Merger Changes are half-baked: Anti-merger campaigners are outraged by the NSW government's decision to reverse council amalgamations in the bush but forge ahead with those in Sydney.
"Can I say how inequitable it is - we in NSW are one citizen, not two," Save Our Council spokesman Phil Jenkyn told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday. "It's an outrage. This is a blatant political deal." Mr Jenkyn was speaking at a joint press conference with MPs from the Labor, Greens and Shooters Fishers and Farmers parties. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, in defending the announcement, said regional NSW was very different to Sydney and streamlining metro councils would help tackle issues such as the housing affordability crisis. Her coalition partner - the Nationals - has been pushing the new premier to scrap all 12 mergers in the regions.
Greens MP David Shoebridge says it's clear the decision is not in the best interests of the community.
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