NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

Ordinary Council Meeting - 17 January 2008

 

AGENDA                                                                                                   Page

 

1        APOLOGIES

2        PRAYER

3        DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

4        CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES — Ordinary Council Meeting - 20 December 2007

5        Notices of Motion

5.1     Land Development Committee - Resignation

5.2     Section 94 Contributions

5.3     Glossy Black Cockatoo - Rejection of Endangered Species Listing - NSW Scientific Committee Final Determination

5.4     Weekly Red Garbage Bin Collection

5.5     Local Government Elections - Candidate Information Night and Councillor Induction

5.6     Pacific Highway Upgrade Meetings - RTA and Council

5.7     Section 94 Developer Contributions - Federal Labor Party's Pre-Election Platform - Chapter Six -   

6        DELEGATIONS—Motion to hear Delegations

7        QUESTIONS FOR CLOSED MEETING WHERE DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN RECEIVED

8        General Manager Report

8.1     Inquiry into Electoral and Political Party Funding

8.2     Outstanding Actions and Reports

8.3     Grant Applications Status Report

8.4     North Coast Area Health Service Business Plan - Public Participation

8.5     National General Assembly of Local Government--Darwin 26-29 November 2007--Mayor's Report

8.6     Management Planning - Integrated Planning and Reporting

8.7     Management Plan - Vision/Mission Statement

8.8     Report on Investments

9        Director Environment and Planning Report

9.1     Notice and Orders Report December 2007

9.2     Community Services Committee Meeting Minutes 11 December 2008 Report

9.3     Farmland Mapping for Nambucca Shire - Request for Delay in Adoption

9.4     Funding Offers - Estuary Management Program - Department of Environment and Climate Change

9.5     Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy Report

9.6     Impounding Officer's Report December 2007

9.7     Development Application Statistics with Comparable Figures for July-December 2006 and July-December 2007

9.8     Development Applications Determined Under Delegated Authority to 10 January 2008

9.9     Biodiversity Banking and Offsets Scheme Report 17 January 2008

9.10   Outstanding Development Applications and Applications Received 10 December 2007 to 4 January 2008

9.11   Improving the NSW Planning System

10      Director Engineering Services Report

10.1   Nambucca Waste Management Facility

10.2   Bowra Street, Nambucca Heads - Footpath Dining

10.3   Road Naming - Oyster Drive, Pearl Circuit, Timbertop Court

10.4   Asset Management  

11      Works Inspection Committee 16 January 2008 - REPORT

11.1   Policy Review - Discounted Application Fees for "Not for Profit" Charities, Service Clubs, Sporting Clubs and Community Groups (7.1 )

11.2   Policy Review - Aboriginal Affairs - "Mabo" Commonwealth Native Title Act (7.2 )

11.3   Policy Review - Aboriginal Affairs - "Mabo" - Implication for Land Management (7.3 )

11.4   Policy Review - Aboriginal Affairs - "Mabo" information/documentation - Applications from Council (7.4 )

11.5   Policy Review - Aboriginal Affairs - "Mabo" Native Title Legislation (7.5 )

11.6   Urban Design Strategies, Nambucca Heads (8.1 )

11.7   Roads and Traffic Authority (9.1 )

11.8   Policy Review - Rural Fire Service - Out of Area Assistance (9.2 )

11.9   Policy Review - Rural Connection to the Water Supply (9.3 )  

12      General Manager's Summary of Items to be Discussed in Closed Meeting

12.1   Remuneration - Manager Human Resources

It is recommended that the Council resolve into closed session with the press and public excluded to allow consideration of this item, as provided for under Section 10A(2) (a) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains personnel matters concerning particular individuals.

 

12.2   NSW Ombudsman - Complaint by Ms Annie Higginson and Mr Sam Chambers about Nambucca Shire Council

It is recommended that the Council resolve into closed session with the press and public excluded to allow consideration of this item, as provided for under Section 10A(2) (g) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

 

12.3   Parking Control & Ranger Responsibilities

It is recommended that the Council resolve into closed session with the press and public excluded to allow consideration of this item, as provided for under Section 10A(2) (e) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.

 

12.4   Bowraville Treatment Work - Quality of Effluent Reuse

It is recommended that the Council resolve into closed session with the press and public excluded to allow consideration of this item, as provided for under Section 10A(2) (g) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

  

13      MEETING CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

14      REVERT TO OPEN MEETING FOR DECISIONS IN RELATION TO ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED MEETING.

 



Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.1      SF842         170108         Land Development Committee - Resignation

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Suzanne Nash, Councillor          

 

discussion:

 

Due to the nature of the matters addressed by the Land Development Committee and the need to record my pecuniary interest in most matters due to the fact that my father-in-law owns industrial zoned land in the Valley on which I farm, I tender my resignation from this Committee.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council accept Cr Nash's decision to resign as a member of Land Development Committee.

 

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Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.2      SF446         170108         Section 94 Contributions

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Moran, Councillor          

 

discussion:

 

Council has had to meet all Section 94 contributions on a dollar for dollar basis since 1992.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Section 94 funds which have been collected for certain projects Council write to the management committees and see if they can match the dollar for dollar and all Lands Department (Crown Land) that Council presents these to the Lands Department as we have written to regarding Scotts Head Crown Land.

 

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Attachments:

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Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.3      SF777         170108         Glossy Black Cockatoo - Rejection of Endangered Species Listing - NSW Scientific Committee Final Determination

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Moran, Councillor          

 

discussion:

 

I wish it to be known that the Scientific Committee, established by the Threatened Species Conservation Act, has made a Final Determination to reject a proposal to list the Scotts Head population of the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami (Temminck, 1807)) as an endangered population.

 

The Scientific Committee considered all submissions received as a result of public exhibition of the Preliminary Determination.

 

The Scientific Committee recognises that the assemblages of the species in Scotts Heads is one of the largest on the NSW coast and hence is of significant conservation value.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That this report be noted.

 

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Attachments:

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Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.4      SF674         170108         Weekly Red Garbage Bin Collection

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Moran, Councillor          

 

discussion:

 

A number of people have spoken to me about the red garbage bin only being collected fortnightly and the difficulty people have in fitting all their waste in the bin.  Whilst it is a bigger problem in the Christmas/New Year period it would be worth investigating the cost of providing a weekly service for the red bin or a weekly service for the red bin and a fortnightly service for the green bin.  I understand from the General Manager that similar issues have been raised by Bellingen Shire residents and an investigation of the costs of a weekly service may be of interest to them also.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That a report be prepared on the options of firstly providing a weekly service for the red bin and secondly of providing a weekly service for the red bin and a fortnightly service for the green bin.

 

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Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.5      SF256         170108         Local Government Elections - Candidate Information Night and Councillor Induction

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Paula Flack, Councillor          

 

Summary:

 

In the past Council has held an information evening for potential candidates for the local government election however no formal induction process was conducted for the elected Councillors.  The information evening was very useful and should be continued and improved upon.  A program needs to be prepared for the induction of Councillors following the election.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That a report be prepared on a program for a candidate information evening and for a program for the formal induction of Councillors following the election.  The report is to consider options for the delivery of information including the use of LGSA consultants and/or Council staff.  The report is to also consider the compulsory training which will be required to ensure there is no “double up”.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.6      SF261         170108         Pacific Highway Upgrade Meetings - RTA and Council

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Rhonda Hoban, Councillor          

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Many residents affected by the proposed Pacific Highway upgrade have complained that information on the progress of the upgrade has been difficult to obtain from the RTA.

 

As Council's business papers are available on the website and at various locations throughout the Shire, they have asked that any progress that Council become aware of be reported in the business papers.  This would not only keep Councillors up to date, but would ensure that all parties receive the same information at the same time, and instil residents' confidence in the support and transparency of Council.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That any communication between the RTA and Council relating to the upgrade of the Pacific Highway be minuted and reported to Council as a public document where the Local Government Act permits.

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.7      SF544         170108         Section 94 Developer Contributions - Federal Labor Party's Pre-Election Platform - Chapter Six -

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Rhonda Hoban, Councillor          

 

Summary:

 

At a recent seminar conducted by the Department of Planning at Coffs Harbour, reference was made to the Federal Labor Party's pre-election platform, in particular, Chapter Six.  It was suggested that this Chapter indicates that the Federal Labor Party would support direct funding to Local Government in lieu of Section 94 Developer Contributions.

