WATSON TO TABLE 6000 PETITION OPPOSED TO FORCED COUNCIL MERGERS AFTER MEETING WITH MINISTER

MEDIA RELEASE


A 6000 signatory petition by residents opposed to the forced merger of Shellharbour and Wollongong City Council will be tabled in the State Parliament next week after Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson met with the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole MP yesterday.

The Minister and Ms Watson met in the Minister’s office yesterday morning to discuss the Government’s forced amalgamation proposal for Illawarra councils.

Ms Watson wanted the Minister to see the 6000 signatory petition personally before tabling it in the Legislative Assembly next week.

One of the signatures on the petition is by Gilmore MP, Ann Sudmalis, who has been attacked by Liberal members and Liberal MPs for opposing the forced merger of Illawarra councils.

The move comes as the residents of Kiama take part on a vote tomorrow on the proposal to force the merger of Kiama and Shoalhaven Councils.

Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“I’ll be formally tabling the 6000 signatory petition in the Parliament next week.

“This petition indicates the depth of strong feeling against a forced merger of Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils by local residents.

“I appreciate that the Minister took the time to meet with me yesterday morning in his office to personally see the petition before I take the opportunity to table it in the Legislative Assembly next week.”

 

6 May 2016

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