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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How was Snowy Monaro Regional Council created and what are its boundaries?
2. Who determined which councils should merge?
3. How was the name of our new council chosen?
4. Who will pay for Snowy Monaro Regional Council to be established?
5. Will my rates stay the same?
6. Will the services and facilities that the previous councils provided to residents, ratepayers and businesses remain the same?
7. How will Snowy Monaro Regional Council be run?
8. Is the Administrator paid and, if so, by whom?
9. Who will go to the public meetings and functions usually attended by the mayor and councillors?
10. Will there still be Council meetings and where will they be held?
11. Where will Snowy Monaro Regional staff, administrative offices and customer service centres be located?
12. How can I be sure my needs and that of the community will be addressed by the new council?
13. When will a new council be elected for Snowy Monaro Regional Council?
14. How will the new council continue to communicate and engage with residents?
15. Can I still submit applications for assessment and pay my rates?
16. Has there been any change to the tendering requirements for procurement activities with purchases of $150,000 and above?
17. What happens to the planning functions in new councils?
18. Do councils have to prepare an annual report for 2015/16?
19. Do councils have to prepare a State of the Environment report for 2015/16?
20. Do councils have to prepare an end of term report for the former councils’ term in office?
21. What is the time frame for developing a new delivery plan and community strategic plan?
22. What actions do councils have to undertake in relation to the common seal?
23. Can the new council issue 2016 annual payment summaries for all staff of the merging councils for the whole of 2016 year?
24. Do new councils require new Tax File Number declarations from their employees?
25. What are the requirements for redundancies to be genuine?
26. Do the employment protections prescribed under the Local Government Act 1993 for staff affected by mergers and boundary alterations apply to individuals or the positions they hold?
27. Can Administrators delegate membership of County Councils?
28. Are designated persons required to submit new pecuniary interest returns with the new council?
29. Can the community grants program be run through two or more rounds?
30. Can councils allocate more than $1 million through the community grants program?
31. Can councils invest less than $1 million through the community grants program?
32. Can councils use the Stronger Communities Fund as a matching component to attract additional investment in the council area?
33. Can monies be carried over past 31 December 2019?
34. Can the Administrators’ remuneration be allocated to the New Council Implementation Funds?

Dogs and Cats

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1. Do I have to register my Dog or Cat?
2. When does my cat or dog have to be microchipped?
3. Does my farm working dog have to be registered?
4. Can my cat or dog lose its exemption from microchipping and lifetime registration?
5. Do I have to register and microchip my cat?
6. How much does lifetime registration cost?
7. I have recently moved to NSW – how long until I have to lifetime register my pet?
8. What do I need to do if I give my pet away or sell it?
9. What do I need to do if my pet is lost or dies?
10. Do I have to keep my cat inside?
11. Does my dog need to be on a leash?

Information About Rates and Water Accounts

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1. How do I update my contact details with Council
2. Can I receive my notices via email?
3. When are my Rates due?
4. If I pay my rates in full, rather than in the quarterly instalments, can I get a reduction?
5. How is my land valued?
6. Can I appeal the valuation of my land?
7. What does 'ad valorem' mean?
8. How is my land categorised for rating purposes?
9. What happens if I disagree with the category shown on my rate notice?
10. When does a change in category occur?
11. When am I charged interest?
12. Am I entitled to a Pensioner Rebate for my Rates/Water?
13. Can I amalgamate all my Rate Notices into one notice?

Recycling FAQs

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1. What Items Can Go Into My Kerbside Yellow Lid Recycling Bin?
2. Can I Recycle Aerosol Cans?
3. Can Aluminium Cans, Foil And Foil Trays Be Recycled?
4. What About Pizza Boxes? Can I Recycle Them?
5. Can Pringle Tubes Be Recycled?
6. Do I Have To Rinse My Glass Bottles And Jars Before Putting Them In My Recycling Bin?
7. Do I Have To Remove The Lids From Glass Bottles And Jars Before I Put Them In My Recycling Bin?
8. Why Can’t I Put Drinking Glasses And Broken Window Glass In My Recycling Bin?
9. Do I Need To Remove The Lids From Plastic Bottles?
10. Why Can’t I Recycle Plastic Bags In My Recycling Bin?
11. Can I Put My Recycling In Plastic Bags Like I Do My Garbage?

Waste and Recycling General

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1. Why Didn't My Bin Get Collected?
2. When Are My Bins Collected?
3. Should I Take My Bins With Me When I Move?
4. There Is No Recycling Or Garbage Waste Bin At My Property. How Can I Get One?
5. I Have Just Moved And My Large Cardboard Boxes Won’t Fit In My Yellow Lid Recycle Bin. Do You Have An Alternative Service?
6. Where Can I Purchase Compost Bins And Worm Farms?
7. What Should I Do If My Bin Gets Stolen Or Damaged?
8. My Collection Day Falls On A Public Holiday - Will My Bin Be Collected?
9. I’m Moving Out, Where Can I Take My Unwanted Goods?
10. How Do I Dispose Of Unwanted Paint?
11. Why Do The Garbage Trucks Start So Early And Make A Lot Of Noise?
12. How Do I Commence A Domestic Waste and Recycling Service?
13. How Do I Dispose Of My Green Waste?


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1. I need to speak to someone urgently about an issue in my life. Who do I call?
2. How do I get involved in School Holiday Programs?
3. I have an idea for an activity for young people. How can I get help to make it happen?
4. Where are the Youth Centres in the region?