Developers call for new NSW Planning Bill to be demolished

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Angry property developers have called on the New South Wales government to junk its highly controversial new planning system reforms bill, claiming concessions granted to get the laws past the Upper House now make it unworkable. In a scathing attack on the range of concessions granted by the government, […]

NSW ministers forced to sacrifice Harbour Views

By Paul Hemsley The iconic views of Sydney Harbour once par for the course in the plush office suits of New South Wales government ministers are set to become a perk of the past after the O’Farrell government revealed it will be vacating Governor Macquarie Tower (GMT) to move a few city blocks downtown to […]

NSW officially names Justice Megan Latham as new ICAC

By Paul Hemsley The Parliament of New South Wales has given its blessing to the appointment of Supreme Court Judge the Hon Megan Latham as the next Commissioner of the state’s public sector watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The state Parliament’s Committee on the ICAC confirmed Justice Latham’s appointment for a five year […]

City of Sydney demands Trigeneration rules be relaxed

By Julian Bajkowski The City of Sydney is again ramping up its promotion of trigeneration as a viable alternative means of producing energy in the heart of the city. Having parked a wider electricity overhaul critics claimed would cost up to $5 billion, the CBD council is now pushing the New South Wales Parliament to […]

Sydney’s Light Rail stoppage to roll on for days

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Mystery continues to surround the cause of a series of derailments that have forced the closure of Sydney’s Light Rail services, with operator Transdev now warning the disruption could endure for “several days”. As thousands of commuters who usually rely on light rail service are either left stranded or […]

PM’s sister defeated in bid for Local Government NSW presidency

By Julian Bajkowski The sister of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Christine Forster, has lost a high profile bid to become the president of peak council group Local Government New South Wales after incumbent co-president Keith Rhoades following elections in Sydney during the body’s annual conference. The re-election of Mr Rhoades, who is an independent councillor […]

O’Farrell outsources management of government offices

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The NSW government has announced that it will outsource management of its office accommodation requirements after Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance called for expressions of interest from private sector suppliers. The move to outsourcing will send management of what the government estimates is a portfolio of 830 […]

PM’s sister tilts for Local Government NSW presidency

By Julian Bajkowski New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and his Local Government minister Don Page could soon have the most formidable of internal opponents to deal with when it comes to trying to push through contentious and controversial council mergers. Christine Forster, a Liberal councillor on the City of Sydney and the high-profile and […]

Cloud and open data pushed in NSW government ICT Strategy update

By Paul Hemsley The New South Wales government has revealed the next step in its ambitious plan to improve service delivery to the public and business through better technology after it released its new ICT Strategy Implementation Plan that will bring in both a new open data policy and a new cloud policy to bring […]

Government research finds rate rises more popular than council mergers

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and his Local Government Minister Don Page have a new electoral headache to deal with in their efforts to sell the controversial idea of council mergers in the state. New polling research commissioned by the Independent Local Government Review Panel in New South Wales has revealed […]

NSW registers Ricoh as government IT supplier

By Paul Hemsley The New South Wales government has listed electronics company Ricoh IT Services as a registered supplier with the NSW Government ICT Services Scheme, which the company hopes will boost its involvement in state government projects. The accreditation of Ricoh IT Services by the NSW government to become an ‘Advanced Registered Partner’ will […]

Perth’s council merger triggers conservative revolt

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Attempts in Western Australia to push through reforms that would allow the government to halve the number of metropolitan councils have come conspicuously unstuck after local government reform proposals triggered a fiery backlash inside Premier Colin Barnetts’ own party room. The WA Premier this week ducked putting the issue […]

NSW Electoral Commission puts word on councils over DIY polls

By Paul Hemsley The New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has issued all councils across the state with the set of formalised words that are now required to be used when contracting-in the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to run their elections, referenda or polls. The circular from the chief executive of the […]

Divorced Queensland councils set election date

By Paul Hemsley Queensland ratepayers who eagerly sent forced council mergers packing by voting for de-amalgamation from neighbouring councils will go to the polls on 9 November to elect their new representatives. The state government’s announcement has confirmed that people living in Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas will get new local leaders from 1 January […]


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