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Toxic relationship must be repaired
One of the first jobs for the new Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman should be to try and repair the toxic relationship between Central Coast Council and the State Government.
Member for Wyong David Harris said that the new local government minister must repair the toxic relationship between Central Coast Council and the Government.
21 December 2021
MEMBER for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris, said the role in the downfall of the finances of Central Coast Council must be shared equally between the Council and State Government, given the poor support and lack of relationships.
The Administrator revealed that Government Ministers refused to respond to the Council’s pleas for help resulting in the local ratepayers facing huge rate increases to pay back privately sourced bank loans.
“The new Minister must sit down with Council and negotiate a fair financial assistance package such as the one given to Hornsby Council ($90 million) – Central Coast Council one of the largest mergers received only $20 million in support,” said Mr Harris.
“Ratepayers can’t continue to bear the burden of the NSW Government’s obsession with mergers which has led to higher rates and charges, job and service cuts.
“The new Minister must also put voluntary demergers back on the table and give local community a say in what they want local government to look like moving forward.
“Labor MPs will write to the new Minister requesting an urgent meeting in the new year to discuss the many issues created by the NSW Government merger of Gosford and Wyong Councils.”
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