Question: Adelaide Hills Council Ward Abolition


Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:34 ): My question is to the Minister for Local Government. Does the minister intend to approve the request of the Adelaide Hills Council to abolish their ward system, despite the opposition of the vast majority of the hundreds of public responses; and despite that vote being taken when two councillors opposed to the abolition were on prearranged leave?

The Hon. G.G. BROCK ( Frome Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government) (14:34): I was at the Adelaide Hills Council the other night and I have had no official request from the Adelaide Hills Council.

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:34 ): Supplementary: when the minister does receive the request, as has been reported will be coming in the news today, what will the minister's actions be?

The Hon. G.G. BROCK ( Frome Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government) (14:34): I think that's a very hypothetical question. I just indicated I have not received any correspondence from the council and I am certainly not going to make any decision here unless I see the actual content of the letter.

The SPEAKER: Does the member for Morialta have another question? No, alright. 

Mr GARDNER: Sir, I was asking if the Minister for Local Government received the government's media clippings.

The SPEAKER: The member for Morialta will leave the chamber for an hour for making an impromptu speech.