Extraordinary Council Meeting


Alby Schultz meeting Centre, Cootamundra


6.00pm, Wednesday 18th October, 2023


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Extraordinary Council Meeting Minutes

18 October 2023


MINUTES OF Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
Extraordinary Council Meeting
Alby Schultz meeting Centre, Cootamundra
Wednesday, 18 October 2023 AT 6.00pm

PRESENT:                 Cr Charlie Sheahan (Mayor), Cr Gil Kelly (Deputy Mayor), Cr Leigh Bowden, Cr Les Boyd, Cr Logan Collins, Cr Trevor Glover, Cr David Graham, Cr Abb McAlister, Cr Penny Nicholson

IN ATTENDANCE:     Steve McGrath (Interim General Manager), Paul Woods (Interim Deputy General Manager - CCD), Matt Stubbs (Deputy General Manager - Operations), Linda Wiles (Manager Business)

1            Acknowledgement of Country

The Chairperson acknowledged the Wiradjuri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land at which the meeting was held and paid his respects to Elders, both past and present, of the Wiradjuri Nation and extended that respect to other Aboriginal people who were present.

Adjourn Meeting For Open Forum

Resolution  253/2023  

Moved:       Cr Leigh Bowden

Seconded:   Cr Trevor Glover

Council adjourn for Open Forum.


2            Open Forum

List of Speakers

1.      Gordon Linley – Gundagai in Exile – spoke in favour of demerge.

Resume Open Meeting

Resolution  254/2023  

Moved:       Cr Gil Kelly

Seconded:   Cr Leigh Bowden

Council resume the Open Meeting.



3            Apologies 

3.1         Apologies


3.2         Leave of Absence


4            Disclosures of Interest


The Mayor thanked Cr Bowden for her support during her time as Deputy Mayor, and welcomed Cr Kelly to the Deputy Mayor role.

5            General Manager’s Report

5.1         General Manager Office


Resolution  255/2023  

Moved:       Cr Leigh Bowden

Seconded:   Cr Trevor Glover

That Council resolve into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of discussion in regard to general manager report 5.1.1 Demerger Status – CGRC.




Resolution  256/2023  

Moved:       Cr Abb McAlister

Seconded:   Cr David Graham

That Council resolve to leave Committee of the Whole and resume open council.



5.1.1      Demerger Status – CGRC

Resolution  257/2023  

Moved:       Cr Penny Nicholson

Seconded:   Cr Leigh Bowden

1.      Council seek further legal advice through its Solicitors, including the engagement of senior counsel, to provide advice to Council to progress the demerger of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council;

2.      Council engage Counsel House to undertake a campaign of advocacy and lobbying on behalf of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council in pursuit of the demerger of Council to form two new Councils, Cootamundra and Gundagai;

3.      Council resolve to prepare a detailed implementation plan which creates two sustainable councils in preparation for lodgement with the Minister for Local Government and the Local Government Boundaries Commission to pursue the demerger of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council; and

4.      Council allocate the sum of $230,000 in its 2023/24 budget for demerger planning, noting that such funding will have a negative impact on Councils operating result for the 2023/24 budget year.



6            Motion of which Notice has been Given

6.1         Notice of Motion - Arrange meeting with the Hon Wendy Tuckerman and the Hon Steph Cooke relating to demerge

Resolution  258/2023  

Moved:       Cr Logan Collins

Seconded:   Cr Gil Kelly

That CGRC immediately contact the Shadow Minister for Local Government (The Hon. Wendy Tuckerman - Member for Goulburn) and State Member (The Hon. Steph Cooke - Member for Cootamundra) to arrange to meet with council, senior staff and Human Resources to discuss the implications of the NSW Government’s new method for a demerger as a matter of urgency.



The Meeting closed at 6:49pm.


The minutes of this meeting were confirmed at the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 28 November 2023.