Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has told the New South Wales Council Boundaries Commission in a 6-page submission it should recommend to the State Government that its proposal to force the amalgamation of all Illawarra Councils should not proceed and should be withdrawn.
Ms Watson’s submission outlines that the State Government has no justification or electoral mandate to proceed with its forced amalgamation proposals.
“This proposal by the State Government is poorly planned.
“The assumptions relied on are uncertain and highly questionable, especially in relation to financial considerations.
“The proposal is also silent and vague in relation to crucial matters such as service delivery harmonisation, the impact of a four-year council revenue freeze, and the process for electing councillors and mayor.
“Perhaps most importantly, the proposal has earned the widespread opposition among all communities within the Illawarra region.
“The council boundary review delegate, Mr Mike Allen should, as part of his final report to the New South Wales Boundaries Commission, recommend to the Minister for Local Government that the State Government’s proposal for the forced amalgamation of all Illawarra Councils should not proceed and should be withdrawn”, she said.
10 February 2016