Public Hearings

Residents and ratepayers are provided an opportunity to voice their opinion or concern to an independent facilitator under certain circumstances.

Council will arrange a public hearing following the exhibition of a planning proposal which seeks to change the classification of Council owned land from community land to operational land. Holding a public hearing on such matters is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

A public hearing may also be held where required by the Minister for Planning, or where determined necessary by Council, as part of the community consultation for a proposed amendment to Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012.

The Local Government Act 1993 also requires a public hearing to be held when community land is to be categorised for the first time or if the categorisation of community land is changed. All community land must be categorised in one of five categories:

  1. park
  2. sportsground
  3. area of cultural significance
  4. general community use
  5. natural area (further categorised as either foreshore, watercourse, bushland, escarpment or wetland).

Upcoming public hearings

Community Land Categorisation

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday 28 June 2017 with respect to the categorisation of Council owned community land at 26 Edith Street, Waratah.  It is proposed the land will be reclassified from community land to operational land.

The details of the public hearing are as follows:

Date:     Wednesday 28 June 2017
Time:     5.30pm to 6.30pm
Venue:   Warabrook Community Centre, 6 Angophora Drive, Warabrook

 

Draft Community Land Plan of Management

As required under Section 40a of the Local Government Act 1993 a public hearing will be held in regards to the categorisation of community land as either sportsground, park or general community use. 

If you wish to attend the public hearing please register your interest by phone on 4974 5006. 

The details of the public hearing are as follows:

Date:     Wednesday 7 June 2017
Time:     6pm to 7pm
Venue:   Newcastle Room, City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle.