A change to state government legislation in January 2019 means Council is now able to consider boundary realignment to better meet the needs of our whole community. For more information see below
Mayor Karen Redman presents a summary of the Special Council meeting where the Boundary Change Proposal report was presented on 10 September 2019. View the presentation below.
On 1 January 2019, the South Australian Local Government Boundaries Commission was formed, as the independent body that assesses and investigates council boundary change proposals, and makes recommendations to the Minister.
The Commission's responsibilities and procedures are set out in the Local Government Act 1999 (Chapter 3, Part 2), which can be accessed via the South Australian Legislation website. The Commission has also prepared Guidelines that detail the process by which it will receive, assess and progress council boundary change proposals. All the details can be found here https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/local_govt/boundary_changes
Following the presentation of the Boundary Change Proposal report at a Special Council meeting held on 10 September 2019, Council voted to progress investigations into boundary reform. The report looks at the way alterations to local government borders could affect planning based on the projected tripling of population in the next 20 years
Gawler is one of the fastest growing local government areas in South Australia and the major service centre for the lower mid-north, with rapid population growth placing extra pressure on our town infrastructure and services.
With new legislation around local government boundaries passed in January this year, now is the perfect time for us to begin, in earnest, the conversation with our neighboring Council areas, and indeed to start looking at ways we can work together so our community remains vibrant, viable and relevant with a thriving, sustainable future.
Frequently Asked Questions
At the Tuesday 10 September 2019 Special Council Meeting, Council Members resolved to undertake further analysis on potential boundary adjustments for the Town of Gawler.
A key focus of considerations to date include:
- Planning for future growth and ensuring Gawler continues to function as a Regional Service Centre.
- Formalising Gawler’s community of interest which currently extends past existing council boundaries.
- Ensuring the people who consider themselves as part of Gawler, have a say and are appropriately represented in the decision making process.
- Removing current administrative anomalies such as properties and suburbs being located in multiple council areas.
Council still needs to undertake further analysis before it makes a decision on whether to proceed further.
Consulting with the community is an important aspect of boundary reform and if Council decides to pursue this further, community consultation will be undertaken at a number of stages in the boundary reform process. If Council decides to proceed with potential boundary adjustments, the first step involve the preparation of an initial high level proposal for submission to the SA Boundaries Commission for consideration and initial feedback.
The following areas are being considered for inclusion within Gawler:
- Concordia growth area;
- a portion of Kalbeeba (including Springwood’s rural living; and yet to be developed residential area);
- a portion of Gawler Belt;
- Evanston Park;
The following areas are being considered for removal from Gawler:
- The small portion of Bilbaringa that is currently within Gawler;
- The small portion of Uleybury that is currently within Gawler
The map below provides further information on the areas being considered.
Include within Gawler
(1) Concordia GA
(4) Gawler Belt
(5) Evanston Park
Remove from Gawler
Boundary reform could mean that the footprint of Gawler will realign to include adjacent areas we already see as part of the Gawler community and already utilise our services and infrastructure. It will formalise communities where there is already a natural association with our town.
Gawler will be able to plan and grow in a logical and managed way so that infrastructure and services will be delivered more effectively and efficiently and keep up with the demands of the community. Over the next 20 years Gawler is forecasted to almost triple in population and surrounding areas are anticipated to grow and be developed as urban infill occurs. We want to be ready to accommodate the extra pressures this will place on our services and infrastructure.
A boundary realignment would enable us to provide more services to more people as we realise economies of scale. In addition, those residents now living adjacent the Gawler boundaries who enjoy our services and infrastructure will become part of Gawler and be able to have their say in how the services and infrastructure are formally developed and shaped into the future as our population grows over the next 20 years and beyond.
Some people say boundary reform is long overdue and things haven’t been working well. The town of Gawler has provided services and infrastructure to our neighbours for many years.
Boundary reform would enable consolidation of finances for Council, with a larger rates base, the benefits of more efficient services, policies and procedures would be enjoyed by everyone. The ease with which people go about their business with the Council in relation to anything from waste collection to caring for the elderly in their own homes, to enjoying parks and open spaces would be noticed almost immediately.
The SA Boundaries Commission was formed on 1 January this year (2019). It is an independent body to assess council boundary change proposals which can be submitted from a range of stakeholders including councils and the public.
The new legislation provides Council with a huge opportunity to be leaders in this space and put forward a case on behalf of our community so we can continue to provide services and infrastructure to our residents, businesses, visitors and community into the future. We can see strong economic, social and environmental reasons for presenting a submission to the SA Boundaries Commission which is why we are commencing our investigations in this regard. The time is right and the time is now for us to plan for the best Gawler for the future.
At this stage we are unsure of the cost of completing the boundary reform process. This information will become clearer as we progress through the boundary reform process and Council will evaluate the financial viability of each stage of the process (once costs are known) and will make decisions accordingly. The formal investigations to be undertaken if Council decides to proceed will be undertaken by the SA Boundaries Commission at Council’s cost
The impact of boundary adjustments on rate payers is unknown at this early stage. Cost is an important consideration and will be examined in detail as the stages progress. The community will have opportunities to provide input during the community consultation process.
Boundary Reform is unlikely to affect the value of your property. Council adopts property valuations (capital values) derived from an independent State Government assessment undertaken by the Valuer-General of South Australia.
This is a new process for the State Government and timeframes are unknown. However, this is a significant matter to consider and is expected to take some time, possibly one to two years.
Yes. If Council decides to progress with pursuing boundary adjustments, current and potential future rate payers will have an opportunity to provide input as part of Council’s community consultation process and the investigations that will be undertaken by the SA Boundaries Commission.
We will keep up to date information on this webpage and will be regularly updating you via social media also.
You can also register your interest here for email updates. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town of Gawler’s focus has been to ensure that none of the surrounding Councils involved are materially affected by the potential for boundary change. We are all equally focused on ensuring the long term financial sustainability of all Councils involved.