The Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel is an independent authority constituted under the Local Government Act 1999. Members are:
- Chair, Ms Margaret Wagstaff, nominee of the Minister for State/Local Government Relations
- Mr Mark Braes, nominee of the Minister for State/Local Government Relations
- Mayor Gillian Aldridge, City of Salisbury, nominee of the Local Government Association
- Mayor James Maitland, Wakefield Regional Council, nominee of the Local Government Association
The Panel makes recommendations to the Minister for State/Local Government Relations on structural reform proposals (amalgamation of councils or external or ward boundary alterations) submitted by councils, and on external boundary, composition or representative structure proposals initiated by members of the public.
The key functions of the Panel are to:
- Consider proposals for the making of proclamations submitted by councils and members of the public and to make recommendations to the Minister on the basis of those proposals;
- Assist councils and members of the public in the development, formulation and implementation of proposals and submissions;
- Consider other matters relevant to the structural change provisions of the Local Government Act 1999.
The Panel's meetings are generally open to the public. Details of meeting dates and venue can be obtained from the Executive Officer.
Executive and administrative support is provided by the Office for State/Local Government Relations.
Executive Officer: Louise Jacka
Office Address: Level 7 Roma Mitchell House, 136 North Terrace, Adelaide SA.
Postal Address: GPO Box 1815, Adelaide SA, 5000.
Ausdoc: DX 454 Adelaide
Telephone: (08) 8204 8700
Facsimile: (08) 8204 8734
The Local Government Act 1999 (Chapter 3, Part 2) sets out the procedures to be followed for Council boundary changes. The Act can be found at the SA Legislation website at http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/index.aspx. Guidelines for preparing a structural reform proposal have been released by the Panel. They can be accessed from the link below (PDF format), or alternatively, can be obtained from the Executive Officer.
- Guidelines - General Information ()
- Guidelines - Public initiated submissions ()
- Public initiated submission declaration forms ()
- Guidelines - Council response to a public initiated submission to alter the external boundaries of a council or its composition or representative structure ()
- Requirements for Council initiated proposals for boundary adjustment ()
The Local Government Act 1999 requires the Panel to forward to the Minister for State/Local Government Relations on or before 30 September in each year a report of the Panel for the preceding financial year.
A group of eligible electors from the District Council of Franklin Harbour applied to the Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel to have the Hundreds of Mangalo and Heggaton excised from the District Council of Franklin Harbour and be included in the District Council of Cleve. The Panel considered the submission and recommended to the Minister for Planning that the boundary change proceed. The Minister for Planning has approved the boundary change, which will take effect on 1 July 2014.