Council online poll: 80% against amalgamation
Dubbo City Council’s final submission on the proposed amalgamation between Dubbo and Wellington Council reinforces the overwhelming community attitude that the merger is not in the best interests of the affected communities.
The complete submission as lodged to the NSW Government Council Boundary Review is available here.
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson said he was encouraged that Council’s position is supported by the community given the vocal and widespread opposition to the merger.
“At the end of the public submission period more than 1,500 people had voted on Council’s online poll about the proposed amalgamation,” Cr Dickerson said.
“The percentage of votes against the amalgamation is approaching 80%. Given the number of votes the validity of this would be +/- 3%."
Cr Dickerson said the current community position has not changed from when Council submitted its Fit for the Future improvement proposal in June 2015.
“A separate poll taken in May and June 2015 when Council was preparing the Fit for the Future proposal had 83% (+/- 5% validity) against amalgamation,” he said.
“Two separate surveys, held more than six months apart and with different methodologies yield similar results – the community does not support amalgamation.
“I would like to thank all those people who have formally expressed their opinion particularly those that spoke at the Public Inquiry meetings and have lodged individual submissions.
“This process requires the strong participation of the community and it is encouraging that so many people, both for and against the merger proposal, have participated in the process.”
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639 053
Last Edited: 29 Feb 2016