Proposed Merger (Corowa, Lockhart, Urana)

In an announcement to Councils on Friday, 18 December 2015, the NSW Premier and the Minister for Local Government advised of their proposal to merge the Councils of Corowa, Urana and Lockhart. Information regarding the merger proposal and other relevant information follows:

On 6 January 2016, the State Government released further details of its three-way merger proposal and announced their delegate, Mr Michael Eden, will assess the proposal in accordance with the provisions of the Local Govt Act.

Council’s Special Meeting on 11 January 2016 saw in excess of 200 residents cram the Council Chambers and spill into the street to protest against the 3 way merger proposal. The meeting resolved to establish a community-based committee to assist council in its endeavour to stand alone as a rural based Council. EOI’s were called for and Councillors met on 18 January 2016 to consider applications received. A Community Steering Committee was formed and the contact details of committee members are below. 

Timeline for Actions


What you can do?

How / Where

Friday 29 Jan, 12.00 Noon Deadline

Register to attend and/or speak at Public Enquiry

Via Internet Link: 

or Phone: 1300 813 020

Thursday 4 Feb,   

7 PM Start

Attend Public Enquiry

Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Green Street, LOCKHART

Sunday 28 Feb, 5 PM Deadline

Submit a Written Submission in response to merge proposal

Via Internet Link:
or Post to: GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY NSW 2001 to arrive by deadline.

Public Enquiry - Thursday, 4 February 2016

Registration:  Members of the public who would like to attend the Public Enquiry are requested to register using the On-line Registration Form (link below) or by phone call to: 1300 813 020.  

 Members of the public who would like to speak at the enquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend. Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by the Delegate. Registrations to speak close at 12noon Friday, 29 January 2016

 To register to attend and/or make a verbal statement at the Public Enquiry, go to: or phone: 1300 813 020.  


Lockhart Shire Council encourages and urges ALL members of the community - residents, ratepayers, businesses and community groups - to support retention of the Shire by making a submission.

Written submissions close 5.00pm, Sunday, 28 February 2016.  Written submissions can be made online at:, or printed, posted and addressed to: GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY NSW  2001 (New Postal Timelines: Posted Submissions via Regular Mail - allow 10 days for delivery, via Priority Mail - allow 6 days for delivery)


Submissions may be made in the form of a letter, short written document or a longer paper and may include appendices and other supporting documentation.  Preferably, submissions should be typed.  Hand-written submissions must be clear and legible. 

Criteria to be addressed:

To make a submission the following criteria must be addressed, as the NSW Government will determine its decision on this basis.

Submissions should refer directly to the proposal and submission authors are encouraged (but not required) to focus on one or more of the factors in section 263(3) of the Act, being:

  • the financial advantages or disadvantages of the proposal to the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned;
  • the community of interest and geographic cohesion in the existing areas and in any proposed new area;
  • the existing historical and traditional values in the existing areas and the impact of change on them;
  • the attitude of the residents and ratepayers of the areas concerned;
  • the requirements of the area concerned in relation to elected representation for residents and ratepayers at the local level, the desirable and appropriate relationship between elected representatives and ratepayers and residents and such other matters as considered relevant in relation to the past and future patterns of elected representation for that area;
  • the impact of the proposal on the ability of the council to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities;
  • the impact of the proposal on the employment of the staff by the council;
  • the impact of the proposal on any rural communities in the resulting area;
  • the desirability (or otherwise) of dividing the resulting area or areas into wards
  • the need to ensure that the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented; and any other factors relevant to the provision of efficient and effective local government in the existing and proposed new areas.

Should you require assistance in preparing your submission, either with ideas, typing or submitting online, please contact a member of the Steering Committee who will either assist or refer you to community members who can help.


Name / Position

Phone / Mobile


Justine Isherwood / Chair

6920 3753 / 0419 539 130

Beverley Haberecht / Secretary

0427 229 649

Andrew Bouffler

0427 207 656

Bethanie Levarre-Waters

0455 463 216

Colin Dick

0402 860 258

James Van Strijp

0438 690 509

Jeff Nimmo

0419 244 926

Myra Jenkyn

6920 5577


Philip Bouffler

0429 205 372

Ross Edwards

0428 203 539


Ruth Ernest

6920 5209

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