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Blacktown residents are facing multiple threats to infrastructure and services that many rely on and take for granted.

Here’s just a few of the events being organised by local activists in order to protect community assets and hold local Councillors accountable.

Mt Druitt and Blacktown workers, families and friends need to take a stand, don’t wake up tomorrow with regrets…

SAVE MT DRUITT POOL GROUP PHOTO: 10:45am Saturday 30 November
You’re chance to step up and save Mt Druitt Pool! Please bring your pool gear and meet at Mt Druitt pool for a photo with the local newspaper. The future of the pool is still ALIVE!

WESTERN SYDNEY TYPHOON HAIYAN APPEAL: 10.30am to 3pm Sunday 1 December
Help out on the Unions NSW stall at this Community Day Fundraiser – Arnott’s, 61 Huntingwood Drive, Huntingwood. Food, games & fun activities plus a sausage sizzle.

Blacktown Community Forum – download flyer here: blacktown_community_forum 2 Dec UnionsNSW

When: 6.30pm, Monday December 2, 2013

Where: Bowman Hall, Campbell St, Blacktown

Come along and join the community forum on December 2 to hear the views of local ratepayers on major issues such as:

  • the future of council’s 24 childcare services
  • the closure of Mt Druitt Pool
  • plans to rezone 448 homes to create parkland
  • plans to sell off 154 parks and areas of open space
  • attempting to close 5 council-run long day care centres

Blacktown Liberal Mayor Len Robinson did not consult the community prior to making these decisions. The Mayor also ignored a petition containing 2,500 signatures that was tabled at Council, suggesting the residents needed to call Council in order to have their views recorded.

“On December 2, Bowman Hall in Blacktown will be packed with hundreds of local ratepayers, parents, residents and workers, all ready to debate the future of these controversial policies that will have a huge impact on the local community,” USU general secretary Graeme Kelly said.

“While other elected councillors have already agreed to attend, and hear first hand from the people these decisions will affect, Mr Robinson is continuing to show complete contempt for the community he allegedly represents by refusing to engage with them.”

Mr Kelly said the Mayor was now attempting to split growing local opposition by holding a council-run forum to discuss the rezoning of residential properties as parks, while still refusing to engage with the thousands of local families that use the pool and child care services.

“Whether the Mayor likes it or not, hundreds of locals will be at this forum to continue to highlight the importance of these services and the damage of closures and cuts, and they will not be silenced by his refusal to attend,” Mr Kelly said.

Please contact Alison Rahill, Unions NSW Community Organiser mobile 0414 316 839 twitter @RahillAlison

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