NSW Local Government Elections scheduled for September 2016 -
now expected to be delayed until March 2017.
In what has been no secret in the State Electorate of the Minister for Local Government, Mr Paul Toole for some weeks, it is expected that the Mike Baird State Government will shortly announce that the scheduled NSW Local Government Elections to be held in September next year (2016), will be delayed for an additional six months and will now be held across NSW in March 2017.
Whilst the official excuse put forward is expected to be that it will allow for Local Government Elections to be held directly in the middle of the 4-year State Government Term, the proposed legislative delay is apparently being considered by the State Government to allow it more time to finalise it's controversial agenda of both forced and unforced Council Amalgamations, of which many Local Councils and Shires have already foreshadowed legal action all the way to the High Court.
A formal announcement to delay the scheduled Local Government Elections for September next year could come as early as Monday week, when Premier Mike Baird and his Minister for Local Government, Mr Paul Toole are both scheduled to address the State's Mayors and many Councillors at this year's Annual NSW Local Government Conference being held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.