The Australian Government is calling for nominations for the five-person Norfolk Island Advisory Council, to represent the local community and contribute to reform for Norfolk Island.
The Council will play a vital role in driving the reform process by taking into account views from the community and providing advice on critical issues.
As a first priority, the Advisory Council will be asked to consider the best model for the future Norfolk Island Regional Council, to be elected in the first half of 2016, to ensure the highest quality of local services can be delivered to the community.
Today’s announcement is one element of the Australian Government’s commitment to provide strong local representation on Norfolk Island. From 1 July 2016, local residents will also be fully represented at the federal level through inclusion in a single electorate from within the Australian Capital Territory.
As a future Senate representative for Norfolk Island, Senator Seselja is currently visiting the island and meeting locals to discuss the reforms. Senator Seselja welcomed the opening of the nomination process and encouraged interested community members to be involved.
The five Council members, including a Chairperson, will be appointed for a period of up to 12 months, with members to represent the Norfolk Island community. Council members will be appointed on a part-time basis, and membership will require a regular time commitment. Members will receive remuneration for their time.
Individuals are invited to complete the nomination form and declaration of interests which can be downloaded from the Norfolk Island Reforms webpage. Nominations will be treated as confidential and should be sent to the Office of the Administrator, or to the Norfolk Island Reform email address, NorfolkIslandReform@infrastrucure.gov.au , by 22 May 2015.
Those who have previously indicated an interest in being considered for a role on the Advisory Council are also asked to formalise their nomination through the same process.
Further information on the role of the Advisory Council and on making a nomination for membership can be found online at www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/.