A PUBLIC Forum held last night in Guyra has overwhelmingly supported the preferred option of Guyra Shire Council to remain independent. Close to 300 people were present to hear details of the proposal which is due to be submitted by the end of June.
Three key questions were put to the community at the forum which was organised in response to the NSW governments Fit for the Future initiative.
On the question of an amalgamation with Armidale Dumaresq council a sea of red cards indicated a resounding no vote.
In total contrast the question of support for council’s preferred option of remaining an independent rural council saw the green cards raised by those present.
The final question about whether to accept a 30% increase in rates as part of the Rural Council proposal also saw majority support from those present. However, there was some opposition to this move with 9 votes recorded against the rise.