Merger flyers not breaking the rules: Saliba

IN THE MAIL: The leaflets being delivered in the Wollongong LGA. Picture: Robert Peet

IN THE MAIL: The leaflets being delivered in the Wollongong LGA. Picture: Robert Peet

Shellharbour City Council is responsible for one of the “anti-merger” flyers found stuffed in Wollongong lord mayor Gordon Bradbery’s letterbox this week, but mayor Marianne Saliba doesn't know how it got there.

The council leaflet promote its “family fun day” rally on Sunday. 

“If somebody who lives in Wollongong has ... shoved it in his letterbox well so be it; we’re certainly not putting material in Wollongong letterboxes,” Cr Saliba said. 

On Thursday, Cr Bradbery raised concerns about the leaflets, warning they could represent a breach of NSW government rule, which say councils should not “exercise their functions or use council resources to oppose or support a merger proposal for personal or political purposes”

Cr Saliba refuted the rule-breaking suggestion.

“Absolutely not. We’ve had stuff checked with the Office of Local Government,” she said.

“I would say it’d be pretty rich of the Office of Local Government to have an issue with a flyer like that when they have been putting in all those full-page ads in local papers saying that councils are broken and need to be fixed.

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