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Public notice of elector initiated boundary proposals

Elector initiated boundary proposals affecting Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

The Minister for Local Government has received elector proposals that would affect boundaries in relation to Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.

The proposals have been assessed by the Office of Local Government against relevant requirements under the Local Government Act and determined to be valid. This included confirming with the NSW Electoral Commission that signatories to the proposals were enrolled electors in the relevant areas.

In relation to Snowy Valleys Council, the proposal would effectively re-establish the area of the former Tumbarumba Shire local government area. It would reduce the local government area of Snowy Valleys Council so that it corresponds to the area of the former Tumut Shire Council.

In relation to Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, the proposal would effectively re-establish the area of the former Gundagai Shire local government area. It would reduce the local government area of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council so that it corresponds to the area of the former Cootamundra Shire Council.

The Minister has determined to allow the proposals to proceed to the next stage in the formal assessment process. As required under the Act, the Minister has given public notice of the proposals so that affected electors and councils can make submissions.

The Minister will then consider all submissions before formally referring the proposals to the Local Government Boundaries Commission for examination and report. It is then up to the Boundaries Commission, as an independent statutory authority, to follow its own processes in accordance with the Act.

 

Under the Local Government Act the Boundaries Commission is required to have regard to 11 factors in examining the proposals including:

  • financial advantages/disadvantages
  • the community of interest and geographic cohesion
  • attitude of residents and ratepayers
  • requirements of the area concerned in relation to elected representation for residents and ratepayers at the local level
  • any impact on council operations and staff, and
  • any impact on rural communities in the areas concerned.

 

Affected electors and councils can now make submissions to the Minister.

While submissions can be made on any matter, to assist the Minister’s considerations, affected electors are encouraged to:

  • provide their name and address so that it can be verified by the NSW Electoral Commission that they are an enrolled elector in the relevant local government area
  • state if they support or oppose referral of the proposal to the Boundaries Commission for examination and report, and
  • provide detailed reasons/arguments either for or against the proposal.

 

Submissions or comments must be lodged by Friday 31 January 2020 .

More information about the proposals and processes can be found in the attached documents:

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