MUST WATCH AND LISTED VIDEOS / RADIO – OCT – DEC 2015
BULLDOZED: BAIRD GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO FORCE THROUGH NSW COUNCIL MERGERS: COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES VOW TO OPPOSE – 10 NEWS 18 DEC 2015
DEC 2015 – MASSIVE BY-ELECTION SWING POINTS TO HUGE OPPOSITION TO BAIRD’S AMALGAMATION AGENDA THROUGH-OUT NSW – CLICK HERE
NOV 2015 – RALLY FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY – HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST FORCED AMALGAMATIONS – VIDEOS HERE
OCT 2015 – LAUNCH OF SAVE HUNTERS HILL MUNICIPALITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS CLICK HERE
1: Alan Jones talks to Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbonne and Andre Petrie from Woollahra council ahead of Merger deadline Tomorrow. – Note Interview starts at 4:08 minutes in.
2: Listen to Phil Jenkyn Co-founder SHHMC talk about the fight to #SaveHuntersHill and local democracy.
3: Listen to Clr Dr Meredith Sheil talk from the heart about forced amalgamations and what communities have to loose.
OTHER IMPORTANT RADIO INTERVIEWS – PROF DOLLERY, LOCAL GVT EXPERT
- 2GB Interviews with the Premier, Save Our Councils and Professor Dollery
- Alan Jones with Professor Dollery and Chris Johnson, and Clr Andrew Petrie – also here.
SUMMARY UPDATES OCT – DEC 2015
BULLDOZED: Baird makes Pre-Christmas announcement – Liberals to Bulldoze ahead with Forced Council Mergers. COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES VOW TO FIGHT ON
ABC NEWS FOOTAGE: HERE
Dec 18 2015, 7 days before Christmas, was the day The Baird NSW Liberal Government decided to make an announcement that it is pushing ahead with proposed forced council mergers, against expert advice and clear community opposition -(see here).
The Baird Government’s proposal involves full amalgamaton of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils to form a single mega-council of 160,000 people. See proposed map here:
The Government has completely ignored the Joint Organisation (JRA) proposal put forward by Hunters Hill Lane Cove and Ryde, (which is a sophisticated and contemporary alternative to amalgamation which is evidence-based and enjoys the overwhelming support of their local communities), and instead proposed a full amalgamation instead – (a position that has been overwhelmingly rejected by residents of all three communities).
The timing of the announcement was mean-spirited, and proved a miserable day for many hard-working council staff, who now face losing their much loved workplaces and go into Christmas with an uncertain future.
Continuing it’s anti-democratic bullying tone, the Governments will now try and slip it’s proposed forced mergers through the next stage of the process (involving a public inquiry and referral to the Boundaries Commission) – in January while many residents are away enjoying the Christmas and New Year break, and unable to properly participate.
Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde remain rock-solid behind their communities and will continue to promote and support the JRA Model through the next stage of the process.
See Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove Media announcement here
MORE UPDATES TO COME AFTER JANUARY 4TH 2016