Council Boundary Change Proposal - Rostrevor, Woodforde and Hamilton Hill

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Project background

Campbelltown City Council (CCC) has put forward a Council Boundary Change Proposal (the Proposal) to the Boundaries Commission (a State Government body that assesses and investigates council boundary change proposals, and makes recommendations to the Minister) to review the boundary between CCC and Adelaide Hills Council (AHC).

CCC proposes moving the boundary eastwards so that the parts of Rostrevor and Woodforde that are currently in AHC, move to the CCC area in their entirety. See map included in the information pack (downloaded from the document library to the right of this page).

Our Council’s response to the Campbelltown City Council proposal has always been to be guided by the opinions of those residents and ratepayers who would be affected directly by the proposed boundary change.

The results of the survey conducted in 2019 are compelling with almost two thirds of the survey respondents opposed to the proposal.

We therefore don’t believe it’s in the interests of our communities for Campbelltown to commit significant resources in pursuing a boundary realignment that does not have the underlying support of the residents who live there.

The Boundaries Commission has decided to inquire into the proposal and an investigator will be appointed to assess the proposal and engage further with Council and the community.

Need more information?

We encourage you to take a look at the frequently asked questions to the right of this page. The question you have may be answered there.

If you’re still after more information please get in touch with our team via:

Project background

Campbelltown City Council (CCC) has put forward a Council Boundary Change Proposal (the Proposal) to the Boundaries Commission (a State Government body that assesses and investigates council boundary change proposals, and makes recommendations to the Minister) to review the boundary between CCC and Adelaide Hills Council (AHC).

CCC proposes moving the boundary eastwards so that the parts of Rostrevor and Woodforde that are currently in AHC, move to the CCC area in their entirety. See map included in the information pack (downloaded from the document library to the right of this page).

Our Council’s response to the Campbelltown City Council proposal has always been to be guided by the opinions of those residents and ratepayers who would be affected directly by the proposed boundary change.

The results of the survey conducted in 2019 are compelling with almost two thirds of the survey respondents opposed to the proposal.

We therefore don’t believe it’s in the interests of our communities for Campbelltown to commit significant resources in pursuing a boundary realignment that does not have the underlying support of the residents who live there.

The Boundaries Commission has decided to inquire into the proposal and an investigator will be appointed to assess the proposal and engage further with Council and the community.

Need more information?

We encourage you to take a look at the frequently asked questions to the right of this page. The question you have may be answered there.

If you’re still after more information please get in touch with our team via:

  • Boundary Commission to Investigate

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    The Boundaries Commission has decided to inquire into the proposal and an investigator will be appointed to assess the proposal and engage further with Council and the community.

    The Commission's engagement guidelines are outlined here: https://www.dit.sa.gov.au/local-government/documents/office-of-local-government/boundaries/guidelines-for-preparing-a-proposal/Boundaries-Commission-Guideline-9-Engagement-and-Consultation-Version-2.0-23-December-2022.pdf

    The Commission’s determination to inquire into the Proposal does not mean that the proposal has been recommended to proceed. A recommendation to the Minister regarding this Proposal can only be made once the Commission has conducted and considered the findings of an inquiry.

    Section 31(1)(b) of the Act enables the Commission to appoint one or more investigators to conduct the inquiry. It is expected that the inquiry into the Proposal will require the appointment of a number of specialised investigators, given the extensive potential impact that the proposal may have on affected councils. The appointment of investigators will be undertaken in accordance with the Act, and with Guideline 5 – Appointment of Investigators for General Proposals. As s 31(2) of the Act makes clear, the Commission must seek to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the qualifications, knowledge, expertise and experience of a particular investigator are relevant to the inquiry for which the investigator is being appointed.

    Read more here: Letter_from_LGBC_to_Campbelltown_City_Council_-_Response_to_Stage_2_Proposal_-_July_2022.pdf (dit.sa.gov.au)

  • Footpath upgrades - August 2023

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    Installation of footpath along Glen Stuart Road from Grant Street through to the first bus stop on Morialta Road in paving at a cost of $190k for 22/23

    Planned installation to continue from first bus stop through to Heather Ave in paving, and continue to Flavel Ave in concrete and reconfigure bus stop access at an estimated cost of $125 for 23/24.

  • Update October 2022

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    The Boundaries Commission has accepted Campbelltown’s ‘Stage 2’ proposal and preparations for a formal investigation are underway.

