Access to Information

Access to Council Information (GIPA Act)

Government Information (Public Access Act) 2009

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) provides community members access to information held by State Government departments also local and public authorities. This Act aims to make more information available to all sectors of the community with a view to achieving more open, accountable, fair and transparent government.

Ways in which the public can access government information

Under the GIPA Act, a person seeking access to Council information has a right to be provided with access unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information.

Access to government information may be exercised in four ways:

1. Mandatory release (Open Access)

The following publications constitute open access information by Council:

  • Agency Information Guide - provides the community with details of what types of information are publicly available to members of the public, how to access government information and how to be involved in Council's decision making processes.
  • Council policies 
  • Disclosure log of formal access applications where in Council's opinion the information released may be of interest to other members of the public.
  • Register of contracts worth more than $150,000 that Council has with private sector bodies.
  • Additional open access information as defined for Local Government.

2. Authorised proactive release

Council is encouraged to release additional information, not considered mandatory release information, which may be of interest to the general public. Any proactive release must be exercised in an appropriate manner by or with the authority of Council's principal officer, free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost).

3. Informal access applications

Some information held by Council may be released in response to an informal request, subject to any reasonable conditions that Council may wish to impose. This may include a request for information not currently available on Council's website or a request for an individual's own personal information or perhaps a request for a very small amount of information.

Please note that an informal access application does not have a statutory time-frame within which such requests must be decided; nor is there a right of review available for alternate officer of Council to review the original application for information.

An informal access application can be made by printing the request form below and completing the application in full and return to Council for consideration:

4. Formal access applications

In some circumstances, individuals seeking access to government information will need to submit a formal informal request and make payment of the statutory fee. Generally a formal access application is required where:

  • The information is of a sensitive nature that requires careful consideration in terms of overriding public interest for and against disclosure;
  • The information contains personal or confidential information of another person where consultation with other agencies or third parties is required;
  • The information requested would involve an unreasonable amount of time and/or resources to provide the information requested.

Please note that a formal access application has a statutory time-frame within which such requests must be decided; it also has a right of review available for an alternate officer of Council to review the original application for information provided that the applicant submits an application for an internal review request form and makes payment of the statutory fee.

A formal access application can be made by printing the request form below and completing the application in full and return to Council for consideration:

Privacy Information

Council has adopted a Code of Conduct policy which helps to ensure that persons associated with the organisation are aware of privacy issues and ensures that personal information of individuals is handled in accordance with legislation. 

Additional Information

The GIPA Act is complemented by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA), which establishes an individual's right to amend personal information in records held by Councils and other government agencies.

For more information on GIPA and PPIPA, please refer to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner website www.ipc.nsw.gov.au .

Disclaimers

Responsibility for information on this site - Narrandera Shire Council makes no guarantee as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this website.  All of the material on this site is for information and communication purposes only and does not constitute legal or any other advice upon which you can rely.  Whilst Narrandera Shire Council endeavours to ensure that the information provided on the website is accurate and complete, it does not guarantee that the information is current, complete or correct and accepts no responsibility in these respects.

Copyright Disclaimer

Council's responsibility to release information is protected by Copyright.

Narrandera Shire Council provides access to information in accordance with the requirements of the GIPA Act, however legal Copyright provisions currently apply.

Information held on Council's website is intended for general use only.  Information and files may be downloaded, stored in cache, displayed and printed. Content must not be modified, copied, reproduced, or republished without the consent of Narrandera Shire Council.

Where Council is not the copyright owner of the documents, authority from the document owner may be necessary before Council can release copies of documents to members of the public. An example of this would be property plans and property reports lodged as part of a Development Application.

