May 21 - 27, 2017: Issue 313
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Pittwater Community Forum Supports Legal Action To Restore Council
A community meeting in a packed auditorium at Mona Vale has endorsed the formation of a new coalition to campaign for the return of Pittwater Council.
Residents at the meeting endorsed the strategy for a two-pronged approach involving possible legal action and a petition.
Former Pittwater Councillor Bob Grace said he and a group of community members had formed a new association, Protect Pittwater, with the idea of litigating to restore the council.
Its members include another former Pittwater councillor Sue Young, businessman David Wenden, Northern Beaches Greens Convenor Pip Rey and a former Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner.
Mr Grace estimated that to seek legal advice and prepare a statement of claim would cost between $5,000 and $10,000 - so the group was setting up crowd-funding to finance it.
“I urge you, if you want Pittwater back, we have to fight now,” Mr Grace told the meeting, asking residents to contribute generously.
“ … I hope that when we get the advice from the (legal) counsel, we will institute not only legal action but an interim mandatory injunction – to restrain the Northern Beaches Council from acting as if Pittwater is part of it.”
In response to Mr Grace’s call: “Are you prepared to fight for this?”, residents responded with a resounding “Yes.”
When speaking to Mr. Grace on Friday he stated, "When you look at the recent decisions regarding Ku-Ring-Gai and Woollhara council, we believe we have a good case and can win. We would certainly not require so much (funding) of what they have had to do to get to this stage - we would only have to fit within the decisions made there, and we do."
Mirand Korzy reports HERE