Events/Rallies the Domain in Sydney, Gundagai, Tumbarumba and Guyra in the country – with report on progress and country news.

Woollahra High Court decision on leave application delivered today – report.

Legislation before NSW Parliament seeking to de-merge councils – report.

SPEAKERS: To include Phil Jenkyn OAM (SOCC) on today’s Woollahra court decision, Cheryl Szatow (former Mayor Ku-ring-gai) on its successful court case, David Shoebridge (Greens) on proposed demerger legislation, Phil Donato (MP Orange Shooters Fishers & Farmers) on its bill, Peter Primrose (Labor Shadow Minister Local Government) on demergers, The Rev Fred Nile (Christian Democrats) on community support, Brian Halstead (SOCC) on forced amalgamation failures, Jacquie Tuck (SOCC) and Penny Judge (Bombala activist) on country events and challenges.

The Berejiklian Government’s forced amalgamations have failed and the process has been found to be legally flawed by the Court of Appeal. Communities are demanding demergers and their local councils to be restored. The community has turned against the Government over this issue as shown in the recent by-elections in Orange, North Shore, Manly and Gosford.

SOCC CONTACTS: Brian Halstead President 0414 281 604; Phil Jenkyn OAM Spokesman 0422 442 677; Will Tuck Media 0403 673 421

COUNTRY EVENTS: Friday 12 May 2017 at 12 noon

DEMERGE GUNDAGAI RALLY: Friday 12 May 2017 at 12 noon

Place: Carberry Park, Gundagai

Contacts: ‘Council in Exile’ Dr Paul Mara 0421 665 933, Abb McAlister 0428 441 300

DEMERGE TUMBARUMBA RALLY: Friday 12 May 2017 at 12 noon

Place: Tumbarumba Shire Offices

Contacts: ‘Save Tumbarumba Shire’ Brian Wilkinson 02 694 8524, Lucy Henderson 0402 278 126

DEMERGE GUYRA RALLY: Friday 12 May 2017 at 12 noon

Place: Guyra’s NAB Carpark

Contact: Guyra A.N.T.Y Gordon Youman 0467 202 648