Cherry Gardens and surrounding suburbs to leave Onkaparinga, join Adelaide Hills Council

Cherry Gardens and surrounding suburbs to leave Onkaparinga, join Adelaide Hills Council

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Darren Kruse started this petition to Local Residents and

We should join a Council that reflects who we are as a Hills Community - the Adelaide Hills Council.

Also, on the numbers:
Lower rates (by ~ $257 pa)
Closer Council (by ~ 8km)
Better Representation (1:2,400 vs 1:9,900)

Many will have read in the Advertiser recently the potential boundary changes being discussed amongst City of Holdfast Bay and Marion Council. This has occurred because 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. 

What you may not have known is that this process can be initiated by a formal request from just 10% of the affected residents. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2018 the community of Coromandel East - Cherry Gardens - Chandlers Hill - Ironbank had 1,933 residents.

Please note - this petition is NOT that formal request. It is to gauge interest only and will hopefully lead to a Community Meeting at the Hall.

Why would we as a community want to move from Onkaparinga to Adelaide Hills ? 

Objectively, there are at least three reasons.
Firstly, the average rates are around $257 less pa (based on an average house price of $812,000).

Secondly, Adelaide Hills is much closer to us. The Adelaide Hills community centre is at Stirling, 16 km from the CFS shed compared to Noarlunga Civic Centre which is 22km away. Closer makes accessing council easier.

Thirdly,  we currently receive around one quarter the representation that Adelaide Hills Council residents enjoy. After reducing it's councillors from 20 to 12 in 2018, Onkaparinga's Thalassa Ward has a ratio of 1:9,899. The Adelaide Hills Council has an average representation ratio of 1:2,396.  

The LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1999 - SECT 26 sets out criteria that include

(ii)         proposed changes should, wherever practicable, benefit ratepayers; [See savings estimate of $257 pa for the average resident]

and
(v)         a council should facilitate effective planning and development within an area, and be constituted with respect to an area that can be promoted on a coherent basis; [The word "coherent" is interesting given that that the suburb profile of Onkaparinga is anything but coherent. We are nothing like the high density suburbias of Reynella, Morphett Vale Christies or Sellicks - yet are under the same planning area.]

and
(vii)         a council should reflect communities of interest of an economic, recreational, social, regional or other kind, and be consistent with community structures, values, expectations and aspirations;  [The Onkaparinga Elector Representation Review only talks about "established suburbs", which arguably misses the point of this criteria entirely.]

and
viii)         a council area should incorporate or promote an accessible centre (or centres) for local administration and services; [We are much closer to Stirling than Noarlunga]

and
(xi)         residents should receive adequate and fair representation within the local government system, [Currently we receive around one quarter the representation that Adelaide Hills Council residents enjoy. Higher rates, but far less representation ...]

So, please sign this petition if you:

1. Live in Coromandel East - Cherry Gardens - Chandlers Hill - Ironbank is bounded by the Sturt River in the north, the Adelaide Hills Council area in the east, the locality of Dorset Vale, Frith Road, Lafferty Road, the locality of Clarendon, Grants Gully Road, Easton Road, Piggott Range Road and Education Road in the south and Armata Road, the suburb of Happy Valley, Mount Malvern Road, the western edge of Clarendon Lutheran Camp, the suburb of Aberfoyle Park, Main Road, the locality of Coromandel Valley and Driscoll Road in the west.

2. Want a community meeting at the Hall to discuss further

Sources are all available online:

SA Gov Changes to council boundaries
Map and ABS data

Adelaide Hills Rates 2019-2020

Onkaparinga Rates 2019-20


Onkaparinga Elector Representation Review
Adelaide Hills Elector Representation Review
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1999

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