NSW Government must take Responsibility for Central Coast Council Chaos

NSW Labor said the Berejiklian Government had to take responsibility for its role that

led to the Central Coast Council’s dire financial woes.

Yesterday, Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, announced a public inquiry

would be held into the council’s financial state.

The announcement was made despite growing calls from the community on the Central

Coast for a more thorough judicial inquiry.

Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren MP, said NSW Liberals and NSW

Nationals could not escape the reality that the forced merger of Wyong and Gosford

councils, contributed to Central Coast Council’s spiralling trajectory.

“There is absolutely no doubt that the government’s decision to forcibly merge Wyong

and Gosford councils had a significant impact on the financial woes of the Central Coast

Council,” Mr Warren said.

“The Liberal-National Government’s fingerprints are all over this situation yet they

continue to plead their innocence.

“Minister Hancock must: put her hand up and take responsibility for this mess; and listen

to the community of the Central Coast and hold a judicial inquiry.

“More than 22,000 people signed a petition calling for the judicial inquiry, not just a

public inquiry.”

The council was placed into administration in October last year, with that period

extended in January this year.

At the announcement of the public hearing yesterday, Minister Hancock said the

administration period would continue until the hearing was complete.

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