Local councils across NSW are expected to foot the bill for their own de-amalgamation under new proposed legislation
Let’s not forget that in 2010 Julian Assange, through WikiLeaks, revealed hard evidence of US war crimes and other misconduct in Iraq, in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay.
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Statewide program left out of budget According to an email from the Hunter Central Coast, Biodiversity and Conservation Division of the NSW DPIE (now DCCEEW, see below) the Statewide Community Engagement Program did not receive ongoing funding in the September 2023 state budget. As a result the HCC Biodiversity and Conservation […]
I am really scared for the animals, for our environment and for our sacred songlines. This is the unknown. When incidents happen, like the Scarborough pipeline disaster yesterday, it is traumatic, it is tragic and it is terrifying.
The masterplan notes that “residential developments adjacent to airports and under flight paths may lead to complaints about aircraft” and recommends no such developments within the footprint of an airport. Well, too late for that. Unfortunately there don’t appear to be flight path maps in the exhibited document so it’s difficult to know which suburbs (existing and new) will be impacted and to what degree.
In politics, the practice of putting out bad news when no one is taking much notice, such as on the Thursday before easter, or on Melbourne Cup Day or Christmas Eve, is known by journalists as “taking out the trash”.
And this is where the “steady as she goes” preferred scenario actually means IPART giving Central Coast Council another special rate variation in 2026-27 to compensate for the loss of the drainage charge. This may or may not result in higher costs for the ratepayer. That depends on what happens to the IPART rate peg between now and 2026-27.
Resilient and tireless community advocates from Canterbury‑Bankstown to Bombala, from the Central Coast to Tumbarumba, and more, have worked for the last seven years to undo this mess without success under the provisions of the Local Government Act as it stands.
Whilst the forced mergers were the brain child of the former Coalition Government, the Minns Labor Government, despite a policy of giving communities a say through a plebiscite, has shown no political appetite to address any of the lingering problems.