Voting & Political Donations
Register of Voting on Relevant Planning Matters
So it can comply with local government legilslation, Orange City Council keeps a register containing, for each planning decision made at a meeting of the council or a council committee, the names of the councillors who supported the decision and the names of any councillors who opposed (or are taken to have opposed) the decision.
The updated register can be downloaded here.
Register of Declarations of Political Donations and Gifts
Click on this link www.searchdecs.efa.nsw.gov.au to search the register of Disclosures of Donations Lodged with the Election Funding Authority.
Prior to 30 October 2012, no Declarations of Political Donations and Gifts have been made to Orange City Council.
Political Donations and Planning Submissions
There are state laws which cover situations where for example, someone who submitted a development application (DA) for a project to thier local council, has also made a political donation to a council member who may vote on that planning decision.
This page outlines more details about this legislation and should be considered by anyone submitting a DA.
Under state government legislation any person who makes a relevant public submission to a council in relation to a relevant planning application made to the council is required to disclose the following reportable political donations and gifts (if any) made by the person making the submission or any associate of that person within the period commencing two years before the submission is made and ending when the application is determined:
- all reportable political donations made to any local councillor of that council, and
- all gifts made to any local councillor or employee of that council.
A reference to a reportable political donation made to a 'local councillor' includes a reference to a donation made at the time the person was a candidate for election to the council.
A relevant public submission means a written submission made by a person objecting to or supporting a relevant planning application or any development that would be authorised by the granting of the application.
If you need to make a disclosure the relevant form is available here or at the Customer Services counter at the Civic Centre, Byng Street, Orange.
Detailed information upon this matter is available on the NSW Department of Planning website.