Inner West council

Inner West Council is the first of the forcibly amalgamated councils in NSW to give residents a direct say on a demerger. But, as Pip Hinman reports, it will distribute questionable information to residents.

In a shift of alliances, Inner West councillors elected the Greens’ Rochelle Porteous as the new mayor, reports Pip Hinman.

An 'independent' report into the de-amalgamation of the Inner West Council is not only partisan; it does not even provide a methodology for its costings. Pip Hinman reports.

A resident-initiated meeting drew good numbers to discuss the case to de-amalgamate the Inner West Council, reports Markela Panegyres.

The NSW government, not local government, must be forced to remediate a community park near the largest traffic interchange in the southern hemisphere, argues Pip Hinman.

Labor councillors' attempts to stop a residents' poll on de-amalgamation from proceeding at the local government elections in September has been thwarted, writes Pip Hinman.

Labor councillors are trying to overturn an Inner West Council decision to conduct a referendum of residents on de-amalgamation at the next local government election. Pip Hinman reports.

The campaign for the de-amalgamation of three Inner West councils is gaining traction in the lead-up to council elections on September 4, writes Peter Boyle.

People Before Profit team

Residents concerned about the Inner West Council’s pending rate rise — the result of the forced amalgamations of three councils — organised a bicycle ride protest, reports Peter Boyle.

The forced amalgamation of Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Councils into the Inner West Council has been an expensive failure, and impending big rate rises for many residents prove this, writes Pip Hinman.

Inner West Council has become the first local government in New South Wales to adopt a motion in solidarity with Kurdish mayors who have been removed from office by the Turkish state, reports Peter Boyle.

Inner West Council has joined First Nations communities in opposing Origin's fracking plans in the NT, reports Pip Hinman.

Three years after the New South Wales government forcibly merged 44 metropolitan, regional and country councils into 20 mega councils, the promised savings have failed to materialise.

In some sort of sick joke, residents of the inner west suburbs of St Peters and Haberfield have been sent earplugs by WestConnex after complaints to it about the incessant and loud noise caused by the construction of this controversial $17 billion tollway.

An extraordinary Inner West Council meeting called by Greens councillors on October 3 to discuss supporting residents’ groups’ campaign against the WestConnex tollway project resulted in very little.

The Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne dominated the five-hour meeting, filibustering to prevent four motions from being discussed. Byrne, who regularly proclaims that “democracy has been restored to council”, insisted that his motions in the form of two “Mayoral minutes”, which had not been circulated, take centre stage.

TThe NSW state government is attempting to carry out the privatisation of its controversial $16.8 billion Westconnex tollway project in relative secret under pressure from the growing calls for it to be stopped.

A submission by the Sydney City Council (SCC) claims the government is planning to separate construction of road tunnels for the third stage of WestConnex from the proposed underground spaghetti road junction at Rozelle in an attempt to “de-risk the project” ahead of its sale to private investors.

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