The Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward will be forced to finally show his hand on his Government’s proposal to force the amalgamation of all Illawarra Councils in the State Parliament after a Notice of Motion was moved today.
Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson moved the motion in the Legislative Assembly earlier this afternoon, which calls on the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole MP to “withdraw the proposal for the forced amalgamation of all Illawarra councils immediately.”
“Gareth Ward has already avoided standing with the Illawarra community by voting with the Government last week to defeat a motion which would have debated the Government’s proposal to force the amalgamation of councils across the state, including in the Illawarra.
“My motion provides Mr Ward with a second chance to show the Government that he stands with the region he represents.
“He has another opportunity to ensure his mouth follows his feet by voting with the Opposition calling on the Minister to withdraw the forced amalgamation proposal for all Illawarra councils, without exception.
“Mr Ward can no longer, as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, seek to straddle a barbed wire fence on this issue by saying one thing in Terralong Street while doing another in Macquarie Street.
“He should realise that straddling barbed wire fences can be very uncomfortable and leaves a nasty mess”, she said.
23 February 2016