ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is an un-elected body that was appointed by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, on. Jamie Briggs, in June 2015. This Advisory was finished on the 1st July 2016 and replace by the Regional Council.


On this page you will be able to read Press Release from The Advisory Council.


COMPLETION OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL TERM



The Advisory Council wishes to thank the many community members who actively engaged in shaping our community’s future and the community more broadly for your patience and understanding over the past 12 months. 

We congratulate the councillors elect and wish them well as they begin the job of leadership, service to, and advocating on behalf of, all of the Norfolk Island community from 1 July.  

The feedback provided by the community to our consultative work, and advice to the Australian Government based on the feedback, has been published on our website.  It will transfer to the National Archives on 30 June 2016 as a permanent record of the community’s involvement in the reform process during the transition year.   

Our final report to the Australian Government highlights important recommendations about consultation on, and community involvement in, the future application of NSW Law to the Island, and the ongoing work necessary to secure a prosperous future. 

We trust the Regional Council will continue to work with the Australian Government in ways that will achieve beneficial outcomes for all who live, work and invest in Norfolk Island.   

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Contact: Melissa Ward 50776 

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ADVICE TO MINISTER FLETCHER - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT



The Norfolk Island Advisory Council would like to thank members of the community for providing their views about economic development priorities in our questionnaire based on the Norfolk Island Economic Development Strategy prepared by SGS Economics and Planning.

 

We have now provided advice to the Minister about the priorities that were communicated to us through feedback to the questionnaire. Our advice included a copy of the feedback summary on the questionnaire we published in March and has also been shared with His Honour the Administrator and the Executive Director. A copy of our advice to the Minister is available on our website www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

 

As 1 July draws closer, the Advisory Council will continue to play a role advocating for the community. We recognise that the changes can be challenging and they will mean different things for different people. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Australian Government Information Centre to arrange appointments with visiting agencies or access information about the reform process.

 

If you would like to discuss a specific issue with us or would like assistance raising a concern or question with the Administrator or the Minister please call one of the members and we will be happy to provide assistance.

 

Contact: Melissa Ward 50776

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NORFOLK ISLAND COMMUNITY MEETING


MONDAY 18TH APRIL 5:30PM RAWSON HALL

 

This is an invitation to join a public meeting and be informed on a range of important matters relating to current issues and other important issues regarding the future of Norfolk Island.

Presenters will include:

THE NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS

THE NORFOLK ISLAND PRIVATE SECTOR REP’S

HEALTH REPRESENTATIVES

NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY

MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

THE NORFOLK ISLAND FISHING ASSOCIATION

ACCOMMODATION AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION

Presenters will be discussing issues such as:

The economic impact of the imposed changes; Information relating to Fisheries, United Nations process and progress and information on the commencement of the UN self-determination campaign; Strategic and financial planning for Norfolk Island’s future, timelines for each initiative; who is involved; how you can be involved and much more..

 

 We look forward to seeing you all at Rawson Hall on the 18th at 5:30pm. 

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NORFOLK ISLAND ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE


The Norfolk Island Advisory Council would like to thank members of the community for providing their views about economic development priorities in our most recent questionnaire. The Questionnaire was based on the Norfolk Island Economic Development Strategy prepared by SGS Economics and Planning and released in September 2015.

A summary of the feedback has been prepared and is available online at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf. We will provide a copy of the feedback summary to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, His Honour the Administrator, and to the Executive Director.

We would also like to wish everybody a happy and safe Easter.

Contact: Melissa Ward 50776

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NORFOLK ISLAND ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE



On 16 February 2016, the Norfolk Island Advisory Council provided its second formal set of recommendations to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP about a modern legal framework for Norfolk Island.

The advice reflects a range of community feedback received by the Advisory Council including feedback to our discussion papers, letters and presentations to the Advisory Council. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for sharing your views with us and for assisting in shaping the future legal framework for Norfolk Island.

A copy of the advice is available on our website www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

This week the Advisory Council also released a questionnaire on economic development on Norfolk Island. The questionnaire is based on the Norfolk Island Economic Development Strategy prepared by SGS Economics and Planning and released in September 2015.