 

Given their election success, it may be timely for Council to consider Labor's election promises.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council obtains a copy a Chapter Six of the Federal Labor Party's pre-election platform and distribute it to all Councillors for information.

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

  


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.1      SF770         170108         Inquiry into Electoral and Political Party Funding

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Carroll Townley, Executive Assistant          

 

Summary:

 

The NSW Legislative Council has established Select Committee on Electoral and Political Party Funding to conduct an inquiry into the funding of, and the disclosure of donations to, political parties and candidates in NSW State and local government elections.

 

The Committee has published a discussion paper to encourage debate on the issues to be examined by the Committee (paper attached). 

 

The Committee is inviting submissions to the Inquiry.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council note the information provided.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The NSW Legislative Council has established Select Committee on Electoral and Political Party Funding to conduct an inquiry into the funding of, and the disclosure of donations to, political parties and candidates in NSW State and local government elections.

 

The Committee has published a discussion paper to encourage debate on the issues to be examined by the Committee (paper attached). 

 

The Committee is inviting submissions to the Inquiry.  A submission can be lodged via the Committee’s website at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/partyfunding, emailed to fundinginquiry@parliament.nsw.gov.au, faxed to (02) 9230 3416, or hard copies can be mailed to:  the Director, Select Committee on Electoral and Political Party Funding, Legislative Council, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000. 

 

Following are the terms of reference:-

 

1        That a select committee be appointed to inquire into and report on the funding of, and disclosure of donations to, political parties, and candidates in state and local government elections, and in particular:-

 

          a)       all matters associated with electoral funding and disclosure.

b)       the advantages and disadvantages of banning all donations from corporations, unions and organisations to parties and candidates.

c)       the advantages and disadvantages of introducing limits on expenditure in election campaigns.

d)       the impact of political donations on the democratic process and

e)       any related matters.

 

2        That notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders, the committee consist of six members of the Legislative Council of whom:

 

          a)       two must be government members

          b)       two must be opposition members, and

          c)       two must be cross bench members.

 


 

3        That, notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders, at any meeting of the committee, any four members of the committee will constitute a quorum.

 

4        That the committee report by the last sitting day in June 2008.

 

This report is provided for Councillors information.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

General Manager

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Not applicable.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Not applicable.

 

 

 

Attachments:

1View

Discussion Paper

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.2      SF959         170108         Outstanding Actions and Reports

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager          

 

Summary:

 

<Type summary in box> The following table is a report on all outstanding resolutions and questions from Councillors (except development consents, development control plans & local environmental plans).  Matters which are simply noted or received, together with resolutions adopting rates, fees and charges are not listed as outstanding actions.  Where matters have been actioned they are indicated with strikethrough and then removed from the report to the following meeting.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the list of outstanding actions and reports be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

File no.

Council

Meeting

Summary of Matter

Action

By

Status

JANUARY 2007

1

QWN06

18/01/07

Rodeo Drive potholes & rough surface

DES

Report received—being reviewed

 

2

QWN16

01/02/07

Widening of Rodeo Drive underpass

DES

ARTC will provide consent in writing—received 29/8

ARTC requested to contribute financially--$80,000 each

Newcastle office to determine.  Unlikely to receive funding

 

MARCH 2007

3

QWN19

01/03/07

Floodgates Gumma

DES

Halted by wet weather.

The main floodgate has been installed and has created a freshwater wetland.

APRIL 2007

4

QWN01

19/04/07

Traffic hazard at the railway overbridge on Wirrimbi Road – suggest give way sign or remove embankment to improve visibility.

DES

ARTC and Forestry will work with Council to improve the sight distance for road vehicles.  Work being scheduled.  Joint project proposed for December 07. Now February 2008

JUNE  2007

5

NOM –  SF544

7/06/07

Review of Section 94 Plans for Macksville catchment to include an audit of public open space to ensure current and future demands are satisfied

 

GM

Recreation  and Community Facilities Contribution Plan due for Council's endorsement 25/05/2008

 

6

NOM  – SF544

7/06/07

Review of Section 94 Plans for Macksville include embellishment of existing public open space in South Macksville growth area for passive recreation and sporting fields

GM

Recreation and Community Facilities Contribution Plan due for Council's endorsement 25/05/2008

 

JULY  2007

7

SF276

19/07/07

Council consider an increase in the Youth Worker (Aboriginal) to a fulltime position at the September quarterly budget review

 

DEP

Position currently filled by casual employee to cover Holiday Program. Discussions yet to be held with funding authority regarding long term options

 

AUGUST 2007

8

SF822

2/08/07

That Council maintain the 750 km radius limit for existing employees and develop a new policy for new employees.

MHR

MCW

November 2007.

Review being undertaken of entire vehicle policy—Jan 08.

Manex has reviewed draft policy to be reported to February 2008.

 

9

SF699

2/08/07

Report on Town Services

MCW

 

September quarterly budget review to be considered in Works on 14 November 2007.

Defer to December after demo of “walk behind” vacuum/sweeper cleaner.

Report as part of Management Plan

 

10

QWN08

16/08/07

Policy – Rainwater tank rebates

DEP

Draft policy being prepared. Scheduling for Works by November 2007

See item in Business Paper

11

QWN13

16/08/07

Richards Rd intersection – squaring up

DES

Will form part of minor improvements program in second half of year.

 

12

QWN14

16/08/07

Walter Monro Place—gutter dropped

DES

Design in preparation

Grate and box drain proposed.  Design prepared.

 

13

SF394

16/08/07

That Council wait for a further 3 months before considering any further long term investments.

GM

Report to be provided in December 2007

Given volatility propose to report with Dec. quarterly review to Works on 20/2/08

 

SEPTEMBER 2007

14

SF640

20/09/07

That a purchasing policy be developed and sustainable choice purchasing clauses be included in the policy

DES

February 2008.

15

SF428

20/09/07

That Council vigorously pursue the exclusion of the Farmland Mapping from those areas already identified for rural residential development that are already fragmented or removed from primary production.  All affected property owners within the quota zoning to be directly notified.

 

DEP

Department of Planning advised by letter 12/10 that all previous 1(C) zoned land and land not identified as Class 1, 2 or 3 Agricultural Land within the "broken black line" in Council's LEP will be excluded from the farmland mapping project.  Six pockets still to be resolved. Which will be finalised after the Draft-Rural Residential Strategy is ratified by Council

 

OCTOBER 2007

16

QWN06

04/10/07

Thumb Creek vegetation removal near bridge

DES

To be listed

17

QWN19

04/10/07

Report on cost of repairing/replacing microfiche reader at Macksville library

DEP

Microfiche repairable and will be undertaken in next few weeks

 

18

QWN 23

18/10/07

DA extension for Woolworths, Macksville

DEP

Council resolved to engage an independent consultant to assess the economic impact of the proposed development. Consultant commenced assessment with a site meeting and visit on Thursday 3 January 2008.

 

19

SF871

18/10/07

That consideration of funding upgrade works for the halls referred to in recommendation 6 (That further consultation be undertake with the committees of management of the Argents Hill, Burrapine, Pioneer Community Centre, Valla Beach Community centre, Tewinga and Warrell Creek halls to ascertain the need for POPE approvals for the individual buildings and look at options for funding and completing works to enable POPE approvals to be issued for these halls) be considered in a further report following the need for POPE approvals and funding options being discussed with the committees of management.

 

GM

February 2008

NOVEMBER 2007

20

QWN 3

01/11/07

Gordon Park—Boat Ramp filling with sand

DES

Awaiting Fisheries approval

 

1

QWN 7

 01/11/07

Skills Centre—update to be sought from Department

GM

Still awaiting determination 

22

QWN 12

01/11/07

Charlton St Nambucca Heads—rippling hotmix

DES

Contractor to replace

23

SF653

01/11/07

That the report come back without gobbledygook, and address cost implications for the whole Shire for one year; reassessing the period the cambium is active after slashing.

 

DES

MCW and Weeds Officer to review report.  To be reported in March

24

SF207

01/11/07

Bowraville treatment plant—further report on quality of effluent reuse water and impact

 

DES

MW&S to report. Dept of Primary Industries to provide report. Report to Council 20 January.

 

25

SF452

01/11/07

Council investigate a common fee for inert waste

DES

To be considered in fees and charges for 08/09.

26

QWN01

15/11/07

Clayholes Road--Potholes

DES

Grading will be undertaken with normal program. in December 2007. Only first section needs grading.

