LOCAL LABOR TEAM RENEWS FIGHT AGAINST AMALGAMATIONS
MATT THISTLETHWAITE MP
MEMBER FOR KINGSFORD SMITH
MEMBER FOR MAROUBRA
MEMBER FOR HEFFRON
A fresh campaign to fight council amalgamations is set to fire-up in Sydney’s east with local Labor representatives joining forces to prevent increased rates and a loss of local identity.
Kingsford Smith MP Matt Thistlethwaite, Maroubra MP Michael Daley and member for Heffron Ron Hoenig are teaming up to oppose the controversial Liberal scheme with the threat of increased rates and reduced services proving a major catalyst for the collaboration.
And the trio are calling on all local councillors, regardless of their political affiliation, to join them in their fight for the good of the community.
“Residents in our community will be worse off if the Liberals’ planned amalgamations go ahead,” Matt Thistlethwaite said.
“In the long term rates will increase and services will be cut. There were no forums on Council amalgamations in our community. The Government held them in Sans Souci and Rose Bay. This is a preview of things to come under the proposed amalgamations. Services will be relocated and our community will lose.
Member for Maroubra Michael Daley said our area will lose its great sense of community.
“There is a great tightknit sense of community in our area. We know each other and look after each other. This will be lost if our Mayor is based in Woollahra or Rockdale and council services move out.
“The Liberals don't understand how important this is to our community. Mike Baird is forcing councils together so the Liberal Party can gerrymander its way to power. It’s a massive stitch-up. Local residents are being treated like mugs,” Mr Daley said.
After 30 years as Mayor of Botany Ron Hoenig said he knows when our community is being done over.
“I fought to stop Botany being amalgamated in the 1980s and 90s because I knew our residents would lose. The Liberals are at it again.
"If Botany is merged with Rockdale the residents of Botany will pay more in rates and services and Council administration and services will move to the other side of Botany Bay. Our area will be forgotten,” Mr Hoenig said.
The Labor team has established a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notoamalgamations/ and an online petition at http://notoamalgamations-kingsfordsmith.nationbuilder.com/no_to_amalgamations and is encouraging local residents to express their views by signing the petition and posting on the Facebook page.
FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2016