- Palerang Council
Infobox Australian Place | type = lga
name = Palerang
state = nsw
caption = Location in NSW
pop = 11,470 cite web
Australian Bureau of Statistics
title=Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2004-05
url = http://abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3218.0Main%20Features22004-05?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3218.0&issue=2004-05&num=&view=
accessdate = 2006-12-03 ]
area = 5134
est = 2004
seat = Bungendore (4 Majara Street)cite web
publisher = Department of Local Government
url = http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/dlg/dlghome/dlg_CouncilContactDetails.asp?slacode=6180
accessdate = 2006-11-12 ]
mayor = Jim Maclachlan
url = http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au
fedgov = Eden-Monaro
stategov = Monaro, Goulburn (from 2007 election)
near-nw= Yass Valley
near-ne= Goulburn Mulwaree
near-n= Upper LachlanThe Palerang Council is a Local Government Area (LGA) in the
Southern TablelandsRegion of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the Kings Highway and the Sydney- Canberrarailway.
The shire is named after
Mount Palerang, one of the highest points in the Council's area. Palerang Council is predominantly rural and extends to Lake George in the north, the Tallaganda State Forestin the south, Queanbeyan to the west and the Morton and Budawang National Parks to the east.
The towns governed by the Palerang Council are Bungendore, Braidwood and Captains Flat, the outlying villages of Araluen, Mongarlowe, Majors Creek and Nerriga, and the areas of Wamboin, Burra, Bywong, Hoskinstown, Boro and parts of Carwoola and Sutton.
It was formed in
February 2004when Tallaganda Shirewas amalgamated with most of Yarrowlumla Shireand small parts of Gunning Shireand Mulwaree Shire. It has struggled financially since its inception, which has led Council to seek a special rate increase in 2006. The Council also sought to reduce expenditure in some areas. This resulted in a controversial plan to close the shire's swimming pools, later overturned as a result of public protest. The ongoing crisis has led to proposals for the council's dissolution, possibly merging much of the area with Queanbeyan City Council. This proposal has lacked popular support with a petition failing to gain the necessary 250 signatures required before it could be sent to the NSW Minister for Local Government.
In March 2006 Palerang declared itself a genetic engineering (GE)-free zone by passing a motion [http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/files/2874/File/mins2006_03_23.pdf] that it1) Support the NSW bans that are in force until 2008;2) Oppose the introduction of GE organisms until they have been proven to be safe for human health and the environment;3) Request the Federal Government to introduce legislation requiring adequate food labeling which shows the GE content of all ingredients; and4) Ensure that, in the event that any food is provided by Palerang Council for, canteens, catering units, crèches, kindergartens, meals on wheels, community health centres, community halls, libraries, neighbourhood houses, senior citizens, family day carers, hospitals, swimming pools, at markets, kiosks, it is GE – free.
In 2007 Palerang declared itself to be a nuclear-free zone.
* [http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/DLG/DLGHome/dlg_Regions.asp?regiontype=2&slacode=6180®ion=SE Map of council area]
* [http://palerangbulletin.com.au/ The Palerang Bulletin]
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