Labor-Liberal Alliance on Marrickville Council continues
25 September 2013
Marrickville Council held its annual Mayoral vote last night and elected Labor advisor Clr Jo Haylen as Mayor. Labor Councillors voted with the Liberals to install Liberal Councillor Rosana Tyler as Deputy Mayor over the Greens’ candidate Councillor Melissa Brooks.
The deal continues a two year arrangement between the ALP and Liberals on Marrickville Council which saw the election of Conservative Victor Macri as Mayor in 2012 and the ALP’s Emanuel Tsardoulias as Deputy.
Greens Councillor and Marrickville Mayoral candidate Sylvie Ellsmore said: “Obviously we are disappointed that the Labor Party has once again made an arrangement with the Liberals to control Marrickville Council.
“We are particularly concerned that the Labor Party has delivered the Liberals not only the Deputy Mayoralty but also control of key committees which determine development and community programs.
“We are a progressive community and the community expects to be represented by a leadership team that shares its values.
“While the Greens on Marrickville Council are proud of what we have achieved as an effective opposition over the last 12 months, we have also seen a worrying pro-developer and anti-community agenda develop under the Labor-Liberal alliance.
“There has been a significant increase in the number of large developments approved that exceed Council planning rules – including the recent decision to fast track a 16 storey tower at Marrickville Station in an area zoned for 8 storeys – and an increase in the number of “closed” Council meetings to discuss development applications and changes to million dollar Council projects.
“When the community gets organised to object to these decisions, petitions signed by hundreds and in some cases thousands of residents are rejected by the Labor and Liberal Councillors who think they know best what the community actually wants or needs.
“This is not the Marrickville Council that residents expect. There was a time when ALP Councillors would be mortified by the idea of forming an alliance with the conservatives. Sadly today “Local Labor” would rather work with the Liberals than the Greens.”
“While it was a disappointing outcome last night, it has made the Greens even more determined to continue to provide the progressive voice on Council. The residents know they can rely on the Greens to be that voice,” said Clr Ellsmore.
Media contact: Greens Councillor for North Ward, Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213
The Greens on Marrickville Council have four elected Councillors. There are four Labor Councillors, two Conservatives Independents and two Liberals.
In the lead-up to the Mayoral vote the Greens had approached the Labor Councillors about the possibility of establishing a progressive leadership team on Council.
Following the Mayoral vote last night the ALP and Liberal Councillors voted to exclude the Green Councillors from the leadership of the powerful Community and Corporate Services Committee and the Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Committee. Previously the Greens had held the Deputy positions on these committees.
The four Green Councillors remain represented on the community based committees which report to the Community and Corporate Services Committee and the Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Committee.