Access to Government Information

Access to Government Information

Access to Government Information

From 1 July 2010, the new Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) replaces the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (NSW), bringing about the biggest change to rights to government information in NSW in 20 years.

The GIPA Act creates new rights to information  that are designed to meet the community's expectations of more open and transparent government.  It encourages the routine and proactive release of government information, including information held by providers of goods and services contracted by government agencies.

A range of information is available on Council's website, at Council's offices or by contacting the Right to Information Officer on (02) 6660 0300 or email council@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au. The Officer will either advise where the information is located or request that an Informal Access Request form be lodged with Council.  There is no charge for this request, however appropriate photocopying charges of obtained copies of information will apply as per Council's current Revenue Policy. An Informal Access Request Form is available at the end of this page.

The Officer will discuss the method of supply of the information, including the likely time frame. The public will also be offered the opportunity to inspect and obtain copies of the information from Council's Casino Administration Office between the hours of 8.15am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

Depending on the type of information requested, the Right to Information Officer may inform an applicant that their access to information will require the lodgement of a Formal Access Request with Council. The applicant will be required to pay an application fee of $30.00 and may be required to pay an additional charge for processing the application at $30.00/hour. A Formal Access Request Form is available at the end of this page.

The Agency Information Guide document available for download at the end of this page describes the structure and functions of Council, the various types of information it holds and how people can access that information.


GIPA Disclosure Log

A Disclosure Log is a list of documents released following a decision about an application for access made under the GIPA Act 2009.

What is the purpose of a Disclosure Log?

Disclosure logs provide access to information for people who want the same or similar information as previous applicants, and would otherwise have to make formal access applications.  A disclosure log also helps Council to identify information that could be proactively released.

What information is required to be kept in the Disclosure Log?

The disclosure log must contain the following details:

  • the date that the access application was decided,
  • a description of the information provided,
  • whether any of the information is now publicly available and, if so how it can be accessed.

The disclosure log does not have to include the following information:

  • information on applications for personal information regarding the applicant,
  • information about applications where factors involving the applicant were a consideration in whether or not the disclosure of the information was in the public interest.

When is information entered into the Disclosure Log?

Details are entered into the disclosure log when the access application has been decided, and any review time limits have expired.

Richmond Valley Council formal access application determinations under the GIPA Act 2009 are published as follows:

Reference No: RVC5693
Decision Date: 14/07/2010
Information Requested: A copy of the deed of transfer of Casino Airport (Aerodrome) from Commonwealth of Australia to Casino Municipal Council and/or Richmond River Shire Council dated 1992 approximately.
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently on line, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacing Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

Reference No: RVC5826
Decision Date: 08/09/2010
Information Requested: Dangerous Dog application and details of application.
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by member of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

Reference No: RVC5837
Decision Date: 25/11/2010
Information Requested: A copy of all documents relating to road works being undertaken on Coraki Woodburn Road, Woodburn on or about 27/02/2007.
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by member of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

Reference No: RVC5834
Decision Date: 14/01/2011
Information Requested: All documentation relating to complaints made about a resident in relation to composting ordour at a private residence.
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by member of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

Reference No: RVC5833
Decision Date: 21/01/2011
Information Requested: Information relating to any proposed developments, including expansions and changes to current operations of Peterson's Quarry and any documentation relating to decisions made by any determinative authority regarding the steps taken to engage with the community, specifically Aboriginal, engagement.
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by member of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

Reference No: RVC6120                           
Decision Date: 12/12/2011                           
Information Requested: Copy of correspondence in relation to ratepayer's enquiry to purchase road reserve from Council                           
Access:  Access granted in full.  The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.
Reference No: RVC6578                           
Decision Date: 24/01/2012                           
Information Requested: DA for deck extension and details of any permits and final inspection of 48 Richmond Terrace, Casino                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.                           
Reference No: RVC7467                           
Decision Date: 19/04/2012                           
Information Requested: Food complaint letter to Council regarding About time cafe                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.
Reference No: RVC7497                           
Decision Date: 19/04/2012                           
Information Requested: Management agreement and lease agreement between Richmond Valley Council and Freney Enterprises P/L, all documentation in relation to the erection of the water slide at the Woodburn Pool and details of any incident reports at the Woodburn Pool.                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.                           
Reference No: RVC11354/RVC13920                           
Decision Date: 18/02/2013                           
Information Requested: Objections to DA for 192 Canterbury Street, Casino                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.
Reference No: RVC13841                           
Decision Date:  24/05/2013                            
Information Requested: Copies of Council valuations in relation to Lot 141 DP1067639                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.
Reference No: RVC13635                           
Decision Date: 23/09/2013                           
Information Requested: Documentation regarding trade waste and food premises inspections for 75 Richmond Terrace, Coraki                           
Access: Access granted in full. The information is not currently online, however can be accessed by members of the public by contacting Council's Right to Information Officer, Derek Swanborough on 02 6660 0300.

 
General information about the GIPA Act is available by calling the Office of the Information Commissioner on freecall 1800 194 210 or at its website: http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/privacy/gipa_act.html


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