Opinion: Council plan concerns

THE people of New South Wales should be concerned at reports Local Government Minister Paul Toole wants to sack all councillors as a stepping stone to creating mega councils across the state.

It needs to be pointed out that after the claim was published, Mr Toole denied there was any such plan.

The report may well have been based on the overactive imaginations of councillors concerned about the Fit for the Future assessments that switched to public hearings yesterday.

However, it wouldn't be a surprise if we were to find out at the end of the review of local councils that the report wasn't too far off the mark.

Such a drastic step would be a breach of faith with the voters that re-elected the New South Wales Coalition Government just five months ago.

One of the features of the Baird administration has been its preparedness to be up front with the community on big issues, to explain its planned policies and argue its case.

Therefore voters are entitled to be upset if the government moves to redesign the local government landscape without thorough consultation.



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