The Advisory Council will be accepting responses to the questionnaire until 16 March 2016. Completed questionnaire forms can be dropped in the ballot box at the post office, number 11 Quality Row, or to the Australian Government Information Centre in Burnt Pine.

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VISIT BY MINISTER FLETCHER AND COMMUNITY FEEDBACK UPDATE



The Advisory Council was pleased to hear the Minister restate the Australian Government’s firm commitment to progress the Norfolk Island Reform Agenda. We thanked the Minister for providing certainty to the community in relation to the ongoing airline service, the future health and aged care model and the local government election date. Details are available at the Australian Government Information Centre or online at http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/pf/releases/2016/January/index.aspx.

We also took the opportunity to stress that building local capability is essential, as is 
providing certainty for people who need to restructure personal and business affairs. We relayed that uncertainty around the Regional Council framework and employment conditions across both the public and private sector is concerning the community. Again reflecting community feedback, we suggested making a 5 year reform plan visible to the community so everyone can plan for the future. We also discussed tourism product development, restrictive internet costs and freight issues. The Minister confirmed the Government’s intention to roll out the National Broadband Network (NBN) and phase in the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 from 1 July 2016. In addition, the Minister was interested to understand how the Island planned to improve its tourism product, attract more visitors and roll out a rating system.

The summary feedback from Discussion Paper 3 is now available on our website at: www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf. Hard copies can be made available at the Australian Government Information Centre in Burnt Pine and No. 11 Quality Row, Kingston. We sincerely thank the community for participating in the consultation process; your feedback helps shape our advice to the Minister on your behalf. Shortly we will release an economic development questionnaire asking for your views on priorities for action. The information we collect will inform the Australian Government and assist the new Regional Council.

For further information, please contact Advisory Council members directly or phone James Leslie on 23215, 23015 or email: contactus@niac.nf to make an appointment.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE


The community would be aware the Advisory Council made a number of recommendations to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP about future arrangements for a Norfolk Island Regional Council including recommendations about its size, function, election and operations. Our advice informs the Minister in making decisions on the future model for Norfolk Island.

Our advice to the Minister is based on published reports, consultations, private meetings and correspondence, individual submissions and responses to discussion paper questionnaires. Every resident has had the opportunity to participate in the process so far, and we are grateful for the responses received from individuals, groups and businesses. Response rates to the questionnaires are published at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

I’m pleased to inform the community that on Thursday 17 December I had a telephone discussion with the Minister about this advice and about the reforms process more broadly. Minister Fletcher conveyed he is looking forward to visiting the Island next month and working with community leaders to ensure a smooth transition, and increase his understanding of broader growth opportunities for the Island.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Contact: Melissa Ward 50776

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SUBMISSIONS TO DISCUSSION PAPER 3


The Advisory Council would like to thank participants who took the time to prepare and present submissions on the topic of a modern legal framework for Norfolk Island at our public hearing on Wednesday 9 December 2015. The hearing, like those before it was an opportunity for community members to participate in the consultative process leading up to 1 July 2016 when a Regional Council will be established.

The Advisory Council provides a range of ways for the community to engage and actively shape the future. Community members can:
 Provide written submissions to our discussion papers which are placed in every PO Box, are available online, and are available in hard copy;
 Make a presentation to a public hearing where a voice can be used to present a view rather than a written submission;
 Meet with one or more of the Advisory Council and Secretariat in private at any time;
 Write to the Advisory Council on any issue.

The Advisory Council is available to discuss ideas and will continue to consider all views in the formation of our advice. Community members may choose to participate in the consultative process by making representations directly to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Administrator of Norfolk Island, or the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP on any reform matter.

Submissions to the third discussion paper on a Modern Legal Framework for Norfolk Island close on Tuesday 15 December 2015.

All Advisory Council documents, including minutes of monthly meetings and community feedback summaries are published online at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf. To receive the latest available information, follow our website and read the Administrator's monthly reform newsletter.

Contact: Melissa Ward 50776

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PUBLIC MEETING AND ADVICE TO THE MINISTER



As part of ongoing community consultation, the Advisory Council would like to advise the community the next Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, 9th December 2015 at the Paradise Hotel and Resort, 2.00-3.30pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to speak directly with the Advisory Council on priorities and concerns surrounding the staged application of NSW law to Norfolk Island.