 

27

24200/2007

15/11/07

Notice of Motion—Council seek grant funding to install air conditioning Macksville High School Stadium

GM

Letter sent to Minister for Education on 14/12/07

28

23465/2007

15/11/07

Buz Brazel Park—Council to seek approval from Northern Rivers CMA to undertake some clearing for a relocated sports field

DES

Application in hand

Application forwarded.

29

24386/2007

15/11/07

Council review policy on Appointment of Senior Staff

MHR

February 2008

30

24376/2007

15/11/07

Acquisition of section of laneway owned by Mr George Saloum

DES

In hand

31

24406/2007

15/11/07

Engagement of consultant to investigate energy costs in hydro therapy pool; negotiations with lessee; follow up of lease conditions.  Further report on lease agreement and legal advice.  All leases to be brought up to date and reported to Council.

MBD

February 2008

DECEMBER 2007

32

SF853

06/12/07

That at each budget review, Councillors be provided with a general overview of the status of road, bridge and roadside veg maintenance for previous 3 months

DES

Listed 20/12.  next meeting scheduled an hour before 21 February Council meeting.

 

33

SF1011

06/12/07

Report on capital works program which includes June quarter and September quarter.  To consider overall achievement of last year’s program; any reason for variance and implications for current program.

DES

Listed 20/12.  next meeting scheduled an hour before 21 February Council meeting.

 

34

SF639

06/12/07

That the skill levels of Council’s outdoor workforce be the subject of a further report.

MHR

April 2008

35

SF791

06/12/07

Council apply to Minister and Governor to compulsory acquire certain lands from State Forests NSW following advice on a deed of agreement.

GM

Planning Manager for Forests NSW contacted on 10/12/07.  Letter seeking confirmation of arrangements sent 12/12/07.  Follow-up letter sent 7/1/08

 

36

SF791

06/12/07

Land Development Working Party meet bi-monthly and that the Committee meet before the next Council meeting on 20/12/07.

MBD

Agenda prepared for 20/12/07

56

SF623

6/12/07

Council investigate opportunities for funding under Round 3 of the Bush Recovery Program for Farringdon Fields and Buz Brazel Park.  Council encourage community to apply via media release.

DEP

Advertisement placed in Guardian News on Thursday 13 December 2007. Email sent to relevant Council Officers informing of funding opportunities.

 

37

QWN12

6/12/07

Vandals have burnt holes in the sails outside the library.

MCW

Manufacturer to repair

38

QWN16

6/12/07

Repair of turnaround in West Street

MCW

Pothole repairs being arranged

 

39

QWN23

20/12/07

Environmental Compliance/Environmental Management System Manual – Shire Works Depot Policy (030-031) to be reviewed.  This policy requires a number of actions to be undertaken by Council in line with its approved Environmental Management System Manual for the Shire Depot.  The actions are listed in table 3 of the Environmental Compliance Audit Report (Jelliffe 1996).  What progress has been made on these specific actions?

 

DES/MCW

Report to Council in January

40

SF450

20/12/07

Coffs Coast Waste

DES

Report justifying this expenditure comes back

to Council before a commitment is made for the next financial year.

Coffs Harbour City

Council advised of this requirement.

 

41

SF1044

27279/

2007

 

20/12/07

Community Satisfaction Survey

Report on the incorporation of the survey findings with a Management Plan which integrates all of Council's reporting obligations.

 

That Council acknowledge the very positive feedback regarding staff performance in particular front counter staff and they be thanked for their commitment to good service.

 

GM

There is a report on management planning and reporting to Council's meeting 17 January 2008

 

 

Memo issued to relevant staff

 

42

27296/

2007

20/12/07

Draft Tourism Strategy

That following the public exhibition a further report be submitted to Council

 

GM

Report March 2008

43

QWN28

20/12/07

LGSA's sustainable Choices website – no mention of NSC as member

 

DES

MCW to investigate

44

QWN29

20/12/07

Vandalism Flier in NSC foyer needs updating

DEPDES

Reviewed and updated

 

45

QWN31

20/12/07

Webcam in Bowraville – investigate the requirements for public consultation and the legality of installing

 

GM

Report February 2008

46

QWN32

20/12/07

Council Newsletter

DES

A wider range of information is to be provided in a newsletter to be distributed with the rates instalment to be issued on 31 Jan 2008

 

47

QWN36

20/12/07

Stuart Island causeway – "Danger" signs

DES

Signs erected before Christmas

 

48

QWN38

20/12/07

Bowraville approach to Wilson Rd - deterioration

DES

Pothole repaired. Re-levelling on both sides necessary in the future to compensate for settling.

 

49

QWN39

20/12/07

Northern approach to Macksville Bridge – deterioration

 

DES

RTA to repair

50

SF841

20/12/07

Impact of preferred highway route on rural residential subdivision—consultants for rural residential release strategy to be asked to make specific comment on the impact of the preferred alignment on rural residential releases

 

DEP

A copy of Council’s resolution regarding the ‘impact of preferred highway route on rural residential subdivision’ was referred to the consultants with advice to address this matter in the rural residential strategy. The draft strategy will be referred to the Reference Group for their consideration on 30 January 2008.

 

51

QWN22

20/12/07

That Council recommence the reviewing of Council policies at the first works inspection in January 08—and then monthly

 

GM

Commenced.

52

SF1027

20/12/07

Council defer drawing down the $315,000 loan for the netball courts until later in financial year to allow an assessment of available working capital.

GM

Report to 20 February 2008 Works

No tenders accepted. Soil testing underway.  Grant advice in Feb 08 with selective tender to follow grant notice.

.

53

SF1074

20/12/07

Draft workplace equity and diversity strategy to be submitted to ACAC, Community Services C'tee and Consultative C'tee for comment prior to determination by Council

 

GM

Report to Council March 2008.  Now deferred to April 08.

54

SF225

20/12/07

A report on delivering companion animals and enforcement activities

GM

Report to Council 17 January 2008

 

55

SF844

20/12/07

Revise budget for off stream water storage to be assessed for impact on water rates prior to being approved by Council

DES

This will be reported to the next Steering Committee Meeting by the Dept of Commerce.

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.3      SF708         170108         Grant Applications Status Report

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager          

 

Summary:

 

At Council’s meeting on 7 December 2006 it was resolved that there be a quarterly return submitted to Council on grant programs.  The following table provides a report on grant programs which Council has been made aware of; their closing date; consultation with community groups; their current status and eventual determination by the funding body.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the list of grant programs and their status be received

 

 

 

 

Grant Program

Action

 

Status

1

"Community Water Grants" 

Applications for Round 3 are now open for these Australian Government Grants offered by the Australian Government Water Fund.  Grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects that involve the community and have clear public benefits. If special eligibility criteria are met then larger grants between $100,000 and $250,000 may be received.  Registrations close 22/6/07.  Applications close 4/7/07.Details at www.australia.gov.au/communitywatergrants

 

GM

Funding not available for a rainwater tank rebate (devolved grants not allowed).   However 2 funding applications lodged for a grant of $50,000 towards the provision of rainwater tank storage at the Works Depot and a further grant of $50,000 towards stormwater harvesting and treatment at the Works Depot.  Both proposals have been previously identified in the planned upgrade of the Works Depot.

Council advised by Minister on 2/11 that we have been awarded $45,454.55 (GST exc) grant funding.

 

Further information sought July 2007 for the rainwater tanks.

 

2

Coastal and Estuary Management Funding Program through the Department of Environment and Climate Change.

DEP

$120,000 $ for $ funding proposal for the Preparation of a Masterplan for the northern bank of the Nambucca River from the river mouth to Teagues Creek.  Council approved application to be lodged at 7 June 2007 meeting.  Approved, see report to Council 17 Jan 2008.

 

3

River Reach Program

DEP

Council's Environmental Compliance Officer has assisted the "Green Team" with the  preparation of an application for the Nambucca River bank from the walk bridge over Newee Creek to the northern junction of Nursery Road and the Pacific Highway.  Application refused.

Subsequent application submitted by Green Team successful $30,000 grant.  Council signed off as a landowner/trustee.  In kind contribution only required of Council.