    New Adelaide Hills Council Boundary Change Committee

    While the Council’s elected body has and will continue to maintain an active oversight of the boundary change matter, it has created a Boundary Change Committee (the Committee) to specifically review and provide boundary change advice to Council.

    The Committee has been consulted by the Boundaries Commission regarding what matters should be considered as part of the investigation. We expressed that the investigation should be as thorough as possible and consider all relevant social, cultural, economic and environmental matters associated with a resident’s sense of place in a community. We also proposed that the Commission needs to engage a range of experts to appropriately look into the matter. We are advocating that the views of residents must be actively sought and that they should be given significant weight in the consideration of the proposal.

    Next key steps

    Following finalisation of the Commissions’ Investigation Plan and its Engagement and Communications Plan, the estimated cost of the investigation will be determined by the Commission and put to the Campbelltown Council for consideration. We expect this to occur after the upcoming Local Government election (November 2022). Campbelltown Council will subsequently decide whether or not the investigation should proceed (at their cost).

    Further information

    A letter is in the mail to all residents and should be received shortly.

    If you would like more information on the Boundary Change Proposal, please contact the Boundaries Commission via telephone (08) 7109 7164 or their website https://www.dit.sa.gov.au/local-government/boundaries-commission .

    We are also here to talk with you about the process and our Governance Team can be contacted on 8408 0400 or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and sign up to our electronic mailing list to be kept in the loop.

  • Project Update March 2021

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    AHC's Mayor sent all residents an updated letter. This letter provides updated information in regard to the Boundary change proposal.

  • Project Update November 2020

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    Project Update November 2020

    You may have recently received a communication from the Mayor of Campbelltown City Council (CCC) regarding their proposal to review the boundary with Adelaide Hills Council.

    What stage is the CCC boundary change proposal at?

    The proposal is still in the consultation phase but, if in the future the boundary commission decide the proposal should go ahead, your property would become part of the CCC. Consideration by the Boundary Commission is an ongoing and lengthy process.

    The recent CCC communication sent to property owners in Woodforde and Rostrevor contained information about council rate comparisons. Please note this comparison excludes the Regional Landscapes Levy.

    What is Adelaide Hills Council’s position?

    You may recall that following CCC initiating the boundary review in early 2019, we (Adelaide Hills Council) hosted a community meeting in Rostrevor on 3 September 2019 and subsequently conducted our own survey of property owners and occupiers in November of that year. The response was clear with 65% of respondents indicating a preference to remain part of Adelaide Hills Council. Having considered that result, we resolved not to support the change and to ask the CCC to stop the review process. Despite our request, CCC is determined to press on with the review process.

    What can you do?

    CCC will be sending you a survey from McGregor Tan research asking about your thoughts on the boundary change proposal. We urge you to have your say on boundary reform by completing the CCC survey.

    When considering your responses, should you have any queries about Adelaide Hills Council’s services, your rates or the way your area is managed, we invite you to:

    • contact us on 8408 0400 or mail@ahc.sa.gov.au and we would be pleased to assist
    • visit Council’s dedicated Boundry Change Proposal Page at engage.ahc.sa.gov.au
    • You are also welcome to contact elected members directly to discuss any queries you have regarding the boundary proposal and you can find their details at ahc.sa.gov.au
  • Project Update June 2020

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    On Tuesday 2 June Adelaide Hills Council Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom and Deputy Mayor Nathan Daniell made a deputation at the Campbelltown City Council meeting and declared their request. Read more in the Media Release and watch the deputation which was live streamed here.

  • Survey Update

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    Survey Results

    Thank you to everyone who have provided their feedback as part of the Boundary Change Proposal Survey. All responses have now been captured by the project team and the results have been analysed.

    In the Document Library to the right of screen you will see two results documents: a summary, which is a two page overview of the outcomes found, and a full report that goes into more detail about comments made.

    To recap, the overall results were:

    • 268 respondents
    • 65% of all respondents were against the boundary change proposal
    • 28% of respondents were in favour
    • 7% of respondents were undecided or had no preference

    When the survey results were considered by the Adelaide Hills Council, the Mayor and Councillors resolved:

    To recognise and accept that the majority of Rostrevor (AHC) and Woodforde community respondents in the Council Boundary Change Survey are against the boundary change proposal. As such, Council requests that Campbelltown City Council, in light of these results, consider withdrawing their proposal with the Boundaries Commission.

    Mayor Wisdom wrote to the Campbelltown City Council to convey this resolution and has since been seeking an opportunity to make a deputation to that Council to present the survey results and the Adelaide Hills Council’s resolution.

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