Wednesday 22 August 2012
Roma Administration Centre
NOTICE OF MEETING
Date: 21 August 2012
Mayor:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor R S Loughnan
Deputy Mayor:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor W S Wason
Councillors:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor J L Chambers
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor R J Denton
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor P J Flynn
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor W M Newman
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor C J OíNeil
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor M L Price
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor D J Schefe
Acting Chief Executive Officer:††††††††††††††††† Mr Michael Parker
Senior Management:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr Tony Klein (Director Community Services)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr Matthew McGoldrick (Director Corporate Services)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr Barry Omundson (Director Infrastructure)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr Rob Hayward (Director Planning & Environment)
Officers:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms Jane Frith (Corporate Communications Officer)
Please find attached agenda for the General Meeting to be held at the Roma Administration Centre on August 22, 2012 at 9.00am.
Acting Chief Executive Officer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
L††††††††††† Late Items
L.1††††††† De-amalgamation Submission
Prepared by:††††† Tony Klein, Director of Community Services
Attachment 1:†††† De-amalgamation fact sheet
Attachment 2:†††† QLD Boundaries Commissioner - request for submissions.. ††
Meeting: General† 22 August 2012
Date: 20 August 2012
Item Number: L.1
File Number: D12/25096
Subject Heading:†††††††††††††††††††† De-amalgamation Submission
Classification:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Open Access††
Name of Applicant:††††††††††††††††††††††††
Author & Officerís Title:†††††††††††††††† Tony Klein, Director of Community Services
Correspondence has been received (20 August 2012) from the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner encouraging Council to make a submission to the Minister for Local Government in relation to proposals he may receive from proponents in the Maranoa wishing to de-amalgamate from Maranoa Regional Council.† Submissions close 29 August 2012.
1.†† Advise the Minister for Local Government that Maranoa Regional Council does not support the de-amalgamation of any part of the Maranoa Region and;
2.†† Develop a submission to the Minister for Local Government to support Councilís position on the de-amalgamation of Maranoa Regional Council and;
3.†† Continue to assist proponents of de-amalgamation proposals through the provision of all reasonable information requests.
Body of Report:
Forced Queensland Local Government amalgamations were first announced by the Beattie Government in 2007.† As a result of amalgamations, in the March 2008 Local Government elections, Queensland Councils were reduced from 157 to 73.
The LNP government went to the 2012 State Election promising to consider applications from former shires that wanted to revert to their old boundaries.
On 29 June 2012, the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner announced the assessment process for the viability of de-amalgamations:
∑††† The Government must receive applications by 29 August 2012.
∑††† The Local Government Minister will review the submissions and forward those that clearly show community support and understanding of costs to the Boundaries Commissioner.
∑††† The Boundaries Commissioner will work with the Queensland Treasury Corporation to determine the exact financial cost of each de-amalgamation.
∑††† The Local Government Minister will receive the final report from the Boundaries Commissioner by 28 November 2012.
∑††† If approved by the Minister, the community wishing to break away will vote for or against the de-amalgamation in a referendum.
∑††† If residents back de-amalgamation and the Government supports the proposal, new elections will be held for a mayor and councillors in the breakaway area.
In addition, correspondence (attached) has been received (20 August 2012) from the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner encouraging Council to make a submission to the Minister for Local Government in relation to proposals he may receive from proponents in the Maranoa wishing to de-amalgamate from Maranoa Regional Council.†
It is recommended that Council develop a submission to the Minister for Local Government not supporting the de-amalgamation of any part of the Maranoa Region and at a minimum include the following:
o† The impact of a de-amalgamation on regional economic development.
o† The impact of a de-amalgamation on the financial sustainability of the de-amalgamating and remaining local government in the context of the financial sustainability of the local government as it is.
o† Your estimate of the cost of de-amalgamation. These should include system costs (e.g. financial management system, payroll, job costing, billing, records management, etc), additional employee costs leading up to de-amalgamation, and any other costs that you may consider relate to de-amalgamation.
o† Existing employee numbers and future employee numbers if there is a de-amalgamation for the remaining and the de-amalgamating local governments.
o† Implications for regional assets (e.g. airports, saleyards, water treatment plants etc).
Cr Robert Loughnan, Mayor
Michael Parker, Acting Chief Executive Officer
Robert Hayward, Director Planning & Environment
Matthew McGoldrick, Director Corporate Services
Jim Grassick, Manager, Southern Region, Department of Local Government
Risk Assessment (Legal, Financial, Political etc.):
Political risk as determined by Council
Financial Resource Implications:
Estimated at $10,000 to develop an appropriate submission to the Minister for Local Government.
Link to Corporate Plan:
Corporate Plan 2009-2013 ó 8.1.1(b) To structure Councilís governance functions in a manner so as to allow effective and efficient utilisation of elected members time and resources to the benefit of the constituents which Council serves.
De-amalgamation fact sheet
QLD Boundaries Commissioner - request for submissions
Report authorised by:
QLD Boundaries Commissioner - request for submissions
From:Robert Loughnan[EX:/O=ROMA REGIONAL COUNCIL/OU=FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN=ROBERTL]
To:Directors[EX:/O=ROMA REGIONAL COUNCIL/OU=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=Directors]
To:CEO[EX:/O=ROMA REGIONAL COUNCIL/OU=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=CEO]
Subject:FW: From the Office of the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner
From: Kirsten Stewart [mailto:Kirsten.Stewart@dlgp.qld.gov.au]
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2012 2:30 PM
Subject: From the Office of the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner
Dear Mayor and Chief Executive Officer,
As you are aware, the Minister for Local Government announced, on 29 June 2012, a formalised process for consideration of de-amalgamation proposals. I was appointed the Queensland Boundaries Commissioner and I will consider any de-amalgamation proposals referred to me by the Minister. All proposals for de-amalgamations are to be with the Minister on 29 August 2012.
It is possible that a group within your local government area will submit a de-amalgamation proposal. Should this be referred to me and to enable the Minister to develop a more complete view of the issues, you are encouraged to provide a submission.
The following could be considered as part of the submission:
The impact of a de-amalgamation on regional economic development.
The impact of a de-amalgamation on the financial sustainability of the de-amalgamating and remaining local government in the context of the financial sustainability of the local government as it is.
Your estimate of the cost of de-amalgamation. These should include system costs (e.g. financial management system, payroll, job costing, billing, records management, etc), additional employee costs leading up to de-amalgamation, and any other costs that you may consider relate to de-amalgamation.
Existing employee numbers and future employee numbers if there is a de-amalgamation for the remaining and the de-amalgamating local governments.
Implications for regional assets (e.g. airports, saleyards, water treatment plants etc).
I would also like to thank those Councils who have been providing information to the proponents of a de-amalgamation proposal and encourage you to continue to provide all reasonable information requests to these groups.
If you need any further details please contact either myself on 0418 775500 or Logan Timms on 0478 405509. You can also find further information on the Queensland Boundaries Commission website HYPERLINK "file:///\\www.qld.gov.au\deamalgamation"www.qld.gov.au/deamalgamation.
Queensland Boundaries Commissioner
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