 

 

Grant Program

Action

 

Status

4

Regional Sports Facility Program

DES

Expression of interest for Macksville Park new netball courts

Grant………$175,000

Council        $175,000

                    $350,000

Eligibility assessment—Aug 2007

Regional assessment—Sept 2007

Call for detailed applic—Nov 2007

Announced—January 2008

Revised announcement—February 2008  

 

 

5

Sports & Recreation Capital Assistance Program

MCW

Application for playground equipment and softfall for Richardson Park

Grant             $4,675

Council          $4,675

                      $9,350

 

Eligibility Assess             August 2007

Notification of ineligible   September 2007

Announced                      December 2007

Revised announcement—February 2008  

 

6

Sport & Recreation Capital Assistance Program

MCW

Application for Donnelly Welsh Fencing

Grant             $2,750

Council          $2,750

                      $5,500

 

Eligibility Assess            August 2007

Notification of ineligible  September 2007

Announced                     December 007

Revised announcement—February 2008  

 

7

Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) (NSW Ministry of Transport)

DES

Application for the installation of solar powered lighting systems for bus shelters in four locations:  Macksville Post Office; Bowra St Nambucca Heads; Mann St Nambucca Heads; Valla Beach Bus Bay.

Grant………..$20,364

Council……   $nil      

 


                      $20,364

 

Assessment          August-September 07

Approval/Advice…October 2007

 

8

Department of Environment and Climate Change

DES

Estuary Management Program

Continuation of the riverbank protection program east of Macksville Bridge

Grant……… .$  50,000

Council……. .$  50,000

                      $100,000

 

Assessment          August/September

Approval                Unknown

Funding now approved.


 

9

Department of Planning—Round 5 Planning Reform Funding

DEP

Nambucca Shire Comprehensive LEP 2008 – Mapping Project.

Funding to assist with the preparation and printing of the maps required for the new comprehensive 2008 LEP.

Assist with the implementation of the new ESRIE GIS system to enable the preparation of the new maps for the 2008 LEP

Grant               $64,000

Council     $20,000 (Identified in the                                                                                        07/08 Strat Planning Budget

Total                 $84,750

Application submitted: 2 September 2007 Closing date:  2 October 2007

No announcement as yet.

 

10

Growing Regions Program—Minister Vaile's announcement of the new $200m over 4 years.

(This is in addition to Regional Partnerships and Sustainable Regions money)

GM

To assist regions address the effects of rapid growth, structural change, population migration & population ageing. Will address projects requiring $1m to $3m in support from the Fed Govt and require matching funding from State Govt.

 

No application or further details available to date. Kay Cooper from DOTARS will keep us informed.

 

With a new Government it is likely that this program will proceed—No advice as yet.

 

11

Small Grants for Small Rural Australian Communities

There are two rounds of Small Grants per year. Closing dates are 31 March and 30 September 2007 and 2008

 

MS

A program of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal closes on 30th March and 30th September 2008. 

(Warrell Creek Hall Committee of Management lodged an application on 21 September 2007.)

Information regarding the next round for 2008 has been sent to all Section 355 Hall Committees, the Museums, the Macksville Gift Secretary, placed on Council's website and in the Councillors Newsletter 30 October 2007.

 

Letter sent to all Section 355 Hall Committees of Mgt on 30 October 2007.

 


 

12

Local Adaptation Pathways Program

The Federal Government has announced the "Local Adaptation Pathways Program" to provide funding to help local government build their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.  The Australian Government will provide up to $50,000 to held councils undertake risk assessment and develop action plans to prepare for the likely local impacts of climate change.  The deadline for applications is 3 December.  As at 9 October, application forms were still not available.

 

GM

Application lodged.

 

13

2007 Bush Recovery Program Funding—Round 3

DEP

DES

See report in business paper 6/12/2007

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.4      SF860         170108         North Coast Area Health Service Business Plan - Public Participation

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Monika Schuhmacher, Executive Assistant          

 

Summary:

 

This report refers to ongoing communication with Mr Chris Crawford, CEO, North Coast Area Health Service regarding—firstly, the lack of consultation with Council regarding the NCAHS' Business Plan—and secondly, then non mention of the Macksville Health Campus (ie Macksville Hospital) in the Business Plan.

 

In a letter to Council dated 14 December 2007, Mr Crawford states the in relation to ongoing Community Participation in the Health and input into health planning, the NSW Government appointed an Area Health Advisory Council (AHAC) consisting of a mix of both Community and Clinical representatives in September 2005.

 

Mr Crawford concludes by stating that the Nambucca area is covered by the Coffs Clarence Network and this Network has a Health Participation Forum of 12 members and on which there is a current vacancy and the Forum would welcome applications from community members in the Shire.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council note the information from Mr Chris Crawford, CEO North Coast Area Health Service in relation to their business plan.

 

2        That Council consider making a nomination to participate on the Area Health Advisory Council (AHAC).

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council may choose not to nominate a representative for the Area Health Advisory Council.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

This report refers to ongoing communication with Mr Chris Crawford, CEO, North Coast Area Health Service regarding—firstly, the lack of consultation with Council regarding the NCAHS' Business Plan—and secondly, then non mention of the Macksville Health Campus (ie Macksville Hospital) in the Business Plan.

 

In a letter to Council dated 14 December 2007, Mr Crawford states in relation to ongoing Community Participation in health planning, the NSW Government appointed an Area Health Advisory Council (AHAC) consisting of a mix of both Community and Clinical representatives in September 2005.

 

Mr Crawford reports that feedback was sought from the AHAC in the development of a broad NCAHS Business Plan.  The Business Plan 2007-2008 is an internal document clearly linked to the NSW State Plan and State Health Plan with extensive consultation occurring during the development of these State Plans.  Extensive public communication was undertaken by the NCAHS in relation to its Health Care Services Plan and Workforce Development Plan.

 

It is reported that the AHAC holds eight meetings per year including visits to a number of communities and the conduct of community meetings and undertaking tours of local facilities. 

 

The ACAH plans to conduct a community meeting in Macksville on 9 May 2008 (a local community meeting was conducted in Bowraville in 2006 which included a tour of the Macksville Hospital Emergency Department extensions).

 

Mr Crawford concludes by stating that the Nambucca area is covered by the Coffs Clarence Network and this Network has a Health Participation Forum of 12 members and on which there is a current vacancy and the Forum would welcome applications from community members in the Shire.

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been no additional discussion regarding this report.

 

However, the website www.ncahs.nsw.gov.au/participation/ provides a variety of information including how the community can become involved in health planning.

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

This report has no impact on the environment.

 

Social

The community needs to be actively involved in health planning and negative social implications may be perceived if the consultation processes are not transparent and effective.

 

Economic

There is no economic impact resulting from this report.

 

Risk

No risk is involved.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

There are no financial implications either direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets or source of fund and any variance to working funds.

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.5      SF44           170108         National General Assembly of Local Government--Darwin 26-29 November 2007--Mayor's Report

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     George Hicks, Mayor          

 

REPORT:

 

A Climate For Change

 

At the 14th National General Assembly, as part of his opening address, the new President, Cr Paul Bell, stated that the ALGA is ready and able to work closely with the new Federal Government.

 

Under the banner of the Assembly theme "A Climate for Change" a broad range of issues impacting on Local Government were explored under three headings: Political Climate; Financial Climate; and Natural Climate.

 

Cr Bell stated the top priorities include the implementation of a four year $250 million per annum Local Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund—advancing the long-held ambition for Constitutional Recognition and fighting for fair funding and a portion of direct taxation revenue ( minimum of 2%).  With assets of $183 billion we are high players, nationally. 

 

Local Government with a $14.5 billion infrastructure backlog has to be directed to the front of the decision makers' minds.

 

Cr Bell said that the ALGA Board will convene a Constitutional Forum in 12 months time, in place of the 2008 National General Assembly, in Canberra.

 

Constitutional Law expert, Prof Cheryl Saunders from the Melbourne University of Law School, addressed the Assembly on developing a framework to progress this issue. 

 

Local Government needs a strategic direction on what form, when and how Constitutional Recognition may be achieved.  Local Government must consider the risk that recognition could well be won but then nothing really changes.  Given this, Local Government's agendas in terms of its values and ideas needs to be set—and very soon.

 

Australian of the Year, Scientist, Explorer and National Spokesperson on climate change, Prof Lim Flannery said that Australia is wealthy in alternative energy sources and that many new enterprises will start small and then grow in local areas.

 

Air pollution leading to climate change is a global problem.  To a large extent our atmosphere is taken for granted, in mass our atmosphere is one five hundredth the size of our oceans.  The oceans are large enough to be forgiving of human activity but not so our atmosphere—there is a critical balance between life and our atmosphere.  If we change the atmosphere, we change life on this planet.