Reference Number
GIPA

Date of Decision

Topic / Information Requested

Information Released

GIPA/11-1

15/10/2010

Rating and ownership details of property "Wilga Flats"

Refused Access

GIPA/11-2

15/02/2011

Information on standards of playground equipment

Access to information provided

GIPA/11-3

28/03/2011

Information on Risk Assessment and associated reporting for Adventure Playground

Access to information provided

GIPA/11-4

22/04/2011

Information sought on applicant to street stall booking

Refused Access

GIPA/11-5

14/10/2011

Information on history of DA and rating for Victoria Avenue property

Access to information provided

GIPA/11-6

08/12/2011

All information relating to TRIM Request CR11-1539

Access to information provided

GIPA/12-1

30/08/2012

Information on Dog Incident that occurred in the Narrandera Park on 7/12/2011

Access to information provided

GIPA/12-2

03/12/2012

Information on costs for Local Government elections

Information provided

GIPA/12-3

03/12/2012

Information on flooding in Lizard Dve

 

 

Information provided

GIPA/13-1

12/02/2013

Information on Bassett Road Bridge

Information provided

GIPA/13-3

1/10/2013

Sought information of the Mayor and each Councillors expenses for 2011/12 period

Sought a breakdown of the Mayor and each councillors travel expenses for 2011/12

Sought a list of training and expenses for Councillors for 2011/12

Sought Councillors wages budget for the Mayor, councillors and General Manager for 2011/12 financial year

 

With respect to Mayor, Councillors and General Manager fees/wages the information was provided as publicly available information in Councils Annual Report, which can be found on Council’s web site.  Travelling costs are reported as a total and not broken up and shown in the annual report.  Details of Councillor training expenses were provided and are available to the public upon request and are held in Councils TRIM Records system.

GIPA/14-1

 28/1/2014

Sought Development Application and associated attachments from Agri Australis DA submission

Information provided in parts 1 and 2.  Appendices information not provided at this point as required for further assessment.  Applicant was asked to assess information provided and provide another application if information from appendices was needed.

 

GIPA/14-2

14/2/2014

Sought Development Application and attachment details form Menzplant development application

Access to information provided.

GIPA/14-3

3 June 2014

Sought information on development consent on neighbours shed

Access to information provided.

GIPA/14-4

16 June 2014

Sought information on lease between Council and owner agisting cattle on vacant Council industrial land.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/14-5

28 August 2014

Sought LEP information on Red Hill Industrial Estate and adjoining land.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/14-6

4 September 2014

Informal access request seeking correspondence and documentation to the development application at 171 Irrigation Way.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/14-8

20 October 2014

Sought documents relating to file reference vkm - 01336-03100-000-8-10 and the property DP521607 farm 16312 Gillenbah and all correspondence relating to contamination and easement issues.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/15-1

17 February 2015

Sought information on whether a Development Application had been lodged for a swimming pool erected/installed at the Council owned residence adjacent to Manderlay Road, Narrandera.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/15-5

26 February 2015

Sought property information on DA 033/2004/2005 and DA 118/2004/2005.

Also general information of Minutes from Council meeting held 21 September 2004 and correspondence and minutes of any meetings referring to Section 94 levy.

Access to information provided.

GIPA/15-6

6 July 2015

Sought documents in relation to leases on the Red Hill Industrial Estate

Access to information provided

GIPA/15-7

3 July 2015

Informal request that sought Building approval and occupation certificate for 10a and 10b Willans Street

Access to information provided

GIPA/15-8

20 July 2015

Sought final inspection report for terminated agistment lease at Red Hill Industrial Estate; also sought details of lost revenue due to unauthorised water connection.

Final inspection report not prepared following termination.  Water connection not metered therefore details of revenue unavailable.

Information not available and therefore not able to be provided.

GIPA/15-9

28 August 2015

Sought all correspondence between Council and ICAC and NSW Police concerning an individual

Partial release.  Confidential information withheld.

 

GIPA/15-10

 

Open access application that sought property information of a property at Chantilly Street Narrandera

 

GIPA/15-11

6 October 2015

Sought property information of a property at Ashton Street Narrandera

Access to information provided

GIPA/15-12

30 October 2015

Sought property information of a property at Narrandera Street Grong Grong

Unable to identify information being sought from Councils Records

GIPA-16-1

2 March 2016

INFORMAL RELEASE – Sought a copy of an identified document relating to DA/027/2014/2015 – proposed development of 16305 Newell Highway, Gillenbah.

Access to information provided.

GIPA-16-2

2 March 2016

INFORMAL RELEASE – Sought a copy of identified documents relating to DA/027/2014/2015 – proposed development of 16305 Newell Highway, Gillenbah.

Access to information provided.

