Shoalhaven City Council has received confirmation from the State Government that an extra public enquiry into the proposed merger of Kiama Municipal and Shoalhaven City councils will be held in the Shoalhaven.
The additional public enquiry will be held at the Milton Ulladulla Ex-Servos Club on Thursday 25 February 2016 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.
Mayor Joanna Gash said the public inquiry forms part of the examination and reporting process conducted by the Delegate and provides the only opportunity for residents to express their opinions directly to the Delegate.
“I would like to thank Delegate, Greg Wright for fulfilled Council’s request by scheduling an additional meeting in the southern region of the Shoalhaven,” said Clr Gash.
“I understand the State Government’s process of arranging an additional meeting is not straight forward, which is why it has taken some time for them to set it up. I would like to thank the residents of the southern Shoalhaven for their patience on this matter.”
“I encourage all members of the public who would like to have their say on the merger proposal to attend the Ulladulla public enquiry.”
“Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak at the enquiry, however, the duration and order of speaking is to be determined by the Delegate.”
“I urge all residents who wish to attend or speak at the enquiry to register with the Council Boundary Review as soon as possible.”
“My view, and the endorsed position of Council, is that the merger proposal in its current form is unworkable.”
“An information pamphlet explaining the facts and considerations of the merger proposal is currently being distributed to residents via their letterboxes.”
“I encourage the community to read the pamphlet and the additional information provided on Council’s website, to form their own opinions and to make their voices heard in Ulladulla.”
Mayor Gash said the Ulladulla public enquiry is in addition to two meeting held in Kiama and one meeting held in Nowra on Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
To register to attend the public enquiry visit www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 813 020 (available 24/7).
Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170