Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren said it was pleasing to see members of the Hilltops Local Government Area take a stand against the draconian NSW Liberal-National Government.
Mr Warren’s comments followed the Young Community and Residents Association’s decision to support a petition to reconsider the merger between Young, Harden and Boorowa.
The government’s forced mergers policy has had a devastating impact on many communities throughout the state.
NSW Labor has committed to supporting communities’ right to hold a plebiscite into a possible demerger.
The government has refused to do likewise, with the Minister for Local Government instead doing her best to fob off the issue.
The Minister recently announced the NSW Liberal-National Government would put a plan to demerge Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council out for public comment – a move Mr Warren labelled as a “stalling tactic”.
“I applaud the members of the Hilltops Local Government Area for taking a stand against this draconian government,” Mr Warren said.
“Whether or not the majority of the community would want to demerge is a matter for that residents in that LGA.
“What is critically important is that the community actually have a say – something this state government unjustly denied residents in Harden, Young and Boorowa when it introduced its forced mergers policy.
“This Liberal-National Government has done its best to silence communities like Hilltops, but NSW Labor and I vow to be the loud, unwavering voice communities like Hilltops need and deserve.
“The Minister for Local Government needs to stop stalling and give residents – like those in Hilltops – a say on the future of their community.”