As councils nominate merger partners, Orange councillors have questioned the legality of sacking a council because it refuses to amalgamate.
During discussions on Tuesday night, councillor Neil Jones quoted independent legal advice, which said neither Premier Mike Baird nor Local Government Minister Paul Toole had the power to sack or suspend councils under the Local Government Act for standing by their communities and amalgamations needed to go through the Boundaries Commission.
“We shouldn’t be frightened by the scaremongering,” he said.
Fellow councillor Glenn Taylor said councils could not be sacked unless they were financially unviable or dysfunctional and Orange met neither criteria.
“They can’t sack a council for no reason, just because they won’t capitulate and merge,” he said.
“We’re in the top six in the state [or in the 95th percentile for asset management], it’s going to blow up in their faces.”
Fairfax Media has previously reported the Coalition does not have the numbers in the NSW upper house to pass compulsory amalgamation laws.
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