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Alex is committed to government transparency and accountability; protecting the natural and urban environments, open space and Sydney’s unique heritage; retaining inner city social and affordable housing; the humane treatment of animals; improving transport options; and fairness and equality for the LGBTI communities.

Forced Council Amalgamations

19 May 2015

Debate on my motion in Parliament exposed the government’s plan to force financially sustainable councils to merge. The government wants politically advantageous boundaries. I am concerned about service disruptions, cost increases and lost efficiencies and representation; benefits could be achieved through better resource and service sharing. 

Bigger councils mean bigger election campaigns and I told Parliament we must reform the lax local government election funding laws. I encourage you to voice your concerns to the Premier HERE.  I will continue to work with the local government sector to oppose forced amalgamations and last week met with rural and regional mayors in Parliament to further discuss strategy.  

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