Survey shows merger opposition

WOLLONGONG City Council received the preliminary results from a Merger Proposal Community Opinion Poll on Friday.
The poll, conducted by IRIS, showed 77.5 per cent of those contacted were aware of the State Government’s proposal to merge Wollongong City Council with Shellharbour City Council.
It also found 44.5 per cent of people agreed with merger proposal while 55.5 per cent did not, and 49.7 per cent said the merger proposal was an important issue while 50.3 per cent said it was not.
“While these are the preliminary results, they do provide Wollongong’s Councillors with valuable information about the community’s thoughts on this merger proposal,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“The full report will be tabled at the Council meeting on Monday night, and will form an integral part of discussions as we work towards a Council resolution on the State Government’s merger proposal.’’
Council resolved at its Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 18 January to carry out a public opinion poll on the proposed amalgamation.

Preliminary Community Opinion Poll (IRIS) Results 29 January 2016


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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