Minister Must Make an Urgent Decision Regarding Demergers

NSW Labor have demanded the Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, act

promptly and decisively regarding the proposed demergers of Snowy Valleys Council

and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council.

After a long, drawn-out process, the Local Government Boundaries Commission has

finally completed its examination into the two proposed demergers of the councils.

The reports have now been handed to Minister Hancock for her consideration.

Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren, said in the best interests of both

communities, the Minister needed to resolve the issue urgently.

"The mergers of these communities in 2016 can only be described as a complete

disaster," Mr Warren said.

For five years a significant portion of both communities have been pushing for a

demerger.

It took the government four years to ask the Local Government Boundaries

Commission to look into demerging these communities.

"The communities of Snowy Valleys and Cootamundra and Gundagai shouldn't have

to wait four years for the Minister to make a decision regarding the Local Government

Boundaries Commission's findings."

Local Government Boundary Commission chairman, Bob Sendt, noted the commission?

s role was not to re-examine to 2016 merger proposals, but rather to look forward and

determine what was best for those communities.

Mr Warren, who has visited both local government areas on multiple occasions over the

past couple of years, said the communities had little doubt what was in their best

interests going forward.

"The far majority of residents I have spoken to in both communities are adamant that a

demerger is the only option going forward," he said.

The government forced these communities into a shotgun marriage which clearly has

not worked.

"The Minister must, for the first time in five years, listen to what these communities

actually want."

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