The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
Community media is ensuring society stays informed at all political levels.
A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.