#cityofsydney

How efficiently does your NSW council operate?

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Who has ever bothered to read the annual reports published by the local councils? Have we ever brought our local councillors to task on costs? For instance, why does household waste removal cost 2x as much in Woollahra as it does in Penrith? Of course, income disparity is one factor but is there a luxury element to garbage disposal in the wealthy suburbs? Garbage collection is just garbage collection, no? Of course, the distances travelled by garbage trucks might be a factor. Yet Waverley costs $17,500/hectare for annual rubbish disposal whereas Hornsby (arguably national parks don’t make it apples for apples comparisons) is $511/ha. Lane Cove has a similar area to Waverley but costs only $4,709/ha. Someone is making some serious coin on the collections in some council areas based off annual escalations one would think.

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Why does the City of Sydney council have a $924/resident cost per council staff versus $277 in Liverpool? Or on an area basis, why does it cost $83,000/ha in Sydney vs a similarly populated Parramatta at $12,300/ha?

Staff ha.png30% of Clover Moore’s budget is allocated to council staff. Councils in Hornsby, The Hills and Camden are less than 20%. Cumberland and Liverpool councils have around 50% of the budget allocated to staff.

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The City of Sydney rakes in $757mn pa or $3,154 per 240,000 odd residents. Mosman pulls in just under $50mn or $1,600 per 31,000 residents. Blacktown pulls in $640mn revenue per annum across 366,534 residents.

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Did we realise the collective equity base of our Sydney metro councils exceeds $66bn? $21bn of that in Sydney. How well are those assets being managed? There are some lazy balance sheets and even lazier investment strategies for all the collective billions sitting in those accounts.

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So next time you attend your council meeting, perhaps you can ask what the investment strategies are among the millions of your monies raised has been allocated?

 

We should be thinking of merging more councils. Plenty of inefficiencies to be squeezed out and plenty of opportunities to lower rates to the residents. Get off the high horse on declaring climate emergencies and look at streamlining services that really benefit those they serve.

Sydney to declare a Climate Emergency

If there was any city in Australia that was about to be swamped by rising sea levels, Sydney would be a front runner. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore wants her council to announce a “climate emergency” in a vote next week and demand the Morrison government step in and help businesses exit fossil fuel industries.

Moore only needs to type in the waterfront suburbs on http://www.realestate.com.au and see all see for herself whether there is mass panic selling of multi million dollar properties for a song. She won’t find them. Much less banks willing to finance them.

The idea of Sydney joining the 600 other jurisdictions across 13 countries declaring this rubbish speaks for itself. These issues have been preached about for decades. Why not declare an emergency then? All Moore is doing is looking to hijack a trendy hashtag to appear “woke”. Don’t forget she used a slug of ratepayer funds to help promote same sex marriage. Hardly the remit of a local council but hey it’s social justice.

Perhaps she can commit to 100% renewables and claims to reduce CO2 by 2024. If she is so confident of her climate emergency perhaps she should guarantee that if sea levels don’t rise and hot temperatures don’t stray out of statistical norms for a sustained period that she promises to declare “climate normality” and lower rates to her constituents by the amount of any net excess caused by her declaration. For she knows that if absolutely nothing happens then there are no consequences.

Recall the climate action plan of Ireland and the lack of money to fund it. Or Canada and pipeline approvals the day after its declaration.

Follow the money!

Hypocrisy of the Mayor of Sydney

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It shouldn’t surprise but in the self-serving interests of the Marxist Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore has vowed to make venues in Sydney’s prominent places free for 100 days for any gay weddings if SSM is legalized. Yes, if marriage equality is approved, the first thing Moore intends to do is promote “inequality”. I sincerely hope that gay couples reject her offer should the legislation pass because it would only serve to prove the height of double standards. Gaining equality should not mean getting an advantage. Love is love. Money is money. Loony progressive logic.