Save Marrickville Council
The State Government has plans to force amalgamations of Local Councils across NSW. The State Liberal Government wants larger Councils because they believe this will “cut red tape” for developers. Forced amalgamations will lead to job losses, service cuts and increased costs for residents.
Make a submission on the proposed amalgamations to the boundary review here: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/issue/save-marrickville-council/councilboundaryreviewsubmission/
To view Marrickville Councils submission to the Boundary Review, visit http://yoursaymarrickville.com.au/last-chance-to-have-your-say-on-the-forced-amalgamation-of-marrickville-ashfield-and-leichhardt1
Plans for Marrickville Council
The State Government originally wanted Marrickville to amalgamate with Canada Bay, Ashfield, Burwood, Leichhardt and Strathfield to create a ‘Super Council’ of 342,000 residents – and a projected 2031 population of 432,400. However in October 2015 it revised its plans, and suggested a merger of three Councils for Marrickville.
The Greens think residents should decide what their local councils look like. The Greens call on Labor and Liberal Councillors to stand up to the Liberal Government and vote for no mergers without community support!
Fit for the Future?
The original Council merger plans are outlined in the Liberal State Government’s Fit for the Future blueprint for the future of local government, based on the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s (ILGRP) , released in 2014.
Local Councils were asked to submit a ‘Roadmap’ by 30 June 2015 proving that they are ‘fit’ to remain standalone. Detailed independent economic modelling commissioned by Marrickville Council found Council would be financially worse off it if it was merged. Rates are likely to become higher, services are likely to be cut and residents would lose their local representation.Read the Council’s early 2015 brochure to residents, which includes the pros and cons of the merged vs standalone Marrickville Council here – AmalgamationBrochureInteractive.
Marrickville Council resolved to stand alone in June 2015.
In October 2015 the IPART assessment of Councils was released. The IPART Assessment of Councils found Marrickville Council to be a financially strong Council, but “unfit” because it too small. 71% of Sydney Councils – including City of Sydney – were found “unfit” because they are too small. Small Councils (the government claims) create too much “red tape” for government and developers.
The State Government had originally proposed that Marrickville Council merge with five other Councils to create a mega inner west Council with a population of 400,000. With none of the inner west Councils supporting this option, IPART has now suggested a merger of 3 or more Councils for Marrickville.
February 2016 – update
On 10 November 2015 the elected Marrickville Councillors voted on whether to submit a “voluntary” proposal to merge to the State Government. The ALP and Liberal Councillors on Leichhardt and Ashfield Councils adopted nearly identical resolutions that claim to resist amalgamations and to submit a “Plan B” merger options under protest – with a view to them only being implemented if the Baird Government forces the issue.
The Greens are calling on Labor and Liberal Councillors to stay strong against threats by the State Government. For more information see 12 November 2015 media release.
The formal statement from Marrickville Council outlining Council’s position can be found here: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/newsandnotices/mediareleases/ashfield-leichhardt-and-marrickville-to-submit-joint-merger-preference/.
On the 2nd of February, the NSW Government is holding a public enquiry into the forced amalgamations at Ashfield Leagues Club. While it is now too late to register to speak, you can still make a submission on the the forced amalgamation here. The Greens are encouraging residents and organisations to make a submission, and in addition are urging the NSW Government to conduct plebiscites in the proposed amalgamation areas.
The Greens encourage residents to make their voices heard by:
- Make a submission on the proposed council amalgamation- Submissions are being accepted here until 5pm, Sunday 28th February. Personalised written submissions are often very compelling and can be very useful to pressure the Government on important community concerns. Including specific information about what’s important to you about your particular local council will be persuasive. You can find a guide to writing these submissions here.
- Emailing the Marrickville Councillors at firstname.lastname@example.org [email reaches all Councillors];
- Signing and sharing the online petition on the website of Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong at http://www.jennyleong.org/marrickville_council;
- Liking and following Save our Councils, the state-wide campaign against forced amalgamations; and
State wide campaign to Save Our Councils
Why do the Greens want Marrickville Council to stand alone?
6. Marrickville will lose its local identity: Our area has a strong local identity as a diverse, inclusive area. Council plays an important role in ensuring services and needs of our diverse community are met and in bringing people together, for example by supporting a wide range of cultural festivals, ensuring childcare services are LGBTIQ friendly, and running a range of library and home services in languages other than english. It is hard to see that a proposed ‘super Council’ stretching from Newtown to Bankstown will continue to deliver the kind of specialised services much loved by residents.
Marrickville Council’s website http://yoursaymarrickville.com.au/amalgamations-and-marrickville
The Greens Council Boundary Review website which includes detailed information on how to make a submission to the council boundary review http://www.councilamalgamationsnsw.org/ashfield-leichhardt-municipal-and-marrickville-councils/
No Forced Amalgamations website which includes a summary of the business modelling undertaken by each of the six inner-west Councils https://noforcedmergers.wordpress.com/
Council Boundary Review Submission website https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/
Fit for the Future http://www.fitforthefuture.nsw.gov.au/
The Independent Local Government Review Panel
The Independent Local Government Review Panel Recommendations
Office of Local Government