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Walgett Shire Council Newsletter
6 Sep 2016 10:22 AM -Walgett Shire Council Newsletter Autumn Winter 2016
Media Release - Public Needs to Have a Say in Changes to Local Councils
PUBLIC NEEDS TO HAVE A SAY IN CHANGES TO LOCAL COUNCILS
Walgett Shire Council is alerting local residents and ratepayers to changes being planned to the way Councils in Western NSW will have to operate in the future under legislation currently being drafted by the NSW State Government.
Council has now been advised by the Office of Local Government/Department of Premier and Cabinet that a Consultation Paper and detailed Background Paper in relation to the Government's Far West Initiative, which is sets out the Government's preferred approach to Local Government reform for the eight councils in the Western Division will go on public exhibition on Monday 29 August, 2016 with Community submissions to close on Friday 14 October, 2016.
The Consultation Paper outlines a model that will see a regional organisation set up to handle various functions currently handled by Councils, with other functions being undertaken jointly at a regional/local level and only some remaining with Councils.
However, as with most new Government proposals, the devil is in the detail and this is one of the main reasons Walgett Shire prefers to stand alone whilst there is any uncertainty around how the new model would work, how it would be funded and what impacts there would be on existing local jobs, service delivery and local communities.
In recent weeks Walgett Shire has been conducting a series of information forums for local residents and ratepayers, most of whom appear to have been unaware of the extent and likely cost of the proposed reforms.
Representatives of the Office of Local Government are also expected to run a series of workshops potentially starting from Monday 5 September, 2016. Details of these workshops will be published on Council’s website when they come to hand
Council is working on a number of "frequently ask questions" for people to put to the government workshop facilitators. Council is also preparing a summary of the advantages and disadvantages the proposed changes will have on the quality of life throughout Western NSW which covers more than 40% of the State.
These details will also be published on Council's website shortly, along with various submissions Council has prepared recently in addressing the need for reform.
Council's underlying aim is to ensure that the best interests of the Shire, its resident and ratepayers are safeguarded in not only the immediate future but the medium and longer term as well.
Walgett Shire believes it is financially sound and sustainably viable well into the future. It is concerned that proposed improvements in local services will not be forthcoming as of present State and Federal service functions and funding have not yet been properly identified and mapped in the reform process that has been carried out so far.
Walgett Shire is urging all its resident and ratepayers to take the time to acquaint themselves with the proposed changes and how it could impact them directly.
The local community is reminded that detailed submissions must be lodged by Friday 14 October, 2016.
Pre-Development Application (DA) Submission Meetings
PRE-DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION (DA) SUBMISSION MEETINGS
As a new service to residents Council wishes to invite all those planning to submit a development application, whether in the early or late stages of preparation, to contact Council for a confidential pre-lodgement meeting with Council Planning & Building staff.
The Pre-DA is a service for potential applicants to seek feedback on specific concept plans for specific sites. At the pre-DA advice meeting we will discuss the relevant planning policies against which your proposal will be assessed as well as comment on those aspects of a proposal which are non-compliant with Council’s controls.
A pre-lodgement meeting provides the prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal. This occurs following a preliminary assessment by staff of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. Although pre-lodgement meetings are not mandatory, this service is encouraged by Council because:
- It's the most appropriate and transparent means of dealing with enquires of a complex or site-specific nature, or where formal feedback is being sought on a specific development concept or proposed plan;
- The pre-DA advice meeting will be attended by Council staff who will be assessing the application;
- It's an opportunity for Council to advise the applicant of strategic objectives for the development of the area;
- It allows for any potential issues to be dealt with prior to the formal lodgement of a DA; and
- It enables Council to provide relevant information to the applicant to assist in resolving any issues prior to lodging an application.
Applicants may also chose to attend additional Pre-DA meetings as required. Conducting a pre-lodgement meeting may assist in reducing the assessment times of DAs. Where possible, during the pre-lodgement meeting, Council officers will suggest alternative and acceptable solutions for the applicant to consider, which could reduce project costs.
A pre-lodgement meeting is for discussion and clarification purposes only and may not identify all possible issues. It is not, in any way, intended to pre-empt a final decision in relation to a development application. Where possible, we will endeavour to provide you with a level of certainty about your proposal, but we cannot give absolute commitment. Views of the community, Councillors and other government authorities are not able to be taken into account in the pre-DA consultation process.
Please contact Council’s Administration Services Officer Lyn Douglas on 0268 286 144 to arrange an appointment with Council’s Planning & Building staff.