GIPA-16-3

7 March 2016

INFORMAL RELEASE – Sought a copy of identified documents relating to DA/027/2014/2015 – proposed development of 16305 Newell Highway, Gillenbah.

Access to information provided.

GIPA-16-4

7 March 2016

INFORMAL RELEASE – Sought a copy of an identified document relating to DA/027/2014/2015 – proposed development of 16305 Newell Highway, Gillenbah.

Access to information provided.

GIPA-16-5

10 June 2016

Sought details of a council approved septic system and test results for a Motel owned and operated by a particular owner.

Available information provided.  Not all information requested was available on Council Records.

GPIA-16-5

6 July 2016

Internal Review.

Information that was available was provided.

 

GIPA-16-6

10 June 2016

Sought details of a council approved septic system and test results for a Motel owned and operated by a particular owner.

Available information provided.  Not all information requested was available on Council Records.

GIPA-16-6

6 July 2016

Internal Review.

Information that was available was provided.

GIPA-16-7

28 June 2016

DA to subdivide property to erect Newell Motor Inn and to ascertain if Council has any records of the Newell Motor Inn having access to the easement and any agreement made between all parties.

Available information provided with personal information redacted.

GIPA-16-8

14 September 2016

Sought access to documents relating to an alleged dog attack.

Partial release of information granted.


GIPA-16-9
 

10 February 2017


Sought access to documents relating to a property located at Gillenbah inclusive of applications, permits, certificates including final and/or occupation certificates.
 

Information not held.

GIPA-16-10

11 May 2017

Sought access to documents relating to an alleged incident of 1 April 2017 where two dogs allegedy bit an individual and allegedly scratched a dog that was accompanying the individual.

Partial release of information granted.

GIPA-16-11

16 June 2017

Sought access to documents relating to a property located in Audley Street, Narrandera inclusive of any Occupation Certificates, DA's, Consents, Complying Component Certificates, 149D Building Certificates, Building Plans, all final inspection Certificates (Building/Plumbing) work.

Available information provided.

GIPA-16-12

16 June 2017

Sought access to documents relating to a property located in May Street, Narrandera inclusive of any Occupation Certificates, DA's, Consents, Complying Component Certificates, 149D Building Certificates, Building Plans, all final inspection Certificates (Building/Plumbing) work.

Available information provided.

GIPA-16-13

16 June 2017

Sought access to documents relating to a property located in Peters Street, Narrandera inclusive of any Occupation Certificates, DA's, Consents, Complying Component Certificates, 149D Building Certificates, Building Plans, all final inspection Certificates (Building/Plumbing) work.

Available information provided.

GIPA-16-14

11 August 2017

Sought access to documents relating to Weir Park Road, Narrandera and surrounding property owners; in particular items sought were documents both to Council and from Council to a particular property owner who owns land adjacent to Weir Park Road, Narrandera.

Available information provided with personal information redacted in accordance with Clause 3 (a) of Section 14 also some details redacted in accordance with Clause 3 (f) of Section 14 of the GIPA Act. 

GIPA-17-1

31 July 2017

Sought access to correspondence to Council about widening Weir Park Road, Narrandera.

Available information provided with personal contact details of author redacted.

GIPA-17-2

17 August 2017

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought access to documents from the Commonwealth Attorney General (AG) and or their department to allow department/agency access to metadata within the past 5 years.

Information not held.

GIPA-17-3

9 October 2017

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to the proposed sale of Lot 5 Section 10 DP 758757 located in Hankinson Street, Narrandera for overdue rates and charges.

Available information provide with personal contact details of the property owner redacted.

GIPA-17-4

5 September 2017

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought access to any development approvals and final approvals held on file for a farming property located in the Parish of Mejum.

Information not held.

GIPA-17-5

16 October 2017

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to an amount payable to Council by a former lessee of Council owned land located adjacent to the Red Hill Industrial Estate, Narrandera.

Available information provide with the personal contact details of the former lessee redacted. Also redacted is that information deemed as being outside of the parameters of the request.

GIPA-17-7

3 January 2018

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought background information relating to legal advice received by Council.

Available information provided.

GIPA-17-8

15 December 2017

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information for property known as Lot C DP 408466 located in East Street, Narrandera on behalf of a prospective purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-17-9

15 December 2017

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information for property known as Lots 4-5 Sec 15 DP 758052 located in Mulga Street, Barellan on behalf of a prospective purchaser.

