In a powerful show of unity and determination, yesterday some 320 Pittwater community members stood on the shores of Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale and formed a human ‘NO—‘NO to forced amalgamation and ‘NO to a mega council. See the video!
Deputy Mayor, Cr Kylie Ferguson and General Manager, Mark Ferguson addressed the Pittwater community, who all wore striking blue caps and assembled in the ‘NO’ in a last protest to being forced to merge. Drone photography captured the inspirational moment the ‘NO’ was formed marking this historic event.
“My fellow Councillors and I are committed to being the voice for our community—that’s democracy. This gathering and sharing of our collective voice — that’s also democracy. Forced mergers that are blatantly against the fabric of our community’s wishes—that’s NOT democracy,” Cr Ferguson addressed the crowd.
“There’s just too much at stake for them,” he said.
“Today’s gathering is another testament to the commitment and character of our passionate councillors, community and staff, who won’t give up” Mr Ferguson said.
Speaking out today as a united voice comes after IPART deeming Pittwater ‘unfit’ because of ‘scale and capacity’.
“Although we meet every other Fit for the Future financial criterion incorporating sustainability, infrastructure and efficiency measures, we’ve been told we don’t have a big enough population”, said Mr Ferguson.
Councillors will consider the report and discuss options before determining a way forward at Council’s next meeting on Monday 2 November 2015.
Results from independent research and Pittwater Council’s community engagement have consistently demonstrated overwhelming rejection to a mega council.
To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform
Find the full IPART report at www.ipart.nsw.gov.au