Support strong for demerger - but more needed

06th Jul 2021
Janelle Stewart

The Save and Grow Guyra group is this week continuing their push to get signatures in support of the formation of a new council area based on Guyra.
Spokesperson Gordon Youman said that they collected more than 600 letters of support in their first week. They have also handed out more than double that amount for residents to take home and are hopeful that when these are returned they will have the required number of 2050 to take to the Minister for Local Government.
“We have been encouraged by the response so far and now the next phase is getting forms back,” Gordon said.
“The shopfront will be open until the end of this week and after that we will have a number of collection points available for the forms to be returned.”
“Our submission is all ready to go and once we have the letters of support in we can get the ball rolling,” he said. “We are also reminding people that everyone who is on the electoral roll can sign. They do not need to be a ratepayer and every household member can lodge their own form if they are registered to vote.”
The group is following a precedent set by Cootamundra/Gundagai and Tumbarumba/Tumut who have already lodged submissions for a demerger. A decision is pending on these demergers, with Deputy Premier John Barilaro recently coming out in support of these communities.
They are seeking support across the whole of the Armidale Regional Council area, not just Guyra. Armidale residents wanting to support them can contact the group by phone 0468 958 057 or follow the Save and Grow Guyra facebook page which is updated regularly.
Letters of support can be returned to 104 Bradley St, until Friday 9th July. The following collection points have also be set up to facilitate collection.
Wandsworth- Phil Henry, Ben Lomond - Barry Litchfield 1189 Ben Lomond Rd, Guyra - CT Electric, Sue Ross Real Estate & Davidson and Co, Ebor - Ebor Hotel