Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades.
Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades. Contributed

Come clean on councils, minister told

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole must unequivocally rule out council sackings and forced amalgamations under Fit for the Future reforms, according to Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades.

Mr Rhoades was speaking ahead of the first regional sittings of the NSW Parliament's Upper House inquiry into local government reform. "He's dodged the question for months now, but this is a real opportunity for the Minister to finally come completely clean," he said.

"He needs to reassure communities across this State that the Baird Government will not move to crush grassroots democracy by sacking councils and appointing administrators either before or after IPART completes its review."

The reports said the Minister had proposed to Cabinet that the Government sack all elected Mayors and councillors in NSW. Mr Toole said there was no such plan.



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