The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula have received a publically initiated boundary adjustment sumbission which proposes that the Hundreds of Lincoln, Louth, Wanilla, Uley, Sleaford and Flinders that currently fall within the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula be severed from the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and be incorporated into the City of Port Lincoln. (See map of affected area).
A copy of the Boundary Adjustment Submission can be accessed by clicking here.
Council considered the proposal at the meeting held on 18 July and resolved the following:
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1. That Council advise the Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel and the five persons representing the eligible electors that Council does not support the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment Submission received by Council on 29 April 2014 under which the Hundreds of Lincoln, Louth, Wanilla, Sleaford, Uley and Flinders would be incorporated within the City of Port Lincoln and is not prepared to formulate a proposal at this time on the following basis:
• The viability of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula would be put at risk by the loss of an estimated $2.4 million in revenue made up of General Rates, Financial Assistance Grants and Roads to Recovery monies, in particular in regards to:
o Servicing of existing Council wide debt from a lower rating base;
o The cost of absorbing fixed Council costs across a lower rating base; and
o Reduced capacity to fund key staff to undertake planning and strategy of service delivery and in relation to managing statutory compliance with legislation.
• Council does not consider that the affected areas would be better represented on an expanded City of Port Lincoln as this area makes up 50 percent of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula electors but would only comprise 15 percent of an expanded City of Port Lincoln;
• The issue of Community of Interest is extremely complex, and Council considers that the community of interest of rural and coastal people in the affected area and joined with the remainder of the Council district is of equal or greater significance than the community of interest with the City of Port Lincoln.
• Council considers that the needs of more remote rural and coastal townships vary to the requirements of urban residents, with provision of services to such rural and coastal people by the City of Port Lincoln not being in the best interests of either the Councils or the electors.
• The feedback to Council from Community Reference Groups and via petitions and letters received from both inside and outside of the affected area has reflected that the community at large wish to remain with the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula.
2. That the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula report in relation to the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment proposal be forwarded to the Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel as presented and updated by inclusion of any additional public feedback received to the date of submitting the report.
3. That any future proposal to amend the structure of Local Government on the Southern Eyre Peninsula be determined by newly elected Councils in the event that they determine that change is warranted.
4. That Council notes the resolution of the City of Port Lincoln to not support the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment submission.
5. That the City of Port Lincoln be advised of the decision of Council in relation to the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment Submission.
A copy of the 'Response to the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment Submission' CEO Report is avaialble by clicking here. ** Please note the appendixes are not included in the link above due to the size of the files.
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The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula formally considered this submission for the first time at its meeting on 16 May 2013 and resolved the following:
Council is extremely disappointed by the Boundary Adjustment Submission that has been received and believes that the Council does service and represent the entire Council district in a fair and equitable manner and notes the views of the Community Reference Groups who have indicated strong support for the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula during its recent Community Engagement process.
1. That a copy of the Boundary Adjustment Submission be provided to all Community Reference Groups across the Council district, and invitation extended to the groups to provide feedback from their communities perspective.
2. That the Community Reference Groups be regularly updated in relation to Councils position in relation to the boundary adjustment submission.
3. That the Chief Executive Officer prepares a discussion paper with assistance of a suitable experienced and qualified independent consultant for the consideration of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula in relation to the Boundary Adjustment Submission.
4. That Council holds an informal workshop facilitated by the consultant who assists with the preparation of the discussion paper to discuss the boundary adjustment submission, including the impacts of alternative Local Government models on the community of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula.
5. That the City of Port Lincoln be thanked for keeping the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula informed in regard to their position in relation to the boundary adjustment submission and advised the following:
The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula will provide the City with an information package in relation to service provision to the affected area of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, including population, general rate revenue, service provision, historical and proposed capital works and Council debt incurred and projected by such capital works;
The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula will be undertaking a study of the boundary adjustment proposal as it relates to the community of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula; and
At the conclusion of the study the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula will respond to the City of Port Lincoln’s correspondence.
That the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula seeks a one month extension of time to respond to the Public Initiated Boundary Adjustment Submission on the basis that:
Initial formal consideration of the submission is being held on 16 May, being 17 days after the submission was formally presented to Council. Council seeks to hold a workshop with an independent facilitator, and is unlikely to be able to arrange such a workshop prior to approximately 20 June 2014. The time frame from the date of the workshop allows insufficient time for Council to develop a fully informed response to the Boundary Adjustment submission prior to 8 July, 2014.
Council have sought, and been granted, an extension to 5 August 2014 to respond to the submission.
15 May 2014
As part of it's community engagement strategy, Council had already planned to hold four Focus Group meetings with it's communtiy reference groups regarding the annual business plan and therefore used this opportunity to inform the community of the boundary adjustment submission.
The boundary adjustment would involve the transfer of:
• 50% of DCLEP population
• 40% of DCLEP rate revenue
The submission has been signed by 35 eligible electors, and led by group of 5 persons.
Reasons (stated in submission) for seeking a Boundary Adjustment
• Extend the influence of the City of Port Lincoln
• Community of Interest
• Services provide to the affected hundreds by DCLEP will be provided by the City of Port Lincoln
Boundary Facilitation Panel
If Council reject the submission, it may be referred to the ‘Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel (BAFP)’ which consists of 2 State (Office State & Local Government Relations) representatives and 2 Local Government Association representatives. Before determining its position as to whether the adjustment should proceed, this Panel would
• Speak to the Councils’ involved
• Consider Council servicing and approach to the affected area (i.e. services, rates, financial stability etc)
• Seek the views of the community
If the Panel decide that a change is warranted they will then work with the two Councils on progressing the change.