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Cost of Amalgamation of Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville Councils

Last night, in the light of the Officer's comments (below) regarding the ongoing process of Amalgamation, I withdrew my motion for a report on the cost.  Council Meeting 24 November 2020 Item No:         C1120(2) Item 9 Subject:         Notice of Motion: Cost of Amalgamation From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz Motion : THAT Council receive a report on the cost of the amalgamation.   Officer’s Comments :   Comment from Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation   Council does not have compiled costs or savings as a result of the amalgamation. Given the considerable period of time which has lapsed since the amalgamation, this is an extensive project in its own right which is expected to take several (up to 6) months to complete.  It should be recognised that in the early part of 2021, Council’s Finance team will heavily focused on Rates Harmonisation and FY21/22 budget development from which staff resources are unable to be diverted.    https://inn

Inner West Council Administrator, General Managers and Councillors

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May 2016 : Inner West Council was proclaimed on 12th day of May 2016 amalgamating Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils. Richard Pearson was appointed as the Administrator during initial period. Vanessa Chan (former GM Ashfield Council) was appointed Interim general manager and Peter Head (former GM Leichhardt Council) and Brian Barrett (former GM Marrickville Council) deputy general managers of the new council. Proclamation at https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/.../asmade/sl-2016-242 Nov 2016 : "The commencement of Interim General Manager, Rik Hart, in early September has resulted in some changes to the direction and timing of key strategic areas, including organisational redesign, systems integration and services integration..." Agenda Implementation Advisory Group, 10 November 2016 http://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/.../IAG_10112016_AGN_AT.htm   December 2016:   Organisation re-design: Appointment of L3 Group Managers On 2 December 2016, Council’s Level

Inner West Bushland

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Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing) Park BJ, Tsunetsugu Y, Kasetani T, Kagawa T, Miyazaki Y. The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing): evidence from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan. Environ Health Prev Med. 2010 Jan;15(1):18-26. doi: 10.1007/s12199-009-0086-9. PMID: 19568835 ; PMCID: PMC2793346.   Annandale: White's Creek Valley Wetlands Annandale: Johnston's Creek    Eco-Annandale Walk Wolli Creek, Underwood, Bardwell Valley: Wolli Creek Regional Park is a precious pocket of bushland in Sydney Summer Hill Cadigal Reserve Sydney Olympic Park/Wentworth Point: Woo-la-ra (of Aboriginal origin, meaning 'look-out place') Bushcare groups in the Inner West https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/environment-and-sustainability/in-your-neighbourhood/bushland-parks-and-verges/bushcare-programs  Pyrmont-Ultimo Landcare https://pyrmontultimolandcare.org.au/

Financial Statements Amalgamation Costs

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Financial Statements 2019/20 Marghanita da Cruz The state government sets benchmarks for councils - from the financial report. Note rates are not the only source of revenue for councils   Leichhardt Council Submission on Amalgamation "the Panel must recognise that this last minute change to the FFF submission process has given no time whatsoever for Councils to prepare detailed JO business cases. Therefore it is submitted that any JO proposals should be treated on their merits when first assessing scale and capacity, notwithstanding the absence of a detailed business plan at this stage." - https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/files/sharedassets/website/trimholdingbay/online_submission_-_leichhardt_council_-_p._head_-_22_may_2015_143330786.pdf   Size of the LGA the IPART review was based on 2011 populations (census) Ashfield 8sqkm pop 43,550 Leichhardt 10sqkm pop: 55,650 marrickville: 16sqkm pop: 81,100 Total Population (2011 figures): 180,300 Inner West Council Population is now

The new pool at Ashfield has been officially opened...

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Main Pool The new pool at the corner of Frederick and Elizabeth Streets Ashfield was officially opened last Saturday.  The COVID restrictions meant it was a subdued affair with deserted pools until the public were allowed in at 11am. The facility includes: an Indoor Pool an outdoor pool with a moveable floor for waterpolo an outdoor 50m pool an outdoor splash pool a creche and multi-purpose room a gym three activity rooms cafe and shop  More at https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/explore/aquatic-centres/ashfield-aquatic-centre Water Polo Net Lift Steam Room Sauna Spa Indoor Pool

No to Incineration of Inner West Waste

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Grateful to Chis Hanson for coming to speak to the at tonight's Council meeting where Inner West Council emphatically resolved:   NOM: No to Incineration of Inner West Waste From: Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz   Motion: THAT Council: Adopts principles of avoidance, resource recovery and the circular economy in providing domestic waste services; Incorporate avoidance, resource recovery and the circular economy in our planning instruments; Include information for residents on website about recycling construction waste; Reports on the breakdown of materials used in our Capital Works projects as new, reused and recycled; Reports on the website where materials collected in our kerbside collections, parks and streets maintenance go; Prohibits council's contractors from channelling domestic and commercial (except medical) waste collected in the LGA to incineration; and Opposes the construction of incinerators euphemistically called “waste to energy” and “thermal treatment plant” in M