Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Council Resolves to Run a Poll on the Amalgamation

So, last night was a win for democracy - Inner West Council resolved to ask the community whether we continue with the amalgamation or deamalgamate to our former boundaries.
Outside Ashfield Town Hall, prior to Council Meeting, 24 May 2021

Recent NSW legislation permits deamalgamation to be initiated within 10 years of Amalgamation.
The NSW Electoral Commission (who is running the council election on September 4) advises: 
"The deadline for referendum and poll questions is the 30th of June. ..A Poll question in non binding."
So, it is time to reflect on the good, bad and ugly of the amalgamation. Ofcourse some things would have happened without amalgamation and other things did not happen or happened because of amalgamation. Some things can be fixed - others can't.
There were 7 speakers at last night's extraordinary meeting and the gallery was full. The passing community also took an interest in the rally at the front of the Ashfield Town Hall. Speakers and debate on the motion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7rlzUa1fUY&t=2611s
The Council Resolved to receive a Report on the cost of Deamalgamation and concern for staff. 
Sometime ago, I withdrew my motion on determining the cost of Amalgamation because staff said they were too busy -so, let's see how we go based on public information and your perceptions - official micromex customer satisfaction survey is coming.
Interested to hear what people mark councils on - what should the Key Performance Indicators Be?

“Breaking up the beast”: Inner West residents to be given vote on de-amalgamation https://cityhubsydney.com.au/2021/05/breaking-up-the-beast-inner-west-residents-to-be-given-vote-on-de-amalgamation/

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