A cross-party alliance has come behind a renewed call for the forcibly merged councils in NSW to de-amalgamate. Pip Hinman reports.
Save Our Councils Coalition (SOCC)
A resident-initiated meeting drew good numbers to discuss the case to de-amalgamate the Inner West Council, reports Markela Panegyres.
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.
The Save Our Councils Coalition (SOCC) has announced a "Put the Liberals Last" campaign in the coming state byelections in NSW, with SOCC spokesperson Phil Jenkyn saying: "They [the Liberals] will be massacred in the North Shore byelection."
The group was responding on February 14 to the decision by Premier Gladys Berejiklian to push ahead with the forced amalgamations of 20 urban councils and continue to pursue the mergers of the five Sydney councils that are currently taking legal action against the plan.