NO TO AMALGAMATIONA big “NO” to amalgamation for Shellharbour.

Ours is a unique city of almost 70,000 that continues to grow rapidly and with future capacity to develop and flourish.

We are nothing like our northern neighbours and we are deserving of our own representation,not settling to become the southern outpost of Wollongong.

I see this as an electioneering stunt designed to attract votes at other levels of government and to punish the voters of our fair city.

The MinisterPaul Tooleneeds to know how important this is to us as he and his cronies tried to slip it by quietly over the Christmas period.

Now I read the public consultation period for residents on February 2 is for only three hours.

To allocate such a miserly amount of time to listen to the ratepayers is an utter disgrace.

Tony Purdon, Mt Warrigal

SHELLHARBOURWANTS TO STAND ALONEShellharbour is one of the oldest local government areas in NSW.

Shellharbour City has built a strong and positive identity with exciting projects underway designed to future proof the area with the anticipated population increase.

Shellharbour City Council can stand on its own feet.

The current council has learnt from some of the mistakes of the past and continues to move in the right direction for our city with many infrastructure projects on the go.

The proposed merger will have city area exposed to the same lack of funding issues that currently plagues the Illawarra.

The current NSW Government unfortunately has eyes only for Western and Greater Sydney areas.

The 68,000 residents of Shellharbour City must unite and send a strong clear message that we wish to stand alone.

Boris Baraldi, Oak Flats

PLEASE GET ONBOARD MINISTERThe minister Andrew Constance takes the train down from Sydney and is going to solve Wollongong’s transport problems with a $100k upgrade of Wollongong railway station – it’s a disgrace he says, it hasn’t changed in 30 years.

Was he asleep during the trip and missed the 40 km/hr scenic cruise through the Royal National Park and coastal fringe?

What Wollongong needs is a fast (not “very fast”) train service to replace the present 1 hr 30 min to 2 hr “express” service for the modest 80 km journey to Sydney.

This will require bypassing the Royal National Park and could be done building a track from Waterfall down the centre of the F6 to Bulli Tops and then some 21 st century engineering to a rail connection at Bulli.

The cost, compared to the Wesconnect, minimal!

John Dunlop, Robertson

ANOTHER SOLUTION TO MALL PROBLEMI have said it before in these pages.

The Mall and Wollongong Central have nothing going for them.

I never go in there unless I need to go to Wise Eyes.

The best thing that can happen is for it to be turned into a commercial hub.

Governments both State and Federal should give incentives for businesses to relocate.

The benefits would flow from increased employment locally, reduction in the need for local workers to have to commute to Sydney reducing pressure on infrastructure, better work/life balance and the flow on to local businesses such as restaurants and cafes just to name a few.

Time to start looking outside the square.

Graham Jones, Cordeaux Heights

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