Morisset tests council borders

WYEE NOT: Scott Faber, of Wyee Country Meats, expects the meeting to generate some strong opinions. Pictures: Dean OslandLAKE Macquarie City Council is making moves to defend its territory and stop the Morisset district from being hived off to a Central Coast council.
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Mayor Jodie Harrison has written to residents in the area, urging them to attend a meeting at Wyee tonight to discuss the matter.

‘‘Lake Macquarie council is performing strongly and we are well placed to provide good quality, daily services that our southern Lake Macquarie residents expect and rely on,’’ Cr Harrison said.

‘‘Proposed boundary changes in the Morisset-Wyee area are not feasible, not necessary and would be detrimental to the community.’’

As recently reported, Lake Macquarie council is strongly opposed to a state-funded review’s suggested merger with Newcastle City Council.

The review also recommended carving off the Morisset district and including it in Wyong Shire or a new Central Coast ‘‘super council’’.

Wyong Shire Council supports the concept, particularly adding Wyee to its area.

Mayor Doug Eaton said Wyee could receive better support from his council for water and sewer services.

Cr Eaton said Wyong would not need to rely on state sewer funding because the council had a large sewerage treatment plant at Charmhaven.

Many Morisset residents appear intent on staying in Lake Macquarie, but Wyee could be a different story.

Wyee residents have been pushing for their town to be sewered for decades.

Despite coming close in recent years to a solution, authorities have not resolved the problem.

Wyee butcher Scott Faber said many of the town’s residents appeared undecided about the boundary matter, but the meeting would generate strong opinions.

‘‘We’re in Lake Macquarie, but we have a Central Coast phone number,’’ Mr Faber said.

Wyee resident Katrina Fisher said she would prefer to stay in Lake Macquarie because she didn’t like the Wyong name.

But Ms Fisher said the sewer problem must be sorted.

‘‘We’ve still got poo trucks coming through town – it’s disgusting,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re in the middle of nowhere, like in The Simpsons Movie where they take Springfield off the map.’’

Lake Macquarie councillor Barry Johnston said the prospect of the Morisset district going to the Central Coast should go to a referendum.

‘‘If they want to go to Wyong let them go to Wyong, but I don’t believe they will,’’ Cr Johnston said.

He added in jest: ‘‘It might be the only way for the Mariners to get sufficient supporters’’.

The meeting will be held at Wyee Community Hall at 6pm.

NO MORE: Katrina and Ruby Fisher, of Wyee, are sick of the sewer problem.

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