Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell. The Northern Star

State Govt seeks ‘big brother’ powers

LISMORE Mayor Jenny Dowell is calling on the NSW State Government to defer voting on a new Bill that could see local councils sacked without warning.

The Early Intervention Bill, which the Mayor understands may be before the NSW Parliament this week, would do away with the current 21-day "notice of intention", allowing the Minister for Local Government to immediately suspend a council if it was considered a matter of urgency.

Cr Dowell said the Early Intervention Bill vote has come "out of the blue".

"I didn't know about this until an email from Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore alerted people on Wednesday," she said.

"There has been no consultation with the LGNSW (Local Government NSW) and there doesn't appear to be any avenue of appeal in this bill.

"To dismiss a democratically elected government is a serious power.

"This Bill would allow the Minister unheard of power. It goes well beyond what's needed and puts into jeopardy the improving relationship between local government and the State."



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