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When councils foot the bill, local communities pay

    When councils foot the bill, local communities pay

    In 2016 the NSW Government forced local councils across NSW to merge. For years, local communities have paid the price and campaigned tirelessly to demerge and reinstate local democracy. 

    Now, the NSW Labor Government is going to force local communities to fork out the money to fund their own demergers. 

    This comes just after the NSW Labor Government slammed local councils with a sky-high increase in the Emergency Services Levy. The state government also imposes a cap on council rates, forcing councils to cut funding for essential services like local sporting facilities, libraries or maintaining roads and footpaths. 

    The NSW Labor Government’s proposed change will affect people in communities right across our state, from the Inner West, to Canterbury-Bankstown, the Northern Beaches, Cootamundra-Gundagai, and Tumbarumba. Paying for a demerger is the financial responsibility of the NSW Government — as is funding our essential emergency services. Find out more here.

    Email the Local Government Minister NOW demanding the NSW Government clean up their own mess and don’t leave local councils footing the bill.