NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

 

Acknowledgement of Country????????? ? (Mayor)

 

I would like to Acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land.? I would also like to pay respect to the elders both past and present and extend that respect to any Aboriginals present.

 

AGENDA?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Page

 

1??????? APOLOGIES

2??????? DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

3??????? General Manager Report

8.1???? Funding and Use of Reserves for the Council Chambers Upkeep, Self Insurance and Tourist Centre Upkeep

8.2???? New Warrell Creek National Park

4??????? Director Environment and Planning Report

9.1???? Report on Consolidated DCP

9.2???? Policy Review - Rainwater Tank Rebate

5??????? Director Engineering Services Report

10.1?? Policy Review - Street Lighting - Public Roads

10.2?? Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

10.3?? Policy Review - Access of Vehicles on Beaches

10.4?? Policy Review - Tree Vandalism

10.5?? Nambucca Heads Sewerage Treatment Plant Augmentation - On Site Inspection - 14 April 2010 ???

 

 

TIME

DESCRIPTION

Where

OS/CC

ITEM NO

PAGE NO

8.30-9.00

Anne Walton National Parks and Wildlife Service - New Warrell Creek National Park

Attending will be:? Alan Jeffery, Glenn Storrie, Uncle Harry Mumbler and Uncle Rob Bryant

CC

8.2

7

9.00-9.10

Policy Street Lighting

CC

10.1

34

9.10-9.20

Policy - Beach Access

CC

10.3

74

9.20-9.30

Policy - Rainwater Tank Rebate

CC

9.2

16

9.30-9.45

Policy - Street Tree Guidelines

CC

10.2

40

9.45-10.00

Policy? - Tree Vandalism

CC

10.4

80

10.00-10.30

Consolidated Shire wide DCP

CC

9.1

8

10.30-10.45

Morning Tea

 

 

 

10.45-11.00

Council Financial Reserves

CC

8.1

4

11.00-12.00

Inspect Nambucca Heads Sewerage Treatment Works

OS

10.5

85

12.00

Lunch

CC

 

 

 


NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST AT MEETINGS

 

 

Name of Meeting:

 

Meeting Date:

 

Item/Report Number:

 

Item/Report Title:

 

 

 

I

 

declare the following interest:

????????? (name)

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary ? must leave chamber, take no part in discussion and voting.

 

 

 

Non Pecuniary ? Significant Conflict ? Recommended that Councillor/Member leaves chamber, takes no part in discussion or voting.

 

 

Non-Pecuniary ? Less Significant Conflict ? Councillor/Member may choose to remain in Chamber and participate in discussion and voting.

 

For the reason that

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Council?s Email Address ? council@nambucca.nsw.gov.au

 

Council?s Facsimile Number ? (02) 6568 2201

 

(Instructions and definitions are provided on the next page).

 


Definitions

 

(Local Government Act and Code of Conduct)

 

 

Pecuniary ? An interest that a person has in a matter because of a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial gain or loss to the person or another person with whom the person is associated.

(Local Government Act, 1993 section 442 and 443)

 

A Councillor or other member of a Council Committee who is present at a meeting and has a pecuniary interest in any matter which is being considered must disclose the nature of that interest to the meeting as soon as practicable.

 

The Council or other member must not take part in the consideration or discussion on the matter and must not vote on any question relating to that matter. (Section 451).

 

 

Non-pecuniary ? A private or personal interest the council official has that does not amount to a pecuniary interest as defined in the Act (for example; a friendship, membership of an association, society or trade union or involvement or interest in an activity and may include an interest of a financial nature).

 

If you have declared a non-pecuniary conflict of interest you have a broad range of options for managing the conflict.? The option you choose will depend on an assessment of the circumstances of the matter, the nature of your interest and the significance of the issue being dealt with.? You must deal with a non-pecuniary conflict of interest in at least one of these ways.

 

?        It may be appropriate that no action is taken where the potential for conflict is minimal.? However, council officials should consider providing an explanation of why they consider a conflict does not exist.

?        Limit involvement if practical (for example, participate in discussion but not in decision making or visa-versa).? Care needs to be taken when exercising this option.

?        Remove the source of the conflict (for example, relinquishing or divesting the personal interest that creates the conflict or reallocating the conflicting duties to another officer).

?        Have no involvement by absenting yourself from and not taking part in any debate or voting on the issue as if the provisions in section 451(2) of the Act apply (particularly if you have a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interest).

 

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General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.1????? SF1446??????????? 140410???????? Funding and Use of Reserves for the Council Chambers Upkeep, Self Insurance and Tourist Centre Upkeep

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Michael Coulter, General Manager ????????

 

Summary:

 

It is proposed to transfer the self Insurance reserve and tourist centre upkeep reserve to a consolidated reserve for buildings generally.? This will provide more flexibility in the use of the reserve to attend to asset management issues across Council buildings.

 

Whilst a detailed review of the condition of all of Council buildings has not been finally completed, it is known there are substantial liabilities in relation to public toilets.? This was reflected in a high importance, low satisfaction ranking in the community survey conducted in November 2007.? The proposed reserve will allow funding to be directed in accordance with asset management priorities determined as a consequence of a strategic review of all of Council?s building assets.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1.?????? That Council consolidate the reserves for Council Chambers upkeep, Self insurance and ????????? Tourist Centre upkeep into a single reserve called, ?Council Buildings?.

