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Inquiry Details

Local Government Amalgamations in NSW

The inquiry terms of reference were adopted by the Committee on 1 September 2003 as a self reference under s3 of the resolution of 3 July 2003 establishing the General Purpose Standing Committees. This followed a request by Mr Cohen, Ms Hale, Mr Lynn and Mr Colless for a meeting to consider an inquiry into local government amalgamation.

Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 24 February 2004 Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 31 March 2004 Legislative Council Committee Report Debate, 5 May 2004

Self-referred on Monday, 1 Septemer 2003, Minutes Meeting No. 2 That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 inquire into and report on the social, political and economic impact of amalgamations on local government in NSW, and in particular: a) The adequacy of current funding arrangements for local government, b) The effect of unfunded mandates on councils, c) The local community’s expectations of service provision by local government, d) The optimum organisational structure to efficiently deliver better local government, e) The criteria by which amalgamations, boundary changes or major reorganisation of council areas should be decided, f) The methods by which any such changes should be implemented, g) The role that state government should play in any changes, h) The views of residents and ratepayers on amalgamation, i) The financial implications of amalgamations for financial assistance grants, j) Any other relevant issues.

That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 inquire into and report on the social, political and economic impact of amalgamations on local government in NSW, and in particular: a) The adequacy of current funding arrangements for local government, b) The effect of unfunded mandates on councils, c) The local community’s expectations of service provision by local government, d) The optimum organisational structure to efficiently deliver better local government, e) The criteria by which amalgamations, boundary changes or major reorganisation of council areas should be decided, f) The methods by which any such changes should be implemented, g) The role that state government should play in any changes, h) The views of residents and ratepayers on amalgamation, i) The financial implications of amalgamations for financial assistance grants, j) Any other relevant issues.


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