 

Since late 1980, the recognition of the effects of greenhouse gases particularly carbon dioxide (CO2) saw Scientists warning that an increase in these gases to 450 parts per million would lead to dangerous climate change.

 

At the start of the industrial revolution this level was 300 parts per million.  However by mid 2005 we had already crossed over into the dangerous level reaching 455 parts per million.

 

We must reduce our CO2 levels to ensure our future.  By 2050 emission reduction needs to be 80% and 40 years is not a long time to achieve this!

 

A carbon free economy cannot burn coal or natural gas.  We need to be using alternatives now.

 

Local Government has an integral part to play in meeting this challenge.  The community looks you (Council) for leadership because you are the closest to them and able to take on this vital role.

 

The Assembly dealt with 68 motions which will have an important role in the future of Local Government throughout the Nation.

 

It was a great conference with the most debate on motions and amendments I have seen.  I thank Council for the opportunity to attend.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That this report be noted.

 

2        That Council be represented at the Constitutional Forum in Canberra in 2008.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

·     Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets—the total cost on this occasion was $1765.00.

 

 

·     Source of fund and any variance to working funds—attendance at this Assembly (including registration, airfares and accommodation) was budgeted from Councillor Expenses. 

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.6      SF939         170108         Management Planning - Integrated Planning and Reporting

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager          

 

Summary:

 

It is proposed that Council proceed to adopt what is considered “best practice” planning and reporting being the “Option 3” model as set out by the Department of Local Government.  Further it is proposed that Council complete an overarching 20 year Community Strategic Plan from existing strategic planning work undertaken by both Council and the NSW Government.  This would be considered and placed on public exhibition as part of the 2008/2009 Management Plan.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council adopt a planning and reporting framework based on the “Option 3” model as set out in the Department of Local Government’s circular 07-28.

 

2        That Council proceed to prepare a 20 year Community Strategic Plan to be considered with the 2008/2009 Management Plan.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are obviously many options which Council could choose from ranging from making no changes to its planning and reporting processes to variations on the Option 3 model or adopting other models.  There is a discussion of different models in the options paper prepared by the NSW Department of Local Government in November 2006, titled “Planning a Sustainable Future”.

 

Council could also await the recommendations of the recent Promoting Better Practice Review conducted by Mr Ian Melville.  However this is unlikely to provide sufficient time for the preparation of a Community Strategic Plan to be considered with the 2008/2009 Management Plan.  It is difficult to conceive that the recommendation could be contrary to any of the findings by Mr Melville.  On the contrary, improved management planning and reporting is likely to figure in his recommendations.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

One of the recurrent themes emerging from investigations by the NSW Department of Local Government is that Councils need to develop a stronger strategic focus.

 

Councillors may recall that shortly after commencing my employment with Council I provided a power point presentation regarding Council’s strategic direction.  The second slide concerned the content of a strategic plan to direct Council’s endeavours with the following questions being posed:

 

       Is there a single strategic plan which answers the question, “where do we want to be in 20-25 years time?”

       Does the strategic plan integrate land use planning, infrastructure, asset management and finance?

       Does the strategic plan integrate with reporting requirements eg Management Plan, Annual Report, Social Plan, State of the Environment?

 

In recent years there has been considerable work undertaken across all Departments of Council to provide answers to the important question of, “where do we want to be in 20-25 years time”.

 

This work includes the Structure Plan; Development Control Plan No. 3; the Nambucca Economic Development Plan; Estuary Management Plan; 5 year Financial Strategy for Asset Management; the Off Stream Water Storage; Sewage Treatment Plant upgrades; the Coffs Coast Waste Agreement and more recently the draft Tourism Strategy; Community Satisfaction Survey and the soon to be delivered Rural Residential Strategy.  This is a large body of work tackling the big and difficult issues which Councillors and current and previous management and staff can be justly proud of delivering.

 

Further definition of the question of “where do we want to be in 20-25 years” is provided by the recent endeavours of the NSW Government in providing a State Plan and the draft Mid North Coast Regional Planning Strategy.

 

Council at its Works Inspection Committee on 19 December 2007 considered the community satisfaction survey and resolved on 20 December 2007 that the General Manager prepare a report on incorporation of the survey findings with a management plan which integrates all of Council’s reporting obligations.

 

Also during the week commencing 17 December, Council was the subject of a Promoting Better Practice Review conducted by Mr Ian Melville of the State Government’s Internal Audit Bureau on behalf of the Department of Local Government.  Whilst Mr Melville’s report is yet to be completed and forwarded to Council for comment, it is certain that he will be making recommendations in relation to Council’s Management Plan in terms of current best practice.  His recommendations will also be important in identifying actions, particularly in the short and medium terms.

 

In 2007, the NSW Department of Local Government conducted a number of regional workshops to consider new integrated planning and reporting proposals within the wider context of local government reform.  These workshops gave conditional support for a planning and reporting framework previously identified as the “Option 3” model.  The “Option 3” model would be regarded as current “best practice” and its major elements are already being applied by some Councils, most notably Bega Valley Shire Council. 

 

Ultimately it is anticipated that this planning and reporting framework will find its way into legislation but there remains a number of issues to be resolved which are detailed in the Department’s Circular No. 07-28 of 6 July 2007.  Pending legislative changes it will still be necessary for Council to prepare a separate social plan and state of the environment report.

 

 

Bega Valley Shire Council applies the major elements of the above model with the Strategic Plan (long term vision) covering 20 years; the Delivery Program (medium term strategy) covering 4 years; and the Operational Plan (short term action) being the yearly operational plan.  In the Bega Valley model, each of these three tiers is linked through the use of common themes relating to community, culture, economy, environment and infrastructure.

 

Bega Valley Shire Council acknowledges that 20 year plans are based on the knowledge, policies and attitudes of the time in which they are prepared and that inevitably these components change over time.  For this reason the plan is subject to a regular, four yearly review to ensure it remains topical and relevant.  Their 4 year delivery program was adopted in 2004 to align with the local government election cycle.

 

Given the resources available at Nambucca Shire Council; the major strategies which have been completed by Council and the State Government in recent years; and the stage of the election cycle, it is recommended that Council adopt the “option 3” model for planning and reporting and proceed to prepare a 20 year Community Strategic Plan for consideration with the Management Plan for 2008/2009.  Once this major strategic plan is in place, Council can then work down through the more detailed medium and short term plans in subsequent financial years.

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been discussion about Council’s management plan and annual report with Mr Ian Melville of the Internal Audit Bureau.  There has been discussion with staff of the Department of Local Government as to which Councils are considered to be providing “best practice” in terms of strategic planning and reporting.

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

Having a properly linked planning and reporting process which responds to all sustainability issues is necessary to ensure that the community (existing and future), investors and Council have a clear vision for the future of the area and the means by which that vision will be delivered.  The recent community satisfaction survey indicates how important the maintenance of the valley’s environment is.

 

Social

The Community Strategic Plan will be important in identifying and responding to important social issues such as the ageing of the population; improving the participation of indigenous and cultural minorities in the economy and increasing the retention of the area’s youth.

 

Economic

The Community Strategic Plan will be an important document for new investors setting out Council’s direction and expectations for the future.

 

Risk

With long term strategic planning there are obviously many variables outside of Council’s control which will impact on the delivery of the outcomes.  These variables need to be acknowledged and some care needs to be taken in the use of language to ensure that any person acting on the anticipated outcomes is properly appraised of these variables and risks.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

·     Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

It is proposed that the Community Strategic Plan be prepared “in house” using existing staff resources.  As a consequence there is no impact on current and future budgets.

 

·     Source of fund and any variance to working funds

There is no additional funding required.

 

 

Attachments:

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.7      SF939         170108         Management Plan - Vision/Mission Statement

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager; Craig Doolan, Manager Financial Services          

 

Summary:

 

Council required to review the Vision, Mission Statements as part of the yearly Management Plan process.

 

Draft Vision, Mission Statements have been reviewed by senior management and responsible officers for Council’s consideration.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the Vision and Mission Statements for the 2008/2013 Draft Management Plan.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council reviews its Vision and Mission Statements yearly as part of the Management Plan process.

 

Council’s General Manager and Senior Staff have analysed these statements taking into account Council’s recent Customer Satisfaction Survey and focusing on strategic intent.

