Turn out today and support Strathfield's battle to survive amalgamation, residents urged

Strathfield Council will send a strong message to the state government this weekend: “Hands off our local council”.

A stellar cast of supporters is expected at today's people’s rally on the town square at noon.

Shadow minister for local government Peter Primrose will be there, along with Greens senator David Shoebridge and Holroyd mayor Greg Cummings. Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile is also supporting Strathfield’s stand.

 Councillor Helen McLucas acted as MC and Council’s official spokesperson for the rally. Councillor Daniel Bott and other councillors were also expected to attend.

Free food and drinks and entertainment
were expected to keep the crowd happy as speakers spelled out the consequences of forced mergers, including big rate rises.

The parliamentarians are crucial to the continued battle to block forced amalgamations. Cr Bott told fellow councillors at their monthly meeting that all cross benchers were now supporting the anti-amalgamation cause, meaning it would be almost impossible to get merger legislation through both houses of parliament.

Save Our Strathfield co-chair Nella Gaughan told the Scene she had fronted the premier in his constituency and been told by Mr Baird: “I will make decisions you will not like”.


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