Mayors and councillors from seven rural and metro local government areas around NSW have joined forces to fight forced amalgamation.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz, Clr John Morgan met with elected officials from Cabonne, Shellharbour, Mosman, Hunter's Hill, Ku-ring-gai and Strathfield at Mosman Council Chambers last week. These elected officials represent a total population of over a quarter of a million residents and ratepayers. One of the outcomes agreed at the meeting was to pen an open letter to Premier Mike Baird urging him to suspend his "undemocratic" merger program.
The letter also requested a meeting to discuss alternative ways of meeting the State Government's strategic objectives and for community polls to be conducted about amalgamations which would then only occur with majority support.
The letter requested a response from the Premier within a week and the group will meet again in the near future.