Still time to take action against Council Mergers

Submissions regarding the proposed merger of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council have now closed. The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford would like to thank the hundreds of people who had their say and stood up for the Hawkesbury.

“At the two public meeting, there were more than 80 speakers, and about 400 people in attendance to voice their views – which were overwhelmingly against this merger proposal,” said the Mayor.

“I would like to thank all the Hawkesbury residents who attended, spoke or wrote submissions, your views and support have been greatly appreciated,” he added.

Last week, Council’s Senior Executive team and the Mayor met with Local MP Mr Dominic Perrottet. He agreed to accompany the Mayor and the General Manager of Hawkesbury City Council to meet with a representative from the Office of the Minister of Local Government, to further push the Hawkesbury’s case against this proposed merger.

“This merger will not create a council better able to meet community needs of the future but throw together two distinctly different regions, destroying historical and traditional values and weakening our community ties,” said Mayor Kim Ford.

While submissions are now officially closed, residents can still have their say, said Councillor Ford . “I now encourage all residents to direct their views on this merger to the NSW Premier, The Minister of Local Government and our Local Member, Mr Dominic Perrottet.”

Tell the State Government No to mergers by contacting:

 State Member for Hawkesbury, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, email [email protected], phone (02) 9634 7474, mail to PO Box 298, CASTLE HILL NSW 1765 or in person 287C Old Northern Road, CASTLE HILL NSW 2154

 Minister for Local Government, The Hon Paul Toole MP, email [email protected] au phone (02) 8574 7000, mail GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001

 Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Mike Baird MP email government/contact-premier-new-south-wales , phone (02) 9976 2773, mail GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001

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