 

2.?????? That a report be prepared on the condition of Council?s public amenities buildings; what ????????? expenditure is required to bring them up to a satisfactory condition; and how Council should ????????? proceed to improve its level of service in a financially sustainable way.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council can elect what reserves it keeps and the funds in those reserves.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

At Council?s meeting on 6 May 2009 it was resolved that Council receive a report on the funding and use of the reserves for the Council Chambers Upkeep, Self Insurance and Tourist Centre Upkeep.

 

Council?s 2009-2010 budget provides for the following general reserves.? The 3 reserves identified above are shown in the table in bold font.

 

Reserve

Balance 1/7/09

Transfer to 09/10

Transfer from 09/10

Balance 30/6/10

Employee leave entitlement

1,256,100

375,000

628,000

1,002,500

Election Reserve

67,700

-

35,600

32,100

Office Equip & Computer Upgrade

189,500

10,000

37,900

161,600

Council Chambers upkeep

105,500

-

27,500

78,000

Self insurance reserve

109,400

-

-

109,400

Plant replacement reserve

197,800

-

24,000

173,800

Plant operations reserve

88,200

-

-

88,200

Land development reserve

887,600

-

215,600

672,000

Domestic waste man. reserve

317,400

-

211,300

106,100

Other waste (recycling) reserve

8,900

-

8,900

-

Other waste income reserve

201,400

-

51,400

150,000

Waste depot ? landfill construction

125,100

280,000

-

405,100

Waste depot ? landfill rehab

50,000

290,000

340,000

-

Pool repair

18,000

3,000

-

21,000

Pool pump replacement

12,000

2,000

-

14,000

Hydrotherapy/Gym upkeep

30,000

10,000

15,000

25,000

Cemetery reserve

3,800

-

3,800

-

Stormwater management

217,100

-

33,000

184,100

Environmental levy

200,100

-

200,100

-

Tourist Centre upkeep

20,000

-

-

20,000

Saleyards equipment reserve

20,800

5,000

-

25,800

TOTAL

4,126,400

975,000

1,832,700

3,268,700

 

The reason for the report was to review these particular reserves preparatory to the 2010/2011 budget process.

 

It is understood that the purpose of the self insurance reserve was to provide funding for the replacement of Council buildings which were not on the insurance schedule or which were removed from the insurance schedule.? However the available funds in the reserve would not be sufficient to replace a building and in any event the need to maintain a substantial reserve for a risk which may not eventuate needs to be queried.

 

However alternative proposals for self insurance have been assessed.? In relation to plant and equipment, Council has 2 policies, one with a premium of approximately $51,000 for Council plant and equipment and the other with a premium of approximately $22,000 for Rural Fire Service vehicles.

 

Council plant and equipment claims show that over the past 7 years, Council has had average claims of $16,298 per annum.? The premium for 2009/2010 is approximately $51,000 and with an average annual excess of $3,500, a total cost of $54,500.? Going on the average claims history of $16,298 there is a potential saving to Council of $38,202 per annum if Council could self insure its plant and equipment.

 

In considering self insurance for plant and equipment, in needs to be understood there is a chance that results in one year may be far worse than the average.? So there is a risk attached to the potential average saving of $38,202 per year.? This risk can be managed by accumulating a satisfactory reserve but even this may be insufficient for a very unlikely but catastrophic event such as a fire at the Works Depot which may destroy many items of major plant and equipment.

 

Following further investigation it has proven uneconomic to obtain a higher excess and reduced premium from Council?s insurers for the insurance of Council?s plant and equipment.

 

It is now proposed to transfer the self Insurance reserve and tourist centre upkeep reserve to a consolidated reserve for buildings generally.? This will provide more flexibility in the use of the reserve to attend to asset management issues across Council buildings.? Whilst a detailed review of the condition of all of Council buildings has not been finally completed, it is known there are substantial liabilities in relation to public toilets.? This was reflected in a high importance, low satisfaction ranking in the community survey conducted in November 2007.? A plan for the renewal of amenity blocks will be presented to Council.

 

Council?s administration building will also require on-going expenditure.? Approximately $13,000 has been recently spent replacing the air conditioning in the Council Chambers.? In the future the air conditioning for the remainder of the building will need to be replaced at a likely cost exceeding $300,000.? Even replacing the carpet in the building will cost in the vicinity of $120,000.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been consultation with MANEX.

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no implications for the environment.

 

Social

 

There are no social implications.

 

Economic

 

There are no economic implications.

 

Risk

 

Council needs to be able to finance in the maintenance and refurbishment of its buildings.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There are no budgetary impacts.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There is no impact on working funds.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report. ?


General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

General Manager's Report

ITEM 8.2????? SF591????????????? 140410???????? New Warrell Creek National Park

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Michael Coulter, General Manager ????????

 

Summary:

 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will brief Council on the creation of a new National Park at Warrell Creek.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the information presented by the National Parks and Wildlife Services be received.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

No options.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Following a long running Aboriginal Land Claim it is understood that the State Government has now agreed to create the New Warrell Creek National Park based on certain agreements with the indigenous claimants.??

 

It is understood that representatives of the National Parks and Wildlife Service will brief Council on the creation of the National Park, the agreements which were reached with the indigenous claimants and the proposed management arrangement for the Park.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Social

 

Economic

 

Risk

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report. ?


