Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren has urged every resident in the Snowy Valleys Council area to make a submission to the Minister for Local Government regarding the government’s forced mergers debacle.
Submissions are now being received by the Minster regarding a proposal to demerge the council.
Mr Warren has met with and spoken to many members of the Snowy Valleys community about the forced merger.
A large contingent of the community has expressed its desire to demerge and re-establish Tumbarumba and Tumut councils.
Mr Warren urged the community – regardless of what side of the debate they stood on – to send a submission to the Minister.
“Let’s ensure the number of submissions far outweighs the number of Christmas cards in the Minister’s letterbox this year,” Mr Warren said.
“Regardless of whether you are in favour of a demerger or not, the reality is you and your community were never given a say when this draconian government decided to enter Tumbarumba and Tumut into a shotgun marriage.
“This is your chance to have your say.
“I want to make it crystal clear that the Minister’s call for submissions is nothing but a brazen stalling tactic.
“If the Minister was serious about letting the community decide on the future of Snowy Valleys Council, it would support the community it having a plebiscite regarding a possible demerger – something NSW Labor has vowed to support.
“The Minister is doing her best to silence the communities of Tumbarumba and Tumut but I vow to be the loud, unwavering voice for those communities in Macquarie Street.”