The Historic Municipality of HUNTERS HILL is under threat of being “swallowed whole”, in the NSW Governments agenda to coerce and/or force Councils to AMALGAMATE into huge “MEGA-COUNCILS” of 250,000+ people.
Called “FIT FOR THE FUTURE“, this process is being touted by the Government as “necessary reform” and of benefit to deliver costs savings – however, what they are not talking about is;
a) the huge price that local communities will pay when they loose their voice, their local representation, and control over development decisions that affect their local area.
b) that the policy and the process they are pursuing has been roundly condemned by leading experts in local government reform, a full parliamentary inquiry and the local government sector. The process has been declared to be “flawed”, projected benefits are being over stated, the costs ignored.
The proposed mergers will have a massive negative impact on residents in Hunters Hill, which currently has a population of 15,000 people served by 7 local councillors. It will completely change the face of local government, so that it is no longer “local”. With less than one representative from our local area on such a mega-new council, based far-away in North Sydney our local community will completely loose it’s Voice and its Say over decisions that affect our local area.
The Threat puts at Risk
1: OUR LOCAL DEMOCRACY and REPRESENTATION (In Hunters Hill we would have less than one councillor out of 12 on a new mega-council, that would come from our area)
2: OUR VOICE AND SAY OVER LOCAL DECISIONS
3: OUR CONTROL OVER PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT in our area.
3: OUR Unique HERITAGE and CHARACTER
4: OUR LOCAL IDENTITY AND SENSE OF LOCAL COMMUNITY.
The FIT FOR THE FUTURE – State Government Mega-Amalgamation agenda poses a threat to ALL Local Communities in NSW!! It threatens to devour local grass roots democracy and the #Voice of the Local Communities.
We urge people to get informed and understand what is at stake.
THE THREAT IS IMMINENT and ACTION IS URGENT. Please join OUR CAMPAIGN to preserve local democracy and the heritage and character of Hunters Hill.