Have your say
This is the last opportunity for the community of Ashfield to have their say in the NSW Government's process. Residents and ratepayers are encouraged to participate in this important consultation process.
The Public Hearing for the Ashfield-Leichhardt-Marrickville Councils merger proposal will be held:
Date: Tuesday 2 February 2016
Times: 1pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm
Venue: Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, 115 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register either online or by call 1300813020.
If you wish to speak at the Public Inquiry, you must indicate this when you register.
Written submissions are an important method for Delegates to gather evidence and information. Written submissions will close at 5pm EST on Sunday 28 February 2016.
Submissions can be made online here.
Or by mail to: GPO Box 5341, Sydney, NSW 2001.
What should be included in my submission?
The Delegate is required by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) to assess the merger proposal and consider ten factors. These are listed below:
- 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,
- 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 it considers relevant in relation to the past and future patterns of elected representation for that area,
- 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,
- the impact of any relevant proposal on the employment of the staff by the councils of the areas concerned,
- the impact of any relevant proposal on rural communities in the areas concerned,
- 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,
- 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,
- such other factors as it considers relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas.
Written submissions are encouraged to address some or all of these factors. Additional considerations can be included.