Mr Shoebridge called the consent orders “a disaster for Mike Baird” and said councils embroiled in court cases with the state government on merger proposals would be scrutinising delegates’ reports particularly closely in the light of this.
“When a government tries to do a job on local communities and cut legal corners and rush through an undemocratic process it is no wonder they trip up,” Mr Shoebridge said. Veteran Journalist of SMH fame now with the Australian: Mark Coultan
A forced merger between Sydney councils Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay has been halted in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court. Strathfield Council challenged the merger in the Land and Environment Court and today the State Government withdrew from the case. The court heard there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils. Local Government Minister Paul Toole said he expected the delegate to reissue the report.
"Now it's up to the delegate to go back out there, look at this matter and reissue this report," he said. "Once it comes back to me I will look at it in detail before making a final decision."
The Minister could not give a timeframe on when that decision would be, only saying he "expects this to happen very quickly". Canada Bay ... on Our ABC
The state government's push for council amalgamations has suffered a major setback.
Council amalgamations: government push for mergers suffers setback
A merger between Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils has been postponed after the Land and Environment Court ruled the NSW government could not rely on the Boundaries Commission’s report to make a merger case.
NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole was forced into an embarrassing climb down today (Tuesday) as the court ordered that he should not to rely on delegate Richard Colley’s report on the merger between the three Sydney Councils. The Minister was also ordered to pay Strathfield Council’s costs. Costs Paid By Residents of the Fragile Castle
Three-council merger postponed; Baird cops court costs
NSW council merger plan suffers setback
Backflipping: Not so long ago, in the land of Clyde. A Castle like Victory (John Drake and Allan Brzoson) was celebrated and then ... The law was changed:
The contentious Collex aka Veolia proposal for a waste terminal in western Sydney is again in doubt after the Opposition yesterday withdrew support for legislation overturning a court victory by two residents who opposed the plan.
After a day of behind-the-scenes manoeuvring, the Opposition Leader, John Brogden, vowed to oppose the legislation in the NSW upper house and attempt to force it to an upper house committee for further investigation.
Residents Win and Then they Lose
In a judgement last Friday, Justice Neal Bignold found significant environmental (North shore garbage goes west) problems with the development of the Clyde facility. He upheld concerns that transporting waste to the station would have a major impact on air quality around Auburn and that transportation costs l be passed on to Sydney ratepayers. (Government bully-boys attack judiciary)
Justice Bignold congratulated the two plaintiffs, saying they demonstrated an "extraordinary mastery, as essentially lay persons, of the complex issues raised by the proposal in all of its dimensions: scientific, technical, social, environmental and political".
Mr Drake said yesterday: "It shows ordinary people can take on councils and governments and win.". Clyde Waste Terminal (Drake &. Ors; Auburn Council v Minister for Planning and Anor; Collex Pty Ltd ...
But in the year-long court case, reminiscent of the plot of The Castle, residents John Drake and Allan Brzoson scuttled the transfer station, putting Woodlawn's commercial viability in doubt.