Anthony Roberts in ‘bastard act’ claims

Grave consquences await Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts for not responding to an ultimatum on the future of Hunters Hill, the Save Hunters Hill Municipality Coalition warned on Monday.

The Coaltion did not specify what the grave consequences are but it is expected the group will campaign against the local member in next month’s election.

Mr Roberts had been given until last Thursday to give a commitment to oppose the merger of Hunters Hill Council into a Northern Sydney super council under the Baird Government’s Fit For The Future policy.

Coalition spokesperson Phil Jenkyn described Mr Roberts failure to respond as an act of bastardry.

“There has been no response of any kind,” Mr Jenkyn said.

“To hide from the community now that the Government intends to destroy the historic Municipality of Hunters Hill (Circa 1861) is an act of sheer bastardry.

“The community demands that politicians and political parties be transparent, honest and keep their promises and there are grave consequences for not doing so.”

Mr Roberts supports the Baird Government’s opposition to forced amalgamations of council’s that can show they are ‘fit for the future’ under a criteria that demands that councils are financially sound.

He has previously argued for State Government protection of heritage in Hunters Hill.

Hunters Hill Council and residents oppose their municipality being merged into a super council that would stretch from North Sydney to Parramatta.

There is particular opposition to any merger with neighbouring Ryde although some residents would accept a merger with neighbouring Lane Cove.

At last week’s Hunters Hill Council meeting Deputy Mayor Meredith Sheil applauded the Labor Party’s opposition to the Fit For The Future policy.