The discussion paper – A Modern Legal Framework for Norfolk Island outlines the key focus areas: economic development, community safety and the development of a sustainable government. Individual speakers or small groups are invited to talk on one or more of these issues.

To arrange a time to speak at the meeting, please phone Secretariat James Leslie on 23215 or 23015 or email: contactus@niac.nf everyone is welcome to attend. If this time does not suit you, please make an appointment to meet with us at a time more convenient to you.

The Advisory Council is also pleased to inform the community it has provided advice to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP about the structure and functions of a future Regional Council for Norfolk Island.

The advice reflects community feedback to the first and second discussion paper processes and also letters written to the Advisory Council outside the discussion paper processes. It outlines, among other things, community views about the size of the Regional Council, how councillors should be elected and how many there should be, voter eligibility, Regional Council values and service delivery principles, and the importance of maintaining local values and practices under a future Regional Council. We thank the community for engaging in the process and for your ongoing participation in the discussion about future governance arrangements on Norfolk Island.

A copy of the report can be obtained from No. 11 Quality Row, Kingston or downloaded at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

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PUBLIC MEETING AND ADVICE TO THE MINISTER



As part of ongoing community consultation, the Advisory Council would like to advise the community the next Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, 9th December 2015 at the Paradise Hotel and Resort, 2.00-3.30pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to speak directly with the Advisory Council on priorities and concerns surrounding the staged application of NSW law to Norfolk Island.

The discussion paper – A Modern Legal Framework for Norfolk Island outlines the key focus areas: economic development, community safety and the development of a sustainable government. Individual speakers or small groups are invited to talk on one or more of these issues.

To arrange a time to speak at the meeting, please phone Secretariat James Leslie on 23215 or 23015 or email: contactus@niac.nf everyone is welcome to attend. If this time does not suit you, please make an appointment to meet with us at a time more convenient to you.

The Advisory Council is also pleased to inform the community it has provided advice to the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP about the structure and functions of a future Regional Council for Norfolk Island.

The advice reflects community feedback to the first and second discussion paper processes and also letters written to the Advisory Council outside the discussion paper processes. It outlines, among other things, community views about the size of the Regional Council, how councillors should be elected and how many there should be, voter eligibility, Regional Council values and service delivery principles, and the importance of maintaining local values and practices under a future Regional Council. We thank the community for engaging in the process and for your ongoing participation in the discussion about future governance arrangements on Norfolk Island.

A copy of the report can be obtained from No. 11 Quality Row, Kingston or downloaded at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

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DISCUSSION PAPER - PUBLIC CONSULTATION - A MODERN LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NORFOLK ISLAND


The Advisory Council released its third discussion paper this week. Copies can befound at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf or in post boxes.


Your feedback will help shape our advice to the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister forMajor Projects, Territories and Local Government. For the advice to accuratelyreflect the views of the community; feedback needs to be lodged by the 15thDecember 2015; this can be done in person or online. The Minister is particularlyinterested in how changes to legislation might be prioritised to support economicdevelopment, community safety and sustainable government. Feedback frombusiness owners, tradespeople, and consumers will assist us to provide informedadvice to the Minister.

To support the sharing of community views the Advisory Council will hear public andprivate submissions from groups and individuals on Wednesday 9th December, atthe Paradise Hotel and Resort from 2:00-3:30pm. If you wish to speak at themeeting or to speak privately with the Advisory Council at another time, please callthe Secretariat James Leslie on 23215.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE



The Advisory Council would like to advise the community that the November monthly meeting will be held on this Wednesday, 4th November 2015 at 11 Quality Row, Kingston at 10am. To confirm your attendance please contact Secretariat James Leslie on 23215 or email: contactus@niac.nf everyone is welcome to attend.

The agenda and minutes from previous meetings are available on our website: www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf or in hardcopy from 11 Quality Row.

Also on our website is the collated feedback from Discussion paper 2 – A future Regional Council service delivery model. This information will inform our advice on a Regional Council framework to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP.

