The question is not “Amalgamation: Yes or No?
The question more properly put is what results do we want for our communities, our cities and our region? What sort of place do we want to live in? What environment? What service delivery, what amenity and facilities do we need, what financial sustainability, what representation? In short, what do we actually want now and for future generations?
Good governance means responding to these needs, and having the vision to add value to people’s lives for today and tomorrow. Good governance is about building pleasant and sustainable environments.
Discussion about our future is always good and the timeline suggested gives opportunity for factual information sharing and proper debate before any kneejerk decisions are made.