General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.1????? SF1150??????????? 140410???????? Report on Consolidated DCP

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Grant Nelson, Strategic Planner; Arthur Tsembis, Manager Planning and Assessment ????????

 

Summary:

 

The purpose of this report is to present Council with the Consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP) required to be in place by the Department of Planning (DoP) upon gazettal of draft Nambucca Local Environmental Plan 2009 (NLEP 2009). This report identifies any new and/or major variations to the development controls in the current DCPs. Some DCPs have been deleted because they have become redundant and/or superseded by other legislation. The report recommends that Council endorse the Draft Nambucca DCP for exhibition.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1????????? That Council resolve to exhibit Draft Nambucca Development Control Plan, in accordance with the requirements of Section 72 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, and Part 3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

 

2????????? The Draft DCP be exhibited for a period of 28 days.

 

3????????? That following exhibition, a report be prepared for Council?s consideration regarding the outcome of the exhibition and any submissions received.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council has the option to make amendments to the consolidated DCP prior to exhibition.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Background

 

As part of the NSW Planning Reforms undertaken by the Department of Planning (DoP) all Council?s in NSW are required to ensure each allotment is only subject to the requirements of a single Development Control Plan. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979) was amended accordingly. Section 74C(2) of the EP&A Act states:

 

?Only one development control plan made by the same relevant planning authority may apply in respect of the same land.?

 

The DoP requires the Consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP) to be in place upon gazettal of Draft Nambucca Local Environmental Plan 2009 (NLEP 2009). Draft NLEP 2009 has been referred to the Minister for Planning for gazettal. Council therefore needs to progress the preparation of the Draft DCP. Should the Draft DCP not be adopted when the NLEP 2009 is gazetted, Council will need to rely on the NLEP 2009 to control development until such time as the Draft Nambucca DCP has been adopted by Council.

 

Preparation

 

The standard approach by most other Councils to satisfy the DoP requirement has been to consolidate all existing DCPs into a single document. To ensure a relatively quick outcome, this same approach has been applied and all current and relevant DCPs have been consolidated into the one document. Therefore the draft Nambucca DCP is essentially a combination of all existing development controls, with some amendments and additions. Some of the current DCPs have been deleted because they are redundant and/or they have been superseded by other legislation. The draft Nambucca DCP is comprised of the following parts.

 

PARTS A-E apply to all development in the Shire

 

PART A INTRODUCTION, CONTEXT AND SITE ANALYSIS provides an introduction to the DCP; discusses the notification and advertising requirements; contributions, and the context of a proposed development, including the requirements for a site analysis.

 

PART B SUBDIVISION provides controls for any subdivision to be undertaken in the shire, including general design principals and specific requirements for subdivision in various land use zones.

 

PART C CAR PARKING AND TRAFFIC provides parking provisions for specific land uses as well as design guidelines.

 

PART D SEDIMENT AND EROSIONS CONTROL provides minimum requirements for sediment and erosion control and also provides some examples of typical sediment and erosion controls.

 

PART E SIGNAGE provides development controls for Signage in the Nambucca Shire.

 

 

 

PARTS F?H apply to development within certain zones

 

PART F RURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT applies to development in the following rural, environmental and rural residential zoned land:

 

- R5 Large Lot Residential

- RU3 Forestry

- RU1 Primary Production

- E2 Environmental Protection

- RU2 Rural Landscape

- E3 Environmental Management

 

PART G INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT applies to development proposed within the following industrial zoned land:

 

- IN1 General Industrial

- IN 2 Light Industrial

Sections of this Part also apply to any developments proposing a Rural Industry within the RU1, RU2, and RU3 Zones

 

PART H RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT provides controls for residential development in the following Residential, Mixed Use and Commercial zones:

 

- R1 General Residential

- R2 Low Density Residential

- R3 Medium Density Residential

- R4 High Density Residential

 

- B1 Neighbourhood Centre

- B2 Local Centre

- B3 Commercial Core

- B4 Mixed Use

 

 

PART I?M provide specific precinct based controls for development in areas where more detailed studies have been undertaken. Where there are inconsistencies between these PARTS and any other PARTS of this DCP, these parts prevail.

 

PART I BOWRAVILLE HERITAGE CONTROLS applies to development proposed in the Bowraville primary or secondary conservation areas identified within this Part.

 

PART J SOUTH MACKSVILLE URBAN RELEASE AREA provides the development controls and design considerations for development in the South Macksville Urban Release area.

 

PART K COASTAL HAZARDS provides design guidelines and controls for development on any land likely to be affected by coastal processes, in accordance with the Coastal Hazard Study prepared by SMEC Australia.

 

PART L URBAN DESIGN STRATEGIES NAMBUCCA HEADS applies to any development proposed in the Bowra Street and Liston Street precincts, in accordance with the place based studies prepared by Ruker and Associates Urban Design.

 

PART M MATTHEW STREET SCOTTS HEAD provides specific controls for residential development on the eastern side of Matthew St, Scotts Head, in accordance with the place based study prepared by Rick Bennell and Associates.

 

 

Amendments

 

The following amendments to the existing DCPs have been made

 

1??????? General amendments

 

As part of the consolidated DCP a number of amendments have been made to create a simple more useable framework for development control without changing the intent of the controls. Unnecessary or wordy statements were removed or reworded and clearer images and tables have been included.