Discussion paper 3 will soon be released, asking for your views on priorities and preferences for introducing new laws, regulations and standards to the Island. We are particularly interested in views which will stimulate growth, promote economic development, and ensure community safety and a sustainable government. We encourage constructive input during the transition period and will continue to engage and advocate on behalf of the community.

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COMMUNITY CONSULTATION UPDATE



The Advisory Council would like to sincerely thank those who took the time to provide feedback during the recent community consultation process.   We received 129 submissions in response to discussion paper 1 and 64 in response to discussion paper 2.  The vast majority were signed, relevant and detailed.

      

Community feedback will inform our advice to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP later this month.  The Advisory Council provided copies of Discussion Paper 1, a summary of responses and a draft record of the first public meeting to the then Assistant Minister Hon. Jamie Briggs MP last month.  The documents provided to the former Minister are available to the public at www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf.  To receive email alerts with updates on the work of the Advisory Council, register on the website by providing your contact details in the “follow us” section.

Discussion paper 3 will ask the community what its priorities and preferences are for introducing new laws, regulations and standards to the Island.  We are particularly interested in your views in areas which will promote economic development, ensure community safety and a sustainable government.   We expect to release discussion paper 3 within a couple of weeks.   

The Advisory Council welcomes constructive input during the transition period and will continue to be available to meet with individuals and groups between now and 1 July 2016.  All questions and comments provided by the community inform the planning process during the interim transition period.  Questions which are beyond the scope of our terms of reference will be directed to the appropriate person or agency.  As well as contacting the Advisory Council, you may also like to contact the Administrator, Minister Fletcher or his Department directly.  To make a suitable time to meet Advisory Council members, please phone members directly, phone James Leslie on 23215 or 23015 or email: contactus@niac.nf

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COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON DISCUSSION PAPER 2 – A FUTURE NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL AND MONTHLY MEETING



In response to a number of requests, the Advisory Council has extended the public feedback response time on the second discussion paper – A Future Norfolk Island Regional Council, Service Delivery Model, to 5pm Monday, 5th October 2015.Please return your feedback form to email contactus@niac.nf, the ballot box in the post office, the Australian Government Information Centre, 11 Quality Row or to an Advisory Council member.

A number of informative submissions have been received. The Advisory Council urges everyone in the community to take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a say on what services your new Regional Council should deliver beyond 1 July 2016, how services should be delivered and how they should be paid for. The Advisory Council heard 6 public and private submissions at its public hearing held on Wednesday, 30th September 2015. The public hearing was attended by approximately 30 people. The Advisory Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to make a written submission, and would particularly like to thank the speakers at the public meeting for their contribution to the discussion.

A draft record of the public hearing will be available on the website next week –www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf The Advisory Council will collate and publish a  summary of the submissions, the same as it did for discussion paper 1. Information gathered will inform advice to the Minister Hon. Paul Fletcher MP. The advice will in corporate community views on how a future Regional Council model should be setup to provide the greatest possible benefit to the Norfolk Island community.The next discussion paper will guide a community discussion on which laws should be applied to the Island to ensure the Regional Council can support economic development and guarantee community safety. The Advisory Council expects the next discussion paper to be released mid-October.

If you would like to meet with the Advisory Council to discuss the first or second discussion paper, or any other reform matter please contact the Secretariat, James on 23215 or leave a message on 23015.

The 4th monthly meeting of the Norfolk Island Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, 7th October 2015. If you wish to attend the meeting to either speak with the Advisory Council or observe proceedings, please contact the Secretariat.

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DISCUSSION PAPER 2 – SERVICE DELIVERY



By now you would have seen a copy of the second discussion paper in your PO Box.  The paper has been prepared to provide you with some background information on the types of services are could be provided in the future and your feedback will help the Advisory Council understand your views on the following issues:

  • What services should the Regional Council provide to the community?
  • How should the services be provided? – for example should the Regional Council provide the services or should it contract the work out to private companies (this can be different for each service)
  • How should the services be paid for? – for example through rates, through user charges each time a service is used, or through another funding source.

A questionnaire has been included with the Discussion Paper.  You don’t have to answer every question and you can just focus on one or two areas that you are interested in.


