The president and vice president of the Bombala & District Chamber of Commerce have written to the Member of Monaro, John Barilaro asking him to give Bombala and Delegate three positions on the new 11 member council.
Here is a copy of the letter. At the time of publishing this article the Chamber has not received a reply.
Dear Mr Barilaro
First you have taken our council. Now you are facing us with the prospect of little or no voice.
It is not too late for you to grant Bombala and Delegate shire a ridings system to give us three positions on the new 11 member council.
If you and your cabinet can sign away our former council with the stroke of a pen, then it's reasonable for you to give us a reasonably strong voice in the new council entity.
As it stands, we have only the prospect of 1.4 positions on the new council, even if every voter in our communities vote for only two candidates.
Your general manager confirmed these figures this week.
We feel that we are being punished when we have done nothing wrong: our council was solvent, with $10.99 million in the treasury.
Now that the election is approaching, we feel that we are being dropped off a cliff with no safety net.
There is extreme concern for the future of our area. We are worried for our children and grandchildren.
As our local member, the Deputy Premier and the leader of the National Party, our communities assumed that you would stand up for us, as the constituents who voted you in, many of whom handed out how to votes for you.
We are asking you to grant us fair representation. Sadly, we have no one else to turn to.
Please do not take away our voice. Give us three positions on local council.
President, Bombala and District Chamber of Commerce
Vice President, Bombala and District Chamber of Commerce