Category Archives: State Government

Wingecarribee Avoids Widespread Amalgamations

A map showing a series of proposed council mergers indicates that Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Shires will avoid any moves to amalgamate, despite the state government slashing by 40 the number of councils across NSW. The Premier Mike Baird and Local … Continue reading

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A Capital On the Highlands

Did you know that Bowral, Moss Vale and Goulburn all thought themselves contenders for the site of Australia’s capital city? A meeting was held at the Bowral School of Arts on Wednesday, March 1, 1899 to advocate for just such a … Continue reading

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Rowell, Hodgkinson Dumped In Ministerial Reshuffle

The newly re-elected members for Cootamundra and Wollondilly – Katrina Hodgkinson and Jai Rowell – have been dumped from Mike Baird’s new cabinet, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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Labor Lines Up for Wollondilly

Quietly pre-selected five months ago, Labor’s candidate for Wollondilly at March’s state election is finding his feet on the Hustings. Ciaran (pronounced Kieran) O’Brien’s corflutes have started to appear across the electorate and he’s been going along to community events as … Continue reading

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Lay of the Land

One year on from the election of the Abbott government and our local MPs are firmly ensconced in their new jobs. Throsby’s Stephen Jones is now in his second term and rising through the Opposition ranks and is currently Assistant … Continue reading

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Landlocked Future for Wingecarribee

A state government panel appointed to consider reform of local government in New South Wales has hosed down talk of amalgamation at Wingecarribee Shire Council. Local Government Minister Don Page released the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report this … Continue reading

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A Restive Shire

A little over a year into a new term, and calls have been growing for the Wingecarribee Shire Council to be sacked. Weekly, acrimonious relationships between councillors and staff, between councillors and councillors, and between councillors and failed candidates play … Continue reading

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2015 State Redistribution Announced

The NSW Electoral Commission has announced the final determinations of the NSW redistribution. The new boundaries will take effect for state elections from the March 2015 election. Changes to the Southern Highlands electorates of Goulburn and Wollondilly are largely in … Continue reading

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An Open Letter Concerning Future Directions for Local Government

An open letter to the Local Government Review Panel in response to the Future Directions for NSW Local Government discussion paper. Final comments to the Panel are due by June 28 and I would be interested in hearing your views. … Continue reading

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