Boundaries Commission Inquiry
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- 25 March 2020: BOUNDARIES COMMISSION SUBMISSIONS INVITED
Residents across the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council local government area (LGA) can make submissions to the Boundaries Commission in relation to the de-amalgamation of the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council from Tuesday 24th March 2020.
The Boundaries Commission has determined that public notices of the proposal and a call for submissions will be advertised in local and national newspapers. The notices will also appear on CGRC and Office of Local Government websites from Tuesday 24th March.
Council has engaged Professor Joseph Drew to develop a series of short (5 minute) videos explaining various important concepts. Dr Drew’s video on lodging submissions can be viewed on the CGRC Website by following the link https://www.cgrc.nsw.gov.au/boundaries-commission-inquiry. This video encourages residents to write a submission even if they have already done so, and gives a clear and concise message on what the submission should contain.
Other videos are included that give residents an explanation of other important concepts such as rate harmonisation and harmonisation of fees and charges such as wast, water and sewerage.
Submissions will be close on Friday 24th April 2020.
The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shelley Hancock (the Minister), received a proposal to effectively re-establish the former Gundagai Shire Council local government area which would reduce the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) local government area to that of the former Cootamundra Shire Council and establish a new local government area with the same boundaries as the former Gundagai Shire Council.
Council has engaged Professor Joseph Drew to develop a series of short (5 minute) videos explaining various important concepts, such as:
(i) a Boundaries Commission inquiry into a possible de-amalgamation,
(ii) rates harmonisation (the 3 year legislated rate freeze has expired), and
(iii) harmonisation of fees and charges such as waste, water and sewer.
This is consistent with Council’s aim to ensure that it’s ratepayers have access to the best information possible for decision making.
Videos can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
DEAMALGAMATION ONGOING BENEFITS
COMMUNITY FISCAL ILLUSION