De-Amalgamation Consideration

Snowy Valleys Council has resolved to seek a de-amalgamation of Snowy Valleys Council into two new councils based on the boundaries of the former councils subject to State funding.

Boundaries Commission Public Hearings and Written Submissions

Written Submissions

Written submissions are invited from members of the public. Submissions should preferably address one or more of the factors listed in section 263(3) of the Act and should identify if the submitter is a resident and/or ratepayer of the affected local government area.

Submissions can be made by email to [email protected] or by mail to LGBC Executive Officer Locked Bag 3015, Nowra NSW 2541.

Submissions must be received by COB Friday 7 June 2024.

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Public Hearings

Public Hearings into the business case to demerge Snowy Valleys Local Government Area were held on the 29th and 30th May 2024 in Tumbarumba and Tumut.

View the recorded sessions on the OLG’s website here: Public Hearings

It is expected that once the LGBC have completed their examination of Council’s de-amalgamation proposal it will make a recommendation to the Minister.

Independent Business Case

On 18 August 2022 Council resolved to seek proposals for the preparation of a business case for the demerger of Snowy Valleys Council and the reinstatement of the former councils of Tumut and Tumbarumba subject to the Minister deciding to allow the demerger of Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council.

Council appointed the University of Newcastle to prepare an independent business case capable of being submitted to the Minister for Local Government for de-amalgamation.

Report author and project lead, Professor Joseph Drew of the University of Newcastle engaged with representatives of key stakeholder groups, Councillors and Council in mid-February 2023,

Professo Drew then returned to the region to host community forums on the 27 and 28 April 2023.where he presented his draft findings, answered community questions, and gathered individual feedback to help inform the final business case. This was the community's opportunity to hear the evidence and have their say.

Completed De-amalgamation Business Case

The completed Business Case was presented to the 22 June 2023 Coucil meeting where Councillors resolved to receive the 'Snowy Valleys Council Evidence Regarding Advantages and Disadvantages of De-amalgamation' report and committed to pursuing de-amalgamation subject to State funding.

On 5 September 2023, Council forwarded the De-amalgamation Business Case to the Minister for Local Government who subsequently referred it to the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission (LGBC) for examination.


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