2: #VOICE YOUR CONCERN: With the Government now deliberating on the final “fate” of councils – It is now more important than ever to: EMAIL, PHONE OR WRITE to the GOVERNMENT – SEE CONTACT DETAILS BELOW, and POLLIE PHONE NUMBERS HERE
3: FEDERAL ELECTION COMING UP – SHARE YOUR CONCERN WITH FEDERAL CANDIDATES:
4: ACT NOW! – SHHMC We All Need to Act Now Jim Sanderson 12 Feb 16
5: SIGN THE NO FORCED AMALGAMATION PETITION – Change.org
6: SIGN THE PETITION TO SACK MINISTER PAUL TOOLE
7: RIBBONS RIBBONS RIBBONS! Place ribbons the colours of our Coat of Arms on or above our front gates. Ribbons are available at The Village Florist, or by contacting SHHMC
8: JOIN THE CAMPAIGN – If you would like to actively support the SHHMC Coalition and this campaign, send name and contact details, including email, home address and telephone number to SHHMC. Make any donations payable to “Save Hunters Hill Municipality Coalition” – see ‘Contact SHHMC’ for details
CONTACT DETAILS – PARLIAMENTARIANS AND MEDIA
- You can contact Anthony Roberts here: Contact Anthony Roberts MP
- You can contact The Premier, Mike Baird, here: Contact The Premier
- Contact the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole’s office
(02) 8574 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact each parties’ Local Government spokesperson and ask them to make a commitment to keep it local
- Write letters to
The list of contact details for other parliamentarians is here: Contact other Parliamentarians
(If you would like inspiration – read what others have written below):
OPEN LETTERS TO PARLIAMENTARIANS AND/ OR THE MEDIA
1: MR GREG PIPER – Private Members Statement to Parliament
2: RESIDENT PITTWATER –
I write to express how appalled I am over what is currently happening in Pittwater as a result of the Baird Government’s planned amalgamation of Councils in NSW.
I have been a Liberal Party supporter all my life, but I am appalled at the damage I see the Liberal Party currently doing to our great community here in Pittwater. The blatant disregard for the communities views I’m afraid is nothing short of disgraceful. As a result, you are pitting resident against resident and councillor against councillor. Not because they have different opinions or beliefs on the benefits or otherwise of amalgamating Pittwater with another Council, but because they have different views on how we should respond to the Government’s hell bent desire to destroy our local representation and completely ignore the wishes of the people of Pittwater”… read more
3: EMAIL SENT TO THE LEICHHARDT’S LIBERAL COUNCILLORS FROM A LOCAL RESIDENT:
Dear Councillors Jobling and Hannaford
Please take a message to the NSW Premier:
Our family voted the Liberals in to get rid of an inept Labor Government.
And we’ll be happy to vote the Libs out again if the State Government insists on forced amalgamations which mean Leichhardt Council can no longer effectively represent our community.
Forced amalgamations are not in the interest of people who have lived in the Leichhardt Precinct for many years, nor for the visitors who come from other suburbs/ interstate or overseas to appreciate its unique character & diversity.
It takes commitment and care to look after and more importantly to sympathetically develop this historically rich part of Sydney and NSW. With a commitment to multicultural and sustainable development, time and again the Leichhardt community has had a strong voice through the efforts of our local Leichhardt Council and Councillors to get the mix right – and we are genuinely proud of what has been achieved.
Leichhardt Council is not inept, it has proven its leadership and its financial viability.
Regardless – in iPART’s view, Leichhardt seems to be just too small! But it is the very thing about being small that creates a sense of community – and a community that cares about each other and where we live.
As a local resident, and a qualified economist, I would seriously question the merit of delivering limited savings for services and infrastructure – if the community loses its spirit and connection to place from being forced to merge.
A larger Council means less access for residents and less direct involvement from administration.
This would affect local residents and those that visit or travel through on the approaches to the CBD.
We would like a Keep Leichhardt Local sign for our gate – and your commitment to keeping it that way!
Birchgrove NSW 2041
4: Councillor Julie Hegarty JP GIACD – Address to Pittwater Council
The 1st of May 1992, Pittwater Council is proclaimed, supporting the wishes of it’s community!! Today, the 16th November 2015, Pittwater Council may be desecrated, against the wishes of it’s community!! Well not with my vote!!
Pittwater Council is 23 years, 6 months and 15 days old today and I have served this council and my community for 20 years, 2 months and 7 days of that period. I have given up Monday nights, I have given up quiet weekends, I have given up time with my family and my two daughters (who are here tonight) and I have been honored to have the opportunity to do this,
I will NOT now give up on my community, and change my view because the State Government is threatening me!!
Following a best practice survey initiated by this council, I have a mandate from my community which shows 89% wish Pittwater Council to stand alone on our current boundaries as a strong independent council. This has not changed – I do NOT have any new survey results.
What I do have, is a State Government that should not be trusted. This whole process began because Mike Baird said that NSW Councils were losing $1 million dollars a day!! He has never produced any evidence to substantiate this!! The amalgamation process was supposed to weed out councils that were not financially viable. So we were all asked to show that we were Fit For the Future!! Which Pittwater Council did – and we showed we were!! So the State Government changed the goal posts to include scale and capacity… read more here