Port Stephens Council to conduct survey

Port Stephens Council is conducting a survey to gauge the community's view about the proposed merger between Port Stephens and Newcastle City councils.

YOUR SAY: The council has released a survey to gauge public opinion of the amalgamation proposal. to participate visit portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

YOUR SAY: The council has released a survey to gauge public opinion of the amalgamation proposal. to participate visit portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

According to a council spokesperson, the survey seeks to determine the level of support for the proposed merger in the community, as well as to measure perception and confidence levels of service delivery and finances both now and into the future.

Mayor Bruce MacKenzie said the survey would help measure the sentiment of people in Port Stephens and help to inform the council’s response to the proposal.

"Whether you agree or disagree with the proposal, we want as many people as possible to complete the survey," he said.

Meanwhile, an Examiner online poll asking if the council “should spend $200,000 to fight the merger proposal”  found more than 73 per cent were in favour of the move.

Of the 142 participants 38.03 per cent voted “absolutely”, 35.21 per cent voted “yes” and 23.94 per cent said “no”. 

Only 2.82 per cent of participants were unsure.  The poll is still open at portstephensexaminer.com.au.

The council survey can be accessed via the link: surveymonkey.com/r/PSCNCCJan16, or at portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

A hard copy can be obtained at the council chambers and at Raymond Terrace and Tomaree libraries.