 

The draft 2008/13 statements are as follows:

 

VISION

 

A Viable and Sustainable Future

 

MISSION

 

A commitment to providing the highest quality services and facilities to the community through:

o  Effective Leadership

o  Strategic Planning

o  Responsible Management of Infrastructure and Assets

o  Community Involvement through Partnership with Council

o  Enhancement and Protection of the Environment

o  Promotion of economic development to maximise business and employment opportunities

o  Development of facilities and services to meet Social and Cultural needs of the Community

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.8      SF394         170108         Report on Investments

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Matthew Vinen, Accountant          

 

Summary:

 

Interest earned on investments year to date to 31 December 2007 is $154,898.69. December saw managed funds return to a more stable environment and provide positive results while the decision to invest in term deposits has also provided stability to the investment portfolio.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Manager Financial Services’ Report on Investments placed to 31 December 2007 be noted.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

This report is for information only.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

This report details all the investments placed during December and Council funds invested as at 31 December 2007.

 

I certify that the investments listed within the report have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (as amended), the Regulations and Council Policy 1.9 – Investment of Surplus Funds

 

 

C P Doolan

Responsible Accounting Officer

 

1        Investments Placed 1 to 31 December 2007

 

Date

 Amount

Period (Days)

Quotes

%

Accepted

 

04/12/07

$813,502.25

121

LGFS

7.36%

 

LGFS

 

Rollover LGFS

CBA

7.13%

NAB

7.24%

 

Date

 Amount

Period (Days)

Quotes

%

Accepted

 

13/12/07

$1,500,000.00

183

St George

7.24%

NAB

New Investment

CBA

7.20%

NAB

7.43%

 

Date

 Amount

Period (Days)

Quotes

%

Accepted

 

21/12/07

$2,000,000.00

90

Macquarie

7.50%

Macquarie

New Investment

Bankwest

7.40%

NAB

7.31%

 

 

2        Investments Matured & Interest Earned 1 to 31 December 2007

 

Term Deposits / Bank Bills

 

Institution

Amount

Period

(Days)

Rate %

Interest Earned

LGFS

$795,450.54

124

6.68%

$18,051.71

 

Managed Funds (medium term funds up to 5 years)

 

Institution

Amount

Period

(Days)

Performance for Month %

Interest Earned for Month

Annualised Performance FYTD

Interest Earned FYTD

Aberdeen

$5,402,969.36

31

0.32%

$17,230.96

3.29%

$89,383.85

Blackrock

$4,478,325.71

31

0.54%

$24,089.80

-2.64%

-$59,274.47

Macquarie Income Plus

$4,515,428.84

31

0.38%

$17,052.90

3.49%

$82,975.16

Perpetual Enhanced Cash

$886,521.71

14

0.29%

$2,596.42

2.62%

$18,127.12

Perpetual Income Fund

$1,192,485.07

14

0.23%

$2,694.68

-6.49%

-$36,163.34

 

Long Term Funds (greater than 5 years)

 

Institution

Amount

Period

(Days)

Performance for Month %

Monthly change in Net Asset Value

LTD change in Net Asset Value

Interest coupons paid to date

NSW Treasury Corp

$998,752.82

31

-0.34%

-$3,442.00

-$7,650.96

N/A

Longreach 2-2007*

$919,860.00

31

-1.17%

-$10,780.00

-$90,920.00

$13,869.86

Longreach Series 26*

$484,750.00

31

-7.55%

-$36,600.00

-$51,850.00

$17,500.00

ANZ Averon II*

$449,995.00

31

-0.67%

-$3,020.00

-$53,025.00

$16,696.60

 

*Investments are capital Guaranteed on Maturity

Longreach Investments pay an interest coupon bi-annually during the life of the investment

ANZ Averon II pays an interest coupon quarterly during the life of the investment

         

Council received coupon payments for both of the Longreach investments and the ANZ investment during December. These coupons are paid in December and June for the Longreach Investments while the ANZ investment pays its coupons quarterly. Longreach 2-2007 pays a 2% coupon while Longreach Series 26 pays a 7% coupon. ANZ Averon II pays a variable coupon, with this December coupon being approx. 8%. While the net asset value has been declining over the short term for these investments all are capital guaranteed on maturity and Council is still provided with an income stream via the coupon payments.

 

As reported last month Council has withdrawn from the two Perpetual Managed Funds that it held. These funds have now been placed in a term deposit with Macquarie Bank for 90 days. Council has also placed a term deposit with National Australia Bank for $1.5m. The portfolio now has 30% invested in term deposits and this will provide some stability to investment returns during this time of instability in worldwide markets.

Managed funds have returned positive results and are expected to provide more stable returns for the remainder of the financial year following the unprecedented losses suffered in November.

 

Council officers are currently reviewing total return on investments and will report the variance required with the December Budget Review.

 

3        Investments held at 31 December 2007 

 

Institution

Amount

Period

Maturity Date

BCCU

$573,246.03

184

14/02/08

LGFS

$813,502.25

121

03/04/08

Bankwest

$762,760.27

180

13/05/08

IMB

$506,075.62

90

05/02/08

Bankwest

$1,000,000.00

365

04/09/08

National Aust Bank

$1,500,000.00

183

13/06/08

Macquarie Bank

$2,000,000.00

90

20/03/08

Aberdeen

$5,420,200.32

N/A

N/A

Blackrock

$4,502,415.51

N/A

N/A

Macquarie Income Plus

$4,532,481.74

N/A

N/A

NSW Treasury Corp

$995,310.82

N/A

N/A

Longreach 2-2007

$909,080.00

5 Years

16/05/2012

Longreach Series 26

$448,150.00

7 Years

7/06/2014

Averon II

$446,975.00

7 Years

24/07/2014

TOTAL

$24,410,197.56

 

 

 

4        Interest Earned on Investments:  December 2007

 

Total

Interest earned to date

$90,249.91

Plus

Interest due on maturity of Term Deposits

$64,648.78

Interest earned to 31/12/07

$154,898.69

Life to date losses to be repaid at maturity on capital protected Investments

$195,795.00

Amount of interest expected from all funds and reserves as per adopted Budget.

$1,525,700.00

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Grove Research and Advisory

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Not applicable.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

A variance for interest on investments will be included with the December Budget Review. At this time Council officers will be more aware of the total impact that the investment market volatility has had on the budget to date.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

  


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.1      SF619         170108         Notice and Orders Report December 2007

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Barbara Sadler, Executive Assistant          

 

Summary:

 

The following Notices and Orders were issued from December 2007.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Notices and Orders issued by Council for December 2007 be received and noted by Council.

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

DATE OF
ORDER

NOTICE or
ORDER

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Lot 17 DP 244318, 25 Piggott Street, Nambucca Heads

5.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 5, DP 409506, 6142 Pacific Highway, Nambucca Heads

7.12.07

Order

Untidy Premises -fence or screen to be constructed

Lot 6 DP 236701, 46 Wall Street, Macksville

10.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 47 DP 805577, 35 Kuta Avenue, Valla Beach

12.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 42 DP 805577, 46 Kuta Avenue, Valla Beach

12.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 29 DP 43807, 2 Wentworth-Smith Street, Valla Beach

12.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 41 DP 255481, 24 Hibiscus Drive, Valla Beach

12.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 21 DP 248782, 21 Pelican Crescent, Nambucca Heads

12.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 8 DP 1033603, 1 Seabreeze Place, Scotts Head

14.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 1 DP 1033603,1 Ocean Ridge Drive, Scotts Head

14.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 27 DP 245574, 17 Waugh Avenue, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 34 DP 1049360, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 33 DP 1049360, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 32 DP 1049360, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 22 DP 1049360, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 15 DP 1049360, Charles Place, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 62 DP 1058432, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 14 DP 1049360, Charles Place, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 23 DP 816018, 23 Kimberley Grove, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 61 DP 1058432, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 6 DP 1049360, Florence Wilmont Drive, Nambucca Heads

21.12.07

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 8 DP 6379, 30 Main Street, Eungai Creek

4.01.08

Notice

Overgrown

Lot 8 DP 6379, 30 Main Street, Eungai Creek

4.01.08

Notice

Clean up unsightly yard

 

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.2      SF285         170108         Community Services Committee Meeting Minutes 11 December 2008 Report

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Coral Hutchinson, Manager Community and Cultural Services          

 

Summary:

 

Attached for Council’s endorsement is a copy of the minutes of the Nambucca Shire Council Community Services Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 11 December 2007.

