Leeton Shire Council, at its April Ordinary Council meeting, endorsed its DRAFT 2017-2021 Delivery Program and 2017/18 Annual Operational Plan wh...
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Leeton Shire Council wishes to advise that the Leeton Swimming Pool will close for the 2016/17 season at close of business on Sunday 23 April 2017.
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You have the right to access certain information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). This legislation replaced the former Freedom of Information Act on 1 July 2010.
The objective of the GIPA Act is to make government information more accessible to the public by:
requiring government agencies to make certain sorts of information freely available,
encouraging government agencies to proactively release as much other information as possible,
giving the public an enforceable right to make access applications for government information, and
restricting access to information only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure or when otherwise required by law.
To promote open, accountable, fair and effective government in NSW, members of the public have a right to access government information. This right is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosing the particular information.
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1. Mandatory release:
Certain information, referred to as open access information, must be published on the agency's website, free of charge.
2. Proactive release:
Beyond mandatory release, agencies are encouraged (and authorised) to release as much government information as possible.
3. Informal request:
Agencies are encouraged to informally release information, by excusing the need for a formal application (and fee) to be submitted.
Please note the GIPA Act provides no statutory timeframe by which informal requests must be decided within. Council is not required to disclose government information pursuant to an informal request and is also not required to consider an informal request for government information. Council can decide however by what means information is to be released in response to an informal request
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4. Formal application:
This is the last resort if information is not accessible in any of the above 3 ways. Decisions made in response to formal applications can be reviewed.
If information can't be accessed through any of the above avenues, a formal access application can be submitted to Council. Council will request a formal application be made for information only as a last resort, likely necessary if an applicant asks for a large volume of information, if providing access would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources on behalf of Council (i.e. extensive search, retrieval from archives), or if the information sought involves personal or business information about third parties that must be consulted before the information can be released.
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