The Minister for Local Government publically sought proposals from communities seeking to de-amalgamate. The proposals had to be lodged with the Minister by 29 August 2012. The Minister will now assess which proposals meet the prescribed requirements. The Minister will only assess de-amalgamation proposals based on the 2008 pre-amalgamation local government boundaries ( 2.7 MB).
In order to be referred to the Commissioner by the Minister for Local Government, a proposal was required to include the following information/requirements:
- Acknowledgement that de-amalgamation costs will be the responsibility of the de-amalgamating council not the remaining council, should a de-amalgamation occur.
- Support by way of a signed petition of 20 per cent of the voting population of the proposed de-amalgamating council. The petition may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy and must include each petitioner's signature, name and address. View sample petition wording.
- The petition must be supported by a strong, evidence-based submission which demonstrates that:
- de-amalgamation will either maintain or improve service delivery to the community being de-amalgamated
- the regional economy and economic development will not be adversely affected by the de-amalgamation
- the proposed de-amalgamated local government will be financially sustainable based on a standard delivery model for a local government.
- A standard delivery model is one in which services are performed in-house with its own systems and governance structures.
- If an outsourced model is also proposed, the benefits of this model as opposed to a standard delivery model should be detailed and quantified. This includes how risks associated with an outsourced model are to be effectively managed.
View more information on examples of de-amalgamation costs.
View more information on what the proposal should contain.
The proposal was required to be certified by at least three people (known as proponents) who would be the Commissioner’s primary contacts if the submission is referred by the Minister. A single unified proposal of the proponents of de-amalgamation be provided to the Minister to support the proposed de-amalgamation was preferred.
Last updated on Monday, 03 September 2012