Many, many community groups against local council mergers

Just some of the many groups on Facebook who will fight against NSW council amalgamations

Just some of the many groups on Facebook who will fight against NSW council amalgamations

There are many, many community groups in NSW against the State Government’s plans to amalgamate our local councils.

Between them they have 10,000+s supporters and this is just on facebook. Probably for every one supporter on faceebook there are at least another 1,000 people.

Some of them – like Save our Councils, Pittwater Forever, Hands off Holyrod, Save our Strathfield, Keep Councils Local, Hands of North Sydney, Save Hunters Hill, Odd Socks – Save our Shire, Independence for Mosman, No amalgamation on the Northern Beaches, – have been set up specifically to fight off amalgamations.

Other community groups, which have been around for years, are also totally opposed to the Baird Government’s plans. These are too numerous to mention but one of the strongest is the Better Planning Network, which probably has close to 100,000 supporters in NSW – many who donate to its cause.

These are strong, active voices who will fight and rally against any form of local council amalgamations.

Baird Government it is time to listen to your people, your community, the people who elected you. The Baird NSW government needs to show it is a democratic, moral government.

Don’t underestimate and ignore the voice of the people like Kennett did in Victoria in 1996.

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One thought on “Many, many community groups against local council mergers

  1. Waikanae watcher says:

    In the Wellington region in NZ where the issue has been debated for some time, one of the councils, Hutt City, commissioned a survey in 2014 that showed 80 per cent of Hutt residents and 75 per cent across the greater Wellington region preferred council boundaries to remain unchanged.

    Hutt City was opposed to amalgamation on two main points;
    * a loss of local democracy and,
    * high cost and high risk, with no evidence of gains.

    Amalgamation was dropped in June by the Local Government Commission, but it’s certainly only dormant and not extinct!

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