The Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Paul Toole MP, formally referred merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local government for examination and report under the Local Government Act on 6 January 2016.
The Chief Executive has delegated the examination and reporting function to other people (Delegates). In examining and reporting on merger proposals, Delegates will conduct a public inquiry, call for written submissions, and prepare a report with due regard to factors in section 263(3) of the Act. These factors include financial considerations, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff, services and facilities, and the attitude of residents and ratepayers.
The Delegate that has been appointed to undertake the examination of the merger proposal for Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils is Dr Robert Lang.
The report of the Delegate will go to the Minister for Local Government as well as the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission for comment.
Hunter’s Hill Council’s position in respect to the Fit For The Future reform program has been to stand alone and to form a Joint Regional Authority (JRA) with Lane Cove and Ryde Councils. Our residents strongly supported this approach with 92% of the communities across Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde supporting our position as their first or second preference.
However, this is our community’s final opportunity to have a say on the proposed merger of the three Councils and therefore, this is your chance to have your say on the State Government’s proposal to merge Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils.
Submissions close 5pm, Sunday 28 February 2016.
How to Make a Submission
To make your voice heard, simply visit the following State Government website:
Council Boundary Review
You can send a letter to:
Council Boundary Review
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001
Please make sure you add your name, address and contact details.
A public inquiry in relation to the proposal will be held under section 263 of the Local Government Act at the following time(s) and venue:
Hunters Hill Sailing Club
Tuesday 2 February 2016
1.00pm – 5.00pm and 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by contacting 1300 813 020.
Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate they wish to do so when they register to attend.
Hunter's Hill/Ryde Community transport are offering a door-to-door service for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. Cost is $5.00 each way, however booking are essential. Contact RHHCT on 98165000 or www.rhhct.org.au