Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson took to the streets of Walcha today urging residents and supporters of Walcha to sign a petition in support of the local council standing alone.

Mr Anderson said the message has been heard loud and clear from the Walcha community that they do not want to amalgamate with Tamworth Regional Council and he will do whatever he can to support them in their cause.

"The fight is not over yet. I want to make sure that we have left no stone unturned trying to keep Walcha Council autonomous.

"Today I spoke with residents, business owners and councillors and there is an undeniable feeling that this merger should not go ahead.

"We’ve had the public inquiry this week, there is no doubt a flood of written submissions going to the boundary commission including my own and this petition will form yet another weapon in our community’s battle."

Mr Anderson also met with Walcha Mayor Janelle Archdale and ‘Save Our Local Council’ campaigner George Spring today to discuss the two pronged approach to Walcha’s fight on Wednesday with Clr Archdale delivering an impassionate submission at the public inquiry while Mr Anderson campaigned directly to Minister for Local Government Paul Toole on behalf of the Walcha community.

Clr Archdale said the community’s response has been amazing which is nothing less than expected and is now urging people to sign the petition started by Mr Anderson.

"I pleased to see a petition started to help our cause and I encourage everyone to sign the petition available at most shops in town.

"The petition is important as not only will it be tabled in Parliament but it will also form part of Kevin Anderson’s submission to the boundaries commission."

Mr Anderson urged residents and supporters to sign the petition before February 28 to be included in his submission and before March 31 for the petition to be tabled in Parliament.

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