Call for poll into future of Council

With May 12 marking six years since the merger of the former Wyong and Gosford Councils, Central Coast Friends of Democracy (CCFoD) is calling on the NSW Government to pay the $100M it says is owed to fund the real cost of the merger and conduct a poll about the future of Central Coast Council.

CCFoD is calling for: The NSW Government to pay the $100M it owes the Central Coast community and the Council to cover the true cost of its forced amalgamation; the NSW Government to hold a poll to ask the community if they want to stay as one Central Coast Council or demerge whilst maintaining some shared services; and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2016 mergers to proceed before the state election in March 2023.

“In November 2020, Greg Warren, NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government, said the Opposition with support from the cross benches would establish a parliamentary inquiry into the failing merger process and identify options the government must take to repair the damage done to councils and their communities,” Former Mayor Smith said.