 

2??????? Existing DCP?s and the Draft Nambucca DCP

 

The following Table provides a comparison between the existing DCP?s and the Draft Nambucca DCP

 

Existing DCP

Draft Nambucca DCP

Notes

DCP 1 Car Parking

Part C

 

DCP 2 Advertising Sign Code

Part E

 

DCP 3 Residential Development

Part H

 

DCP 4 Subdivision

Part B

 

DCP 5 Industrial Development

Part G

 

DCP 8 Lower Nambucca

Not included

The objectives of this DCP is to ensure that Development in Zone 10 at Lower Nambucca is adequately serviced and has limited access to the Highway. Equivalent provisions have not been included in the Draft Nambucca DCP for the following reasons:

 

1???? The Draft NLEP 2009 Clause 7.5 Public Utility Infrastructure gives Council the framework to ensure development is adequately serviced before it is approved.

 

2???? SEPP (Infrastructure) provides provisions to ensure development adjacent to or on classified roads is undertaken in an appropriate manner.

DCP 9 Bowraville Heritage Guidelines

Part I

 

DCP 10 Exempt and Complying Development

Not included

The provisions of exempt and complying development are now fully contained within the SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) and the Draft NLEP 2009. It is unnecessary to have these provisions duplicated in Councils Development Control Plan.

 

DCP 11 Building Lines

Part F Rural and Environmental Development; Part G Industrial Development; and Part H Residential Development.

These controls have been incorporated into the relevant Zone requirements under Parts F-H.

DCP 12 Notification and Advertising

Part A

 

DCP 14 Equity of Access and Mobility

Not Included

This DCP is a duplication of Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). It is considered unnecessary to reiterate these standards.

DCP 15 Acid Sulphate Soils

Not Included

The Draft NLEP 2009 (Clause 7.1 Acid Sulphate Soils) provides the framework to ensure appropriate consideration is given to any development on land likely to be affected by Acid Sulphate Soils.

DCP 16 Rural Buffers

Part F

 

DCP 17 South Macksville Release Area

Part J

 

DCP Sediment and Erosion Control

Part D

This is a new DCP that was adopted by Council on 15 October 2009

 

3????????? Terminology

 

The existing DCPs have been amended to reflect the standard definitions contained within the Draft NLEP 2009.

 

4????????? Notification and Advertising

 

As a result of the recent Land and Environment Court proceedings regarding the Community Title Subdivision at East West Road Valla (DA 2004/136), amendments have been made to the Notification and Advertising provisions of the Nambucca DCP. In this regard Part A Section 3.0 includes amendments to provide Council with greater flexibility within the advertising and notification protocols when considering amendments to development applications.

 

The current DCP requires advertising of applications for any development listed in Schedule 1. However, the DCP does not stipulate when any alterations and/or additions to these types of developments should be advertised. Part A Section A3.2.1 now requires advertising of additions that increases the usable floor area by 25% or more to any development listed in Schedule 1.

 

The current DCP requires notification to Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC) and Elders. It has often been difficult to ascertain which Elders should be notified and therefore LALCs have been relied upon to notify appropriate Elders. The new DCP has been amended to require notification to LALC and any Aboriginal representatives and/or groups in accordance with any consultation protocol agreed to by Council. It is understood that the Nambucca, Unkya and Bowraville LALC are currently in the process of developing protocols for Council?s consideration.

 

Other minor amendments have been made to the Notification Section of the new DCP to reflect current Council policies and delegations.

 

5????????? Climate Change

 

Part A section 5.12 has been added to the Environmental Context component of the DCP to clarify Council?s position on sea level rise. This section advises applicants that Council has adopted the State Governments Sea Level Rise Policy and states the following:

 

??????????? In accordance with Clause 5.5 of NLEP 2009, areas at risk from the effects of sea level rise must address potential issues within the Statement of Environmental Effects. In determining whether to grant consent to development involving the erection of a building or the carrying out of a work at or above the surface of the ground on land, the potential impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, will be considered. Consideration will be based upon Draft NSW DECCW estimations for mean sea level rise of 0.4m by 2050 and 0.9m by 2100 (relative to 1990 levels). Council will need to be satisfied that the proposed development will not have a significant effect on coastal processes vital to the mitigation of potential climate change risks.

 

6????????? Changes based on Heggies Noise Report prepared for the Macksville Industrial Estate

 

Due to a high number of concerns raised by local residents surrounding the Macksville Industrial Estate, Council engaged Heggies Acoustic Consultants to examine noise issues in the area. On the 4 February 2010 Council resolved to include recommendations made by Heggies into Council?s Development Control Plan. This resolution reinforced Councils previous resolution of 21 January 2010 requiring DCP 5 Industrial Developments to be amended to include design guidelines that will assist attenuating noise from the industrial areas on adjoining residential areas.

 

Both Part A and Part G include details to reflect these resolutions of Council. Part A includes the following statement:

 

??????????? Council may require a noise impact assessment for new residential or rural-residential development located in the vicinity of existing or planned Employment Lands (Industrial Areas). Applicants may be required to include covenants or restrictions on allotments based on the results of any such noise assessment.

 

??????????? Other parts of this DCP may also require an acoustic assessment be undertaken.

 

Part G Section 1.5.2 Noise and Vibration includes other recommendations made by Heggies.

 

7????????? Wildlife Corridors and Councils resolution regarding the State of the Environment Report

 

Council resolved on the 21 January 2010 to review DCP 4 Subdivisions to include the retention of the biodiversity corridors through new subdivision areas to maintain linkages for native fauna movements.

