FORMER NSW Auditor-General Bob Sendt has been appointed as Chairman of the NSW Boundaries Commission, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced last week.
Mr Sendt, who was most recently a Deputy Member of the NSW Electoral Commission, will be joined by two nominees of Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) and one member from the Office of Local Government (OLG).
"Mr Sendt, who was appointed Auditor-General during the Carr administration, is an experienced senior public servant with four decades of experience in state and Commonwealth roles," Mr Toole said.
"This marks an important next step in the NSW Government's commitment to creating stronger councils to deliver the services and infrastructure that local communities deserve."
The NSW Boundaries Commission is an independent statutory authority constituted under the Local Government Act 1993. Mr Toole said it will play an important role in providing independent advice on the merger proposals currently under consideration.
"The Boundaries Commission will review the reports that will be prepared by delegates for each council merger proposal and provide comment," Mr Toole said.
Delegates were appointed by the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government to examine and report on the merger proposals. They will prepare reports after allowing the community to have its say by conducting public meetings and calling for written submissions.
The reports prepared by the delegates will consider the factors set out in the legislation, which include financial considerations, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff, service and facilities, and the attitude of residents and ratepayers.
"I will consider both the delegates' reports and the comments from the Boundaries Commission before making a decision on whether or not to recommend to the Governor of NSW any changes to local government areas," Mr Toole said.
In addition to Mr Sendt, the other members of the NSW Boundaries Commission are:
- Councillor Rick Firman OAM (LGNSW nominee);
- Councillor Lesley Furneaux-Cook (LGNSW nominee); and
- Ms Nataša Mitic (OLG).