Ministers Demerger Stalling Cause Further Unnecessary Angst

Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren, has demanded the Minister for

Local Government, Shelley Hancock, urgently make a decision regarding the

demergers of Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council.

The Local Government Boundaries Commission handed its report into the possible

demergers to the Minister more than two months ago, yet the Minister has refused to

make a decision.

With council elections about four months away, Mr Warren said both communities

deserved to have certainty.

“For more than two months, residents in Snowy Valleys and Cootamundra Gundagai

have waited with bated breath for the Minister to make a decision,” Mr Warren said.

“They have urged, encouraged and pleaded with the Minister to make a call yet those

requests have continually fallen on deaf ears.

“Residents in those communities – and throughout our entire state – expect and

deserve a lot more from a NSW Government Minister.

“There is no doubt that the Minister is delaying making a decision because she knows if

she admits the mergers of both councils didn’t work, it would also be an admission that

the government’s forced mergers policy was a dismal failure too.

“The Minister needs to stop stalling, do the right thing by residents in the Snowy Valleys

and Cootamundra Gundagai, and make a decision now.”

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