What is being proposed?
On Tuesday 27 August 2019, City of Holdfast Bay’s Elected Members endorsed a motion regarding community support for a possible realignment of boundaries for Marino and Glengowrie.
Holdfast Bay council will investigate whether there is community support for a community-led realignment of boundaries for Marino and Glengowrie, and if so, would provide support to community groups who may wish to bring a community-led application.
The suburbs currently are within the City of Marion, however Marino and Glengowrie residents have regularly approached Holdfast Bay Elected Members to state their interest in being aligned with the City of Holdfast Bay.
What suburbs would this include?
The suburbs proposed for consideration for a community-led boundary reform are Glengowrie and Marino.
As a community-led initiative, it would require a decision by resident groups to determine the exact boundaries to be included within any submission.
How many residents/dwellings would this affect?
As a community-led initiative, it would require a decision by resident groups to determine the exact boundaries to be included within any submission. However, as a guide, the current statistics for the suburbs of Marino and Glengowrie are:
· Population – 2,243
· Dwellings – approx. 900
· Population – 5,537
· Dwellings – approx. 2,400
Why is this change of boundaries being proposed?
Marino and Glengowrie residents have regularly approached Holdfast Bay Elected Members to show interest in being aligned with the City of Holdfast Bay. It has been a discussion point for a long time, but new legislation enables communities themselves to propose boundary changes that better support their community.
Marino and Glengowrie are geographically aligned and connected to the City of Holdfast Bay. The council can see the strong social, economic and environmental connectivity with these areas and believe further investigation is warranted.
There are strong communities of interests with the residents of Glengowrie and Marino. Residents from these communities work, study, shop and play in the City of Holdfast Bay.
For example, residents from these suburbs shop within City of Holdfast Bay:
• Marino residents spend approx. $20 million a year
• Glengowrie residents spend approx $40 million a year (highest spending suburb outside City of Holdfast Bay)
Residents also use City of Holdfast Bay services, for example:
• 5% of City of Holdfast Bay library check outs are by Marino residents (16,233 check outs)
• 7% of City of Holdfast Bay library check outs are by Glengowie residents (28,274 check outs and the highest group outside City of Holdfast Bay residents)
City of Holdfast Bay believes it provides services to its community as economically as possible and these communities could benefit from a realignment. A comparison of rates for the 19/20 financial year:
Median House price of $590,000
Rate in City of Holdfast Bay = $1,444
Rate in City of Marion = $2,025
Median House price of $665,000
Rate in City of Holdfast Bay = $1,628
Rate in City of Marion = $2,283
Why is a community-led boundary reform being discussed now?
On 1 January 2019 the South Australian Boundaries Commission was formed. The Commission is an independent body to assess council boundary change proposals.
Now proposals can be submitted from a range of stakeholders including individual councils and the public.
This new legislation provides an opportunity to better align communities. Importantly, communities themselves can propose boundary changes that better support their community.
City of Holdfast Bay Elected Members have regularly received feedback from Marino and Glengowrie residents advising of their interest in being part of the City of Holdfast Bay.
Council can see the strong social, economic and environmental connectivity with these areas and on 27 August will consider a motion that proposes further discussion with residents to investigate if there is support for a community-led realignment of boundaries.
What’s a community-led application? What needs to happen?
Public-initiated submissions are proposals to the Boundaries Commission from the community for a potential boundary change. There is a process to follow, including collecting signatures of at least 10% of eligible electors from the area. Public consultation and discussion with the relevant councils need to occur for a proposal to be considered by the Commission.
If the council motion on 27 August is carried, City of Holdfast Bay would work with local community groups to facilitate community forums in late September for local residents. Details of these forums will be confirmed soon, and more details and updates will be available here soon
Who makes the decision?
If a public-initiated submission is made, the South Australian Government Boundaries Commission must prepare a report making recommendations and publish on their website.
This report would be provided to the Minister for Local Government. If the Minister determines that the proposal proceed, it would be forwarded to the Governor with a recommendation that a proclamation be made.
I’m a current City of Holdfast Bay resident, how would any boundary reforms affect me?
City of Holdfast Bay is confident that, if the proposed boundary changes were to go ahead, council could service these new areas while continuing to provide the high level of services to the existing Holdfast Bay community.
By growing the size of the council area, there may be opportunities for cost efficiencies in the provision of some services, enabling council to continue to provide high quality services and maintain low rates for the whole community.
How can I find out more information and have my say?
Visit yourviewholdfast.com/clbr for more information and to register to receive regular updates.
City of Holdfast Bay will work with local groups to facilitate community forums in late September for local residents. Details of these forums will be confirmed soon, and more details and updates will be available on yourviewholdfast.com/clbr
If you’d like to speak to council before the community forums, please call 8229 9999.