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Shire outrage at Lake Mac’s ‘land grab’

WYONG Shire Council is officially outraged by a Lake Macquarie City Council request for a boundary shift south into Wyong’s territory.
Nanjing Night Net

Lake Macquarie Council last week voted to ask the state government to move the council’s southern boundary to include the lakeside communties of Kingfisher Shores, Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Mannering Park, Chain Valley Bay, and a section of Jilliby.

Outspoken Wyong councillor Greg Best described Lake Macquarie’s actions as“a disgrace”.

“In my view they are just trying to prop up their argument around the government’s requirements for councils regardingscale and capacity,in a desperate attempt not to be amalgamated with Newcastle,” Cr Best said.“It’s got nothing to do with what’sbestfor our community and everything to do with Lake Macquarie possibly vanishing.”

NOT IMPRESSED: Wyong Shire councillors have reacted strongly to a proposed boundary change. Picture: David Stewart

The proposed boundary shift would see the entire Lake Macquarie catchment included in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area (LGA).

Lake Macquarie Council said a phone survey of affected residents indicated 80 per cent support for the proposed boundary shift.

Wyong Council hit back this weekvoting to “expressits outrage at Lake Macquarie City Council’s attempted land grab of this shire’s northern suburbs”.

Wyong councillors also endorsed Cr Best’s motion that“a statistically valid survey” on the proposed boundary shift be carried out in communities north of Doyalson.

Cr Best said residents in the affected suburbs had made it clear to him that they wanted to remain part of Wyong Shire.

“Enough is enough. I want to hear from the real community, the silent majority, that so often gets rail-roaded by vested interest groups,” he said.

Wyong Council will submit the results of its community surveyto the government to enable “an informed decision” be made on the matter, Cr Best said.

Last year,the state government determined that Lake Macquarie City Council was Fit for the Future, and proposed that it continue to stand alone.

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