Matraville chemist and Labor councillor Noel D’Souza has been elected as the new Randwick mayor. The Indian-born son of a printer who immigrated to Australia at the age of 10 becomes Randwick City’s 83rd and first Indian mayor. Cr D’Souza said the coming year would be very challenging and he would focus on maintaining high quality services, Indigenous issues and protecting staff ahead of the Government’s Fit for the Future amalgamation program.
In a controversial move, Cr D’Souza nominated himself as the mayoral candidate without the support of his Labor councillors who nominated Cr Kathy Neilson for mayor. Cr D’Souza didn’t win any votes from his fellow Labor councillors, but thanked senior members of the ALP for supporting his nomination saying “they know who they are”.
Labor’s Noel D’Souza elected Randwick mayor without support of fellow Labor councillors
The Premier has urged the state's councillors to get behind his government's push for fewer councils – even if it means some of them would be out of a job. Mike Baird was greeted by applause and repeatedly interrupted by hecklers as he used his address to the Local Government NSW annual conference to push the case for reforms viewed with hostility by many in his audience. "There's no doubt that ifu we have less councils we have hundreds of millions of dollars that we can put to work for our ratepayers."
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Former Labor minister Peter Garrett has revealed he was offered 'hundreds, if not thousands of dollars' by Clubs New South Wales, the peak licensed clubs body that has been heavily involved in lobbying against poker machine restrictions over more than a decade. Mr Garrett says he was handed an envelope filled with money at a function shortly after being elected in 2004. The revelation was to be included in his autobiography and a new documentary about gambling in Australia, but Peter Garrett no longer wants the allegation going to air.
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