 

Specifically Council resolved the following:

 

??????????? ?review Development Control Plan DCP 4 ?Subdivisions? to include the retention of biodiversity corridors through new subdivision areas to maintain linkages for native fauna movements.?

 

Pursuant to this resolution, Part B Section 2.14 (Wildlife Management and Landscape Ecology) has been added to the development controls for subdivision. In summary this clause requires an applicant to identify remnant vegetation and indicates that Council may require the protection and maintenance of that vegetation on the land title through a ?restriction on user? or ?public positive covenant? under the Conveyancing Act.

 

8????????? Changes to the Residential Development Controls

 

Councils new DCP 3 for Residential Development has been in operation for over 6 months. The preparation of the consolidated DCP provides an opportunity to review the residential development controls and make any necessary changes.

 

Changes that have been made are as follows:

 

?????????????? The Height Maps have been removed from the DCP as they are now contained within the Draft NLEP 2009. This is consistent with DoP advice that development controls provided in other legislation (NLEP 2009) should not be duplicated in the DCP.

 

?????????????? The existing DCP 3 for Residential Development contains provisions to limit certain dwelling types to specific lot sizes. These controls restrict development of Dual Occupancies on allotments with a minimum area of 600m2 and Attached Dwellings, Multi-dwelling Housing; Residential Flats and Mixed Use Developments on allotments with a minimum area of 750m2.

 

Since the implementation of DCP 3 there have been a number of enquiries questioning these controls. It has been found that some areas designed for higher density development, such as the R3 zone, were being restricted by these controls when other controls within the DCP were achieving a good development design.

 

The new DCP has retained the requirement for dual occupancy development located in the R1 General Residential Zone to be located on an allotment with a minimum area of 600m2 (consistent with the Draft NLEP 2009). The other controls are considered unnecessary and therefore not included in the Nambucca DCP.

 

9????????? Fragmentation of rural and environmental zones

 

Council?s existing DCP 4 - Subdivision allows the residue of rural or environmental zoned land within an allotment associated with a rural residential subdivision to be divided between 2 or more lots where Council is satisfied that the residue land has limited rural use, high conservation value or is separated from other rural land by a barrier such as a waterway, rail line etc. This type of subdivision comprising the residue rural and/or environmental zoned land is permissible under NLEP 1995 because the rural residential component of the land is not specifically zoned but included within a dotted black line that provides the demarcation for rural residential subdivision.

 

In accordance with the Rural Residential Land Release Strategy, land identified for rural residential development is to be zoned as R5 ? Large Lot Residential, with a minimum lot size of 1ha. The Draft NLEP 2009 Lot Size Map requires rural and environmental zoned land to have a minimum area of 40ha. As such, where the subdivision of an allotment of land with a split R5 and RU1, RU2, E2 or E3 zone is proposed, the residual RU1, RU2, E2 or E3 land will need to comprise the dwelling entitlement on the R5 component of the lot, unless the residue land has a minimum area of 40ha.

 

Having regard to the above, the current provision to allow fragmentation of the residue rural or environmental zoned land is now in conflict with the Draft NLEP 2009 and the Lot Size Map. As such, the fragmentation of undersized rural and/or environmental land cannot be included in the new DCP. An application under SEPP 1 would still be available where justification can be demonstrated.

 

10??????? Matthew St Urban Design Strategies

 

On 3 March 2010 Council received notice from the DoP that Council?s application for a SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) local exclusion to the coastal side of Matthew Street was successful. This means that this area in Matthew Street can no longer be developed to 8.5m in height under the SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes).

 

Matthew Street was subject to a place based study and DCP prepared by Rick Bennell and Associates. Council at its meeting on 17 September 2009 endorsed the Urban Design Strategy and it was intended to exhibit the proposed 6.5m height limit and include this development control as an amendment to LEP 1995. However, draft NLEP 2009 had progressed to the point where it was not necessary to make a separate amendment to the current planning instrument.

 

The Draft NLEP 2009 was exhibited with the proposed 6.5m height limit for which no submissions were received. Council also resolved to include a 0.4:1 Floor Space Ratio (FSR) in the Draft NLEP 2009. The other recommended development controls have been included in the new consolidated DCP.

 

The consultants responsible for the preparation of the Matthew Street place based plan were contracted to review any submissions received after exhibition of the draft plan. Receipt of any submissions relating to the proposed development controls for Matthew Street should therefore be referred to the consultant for review before they are adopted by Council and included in the new DCP.

 

11??????? Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study

 

On the 12 Feb 2010 Council resolved that development controls recommended in the Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study (SMEC 2010) should be incorporated into the Nambucca DCP. These controls have been included in Part K of the Nambucca DCP.

 

12????? Portable Footpath Signs

 

Part E Signage includes advice to ensure that sandwich board (A-framed) signs are only erected on public land (footpaths) in accordance with Councils Approval Policy.

 

13????? South Macksville Urban Release Area

 

Part J, which replaces the current DCP 17 - Macksville Urban Release Area, includes the proposed amendments to DCP 17 in accordance with the following Council?s Resolution (dated 5 March 2009):

 

??????????? 1??????? That DCP17 be amended as follows:

 

????????? 1.1???? Clause 2.4 to show a reduced paved pedestrian link of 1.2 metres rather than 2.5 metres.

