A referendum for Bayside Council residents to decide their future on the forced merger.
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We, the current residents of the newly formed Bayside Council want the N.S.W. State Government to stop the September elections and support a referendum to be held, so we can decide our fate going forward. A decision whether we want to stay as one merged Council or prefer to de-amalgamate and then either stand alone or merge with a more relevant Council.
On the 26th July 2017, the N.S.W Liberal State Government admitted they got the implementation process wrong re the policy of forced Council mergers. Bayside Council is an outcome of this incorrect forced merger, as it merged two councils with no common social, historical, community or geographical relevancy, i.e. the previous Rockdale City Council and Botany Bay City Councils. These two councils were/are separated by the Sydney Airport and the Cooks River.
Rockdale City Council has and always will be part of the greater St.George region, whilst Botany Bay City Council has and always will be part of the Eastern Suburbs. Each of the two communities have different interests and needs, and logistically and geographically and socially it is impossible to bring these two communities into one Council. The two communities frequent different local hospitals, swimming pools, social outlets, recreational and beach side facilities, and have different local papers, Federal and State representatives, region schools, sporting and educational alliances, as well as roads and transport facilities. There is also different gentrification issues which are similar to other neighbouring councils but not to these two communities. Following, there is a large population disparity between the two former councils, therefore the Bayside Council administration could unknowingly show bias in terms of future events and infrastructure to the area of the previous Rockdale City Council.
Many residents over the whole Bayside Council are unhappy with the lack of community involvement and consultation that occurred and the undemocratic process of the forced merger. The initial proposed mergers by the Mike Baird run Liberal State Government had the two councils (Rockdale City and Botany Bay City councils) as part of a super Council in two different areas (respectively St.George region and Eastern Suburbs region). A referendum was also conducted in the Botany Bay City Council with unanimous preference to stand alone as well as a support of a greater South Sydney Council.
A referendum for the residents now instead of elections is the only way to allow the residents to democratically choose their fate and decide what is best for them. Please stop the elections and support the referendum.
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