The proposal would see the suburbs of Gwandalan, Summerland Point, Mannering Park and Chain Valley Bay incorporated into Lake Macquarie City Council.

Ms Catley facilitated the meeting at the request of the Gwandalan and Summerland Point Peninsula Improvement Group (‘GASPPIG’), who wanted to gauge the community’s view on the proposal.

Residents present at the meeting overwhelmingly supported the changing of Lake Macquarie LGA boundaries to include their suburb.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley MP:

“Right now in NSW, local councils are undergoing sweeping reforms with the Government’s council amalgamation process.”

“From the beginning, I have opposed forced amalgamations.”

“The proposal to amalgamate Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council and the subsequent consultation process has left residents feeling voiceless and that is a real concern.”

“These Northern Lakes suburbs have not had any real opportunity to express their views and have their concerns addressed.”

“When I talk to people, they tell me they are worried about representation, service delivery and feeling like the ‘forgotten north.’ I share their concerns.”

“Last night’s meeting was the first in a series of community meetings, where I will be undertaking genuine consultation with residents about what they expect from their local council.”

“Any proposal to alter local government boundaries involves a long process. These meetings are the first step in that process.”