Community pressure had led to the delegate setting a date for a meeting in Ulladulla to outline plans for a merger between Shoalhaven and Kiama councils.
The meeting will be held at the Ulladulla ExServos on Thursday February 25, just three days out from the deadline for public comment on the proposal.
Delegate Greg Wright has called the meeting following community concern about the lack of consultation in the southern end of the Shoalhaven after meetings were held in Nowra and Kiama.
Residents and representatives of community and business groups will have an opportunity to have their say on the proposal if they register before the meeting.
A storm is brewing over the possible merger with former mayor Greg Watson claiming the move could be “one of the most damaging things to happen in our area in our lifetime”.
Councillor Watson is so angry at the lack of consultation with the Milton-Ulladulla community over the proposed amalgamation, he has taken matters into his own hands, hiring the Ulladulla Civic Centre where a community meeting will be held on February 10 from 7pm.
Crs Mark Kitchener and Amanda Findley will also attend to inform residents about the proposed merger of Kiama and Shoalhaven City Councils and to outline their concerns.
Cr Watson believes the merger could result in higher general rates, a reduction of services and the loss of the lucrative Shoalhaven Water arm of council that injects $8 million into the city's administration fund and works and services coffers every year.
He has urged residents and business operators to attend tonight's meeting to "find out what financial impact it will have on council and how it will affect their rates".
"It's very important that people understand how significant his issue is for their community," he added.
"I would urge people to come along and hear what's said, ask questions and share their views on the proposal."
Cr Watson said the community's view would be passed on to the amalgamation delegate Greg Wright.
Cr Watson believes the meeting with the delegate, only three days before the submission deadline, would be "too late to give people time to have their say".
He addressed at meeting held in Nowra last week and has been calling for a meeting in the south.
“I am so angry about the democratic process surrounding the amalgamation," he concluded.
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