Demerger alliance hits Parliament House

Gundagai Council in Exile was represented at the rally.

The Demerge NSW Alliance (DNA) was launched with a rally at Parliament House in Sydney on Tuesday. 

The Demerge NSW Alliance is a new coalition of citizens and community groups from across NSW campaigning to support, if the community wishes, the demerger of councils that were forcibly amalgamated by the State Government in May 2016. 

Speakers included Independent MP Dr Joe McGirr, NSW Labor’s Greg Warren, the Greens’ David Shoebridge, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers’ Robert Borsak and mayor and councillors from Inner West Council.

Residents from Pittwater and Bombala councils also spoke and residents from across the inner west turned out to support others trying to demerge.

DNA coordinator Grantley Ingram, from Bombala, expressed the continuing outrage of communities over the forced amalgamations. 

“After five years of merged councils, communities remain angry about the remoteness of the mega councils, the rate increases, the failure to deliver financially and lack of representation,” Mr Ingram said in a statement. 

“They want their local councils back.”

Councillors from the Inner West LGA have voted to hold a demerger poll at their local government election on December 4.

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