 

????????? 1.2???? Map 4 be replaced with Map 4a with the defined bicycle routes the same as the Collection Road network and all other paths reverting to 1.2 metres wide pedestrian link.

 

???????? 2??????? That the proposed amendments be exhibited as required and a report be prepared and presented to Council following the exhibition period.

 

????????? 3??????? Amendment to Map 4a to provide a cycleway parallel to Upper Warrell Creek Road and whilst on exhibition that Councillors submit comments to the Director Engineering Services.

 

Exhibition of the consolidated DCP will satisfy Item 2 of Council?s resolution. Any amendments to this component of the DCP can be made following exhibition and receipt of submissions to the consolidated DCP.

 

14????? Industrial Development

 

The Industrial DCP 5 and Building Line DCP 11 contain conflicting building line setbacks. The Building Line DCP requires a building line of 4.6m. The 6m building line, consistent with DCP 5, has been retained as it allows reasonable car parking, landscaping and access, as well as a sufficient setback in proportion to the potential height of industrial buildings.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Director of Environment and Planning

Manager Planning and Assessment

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The Draft Nambucca DCP will provide Council with development controls which aim to achieve environmentally sustainable development outcomes. The DCP should improve environmental management by including provisions that are consistent with best planning practice.

 

Social

 

The Draft Nambucca DCP provides the detailed planning framework to protect the existing and future amenity of Council?s urban and rural communities.

 


Economic

 

The Draft Nambucca DCP provides development controls that will influence the future sustainable economic development of the Shire.

 

Risk

 

The exhibition of the Draft Nambucca DCP will provide the community with an opportunity to review and comment on amendments and additions to Council?s development controls.

 

Should Council not proceed with the exhibition of the draft consolidated DCP at this time, it may reduce the opportunity to have a DCP adopted and in place when the NLEP 2009 is gazetted.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The new consolidated DCP has been prepared ?in house?. The cost for advertising the new DCP will be sourced from the current Department of Environment and Planning budget.

 

The consultants responsible for the preparation of the Matthew Street place based plan were contracted to review any submissions received after exhibition of the draft plan. Funding to complete this task has already been allocated from the Strategic Planning Budget.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Nil

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 9.2????? SF1031??????????? 140410???????? Policy Review - Rainwater Tank Rebate

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning ????????

 

Summary:

 

Council adopted the Policy ? Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme at its meeting of 17 January 2008 with an implementation date from 1 July 2008. A sum of $20,000 was allocated under the Environmental Levy and in accordance with the Policy, all unexpended funds are to roll over and made available for the rebates in subsequent years.

 

The take up rate of the rebate has been very low with only approximately 40 rebates being made over the 18 months of the scheme's introduction. The current balance available for rebates is $58,050.

 

The current Policy provides for a flat rebate of $150 for both urban and rural areas in accordance with the "Eligibility Criteria" outlined in the Policy.

 

It is considered that the slow take up rate for the rebate is partially due to the minimal rebate figure and limited publicity promoting the rebate. The Policy is proposed to be reviewed and amended to provide a much larger cash rebate and review the minimum sizes of rainwater tanks for both urban and rural areas.

 

A further report will be prepared in 6 months time following the proposed rebate increase. Should the takeup rate not significantly increase, it is proposed to identify a number of Council owned Public Buildings where a rainwater storage tank/s could be installed which would benefit the community through reduced operational costs for water supply.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1????????? That Council adopt the revised Policy ? ?Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme? for the payment of rebates for the purchase and installation of new Rain Water Tanks within Nambucca Shire from 19 April 2010.

 

2????????? That the rebate for the installation of new rainwater tanks in accordance with the adopted Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy be a maximum of $500 or the original invoice cost which ever is the lesser.

 

3????????? That once all the rebates are paid in the current financial year no further rebates will be considered until subsequent financial years subject to the continuation of the scheme.

 

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

 

5????????? That Council's rebate may be independent upon or in addition to any rebate received from the State Government subject to the collective total rebates received by the landowner not exceeding the actual invoiced cost of the rainwater tank and associated plumbing if plumbed to any toilets or laundry fittings.

 

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

 

7????????? That a report come to Council in 6 months time to review the takeup rate of the new Rebate and identify any Council owned buildings where a rainwater storage tank/s could be installed which would benefit the community through reduced reliance on the current reticulated water supply and on operational costs for water usage.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council could further amend the Policy in a number of ways, however a Policy must be in place which sets the guidelines for a rebate scheme.

 

 

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.

The NSW Government has for the past several years provided cash rebates for a range of energy efficiency and water saving initiatives including rainwater tank rebates.

 

The current State Government rebate is based on the size of the tank and whether it is plumbed into the toilet and/or washing machine as outlined below.

Tank(s) capacity 

 Tank Rebate

 Connection to toilet(s)

 Connection to washing machine(s)

 Maximum total

 2,000-3,999 litres

 $150

 $500

$500

 $1,150

 4,000-6,999 litres

 $400

 $500

$500

 $1,400

 7,000 litres and above

 $500

 $500

$500 

 $1,500

 

Both the Council and NSW Government Rebate Policies do not apply for tanks or other energy/water efficiency fittings, fixtures or works that are to be installed in order to comply with a BASIX certificate or tanks designed to capture storm water. However, it is proposed that Council's rebate will apply where an additional tank or a larger tank greater than 1,999 litres, required by the BASIX certificate, is installed.

