Constituency Question: Hume City Council

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Local Government. Given that the June 2014 local government panel report on Sunbury separating from Hume City Council acknowledged that ‘de-amalgamations are complex processes that can cause disruption not only to council administration but also to local communities’, can the minister provide an update as to what the impact of Sunbury separating from Hume City Council would be on constituents in Yuroke? As the minister is no doubt aware, there is a considerable amount of uncertainty and concern in the community as to what effect the separation would have on residents remaining with Hume City Council. In particular, residents are concerned about the potential disruption referred to in the report as well as the impact on rates and services and the provision of community infrastructure. The minister’s advice on this impact would be appreciated.