 

There are 2 recommendations from the Minutes which are repeated below and brought to Council’s attention which are reflected in Recommendations 1 and 2 of this report:

 

ITEM 1 – CRIME PREVENTION PLAN

 

RECOMMENDATION: That on the motion of Angie Evans, seconded Kerrie Bowtell, Council enquire of the NSW Attorney General’s Department as to the progress of the draft Crime Prevention Plan.

 

ITEM 2 – NEW CSC SUB-COMMITTEE – NAMBUCCA VALLEY SKATER’S ASSOCIATION

 

RECOMMENDATION: That on the motion of Angie Evans, seconded Glenys Munro, the Community Services Committee accept the NVSA as a sub-committee in recognition of the need to give the NVSA representation at Council pending the outcomes of the proposed Coronation Park Development Application, noting that the arrangement would be consistent with the CSC’s role and appropriate as a short-term strategic direction; further that Council write to the NVSA to invite them to become a sub-committee with the letter to outline their obligations to Council and the CSC in terms of finances and reporting; and that should the NVSA accept their sub-committee status, the Association is to nominate a representative to become a member and attend meetings of the CSC.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That Council enquire of the NSW Attorney-General’s Department as to the progress of the draft Crime Prevention Plan.

 

2          That Council note that Community Services Committee accepts the NVSA as a sub-committee in recognition of the need to give the NVSA representation at Council pending the outcomes of the proposed Coronation Park Development Application, noting that the arrangement would be consistent with the CSC’s role and appropriate as a short-term strategic direction; further that Council write to the NVSA to invite them to become a sub-committee with the letter to outline their obligations to Council and the CSC in terms of finances and reporting; and that should the NVSA accept their sub-committee status, the Association is to nominate a representative to become a member and attend meetings of the CSC.

 

3          That the remaining minutes of the Nambucca Shire Council Community Services Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 be noted.

 

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1          Endorse the minutes

2          Not endorse the minutes

3          Endorse the minutes with amendments


DISCUSSION:

 

See attached minutes.

 

ITEM 1 – CRIME PREVENTION PLAN

 

Council’s draft Crime Prevention Plan was sent to the NSW Attorney General’s Department in February 2007. Processing of the plan by AG’s has experienced some delays due to the State election and changes in Ministers for Police and Community Services, changes to staffing at AGs and whilst Council’s role was clarified following a visit by the Crime Prevention Officers from the Police and Port Macquarie Hastings Council in June 2007.

 

Council awaits a formal response regarding the draft Plan.

 

ITEM 2 – NEW CSC SUB-COMMITTEE – NAMBUCCA VALLEY SKATER’S ASSOCIATION

 

This matter was brought before the Community Services Committee to seek the members’ views regarding Council’s decision (1 November 2007) to invite the Nambucca Valley Skaters Association to become a sub-committee of the Community Services Committee - pending their affiliation with Skaters Australia and the outcome of the DA for the skate park at Coronation Park site.

 

The Committee decided that it was an appropriate move to ensure that the NVSA continues to have representation at Council whilst a site for the skate park is being decided.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Director Environment and Planning

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Nil

 

Social

 

Nil

 

Economic

 

Nil

 

Risk Management

 

Nothing identified

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Nil

 

Attachments:

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Minutes of the Community Services Committee held 11 December 2007

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.3      SF428         170108         Farmland Mapping for Nambucca Shire - Request for Delay in Adoption

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Barbara Sadler, Executive Assistant          

 

Summary:

 

Further to Council’s report of 20 December 2007, Council has now received a response from the Minister for Planning, The Hon Frank Sartor, MP regarding Council’s request for a delay in the adoption of the farmland mapping for Nambucca Shire until Council and affected property owners have had an opportunity to make comment. Please see attached letter.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council note the response on behalf of the Minister for Planning, The Hon Frank Sartor, MP.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Nil

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council at its 4 October 2007 ordinary meeting requested a letter be written to the Ministers for Planning, Primary Industries, Environment and Climate Change and the Chair of the NRCMA requesting a delay in the adoption of the farmland mapping for Nambucca Shire until Council and affected property owners have had an opportunity to make comment.

 

The Minister for Planning confirmed that the written advice from the North Coast Regional office that the Farmland Mapping will not apply to areas which are zoned rural-residential under Nambucca LEP 1986 or which were not classified as Class 1, 2 or 3 under the previous agricultural classified maps, or which have already been developed.

 

The Minister indicates he plans to finalise the Farmland Mapping Project early in 2008 at the same time that the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy is finalised.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Ministers for Planning, Primary Industries, Environment and Climate Change and the NRCMA.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY:

 

Environmental

 

The report has no environmental impact.

 

Social

 

Nil

 

Economic

 

Nil

 


Risk

 

There is no risk with this report to Council.

 

 

FINANCIAL:

 

There is no financial impact for Council with this report.

 

 

Attachments:

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Letter from Minister for Planning - Farmland Mapping Project

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.4      SF631         170108         Funding Offers - Estuary Management Program - Department of Environment and Climate Change

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning; Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services          

 

Summary:

 

Council authorised two funding applications to be submitted under the DECC – Estuary Management Funding Program in the middle of last year for the preparation of a Master Plan for the Nambucca River from Teagues Creek to the V – Wall for $120,000 and for the continuation of the Riverbank Protection Project east of the Macksville Bridge for $50,000.

 

The Acting Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water Nathan Rees MP has formally advised that both of the above applications lodged by Council have been approved totaling $170,000.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council formally accept both grant offers totaling $170,000 from the Department of Environment and Climate Change under the Estuary Management Program and the Mayor and General Manager be authorised to complete and sign the funding agreements.

 

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council not accept the grants

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The funding approved for the continuation of the Nambucca River Bank Restoration project was previously submitted and endorsed by Council several years ago. This most recent funding of $50,000 is for Stage 3 which will matched by $50,000 from the approved Environmental Levy. This funding for Stage 3 will allow Council to extend the work already completed in River Street up to the Macksville Bridge. The project includes rock protection for the riverbank with improved facilities such as a concrete path and re-vegetation. This work had already been scheduled in and will be undertaken by Council’s staff during February and March 2008.

 

Council at its 7 June 2007 Ordinary meeting resolved to support the lodgement of a funding application under the Estuary Management Program 2007/08 on a $ for $ basis for the preparation of a Foreshore Master Plan from the River Mouth to Teagues Creek.

 

Council’s matching contribution was identified from the Environmental Levy and Stormwater Management Charge through the works that had already been identified and budgeted for, but yet to be undertaken. Effectively doubling the funds generated through both the Levy and the Charge which was always Council’s intention when the Levy and the Charge were introduced.

 

It is proposed that a Consultants Brief will be prepared for the Master Plan in conjunction with Council’s Nambucca River Estuary and Coast Line Management Committee to ensure that the Master Plan will address all the relevant issues/conflicts for the Northern and Western foreshore of the river from the river mouth down to and including Teagues Creek as well as the two lower river islands (Stuart Island and the sandy Inner Harbour Island).

 

The Master Plan process will involve considerable stakeholder input from private landowners to the many government agencies and community interest groups.

 

CONSULTATION:

 

This matter had previously been presented to Council and the relevant Council committees.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Both projects will provide opportunity for improved environmental management and projects within and adjacent to the Nambucca River in the identified areas.

 

Social

 

Riverbank stabilisation and the preparation of the Master Plan will provide considerable social benefits through improved access and utlisation of the river and foreshores.

 

Economic

 

The economic outcomes can only be seen as beneficial to both Council and the wider community through a co-ordinated and co-operative approach for better utlisation and access of the river and foreshore.

 

Risk

 

The restoration works address the physical risks associated with river bank collapse.

The Master Plan will identify the positive and negative risks through the process.

 

Declining the offer of grant funds will put a halt to the civil works proposed thereby leaving the river bank at risk of collapse.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Council’s contributions have been identified through the already approved Environmental Levy and Stormwater Management Charge effectively doubling the money allocated for identified works by Council.

 

Attachments:

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Advice from Mnister for Climate Change, Environment and Water

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.5      SF592         170108         Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy Report

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning          

 

Summary:

 

A Policy has been prepared to establish guidelines and principles for Council when considering requests for a rebate by landowners when they purchase and install a new rainwater tank after 30 June 2008.

 

The funds for the rebate scheme do not come available until 1 July 2008 in the expenditure program for the approved Environmental Levy. An amount of $20,000 will be available for the Rebate Scheme during 2008/09.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That Council adopt the Policy – “Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme” for the payment of rebates for the purchase and installation of new Rain Water Tanks within Nambucca Shire for commencement on 1 July 2008.