If you would prefer to discuss the paper, or the parts of it that you are interested in, please give the Advisory Council office a call on 23115 and have a chat with James or give one of the Advisory Council members a ring directly.  We are all happy to make time to meet with people to go through these important issues.


After we have the feedback from this process, we will be providing advice to the new Minister about the sorts of services the Norfolk Island community values, how it would like these services to be provided in the future and about a possible funding model.


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DISCUSSION PAPER 2



Discussion Paper 2 – A Future Norfolk Island Regional Council 
Service Delivery Model

The Norfolk Island Advisory Council has released its second discussion paper – A Future Norfolk Island Regional Council Service Delivery Model.  The paper is intended to seek the views of the community about the sorts of services the Regional Council should provide and how the services should be funded and delivered.


Your views can be provided on the feedback form or in more detailed written submissions.  The feedback form provided with the paper is a guide to help people address some of the key issues; respondents are not required to answer every question.  The Advisory Council encourages submissions that discuss other service delivery areas or that focus on specific issues.


Submissions can be provided in-confidence and the Advisory Council will also hear private submissions from interested parties that would prefer to make an oral presentation but not in public, or if the meeting time is not suitable for you.


The Advisory Council is also holding its second public meeting to allow speakers to make presentations or oral submissions.  The public meeting will be at the conference room, Paradise Hotel and Resort, Queen Elizabeth Avenue on Wednesday 30 September from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM and will be the same format as the previous public meeting.  To register as a speaker at the public meeting please contact the Secretariat James Leslie on 23215 and he will book you a time.

If you want to talk about any of the issues raised in the paper, or require further explanation of anything before you make a submission please contact a member of the Advisory Council or the Secretariat.


Written submissions will be accepted until Friday 2 October.  Submissions can be dropped in the ballot box at the Post Office, at the Government Information Centre in Burnt Pine, or at the Advisory Council office at 11 Quality Row Kingston.


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FIRST DISCUSSION PAPER RESPONSES ON A REGIONAL COUNCIL MODEL FOR NORFOLK ISLAND



The Advisory Council thanks everyone who took time to provide feedback and attend the public meeting. Written submissions were received from 129 individuals and groups, representing a broad cross section of the community.

Considerable comment was provided about the values and aspirations of the community. A number of people requested the preservation of island culture and tradition, including public holidays.

Respondents indicated they want a small Regional Council with the greatest number of preferences being for a 5 member Council. Some respondents suggested the number of councillors needed would be determined by the functions of the Regional Council and their workload.

Feedback indicated strong support for a public forum to be included at the start of council meetings and for the inclusion of non-elected members on committees of the Council where specialist skills are required.

There was strong support for elections to be conducted by the Regional Council, for a lower membership threshold for political parties (although a number of people questioned whether parties are needed at all), and for a wider range of people to be eligible to vote.

This information will form the basis for advice to the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP.

A more detailed summary of feedback is available on the Advisory Council Website – www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf

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THE NORFOLK ISLAND COMMUNIITY DESERVES A PROMISING FUTURE KINGSTON AND ARTHUR'S VALE HISTORIC AREA (KAVHA) ... Joint Statement with: Melissa Ward, Chair, Norfolk Island Advisory Council



The Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) on Norfolk Island was one of 11 sites around the country to be included in the Australian Convict Sites UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2010.

It is at the heart of early Australian history, stretching back to 1788, and it is also at the heart of the people of Norfolk Island, since 1856.  Many Island residents have lived history within the buildings and open spaces of the convict heritage site.

World Heritage Listing provides opportunities, but also entails obligations.  Both require expertise and strategic planning to deliver upon.  

Critically, KAVHA is central to the tourism industry on Norfolk Island today. 

The high expectations of being part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listing have been unmet to date. The current Board is not structured to provide dynamic leadership of the site. The Memorandum of Understanding is focused on funding arrangements, without sufficient strategic policy setting.

Recent extensive community consultation on the draft heritage management plan shows the community wants KAVHA to be a living and vibrant site which offers a positive visitor experience, continued access for the community and economic opportunity. 

It is recognized an effective governance arrangement must be put in place to meet our obligations and reap the rewards of being a World Heritage Listed site. 

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the Island and its economic future.

