Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson today slammed Wollongong City Council for even thinking about ‘branding rights’ instead of sticking to strongly opposing the proposed forced amalgamation by the State Government of Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils.

“Wollongong Council’s ideas for ‘branding rights’ are like relatives trying to slink off with the family silver before a person is even dead.

“This forced amalgamation proposal hasn’t been approved or finalised by anyone.

“It is totally premature for Wollongong City Council to be even considering this issue.

“Yet instead of sticking to an agenda that strongly opposes the forced amalgamation of Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils as their own resolutions have made clear, we have Wollongong Council senior executives and councillors playing around with ultimate ‘branding’ rights.

“This issue of what a forced amalgamation local government area may be called, if the State Government determines it, should only be decided AFTER a final decision has been made on whether the forced amalgamation proceeds.

“And, if such a decision is made, it should be up to all the new local government area’s residents to directly determine its new name in a direct vote – not just the councillors from just one part of the new LGA”, she said.


17 February 2016