 

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 for rural area rainwater tank top ups, potential reduction in maintenance works and a reduced urgency on drought proofing the Shire.

 

Council's Draft Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy (IWCM) identifies several options and the cost benefits associated with the installation of rainwater tanks and retrofitting to toilets and laundries as well as fittings being retrofitted with water saving heads etc.

 

The aspirational targets outlined in the draft IWCM relating to demand reduction requires improved demand management initiatives (such as water efficient fixtures & appliances, rainwater tanks, grey water reuse), incentives to increase up-take rates and education relating to behavioural change for water use from both the permanent and tourist population. Section 8.2.2 ? Opportunities for Developing the Local Supply Source from the draft IWCM is reproduced below:

 

Task 4 Paper evaluated all the feasible local supply source opportunities available at both

the household and urban area levels. The evaluation indicated that the local supply sources

cannot fully overcome the security of supply issue on their own but are good supplementary

sources to the existing Nambucca River source. The sources evaluated at the household

level and shortlisted for inclusion in the shire wide scenarios included roofwater harvesting in

rainwater tanks and grey water reuse.

 

Analysis showed that the harvesting of roof water and storing in a 5 kL rainwater tank for the

provision of garden, toilet and washing machine is the most cost efficient option for the

existing residential customers of NDWS scheme (all new dwellings are covered by BASIX).

This provides average household water saving of about 83 kL compared to the household

average annual demand of about 220 kL. Two programs were developed, one with an uptake

target of 25% with NSC subsiding 75% of the total cost and the other with an uptake target of

50% with NSC subsiding 90% of the total cost. Table 8.2 presents the cost and the water

savings of both programs.

 

Table 8.2 ? Shortlisted Residential Rainwater Tank Refit Program

 

Program Description

Number of Houses

Annual Average Water Saved

NSC Cost over life of Program2

Total Cost over life of Program1

25% RWT refit Program

1,285

103ML

$2.55M

$3.40M

50% RWT Refit Program

2,569

206ML

$6.12M

$6.80M

1??????? State Government Rebates have not been included as they are not participating customer nor NSC costs

2??????? NSC costs do not include program set-up and on-going administration costs

3??????? Total cost is the sum of NSC and participating customer costs

 

The shortlisted Greywater reuse program to met the inspirational target of 5% take-up by the residential consumers would result in annual water saving of 1.5 ML at a cost of $3.2M.

 

With Council's aging population, changing residential occupancy and density trends it is considered that Council's rebate scheme should extend to include rainwater catchment tanks less than 2,000. This would enable a broader population who reside in multi dwelling accommodation or on small lots to gain assistance to install the smaller "slim line" versions of tanks of 200 litres up to 2,000 litres and use the harvested rainwater to water their small gardens and pot plants thereby further reducing demand on the potable water supply.

 

Similarly, the minimum size tank of 22,500 litres for properties not connected to Council's reticulated supply should also be reviewed. It is suggested that where a property (not connected to the reticulated supply) currently has at least 22,500 litres of rainwater storage, the rebate apply to the installation of any additional tank which has a capacity greater than 1,999 litres and used for domestic purposes (ie toilet, laundry or garden around the dwelling).

 

It is therefore recommended that the Rainwater tank rebate be reviewed and be set at a maximum of $500 per property or the actual invoiced cost of the rainwater tank which ever is the lesser.

 

In accordance with Council's Policy for the consideration of new or amended Policies and management Plans a copy of the proposed amended Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy was distributed to Councillors seeking comment and input prior to considering the amended Policy.

 

The following table outlines the responses from Councillors and the staff comments in regard to the responses.

 

Page/Section Reference

Response

Staff Comments

Cr Moran

 

 

 

Only mentioned once at end, drinking water from these tanks at your own risk.

 

Reference to Guidelines which apply to rainwater tanks is mentioned in Sections 3 & 5 of the Policy.

 

A study 300 tap water and 300 tank water appeared all right to drink. There was no difference between the effect on gastro both from the study proved same effect.

Farmers ? Taylors Arm people, Eungai Creek, Eungai, Warrell Creek all use tank.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines ? 2004 and the NSW Health Department "Private Water Supply Guidelines 2007" recommend that all rainwater should be boiled prior to drinking as a safeguard to kill of bacteria that may be present in the tank water.water

 

Cost of expense against income year by year 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

The expenditure has been identified in introduction section of this report $58,050 remains available from a budget of $60,600. Approx 40 rebates have been paid since 1 July 2008.

 

As a dialysis user had to change both filter every fortnight. The first filter was black, the second filter grey. These had been shown to Tony Pedlow to me the town is doest upon with mineral. People on dialysis on tank water their change of filter were not as bad as the town water filter.

No comment

 

There is so much cancer in this district ? could be from our water supply. More people on town water gets cancer against those on tanks. Why don?t you do a survey?

No Comment

Cr Flack

 

 

1

Objective

One of the main objectives as I understand it,? is to reduce demand on the town water supply.

Policy Objective expanded and includes "reduce demand on supply"

2

Policy application

Does the 2nd para need to be an NB in brackets?? It would read just as well if not. Better as a normal para.

NB and brackets removed

3

Related leg
1st para

Lower case ?a?s for ??alterations and additions??

