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The Weekly Times - 14th February, 2018

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Wednesday 14 February, 2018 THE WEEKLY TIMES 13 Labor grabs power as local government conference blasts forced mergers CITY of Sydney Labor Clr Linda Scott (pictured) has been elected as the new President of the NSW Local Government Association. The Weekly Times Local Government correspondent at the Association’s Annual Conference in Sydney late last year - Phil Jenkyn OAM - also reports that City of Canada Bay’s Mayor Angelo Tsirekas (ALP) has been elected Vice President, representing our local Metro Urban area. “The election of the new W Board signalled a significant shift towards the Labor Party,” Mr Jenkyn reports. “The Liberal/National Party candidate for the position of President Cr Gail Giles-Gidney was defeated and there are only five representatives of the Coalition on the Board of 19 members. “This devastatingly poor result for the Coalition follows a similar poor performance in the recent local government elections.” Mr Jenkyn said motions passed at the conference reflected council and community anger against the state government over forced mergers. He said conference Motion 85 on forced mergers includes a requirement that oodies’ G irl s S iz z l ing S ev ens EASTWOOD RUGBY UNION where an amalgamation with one or more councils is proposed there must be a binding referendum in each council area asking voters if they want their council to be amalgamated or not. In order for an amalgamation to go ahead, each council area would need to achieve a majority vote in favour of the amalgamation. This reflects the recently defeated Bill passed by the Upper House on the same idea Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017; to allow individuals to vote on amalgamations and for their voices to count,” Mr Jenkyn said. On the issue of Mandatory Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) the conference endorsed the President to campaign with NSW councils against the State Government takeover of planning powers through IHAP legislation. “Local Government NSW called on NSW Parliament to revoke legislation that mandates Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) for all councils in Sydney and Wollongong.” Mr Jenkyn also reports that a survey released by Local Government NSW reveals that 75 per cent of NSW residents believe local government is the best sphere of government to make decisions about their local areas. PLAY GIRLS RUGBY 7s Eastwood Rugby welcomes new players to join Girls Rugby 7s in 2018 EASTWOOD Junior Rugby are seeking players for their Girls Sevens teams in the Sizzling Sevens tournament. The Woodies field sides in the 10, 12, 14, 1 and 18 divisions and train twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at T.G Millner top Field from pm to pm. First wave of the Siling Sevens tournament kicks off this Saturday February 17 and concludes April 7. A second wave Sevens tournament runs from May 12 to June 0. This is a great pathway for girls interested in playing Sevens rugby at the highest level. Inuiries Neil Tyler 048 228 008. • Season starts soon. Not too late to join. • New players welcome (even if you haven’t played rugby before) • Training Tuesday & Thursday 5pm to 6pm. • Games are early Saturday evening More information Contact Neil Tyler on 0438 228 008 or email eastwoodjuniorrugby7s@gmail.com U10s through to U18s teams

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