Marrickville residents denied vote on amalgamation

Marrickville Greens Councillors have condemned Marrickville Council’s decision to deny residents a vote on amalgamation as an attack on democracy.

At this week’s council meeting Mayor Macri and the Labor-Liberal alliance which controls Marrickville Council voted down a Greens proposal to put any future amalgamation proposal to a referendum.

“I was gob-smacked that our Mayor, the Labor Party and the Liberals all thought residents should not have the right to vote on the future of Local Government in Marrickville” said Greens Councillor David Leary who brought the motion for a referendum to council.

“The Mayor and the Labor-Liberal alliance seem to think that back room deals done by bureaucrats and politicians are far better than an open and transparent democratic vote by the people. It’s just not democratic and its stinks” stated Councillor Leary.

The decision to not hold a referendum took place on the same night it was revealed that a key part of Council’s consultation strategy on amalgamations had failed to materialise. It was revealed last night that a contractor has failed to deliver thousands of printed brochures on the amalgamation proposals to residents.

“Even if these brochures are delivered late this week this doesn’t give residents enough time to consider the implications of amalgamation and to make submissions to council before the deadline for consultation closes. How can residents comment on the amalgamation proposal when they don’t even know it’s happening?” stated Clr Leary

The Local Government Review Panel established by the State government has recently recommended amalgamation of many local councils across NSW including Marrickville Council. Three possible models for amalgamation of Marrickville Council are currently under consideration: (1) Amalgamation with a so called “Sydney Group” of Council’s including Sydney City Council, Leichhardt, Waverley, Randwick, Botany Bay, and Woollahra councils; (2) Amalgamation with Leichardt, Ashfield, Burwood, Strathfield, and Canada Bay Councils to form a so called “Inner West Group” of Councils; and (3) Amalgamation with Canterbury Council.

Media contact: Clr David Leary 0409 421 323


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