HASTINGS COUNCIL NAME CHANGE
Dr Refshauge asked the Minister for Energy and Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives -
(1) Has the Hastings Council requested that its name and status be changed to City of Port Macquarie?
(2) Has the Premier discussed this request with him?
(3) If so, when?
(4) Did the Member for Port Macquarie discuss this request with him?
(5) If so, when?
(6) Why has the request been refused?
(7) What criteria would be required to be met to grant city status to Port Macquarie?
(3) Not applicable.
(5) On various occasions.
(6) The request has not been refused. To assist me in making a decision both on the Council's application for city status and the associated application for a change of name, the Council has been asked to provide further information concerning the attitude of the local community, particularly on the proposal for a name change.
(7) Under the Local Government Act 1993, city status may only be granted to a local government area. Port Macquarie is not a local government area, and there is accordingly no provision for its proclamation as a city.
For a local government area to be proclaimed a city, the area must:
(c) satisfy the criteria specified in paragraphs (1) or (2) apart from the population criteria, and be an homogenous centre of importance as a focus of regional commercial, governmental or cultural activity beyond that which would normally be regarded as local, suburban, or subsidiary to another nearby centre.
(a) have a population of at least 25,000 persons and be an independent centre of population; not being a suburb, whether residential, industrial, commercial or maritime, of any other council area or centre of population; or
(b) have a population of at least 150,000, and have a distinct character and entity as a centre of population beyond what would normally be regarded as being of local or suburban significance only; or