Save & Grow Guyra forging ahead

13th Apr 2021

The rural communities of Guyra and Armidale vehemently opposed the forced amalgamation of Guyra Shire Council and Armidale Dumaresq Council brought about by the NSW State Governments’ Fit for the Future process which was meant to reform Local Government right across the State. This has been a complete and devastating failure. The Guyra district has lost its autonomy and democratic right to control its own destiny and this has affected all rural/regional villages and communities within the whole ARC area.
Bigger is not better in the case of Local Government particularly in regional NSW. The former Guyra Shire Council was in a far better situation financially and management wise than the protagonists for Fit for the Future and Government officials would have you believe.
The rate-payers and residents of ARC have endured four years of turmoil and total dysfunction and illegal activities at council and administration level. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and it’s time for us to unite and support the proposal to separate the current council area to form a new council area based in Guyra. The Save & Grow Guyra Group are nearing completion of a proposal and submission to the State Government – fully supported by Local Member and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall. The proposed new Local Government area is approximately 4960 sq. kmls, with a population of 4563 – both figures being slightly greater than the former Guyra shire without Tingha, creating a much more viable council area.
Our submission must be supported by electorate enrolled rate-payers and residents of ARC via a petition which will be available for signing in coming weeks.
Rob Lenehan