THE boundary between the Port Lincoln City Council and the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council is in the wrong place, according to city councillor Danny Bartlett, and denying there is a problem is unhelpful.
The boundary between the Port Lincoln City Council and the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council is in the wrong place, according to city councillor Danny Bartlett, and denying there is a problem is unhelpful.
Mr Bartlett said the district council’s denial that there was any sort of problem or issue was “really unhelpful”.
The district council resolved at its May meeting that it was disappointed with a proposal from five Lower Eyre Peninsula residents to realign the boundary between the two councils to include the hundreds of Lincoln, Louth, Wanilla, Sleaford, Uley and Flinders in the city council area.
In the resolution the council said it believed it did service and represent the entire council district in a fair and equitable manner.
Mr Bartlett said for the district council to say everything was fine before it finished consulting its community was putting the cart before the horse.
“It’s pretty much commonsense that the boundary is in the wrong spot in my view.
“Just to sit there and say there’s pretty much no issue doesn’t help the problem at all.”
Port Lincoln councillor Jim Papazoglov suggested with resident groups forming for and against the proposal “it might be best not to get involved”.
However mayor Bruce Green said both councils were required to respond to the submission and the city council needed to formulate a view based on what was best for the city and its residents.
“I really think we as a council and councillors need to sit down and hear each other’s views and have some rational thinking behind what our position should be.”
The city council will meet on Monday for a workshop to discuss the issue and work on a response.
The district council applied for and was granted an extension to consider the proposal until August 5, but this does not apply to the city council and chief executive Rob Donaldson said he was still aiming to have a response ready by the July 8 deadline.
Mr Donaldson said if the councillors believed there was an alternative boundary they would be happy with, they should make the Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel aware of it in their response to the submission.
A copy of the residents’ submission is available on the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council’s website www.lowereyrepeninsula.sa.gov.au
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