Information not held.

GIPA-18-1

22 January 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information for property known as Lot 17 DP 802358 located in Kiesling Drive, Narrandera on behalf of a prospective purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-2

7 March 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information for property known as Lot 1 DP 1029107 located in Yapunyah Street, Barellan on behalf of a prospective purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-3

30 April 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information for property known as Lot 11 Section M DP 2888 located in May Street, Narrandera on behalf of a prospective purchaser.

Available information provided.

 

GIPA-18-4

19 June 2018

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to the current Agistment Permit held over lands owned by Council that are adjacent to the Red Hill Industrial Estate, Narrandera.

Available information provide with personal details of the Agistment Permit holder redacted.

 

GIPA-18-5

19 June 201819 June 201822 June 2018

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to a heavy vehicle accident that occurred on 17 December 2017 at the intersection of Newell Highway, Grong Grong and Canola Way, Grong Grong.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-6

31 July 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information on Narrandera sewer reticulation network works in the vicinity of Crescent Street, Narrandera on or around the 1 July 2017.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-7

13 August 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information on building applications and septic system information for the property known as Lots 7 & 9 Section 59 DP 758477 on behalf of the vendors.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-8

21 August 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought information on building approvals for the property known as Lot C DP 369915 as part of due diligence.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-9

14 September 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought a copy of personal information.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-10

24 September 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available building application or development application information for Lots 8 & 9 DP 1208213, Lots 1-4 DP 444708 and Lot 46 DP 751719 on behalf of purchasers.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-11

2 October 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available building application information for Lot 2 DP 534383 on behalf of purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-12

21 November 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to building or development applications for Lot 1 DP 600029 on behalf of purchaser.

Available information provided.

Available information provided.

GIPA-18-13

21 November 2018

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to buidling or development applications for Lot 5 Sec N DP 2597 on behalf of vendor.

Available information provided.

GIPA-19-1

19 March 2019

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to building or development applications for Lot 1 DP 591907 on behalf of potential purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-19-2

20 May 2019

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to two rural properties; the first property comprising Lot 2 DP 370022 and Lot 59 DP 750840, the other property comprising Lot 2 DP 821521.  

Available information provided.

GIPA-19-3

3 June 2019

Sought access to documents relating to Weir Park Road, Narrandera and surrounding property owners; in particular items sought were documents both to Council and from Council to a particular property owner who owns land adjacent to Weir Park Road, Narrandera.Sought access to documents relating to Weir Park Road, Narrandera and surrounding property owners; in particular items sought were documents both to Council and from Council to a particular property owner who owns land adjacent to Weir Park Road, Narrandera.FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information such as copies of correspondence and other documents from 2000 to 2008 relating to particular persons identified within the application, the applicaiton also sought a copy of information provided from a previous GIPA application, also requested were details of any recent complaints received by Council from identified persons.

Application for information was withdrawn 3 June 2019.

GIPA-19-4

3 June 2019

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to building or development applications for Lot 1 Section 3 DP 2398 on behalf of potential purchaser.

Available information provided.

GIPA-19-5

13 June 2019

INFORMAL RELEASE - Sought available information relating to building or development applications for Lot E DP 342981 on behalf of property owner.

Available information provided.

GIPA-19-6

8 July 2019

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information generated to identified individuals for the period 2000 to 2009 including responses also copies of complaints from identified individuals from a previous application for information to the present time.

Available information provided however some documents released have had information redacted in accordance with Section 14 (2) Table 3 (a) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 that could reasonably be expected to reveal an individuals personal information. 

GIPA-19-7

22 July 2019

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to a number of Code of Conduct Complaints lodged by the applicant.

Available information provided however some documents released have had information redacted in accordance with Section 14 (2) Table 3 (a) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 that could reasonably be expected to reveal an individuals personal information.

GIPA-19-8

26 July 2019

FORMAL RELEASE - Sought information relating to a boundary fence issue.

Available information provided however some documents released have had information redacted in accordance with Section 14 (2) Table 3 (a) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 that could reasonably be expected to reveal an individuals personal information. 

 

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