Port Stephens Greens have made a comprehensive submission to the Inquiry into the Liberal State Government’s flawed proposal to amalgamate Port Stephens and Newcastle Councils. See the submission here: PS Greens submission on Council merger
Our rejection of the merger should not be taken as satisfaction with the way Port Stephens Council has been run. The Mayor and his voting bloc of Councillors have irresponsibly portrayed the Government’s ideologically driven proposal as a ‘grab’ by a badly run Newcastle City for assets of a well managed Port Stephens. Neither assertion is true. But to the extent that Port Stephens has problems that need to be fixed, the voters should be left to address them through the ballot box at the next Council elections.