Indigo wants to expand: Gaffney
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INDIGO Council is considering using a planned representation review to push for an expansion of its boundaries.
Submissions will be taken from later this month on the “appropriate number” of councillors for several North East councils.
The Victorian Electoral Commission review will also ask whether municipalities should be split into wards, or have ward systems removed.
Indigo mayor Bernard Gaffney said the council already believed that land lost to the Rural City of Wangaratta in the 1994 council amalgamations should be returned.
Specifically, this related to areas close to Beechworth.
“Now you’ve got the anomaly of people living within five minutes of Beechworth, who get married in Beechworth, their children go to school in Beechworth and they get buried in Beechworth,” Cr Gaffney said.
“And yet if they want to pay their dog registration they’ve got to drive the 40 minutes to Wangaratta.
“The council has had discussions with the ministerial advisers to the Minister for Local Government (Natalie Hutchins) and we will certainly raise that with the commission.”
The reviews have been ordered by Ms Hutchins and must be completed before the 2016 council elections.
Submissions can be made by anyone in the community, as an individual or a group.
Preliminary submissions for Indigo, Towonga and Wodonga councils can be made from February 18 to March 18.
That will be followed by preliminary reports from the commission on April 15, with another month allowed for a response to these reports.
Preliminary submissions for Alpine and Wangaratta will open on February 25.
Cr Gaffney said the council would be very interested in getting involved in this process.
“The commission is after community feedback, and council will be keen to engage with the commission,” he said.
“We will be discussing if there’s a need for wards.”
Cr Gaffney said the council was also keen for the Indigo community to get involved.
“If residents do have any questions, those inquiries would be welcome by the council,” he said.
“We would expect to hear from the commission if the community wanted changes, so we would expect to have some input with regard to those.”
Wodonga Council was aware of the review, but had not yet addressed the issue.
BY NIGEL McNAY
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