A new section 375A requires the General Manager to record which councillors vote for and against each planning decision of the Council, and to make this information publicly available.
To maintain the register, the Act requires that a division be called whenever a planning decision is put at a council or committee meeting, including meetings closed to the public. Each decision recorded in the register is to clearly describe or identify the matter being determined and how councillors voted.
Download the Register of Planning Matters HERE
For further information please contact Ashfield Council's Governance Department on (02) 9716 1800.
As per the Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act 2008; Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. In order to enable members of the public with access to information such as current donations and expenditure declarations lodged by Councillors with the Electoral Funding of NSW. Ashfield Council is providing the following link to the Electoral Funding Authority of NSW website.
The Electoral Commission of NSW has established a dedicated enquiry line to assist with information regarding disclosure of political donations returns and electoral legislation. Tel: 1300 135 736.
It is further noted that all relevant planning applications (eg, LEPs, Section 94 Plans, DCPs and development applications or modifications) and all relevant public submissions are required to disclose information relating to all reportable political donations and gifts (if any) made by any person with a financial interest in the application or submission within two (2) years before the application or submission is made and ending when the application is determined. If the political donations and gifts were made after the application or submission was made, the disclosure must be made within seven (7) days after the donations and gifts were made. The disclosure relates to:
It is an offence if a disclosure of a reportable political donation or gift is not made. For further information on political donations including a Political Donations Statement Form please click here or you may contact Council's Development Services on 9716 1800.