Labor call for council democracy 'sooner, not later'
Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has joined with other State Labor parliamentarians from the Central Coast to call for a return to democracy in Central Coast Council.
Ms Tesch said that NSW Labor had repeatedly stated that, in the interest of democracy, the community must be able to elect their own councillors sooner, rather than later.
"NSW Labor has called on the NSW Government to also ensure job security for council workers jobs and entitlements are guaranteed; and that no community services will be cut."
Shadow Minister for Local Government Mr Greg Warren said it was the NSW Government that created the mess on the Central Coast and it was up to the Premier and his colleagues to clean it up.
"The community, the councils and the local members knew that this merger was never going to work," Mr Warren said.
"Despite the fierce opposition to the merger, the government went ahead and forced Gosford and Wyong to merge anyway.
"As a result, the council and its community are now in disarray."
He said ultimately it was the community which was paying the price of a disastrous NSW Government policy.
"Residents are paying higher rates for reduced services and are left without any democratic representation for four years."
Media release, 2 Jun 2022
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford