HANDS OFF BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY COUNCIL
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"To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of NSW
This Petition by the residents of the Blue Mountain brings their concerns to the attention of the House in relation to the notice to suspend Blue Mountains City Council and appoint an Adminstrator issued by the NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP.
Residents view this move to dismiss a democratically elected Council as a breach of their democratic right to elect Councillors of their choice to govern and carry out the business of the Blue Mountains City Council.
Residents believe Blue Mountains City Councillors have performed their role with integrity and have addressed the concerns regarding asbestos contamination with the City.
Further, the Mayor and Councillors have worked with SafeWork NSW and the Environment Protection Authority to effectively meet the compliance requirements of the SafeWork and Improvements notices issued by their due date. Given this, residents see no reasonable grounds for the suspension of Blue Mountains City Council and the appointment of an Administrator.
The signatory petitioners therefore ask the Minister to abandon her attempts to suspend a democratically elected Council and to void her notice to suspend the Council. Residents urge her to work with the Council to ensure the successful implementation of asbestos management plans."
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