Residents and supporters were out in force at the merger public inquiries today to put forward their arguments for keeping Walcha as a stand-alone Council area.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said feedback following the meeting showed that there is an undeniable feeling amongst the community that Walcha Council should be able to remain autonomous.
“I’ve spoken to lots of people in the Walcha community and the message is clear, we want to stand-alone.”

Mr Anderson sent representatives to the meetings in Walcha and Tamworth today to show support for the community while he campaigned directly on their behalf to the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole in Parliament today.

“I am continuing to work on behalf of the Walcha community and met with the Minister to again put Walcha’s case forward.”

Minister Toole said the views of the community would form an important part of the report that the delegate for the proposed Tamworth and Walcha merger will produce, along with examination of financial considerations, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff and services and facilities.

Mr Anderson said “I will continue to advocate and push for Walcha to stand-alone at every opportunity. Walcha is a strong and unified community and the strong crowd today clearly let the delegate know of their thoughts.

“I encourage anyone that didn’t speak at the meeting today or required more time to make their points to make a written submission before February 28.” Mr Anderson concluded.

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