 

2          That the rebate for the installation of new rainwater tanks in accordance with the adopted Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy be a flat $150.

 

3          That once all the rebates are paid in the 2008/09 year no further rebates will be considered until the 2009/10 year.

 

4          That in the event that not all rebates are taken up in any one year the remaining funds be revoted to the following year whilst ever Council offers the Rebate Scheme.

 

5          That a simple application form be prepared for completion and submission when a rebate is sought.

 

6          That the Policy and Application Form be placed on Council’s Web site once completed.

 

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council could amend the Policy in a number of ways, however a Policy is required to ensure that guidelines are followed when requests are made for a rebate.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Nambucca Shire introduced a 4% across the board Environmental Levy in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 budgetary years. This generated just over $200,000 in 2003/04 with a rate pegging increase in the second year.

 

The extra funding enabled a number of environmental projects to proceed that had been held in abeyance for years due to a lack of funding. The last few years have seen an increase in the demand from the community and governments to improve and monitor water quality, undertake bushland regeneration, reduce water use, all of which add to the need for secure and dedicated funding.

 


For Council to continue the Environmental Levy after 2004/05 the Minister required Council to prepare a program for expenditure for five years 2005/06 to 2009/10. Within the five year program a “Rainwater Tank Subsidy” of $20,000 was identified for the three years 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10.

 

Council at its meetings of 18 January, 1 March and 6 September 2007, considered reports on the upgrade of the Macksville Works Depot. Part of the upgrade works included the purchase and installation of rainwater tanks to be used for road construction/maintenance purposes to reduce the amount of potable water used by water carts. As such the funds allocated for the current 2007/08 budget year were used for this water saving initiative as Council did not have a Policy in place for the Rebate/Subsidy scheme.

 

Therefore, $20,000 will become available on 1 July 2008 to enable the rebate scheme to commence.

 

In addition, the NSW Government has recently announced its own rebate scheme, which provides opportunities for landowners to seek a rebate from the Department of Environment and Climate Change as outlined below.

 

Tank(s) capacity litres

 

Department of Environment and Climate Change rebate

 

2,000 to 3,999

 

$ 150

 

4,000 to 6,999

 

$ 400

 

7,000 +

 

$ 500

 

 

The DECC scheme also provides opportunity for an increased rebate when a licensed plumber is engaged and connects the rainwater tank to a washing machine and/or toilet as outlined below:

 

 

State DECC

Connection to toilet (s)

State DECC

Connection to Washing machine (s)

 

$ 500

$500

 

As with this proposed Policy, the Government rebate is not available for tanks that are to be installed in order to comply with a BASIX certificate or tanks designed to capture storm water.

 

Encouraging landowners and occupiers to install and use collected rain water from rainwater tanks for non potable uses has a number of benefits to the landowner through a reduced reliance on a reticulated water supply, reduced water consumption charges and to a lesser degree a sense of self sufficiency. Similarly there are also benefits to Council through a reduced demand on the reticulated water supply, potential reduction in maintenance works and a reduced urgency on drought proofing the Shire.

 

However, Council’s water usage income stream will be reduced due to less consumption of potable water. To what extent this may be is yet to be determined.

 

Whilst Council’s Expenditure Schedule for the Environmental Levy identified the rebate as $200, it is recommended that the rebate be reduced to a flat $150 thereby affording 133 properties the opportunity to participate.

 

It is also recommended that once all 133 rebates are paid in the 2008/09 year no further rebates will be considered until the following year. Similarly, if the take up rate is not fully achieved for the year the remaining funds be re-voted to the following year.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

The Following staff have been consulted with the Draft Policy and report:

 

General Manager

Director Engineering Services

Manager Water and Sewerage

Manager Health and Building Services

Environmental Compliance Officer

Manager Finance

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are considerable environmental benefits with the introduction of this scheme where rainwater is harvested and used on the site at a later date. Energy reduction with the amount of Potable water being treated and pumped throughout the shire being reduced. Reduced demand on the extraction of ground water through the Bowraville bore fields.

 

Social

 

The rebate scheme offers social benefits encouraging individuals to contribute to better environmental management,” doing their bit” as it were.

 

Economic

 

Whilst the $150 rebate is not significant in itself, but coupled with the NSW State Government rebate scheme it significantly reduces the costs associated with the installation of a rainwater tank.

 

Risk

 

There are identified risks with using untreated rainwater for potable purposes. However if the NSW Health guidelines are followed these risks are reduced.

 

There may be a risk of increased neighbour dispute if the rainwater tank outlet/overflow is not correctly located or dealt with.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

There are no financial implication with the funding of the rebate scheme as it it identified and budgeted for through the environmental levy.

 

There is likely to be a reduced income through the water usage income stream due to reduced water consumption by those people installing rainwater tanks.

 

Attachments:

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Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.6      SF225         170108         Impounding Officer's Report December 2007

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Phillip Gall, Manager Health and Building          

 

Summary:

 

The following is the Impounding Officer’s report for December 2007.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the report from the Impounding Officer December 2007 be received and noted by Council.

 

 

 

Dogs

Total

Total

Seized

 

33

Returned to Owner

7

 

Impounded

26

 

Total Seized

33

33

Breakdown

Total

Total

Seized

 

33

From Previous Month

 

3

Stolen Dog Recovered

 

4

Released to Owner

1

 

Returned to Owner

7

 

Euthanized

16

 

Currently in Pound

9

 

Sold

2

 

Stolen from Pound

4

 

Died in Pound

1

 

Total in Pound

40

40

Dumped

6

 

Surrendered

1

 

 

Cats

Total

Total

Seized

 

22

Returned to Owner

0

 

Impounded

22

 

Total Seized

22

22

Breakdown

Total

Total

Seized

 

22

From Previous Month

 

0

Released to Owner

0

 

Returned to Owner

0

 

Euthanized

22

 

Currently in Pound

0

 

Sold

0

 

Stolen from Pound

0

 

Total in Pound

22

22

Dumped

11

 

Surrendered

5

 

 


 

Kilometres travelled

3,624

 

 

CSR’s Received & Responded To

35

 

 

Cattle

Breakdown

Total

Seized

 

0

Returned to Owner

0

 

Impounded

0

 

Total Seized

0

0

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

17 January 2008

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.7      SF691         170108         Development Application Statistics with Comparable Figures for July-December 2006 and July-December 2007

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Barbara Sadler, Executive Assistant          

 

Summary:

 

Development Application statistics for the financial year 2007-2008 compared with 2006-2007 are as follows.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That Council note development application statistics and processing times for July-December 2007 compared with July-December 2006.

 

2          That Council note development application statistics and processing times for the years 2002 to 2007.

 

3          That Council note the statistical breakdown of development applications thus far for the financial year 1 July 2007.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The figures show a 1.91% decrease in the number of DA’s received for July-December 2007 with construction costs increasing by 65.66% compared to the same period in 2006/2007. The total number of DA’s approved for the month of December was 16, plus 5 modified development consents issued.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION COSTS — DA’S AND COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT

July-December 2006

$13,073,790

July-December 2007

$38,076,379

 

DEVELOPMENT/COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

July-December 2006

160

July-December 2007

157

 

DEVELOPMENT/COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED & APPROVED FOR PREVIOUS MONTH (NOVEMBER 2007)

Received

Approved

24

29

 

DEVELOPMENT/COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED & APPROVED FOR THIS MONTH (DECEMBER 2007)

Received

Approved

20

16

 


 

TURNAROUND TIMES FOR DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS 2007

Month

Mean Time

Median

#Average age of DA’s (Days)

Average

Highest

Lowest

January

46.81

36

111.0

328

4

February

59.06

46

76.88

502

20

March

31.88

34

55.65

177

18

April

39.19

36

68.24

223

13

May

54.80

39

65.12

669

9

June

48.65

42

88.69

667

26

July

52.72

39

79.24

243

15

August

66.55

51

187.29

1537

21

September

61.65

52

79.75

264

22

October

57.74

40

82.91

596

20

November

72.25

47

222.41

11

1888

December

42.50

31

98.92

12

426

#Average age of DA’s

 

The average age of all DA’s for the month is derived from the total number of days from when the applications were lodged with Council until determined.

 

This average is provided for information as many applications required additional information by Council and/or other Government Agencies to enable them to be processed (ie Stop Clock applied).

 

 

 


 

 


 

YTD (December)

Drainage Diagrams

Section 149 Certs