Public consultation process regarding proposed council mergers begins

14 January 2016

A date for two public hearings into the proposed merger of Queanbeyan City Council and part of Palerang Council has been announced.

The hearings are part of an inquiry that is being conducted in regard to the merger proposal and will be an opportunity for the public to make presentations.

The public has also been invited to make written submissions regarding the proposed merger.

The public hearings will be held:

  • 1pm to 4pm, Thursday 11 February at the Braidwood Serviceman’s Club, cnr Coronation Ave and Victory St, Braidwood. 
  • 7pm to 10pm, Thursday, 11 February at the Comfort Inn Airport International, 57-73 Yass Rd, Queanbeyan. 

Members of the public who wish to attend are asked 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 inquiry should indicate they wish to do so when they register to attend.

The inquiry will be facilitated by a government-appointed delegate for this region, John Turner, and is part of the legislative examination and reporting process regarding the proposed merging of 152 councils into 112 councils across the state.

Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by Mr Turner. Queanbeyan City Council will make a presentation to the inquiry and is still formalising its position to the proposed merger, which was announced on Friday 18 December.

Registrations to speak will close at midday on Friday 5 February. The submission period closes at 5pm, Sunday 28 February and can be submitted at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au or by mail: GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001.

Mr Turner will prepare a report for the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission and the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole based on his inquiries and consultation with stakeholders, including the community. The report must consider the factors in section 263(3) of the Local Government Act and include financial considerations, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff, services and facilities, and the attitude of residents and ratepayers.

The NSW Government has said the merger would mean savings to Queanbeyan Council of $19m over 20 years, plus an additional 15m in merger and infrastructure grants to the new council.

For more information regarding the proposed merger, including maps, as well as the inquiry and public submissions please go to www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au.

ENDS

For more information contact Antonia Liosatos, Communications Coordinator on 6285 6588/0458 000 955