1: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

The Government has made a proposal to Amalgamate Hunters Hill with Ryde and Lane Cove Councils.

By Law – this proposal must go through a public inquiry process and assessment by the the Boundaries Commission, and it MUST take into account impacts on 11 defined factors (see below).

The Minister must take this assessment into account when making his final decision – and not “pre-determine” or pay lip-service to the process or the assessment.

For more information about this process – see here: 7_LegislativeRequirementsforCouncilAmalgamations

The public are being asked for submissions addressing these 11 factors (plus any other comments) to a Delegate – who will make a report to be sent to the Boundaries Commission for assessment.

These are the factors the process MUST take into consideration:

  1. the financial advantages or disadvantages (including the economies or diseconomies of scale) of any relevant proposal to the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned
  2. the community of interest and geographic cohesion in the existing areas and in any proposed new area
  3. the existing historical and traditional values in the existing areas and the impact of change on them
  4. the attitude of the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned
  5. 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 it considers relevant in relation to the past and future patterns of elected representation for that area
  6. the impact of any relevant proposal on the ability of the councils of the areas concerned to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities
  7. the impact of any relevant proposal on the employment of the staff by the councils of the areas concerned
  8. the impact of any relevant proposal on rural communities in the areas concerned
  9. in the case of a proposal for the amalgamation of two or more areas, the desirability (or otherwise) of dividing the resulting area or areas into wards
  10. in the case of a proposal for the amalgamation of two or more areas, the need to ensure that the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented
  11. such other factors as it considers relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas.

GETTING INFORMATION TO MAKE A SUBMISSION

There are / will be 4 important documents to read.

  1. THE GOVERNMENTS PROPOSAL: (THE “FOR” CASE) – The Government has made a proposal outlining what it believes are the advantages of the Amalgamation, and addressing the 11 factors above. The Governments case is based on a financial model by KPMG that makes generalised assumptions regarding costs and savings rather than a specific analysis of the specific merger. The full report can be found HERE.
  2. THE CASE AGAINST THE GOVERMENTS PROPOSAL; SHHMC and many independent experts believe that there are serious Errors and Flaws in the Governments proposal and the KPMG report. SIDE-BY-SIDE analysis of the Governments claimed “benefits” – with actual data and empiric evidence can be found  – HERE
  3. SHHMC SUBMISSION: SHHMC is drawing up a submission that addresses the 11 factors making the clear case AGAINST the Governments Proposal.
  4. HUNTERS HILL COUNCIL SUBMISSION: Council is undertaking independent cost-benefit analysis of the amalgamation proposal and their submission will be available.

MAKING A SUBMISSION

Hunters Hill residents are urged to make a submission against the Governments amalgamation proposal and addressing any or all of the 11 factors as outlined above plus any other matters they consider relevant.

Submissions may be made online or via post and are due by FEBRUARY 28th 2016. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Council Boundary Review
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

The Delegate who will assess the proposal in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Name: Dr Robert Lang
Email: Rob.Lang@dpc.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)