Council seeks extension on Local Government Bill feedback

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Council will ask for an extension of time to provide feedback on the proposed Local Government Bill 2019.

After a notice of motion moved by Councillor Stephanie Asher, the City of Greater Geelong will seek a revised deadline of no earlier than 30 August.

The current deadline for feedback is 17 July 2019.

City of Greater Geelong CEO Martin Cutter will write to Minister for Local Government the Honorable Adem Somyurek MP to request the extension.

Councillor Asher’s notice of motion said it is important that the community, the administration and councillors are given a reasonable opportunity to understand the changes and provide considered feedback.

The notice of motion noted that, while the state government released a paper outlining the proposed changes on 17 June, it is yet to release a full draft of the Local Government Bill 2019 or an explanatory memorandum.

The council has also asked the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to write to the Minister with the same extension request.

The community is invited to have its say on the proposed changes online.

Acting Mayor - Councillor Peter Murrihy

Some of the proposed changes to the Act are quite significant, and as a council we’d like the chance to consider our response very carefully.
An extension would also give members of the Greater Geelong community a better opportunity to fully understand what’s being proposed and have their say.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Chair, Strategy and Communications portfolio

We have received limited information about the details of this bill so far, meaning it’s impossible to provide good quality feedback within the timeframe we’ve been given.

We hope we are granted the extension and look forward to providing a detailed and carefully considered response to the state government that takes the community’s views into account.

I encourage everyone interested to log onto the council’s website and have your say.

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