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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions - Archive

What is the standard form for submissions?

Submissions may be made in the form of a letter, short written document or a longer paper and may include appendices and other supporting documentation.

Preferably, submissions should be typed. Hand-written submissions must be clear and legible.

What should be addressed in the submissions?

Submissions should refer directly to the proposal and submission authors are encouraged (but not required) to focus on one or more of the factors in section 263(3) of the Act, being:

• the financial advantages or disadvantages of the proposal to the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned;
• the community of interest and geographic cohesion in the existing areas and in any proposed new area;
• the existing historical and traditional values in the existing areas and the impact of change on them;
• the attitude of the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned;
• the requirements of the area concerned in relation to elected representation for residents and ratepayers at the local level, the desirable and appropriate relationship between elected representatives and ratepayers and residents and such other matters as considered relevant in relation to the past and future patterns of elected representation for that area;
• the impact of the proposal on the ability of the council to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities;
• the impact of the proposal on the employment of the staff by the council;
• the impact of the proposal on any rural communities in the resulting area;
• the desirability (or otherwise) of dividing the resulting area or areas into wards
• the need to ensure that the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented; and
• Any other factors relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas.

How do you lodge a submission?

It is preferred that submissions are lodged online via the website. Please see the relevant proposal page. Submissions can be uploaded in Word, PDF or plain text format. Submissions will also be accepted via post and can be mailed to:

GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Submissions must include the name, address, contact telephone number and email of the person or organisation making the submission. People signing submissions on behalf of an organisation must provide the name of the organisation. The submission form will include some mandatory fields and you will not be able to complete your submission unless these details are completed. Submission authors may also speak at the public inquiry. Details of the public inquiries will be available on this web site in mid-January.
Once a submission has been made, it becomes part of the public record. Submissions will be published at the conclusion of the proposal examination and reporting process, unless the author of the submission requests that it remain confidential. To protect the privacy of submitters, signatures and other personal contact details will be removed before submissions are published.

You should also be aware there may be circumstances when it is required by law to release information (for example, in accordance with the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009).

Authors must clearly state if they wish all or part of their submission to remain confidential. Submissions cannot be withdrawn or altered once published.

Who will review the submission?

Submissions will be reviewed by the Delegate and used to inform the examination and reporting process. Submissions that are received after the closing date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Delegate.

What is the role of a Delegate?

The role of the Delegate is to examine and report on a proposal that has been referred to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government by the Minister for Local Government (Minister) under section 218F(1) of the Act.

What happens next?

The Delegate will examine the proposal in accordance with the Act. Once the Delegate has completed their examination, they must prepare a report and provide that report to the Minister and to the independent Boundaries Commission.
The Boundaries Commission will review the report and provide their comments to the Minister.
Once the Minister has received the comments from the Boundaries Commission and the report from the Delegate, the Minister will make a decision on whether or not to recommend the implementation of the proposal to the Governor of NSW. For more details on the legislative process please refer to Chapter 9, Part 1, Divisions 2A and 2B, and Chapter 9, Part 3 of the Act.

Can I request a private meeting with a Delegate or can I host my own public meeting and invite the Delegate?

Delegates are not required to accept such meeting requests or invitations and it is recommended that individuals, groups and organisations provide input by making a written submission or by speaking at the public inquiry.

Delegate for Hunters Hill, Ryde and Lane Cove merger proposal

Dr Robert Lang

Robert is an Adjunct Professor for the Western Sydney University's Business School and has 13 years’ experience as a Chief Executive Officer across various organisations. He has been appointed to a number of boards for over 18 years, two of which he served as chairman.

Robert has experience in change management and planning. He also has extensive knowledge of the local government sector through his experience as the former CEO of Parramatta City Council and in his current role as the Chairman for the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. Robert initiated the concept for the Barangaroo development with a design competition and developed the precinct masterplan for Parramatta Square.

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