Council urges residents to help save Mosman

02 October 2015

Mosman Council has launched a new public awareness campaign to warn the community about the costs if it is forced to merge with neighbouring councils.

Mayor Peter Abelson, who is warning that Mosman’s unique community feel would be at risk if local services were wound back and development stepped up, is urging residents to attend a public meeting at Mosman RS Club on Monday 26 October at 7pm.

“Metropolitan councils such as Mosman are in the firing line of State Government ‘reforms’ and we need to let the people of Mosman know that they are likely to be personally impacted by any forced merger,” Cr Abelson said.

“We are urging residents and ratepayers to help Mosman maintain its independence and avoid it being swallowed up with other councils that don’t have Mosman’s best interests at heart.”

All Mosman councillors have united behind a campaign warning of:
• More high rise development in Mosman
• Losing community and local services
• Losing free ratepayer and resident parking at local beaches
• Reduced personal service and
• Decisions being made outside the area.

Cr Abelson, a noted economist, said Mosman Council had already provided ample evidence to the State Government that it is well managed and can continue providing high quality services without the need for amalgamation.

“Mosman’s residents and ratepayers have been clear in wanting to send a message to the Government that they are anti-amalgamation,” he said.

“With a strong history of 122 years of exemplary service to our community we now need them to help keep the ‘local’ in Mosman by fighting for our future.”

Recent community polls have shown 82% of respondents back continued independence with 90% of respondents at least somewhat satisfied with Council’s performance, including 67% who were very satisfied or satisfied.

To arrange interviews with Mayor Peter Abelson or Deputy Mayor Cr Carolyn Corrigan please contact Liz Bennett on 02 9978 4026 or 041 978 4026.