Secret sale of Scone Library & former council chambers 2015

Sue Abbott made this Government Information (Public Access) request to Upper Hunter Shire Council

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Dear Upper Hunter Shire Council,

I would like the following information pertaining to the secret sale of Scone Library and former council chambers (Scone Library) which took place this year, 2015:

- full minutes of extraordinary Upper Hunter Shire Council meeting June 11, 2015.
- any other minutes from any other meetings where a discussion of the aforementioned sale took place.
- further information on Cr Peter Bishop's declared 'insignificant non-pecuniary conflict of interest' (that being his relationship as a client of the person offering to purchase Scone Library) outlining why the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Cr Bishop felt it would be satisfactory for Cr Bishop to remain in Chamber and participate in discussion and voting on the matter of sale of Scone Library, and why the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Cr Bishop considered that the declared conflict would not be relevant to his decision on the matter (sale of Scone Library).
- document(s) containing details of the purchasing proposal put forward by Mr Jason Brooks (the purchaser), and his agent involved, in order to purchase Scone Library.
- document(s) contaning details of other proposals put forward by others in the community, and their agenets involved, in order to purchase Scone Library.
- Development Application for works currently being done to the Scone Library.

I am aware that the information I require may appear in different formats. Consequently I request all the above information in all its formats whether held in paper, electronically, pictures, sound recordings and/or video to do with the secret sale of Scone Library.

I look forward to receving this information via my freedom of information request.

Yours faithfully,
Sue Abbott
Scone Resident

Lauren Love, Upper Hunter Shire Council

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Good Afternoon Sue

I refer to your email received earlier today.

Section 41 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 states the following:

How to make an access application
1) An application or other request for government information is not a valid access application unless it complies with the following requirements (the formal requirements) for access applications:

(a) it must be in writing sent to or lodged at an office of the agency concerned,

(b) it must clearly indicate that it is an access application made under this Act,

(c) it must be accompanied by a fee of $30,

(d) it must state a postal address as the address for correspondence in connection with the application,

(e) it must indicate such information as is reasonably necessary to enable the government information applied for to be identified.

Note. See section 51A concerning the effect of a waiver, reduction or refund of the fee for an access application. See also section 52(3) concerning assistance to be afforded by an agency to an access applicant.

(2) An agency may, with the approval of the Information Commissioner, approve additional facilities for the making of an access application fee. An application made to any agency by use of such a facility is concerned to have been lodged at an office of the agency and a fee paid by use of such a facility is considered to have accompanied the application.

(3) An access application is not considered to have been received by an agency until it is actually received by the agency."

Therefore please complete the attached Formal Access Application and once Council has receipted your $30.00 application fee, your application will be acknowledged.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Upper Hunter Shire Council on 6540 1100.

Kind regards

Lauren Love
Records Officer
Wednesday and Thursday

Ph: 6540 1188
Fax: 6545 2671

[email address]
A Quality Rural Lifestyle - in a vibrant, caring and sustainable community

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Dear Lauren,

Thank you for your response and for the attached access application document. I will follow your instructions and submit the document when I have completed it along with $30 next week (Monday 28 September) when I am back in Scone.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Abbott