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.
Local Government Act
The NSW Land and Environment Court found government-appointed delegates who recommended mergers for Mosman and North Sydney with Willoughby City Council and Burwood and Canada Bay with Strathfield Council had not followed the Local Government Act. The court found there was "no proper statutory foundation" for either of the proposed amalgamations, given the flaws in the delegates’ recommendations, and set the mergers aside.