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