Category Archives: Local Democracy

Unseemly haste in Newcastle City Council’s radical restructure

At last Tuesday’s meeting Newcastle City Council radically restructured the way it will operate. Unfortunately, it was done without real consultation with the elected councillors. The new management structure will eliminate one director, an entire division and five senior management … Continue reading

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Planning Reform Forum in Newcastle

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Newcastle Art Gallery a priority project for the Greens

The Greens candidate for the Federal electorate of Newcastle Michael Osborne has thrown his support behind the controversial redevelopment of the city’s art gallery. Supporters of the art gallery say this time last year the $21 million dollar project was … Continue reading

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The Great Newcastle Art Gallery Swindle

Thursday December 2013 “The people of Newcastle have been dudded by Council’s Art Gallery decision” Councillor Therese Doyle said today. “The majority of councillors did not even hear a single report on the progress made by the Project Control Group … Continue reading

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If you care about good governance and holding council acountable

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Lake council leads in good governance

1 August 2012 Stability is the key to getting things done in council, says Councillor Phillipa Parsons and Greens Mayoral candidate for Lake Macquarie Council in the upcoming elections. Cr. Parsons is not being facetious when she assesses Lake Macquarie … Continue reading

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Keith Parsons Speaks Out Against Confidential Council Meetings

Newcastle Greens candidate for Ward Three, Keith Parsons, speaks out against the practice of confidential council meetings and discusses the need for a more transparent council with greater community input. Watch the video above and read his letter to the … Continue reading

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Local democracy, collaborative leadership and open government policy

Newcastle Greens Policy on  Local Democracy, Collaborative Leadership and Open Government An open, responsive, community-focussed council  Newcastle Greens believe that deepening local democracy and rebuilding trust between Newcastle City Council and the community should be a top priority. Without this, … Continue reading

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