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There is potential for new councils to change their names at a later date through a further proclamation under Section 207 of the Local Government Act 1993.
- the New Council Implementation Fund will provide up to $10 million to each new council to meet the up-front costs of implementation
- the Stronger Communities Fund will provide up to $15 million to each new council to invest in new or improved infrastructure and better services for the community.
The Administrator will oversee the running of Snowy Monaro Regional Council until local council elections are held in September 2017.
The Administrator will be supported by Joseph Vescio, who has been appointed interim General Manager of the Council under the proclamation. Joseph will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the new Council through a period of transformational change, including managing organisational and staffing issues. He/she will also be responsible for advising the governing body of Council – the Administrator – and implementing its decisions.
The permanent position of General Manager will be formally advertised and recruited following election of the new council in September 2017.
Our customer service staff remain available to take your enquiries:
- Customer Service Centre at 2 Myack Street BERRIDALE NSW 2628- Customer Service Centre at 71 Caveat Street BOMBALA NSW 2632- Customer Service Centre at Shop 2 Razorback Plaza Gippsland Street JINDABYNE NSW 2627
Further information about the formation, roles and responsibilities of these important committees will be available soon.
Council will also engage the community in planning for the future.
This will include: - advertisements and council columns in local media- previous council websites, until a new, consolidated website for the new council is established - community newsletters distributed to every household and through council facilities and buildings- social media posts via Facebook and Twitter- information in customer service centres, libraries, community centres and other community facilities.
We will also engage the community, stakeholders and other partners about the vision and direction for the new council, as well as priorities for the Stronger Communities Fund.
All payments and pricing schedules will remain the same for the time being and payments can continue to be submitted and processed through customer service centres or online.
-less than or equal to $150,000 (including GST), councils are able to engage a service provider on the panel by inviting one written quote
-more than $150,000 (including GST), councils must invite a minimum of three service providers on the panel to provide a quote before engaging a service provider.
If new councils do not use the procurement panel, they are required to apply the tendering requirements set out in the Local Government Act and regulations. These requirements include the need to invite tenders by public notice for contracts involving expenditure of $150,000 or more.
New councils will continue to receive, process and finalise planning proposals and development applications as they did prior to the commencement of new councils. Strict rules that councils must follow in finalising planning proposals will remain in place—including requirements for exhibiting planning proposals within the community.
The Department of Planning and Environment will delegate minor planning proposals to councils on a case by case basis. Final decisions on major planning proposals will instead be made by the Department of Planning and Environment.
-For more information on planning functions, please visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-Your-Area/Local-Planning-and-Zoning/New-Local-Councils
-The first annual report for the new council will cover the period from the amalgamation date to 30 June 2017 and will need to be prepared under the existing timeframes in the Local Government Act.
-New councils will be required to include a State of the Environment report as part of their 2016/17 annual report.
-Councils will be required to prepare a new delivery program by 1 July 2018 and this program must cover the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. A three-year outlook period will ensure that all councils return to a consistent reporting schedule by July 2021. Councils will be required to review their community strategic plan by 1 July 2018.
Councils should adopt a new seal by resolution and have one made. There are no strict requirements as to how the seal should look. However, the seal should refer to the properly constituted name of the council and include the council’s ABN.
Councils should locate and replace the common seals of the former councils with the common seal of the new council.
Councils should also ensure arrangements for the custody and use of the common seal comply with clause 400 of the Regulation.
• the new employing entity, covering all payments for the year;• the old entity, covering all payments for the year; or• separately by both old and new entities, covering payments made by each.
However, where reportable fringe benefit amounts are involved, they must be reported on payment summaries under the same payer ABN that reports the reportable fringe benefit amounts, which would mean separate payment summaries for these employees.
For more detailed information, please refer to Taxation Ruling TR 2009/2 Income tax: genuine redundancy payments. The requirements for a genuine redundancy payment are listed from paragraph 10.
• cannot be made redundant as a result of the transfer without their agreement for three years following the merger or boundary alteration;• must continue to be employed under the same terms and conditions unless they voluntarily consent to the alteration of their terms and conditions; and• cannot be transferred to a work base outside the former council’s local government area unless: ›› they give their written consent to the transfer; or ›› the transfer would not cause them to suffer unreasonable hardship because of the distance they would be required to travel to their new work base.
Under the proclamations establishing new councils, Administrators exercise the roles and functions of the Mayor and councillors—including as members of county councils—on behalf of the new council.
The Administrator takes the place of the former councillors who were members of the countycouncil on behalf of the former constituent councils.
Where designated persons have previously submitted a pecuniary interest return with their formercouncil, this will continue to be valid. However, designated persons should review these to ensurethat the information contained in the pecuniary interest return previously submitted with the formercouncil remains current.
Interim General Managers must consolidate all the pecuniary interest returns previously submittedwith the former councils into a single register.
Staff must submit a pecuniary interest return within three months of becoming a designated person. Administrators must also submit a pecuniary interest return within three months of their appointment.
Any increase in funds for community grants will reduce the allocation of funds to the major projectsprogram, by an equivalent amount.
Requests to extend this time will be considered on a case by case basis. Generally, extensions would be provided to assist councils who run into unexpected issues that delay implementation.
Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.
Registration fees are used by councils for providing animal management related services to the community. These may include ranger services, pound facilities, dog refuse bins, educational and other companion animal-related activities.
Registration fees – current until December 31st 2015
Undesexed (“entire”) $192.00Desexed $52.00Undesexed animal kept by recognised breeder for breeding purposes $52.00Desexed animal owned by pensioner $21.00
Some lifetime registrations do not carry a feeWorking dogs no feeAssistance animals no fee
Glass bottles and jars, including the metal lids.
Aerosols, Aluminium, Steel cans including pet food cans scraped clean where possible, beverage cans, aluminium foil, and foil trays.
Rigid plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom or laundry (including takeaway containers, disposable and non-disposable plastic cups and plates).
Liquid paperboard such as milk and juice cartons.
If you are out, remember to bring home your cans, foil or trays to recycle at home. Many schools and community organisations such as Scouts groups collect cans as a fundraiser. In 2005, $30.6 million was paid to the community for aluminium cans.
Scrap aluminium can also be recycled. Scrap metal dealers offer payments for larger amounts of aluminium.
Aluminium does not 'degrade' during the recycling process, which means it can be recycled over and over again. Recycling aluminium reduces the need for raw materials and reduces the use of valuable energy resources. For every tonne of aluminium recycled, five tonnes of bauxite are conserved. Aluminium is a valuable material to recycle due to the large amount of energy and resources used in the initial manufacture. Making a can from recycled materials rather than from bauxite saves 95% of the energy. Each single can recycled, saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours. This means that recycling one kilogram of aluminium saves 20kg of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.
Any bins that are not presented at the time the collection vehicle drive past your property will have to wait until the next collection day for that area.
A Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar are sent to all residents each year to help keep track of which bin is due to be emptied each week.If you don’t have your calendar, please call your local branch office and ask for your free copy.
To reduce the risk of your bins being stolen or damaged, please put your bins out no earlier than the day before your collection day, and bring them back in as soon as you can after they’ve been emptied.
Bins should arrive within 5 working days.
Bin sizes and annual charge remains the same.