What is needed now is a positive plan for KAVHA. Just like many in the local community, we are impatient for action. 

We need a new approach and a new Board to progress a positive plan for the future, which creates new employment and sensitive commercial opportunities, along with conservation and rehabilitation of the site.  The new arrangement must provide ongoing opportunity for community engagement, recreational use and everyday practices so many individuals enjoy and which are consistent with this significant World Heritage Site. 

The Hon. Gary Hardgrave                                 Melissa Ward

Administrator                                                                        Chair - NI Advisory Council

3 September 2015

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COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON DISCUSSION PAPER 1 – A FUTURE NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL



The Advisory Council has now concluded the public feedback process on the first discussion paper – A Future Norfolk Island Regional Council.


Over the consultation period 123 written submissions were received by the Advisory Council and a further 7 public submissions were made at the public hearing on 19 August 2015. The public meeting was attended by 49 people. The Advisory Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to make a written submission, and would particularly like to thank the speakers at the public meeting for their contribution to the discussion.

Analysis of the submissions is underway. The Advisory Council will collate and publish a summary of the submissions early next month. Information gathered during this process will inform advice to the Assistant Minister Hon. Jamie Briggs MP. The advice will outline community views on how a future Regional Council model should be set up to provide the greatest possible benefit to the people of Norfolk Island.

The next Discussion Paper will be on the principles of government service delivery, service functions (including community health) and revenue functions to be carried out by the Regional Council. At this stage the Advisory Council expects the discussion paper to be released in early September.

If you would like to meet with the Advisory Council to discuss the first or second discussion papers, or any other reform matter please contact the Secretariat, James on 23215 or leave a message on 23015.

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FEEDBACK ON THE FUTURE REGIONAL COUNCIL MODEL



On Friday 31 July, the Advisory Council released a discussion paper on a future regional council model for Norfolk Island. The paper is the first of a series intended to stimulate a discussion on the way a future regional council will look and operate to serve the community.

The first discussion paper seeks community views on the size, operating rules, and elections for a regional council. Community feedback will directly inform advice to the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP about community views on the matters canvassed.

A Public Meeting will be held at Governor’s Lodge Conference Room from 2 – 5 PM on Wednesday 19 August for interested individuals and groups to present their views to the Advisory Council.

The deadline for written submissions and feedback forms has been extended to coincide with the public meeting date. Submissions and feedback forms can be returned by email to contactus@niac.nf, the Post Office, the Australian Government Information Centre, No. 11 Quality Row or at the Public Meeting.

If you have not written a submission but would like to present your views to the Advisory Council on Wednesday please contact James, the Secretariat to the Advisory Council, on 23215 or 23015 to book at time. Private presentation times are also available.

It is important community members and representative groups have their say. The best way to be heard is to make a written or oral submission to the Advisory Council.

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STARTING THE DISCUSSION



A Future Norfolk Island Regional Council

The Norfolk Island Advisory Council today released a discussion paper on a future Regional Council for Norfolk Island.

The paper has been prepared by the Advisory Council to gain community views on a number of key issues relating to the goals, objectives, size, and operation of a future Regional Council. It is the first in a series of papers planned to be prepared and discussed over the coming months.

The views and opinions put forward during this process will directly feed the preparation of advice about how the community would like its future Regional Council to operate. Advice will be provided to the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, later this year.

The Advisory Council stresses that it is important everyone takes the time to read the discussion paper and provide to us, views on how the future Regional Council should look and operate.

To support the discussion, the Advisory Council will hear oral submissions at the Conference Room, Governor’s Lodge, from 2:00-5:00pm on Wednesday 19 August. Members of the public will have an opportunity at these sessions to present their views and hear the views of other community members.

To have your say, fill in the feedback form and return it to the Advisory Council by freepost to PO BOX 468 or download a copy of the discussion paper from www.norfolkislandadvisorycouncil.nf and email your response to contactus@niac.nf

If you would like to attend the public meeting, or would like to book a time to speak to the Advisory Council either at the public meeting or in private, please contact the Advisory Council Secretariat Mr James Leslie on 23215.

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FIRST MEETING OF THE NORFOLK ISLAND ADVISORY COUNCIL



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