Draft plans, policies & procedures on display

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Rates Calculator here
Frequently asked questions here


Hilltops Council is currently undertaking a process of public consultation in relation to the harmonisation of Council’s rating structure. The changes to the rating structure will impact all rate payers as we move to a single rating structure across the Hilltops Local Government Area (LGA).

Following the amalgamation of NSW Councils on 12 May 2016, the NSW Government requires councils created in 2016 to develop a single rating system for their LGA by 1 July 2021. Council is seeking to create a consistent rating system that is a fairer approach for all ratepayers, regardless of dwelling or business type. Harmonisation is the final stage of the amalgamation process and involves merging the rates systems of the former Boorowa, Harden and Young Council’s into a single structure for all of Hilltops.

Council’s aim in the harmonisation of the rating system is to develop a fair and equitable structure that distributes the burden fairly across the LGA while balancing the unexpected impact of harmonisation on the majority of ratepayers.

Many ratepayers have raised concerns that the harmonisation will result in an increase to Council’s income. This is not the case, the total revenue generated by rates is capped by the State Government, for 2021-2022 the increase for Council’s total rates income is capped at 2.00%. Accordingly, the harmonisation will not generate additional revenue for Hilltops Council. The changes you will see to your rates under the harmonisation are the re-distribution of the current rate pool across the Local Government Area.

In order to determine the most equitable and least impactful structure for Hilltops rates moving forward, Council has performed modelling across a number of scenarios. Council is currently undertaking a period of public consultation. To assist you in understanding the impact of rates harmonisation on you, Council have developed a specially built calculator that will allow you to compare the rates you have paid this year against those Council is proposing under the harmonisation.

Along with the calculator, Council have developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address common questions arising from the harmonisation process. 

Rates Calculator here
Frequently Asked Questions here


Council invites submissions in writing to or Locked Bag 5, Young NSW 2594 by 12 noon on Friday 21 May 2021.

Draft Red Hill Reserve Plan of Management on Exhibition from Tuesday 13 April 2021 to Monday 24 May 2021.
The Draft Red Hill Reserve Plan of Management can be viewed here.
A hardcopy of the Plan can be viewed at Council’s office in Market Street Boorowa, East Street Harden and 189 Boorowa Street Young, during normal office hours and on Hilltops Council website
Submissions relating to the proposed Draft Red Hill Reserve Plan of Management 2020 will be received up until 4.00pm Monday 24 May 2021 to General Manager, Locked Bag 5, Young NSW 2594 or via email to

Draft Hilltops Local Environmental Plan on Exhibition from Monday 15 March 2021 to Monday 26 April 2021. 

You can view the Draft Hilltops LEP via Council’s dedicated LEP Consultation website, The Consultation Website includes all of the draft Hilltops LEP documents and interactive Online Mapping to view the current and proposed planning controls.

You can provide a submission in writing by Monday 26 April 2021 in one of the following ways: 

  • Online - Via Feedback form on Councils Draft Hilltops LEP Consultation website:
  • Via Email - Subject title - Draft Hilltops Local Environmental Plan 2021 
  • Via Post – to The General Manager, Hilltops Council, Locked Bag 5 YOUNG  NSW  2594 

If you have any questions, require further information or clarification, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 445 586, email or make an appointment to speak with a Council Planner via


Hilltops Council have resolved to re-establish Alcohol Free Zones in the public roads and car parks within defined areas in the townships of Harden and Murrumburrah for a period of three years from 22 May 2020 to 21 May 2023. These Alcohol Free Zones were first established in 1999. Council may suspend the declarations for major events or special circumstances. Members of the public are invited to make submissions on this proposal until 12pm Wednesday 16 September 2020 via email to or via mail to Locked Bag 5 Young NSW 2594.