Done

3

Related leg

 

As there are 4 instruments referred to in this section and they are not all legislation, perhaps it would be better to rename the section ?RELATED PLANNING INSTRUMENTS?? and then give each a sub heading ie

????? State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004

????? Building in Bushfire Prone Areas ? Guidelines 2006

????? State Environment Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

????? Nambucca Shire Council Exempt and Complying Development Control Plan (DCP 10)

This would make the section more easily understood.

Section 3 reformatted

3

Related leg
2nd para

This para is quite long winded and a little hard to follow.? Suggest simplification/rearrange:

Where the installation of a rainwater tank is required to achieve the criteria for the issue of a BASIX certificate, no rebate will be available under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme.

Properties connected to the town water supply which have met all BASIX and bushfire fighting? water storage requirements, will be eligible for a rebate under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme for:

?????? an additional rainwater tank of minimum size of 1,999 litres or

?????? an increase in capacity of any tank required to meet BASIX or bushfire fighting requirements, by a minimum of 1,999 litres

In this case the rebate will relate only to the additional rainwater tank or increased capacity.

Section 3 reformatted

3

Related leg
4th para 1st line

State ?rather than Sate

Corrected

3

Related leg

Perhaps the NB at bottom of page re? in ground tanks should go into the section re planning instruments under the relevant section

Addressed

4

Definitions 3rd dot

Rather than LEP 1995, would in be better to have:

?????? Nambucca Local Environment Plan in force at time.

Or will the new date be automatically inserted when the new LEP is adopted?

Addressed

5

Policy statement
2nd para

On second line there is the first reference to potable water, but not everyone knows what that is.? Perhaps add after ?potable purposes? the words ?eg drinking, cooking and bathing,?

Insert coma after ?car washing? and include ?swimming (lower case s) pool top up and garden watering purposes? into one sentence.

Drinking Water added as a definition in Section 4

5

Policy statement
3rd para dots

To improve wording and syntax without changing intent suggest:

Council supports and encourages the use of rainwater tanks to:

?????? reduce environmental impacts by conserving the water resource;

?????? reduce environmental impacts by reducing the severity of stormwater runoff from urban areas;

?????? provide additional water security to consumers during times of drought and interrupted water supply and

?????? reduce costs to consumer and Council by reducing demand for treated town water.

First dot should be

?????? reduce demand on town water supply;

Reformatted and included

5

Policy statement
Last para, 1st line

Insert coma after ?installed?

Included

6

History

Will people know what ?across the board? means in this context?? Might be clearer to say:

Nambucca Shire Council introduced a 4% Environment Levy on all ratepayers in the?..etc

 

Included

6

History
5th para 1st line

Delete words ?currently, which?

Addressed

6

History
Last para, last sentence

Delete words ?proposes to? so reads:

Council offers a rebate for a tank or additional tank capacity in excess of the BASIX requirements.

Included but also includes 2000 litres

6

Who is eligible

The previous section HISTORY was 6 so this section should be 7.? Also given that the section covers far more than just who is eligible, it would be better headed as:

7?? ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

The section may benefit from being separated into three sub sections.? 6.1 General which would be followed by 6.2 Properties on town water supply and 6.3 Non town water supply properties.? This would allow points 3,4 and 5 to be structured so as to read more clearly

This has been renumbered to 7 Eligibility Conditions and split into three subsections 7.1 General, 7.2 Properties on town water supply & 7.3 Non town water supply properties

6

Who is eligible
Point 1

The first point needs to be clearer to reflect who is eligible.? Some would read ?residential households? as those in residential zones only, whereas this policy applies to all properties with a residence irrespective of zone, if I understand it correctly.

Addressed

6

Who is eligible

Points 3 & 4

If these were in a separate sub section eg 6.2 Properties on town water supply as suggested earlier, they could read:

?????? The minimum rainwater tank size is 200 litres.

?????? Rainwater tanks shall not be cross connected to Council?s reticulated water system.

?????? Rainwater tanks should only be used for toilet flushing, cold water clothes washing, swimming pool top up and outdoor purposes.

?????? Rebates can be claimed for tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor use.

 

Reformatted

6

Who is eligible

Point 5

If there was to be a separate section 6.3 Non town water supply properties as suggested earlier, this point could be restructured to read:

 

Rebates can be claimed for rainwater tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor residential use only and in the following instances:

?????? New dwellings - for a tank which exceeds the BASIX and bushfire fighting storage requirements by at lease 1,999 litres

?????? Existing dwellings ? for a tank which exceeds the minimum 22,500 litres capacity.

Questions ? I am assuming the 22,5000L requirement is for rural residential properties?? Is there an additional requirement for fire fighting capacity or is it part of the 22,500L?? What are the requirements for existing dwellings on rural properties where there are no set min storage capacity requirements?? This should be addressed.

Reformatted

6

Who is eligible

Point 10

Delete words ?for properties in the Shire?s?

Addressed

6

Who is eligible

Point 11

At end of para, Nambucca Local Environment Plan rather than environmental plan.? Also should this have a date or qualification re ?in force at the time??

Addressed

6

Who is eligible

16

Delete words ?will simply need to provide Council with a copy of the rebate received from the State Government or? ?and reword so reads:

To claim a rebate under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme, the applicant must complete and submit the Application Form annexed to this document and provide the ORIGINAL tax invoice as proof of purchase of a rainwater tank.? Copies of tax invoices will not be accepted.

This form should also be available as a download from Councils website.? If this is to happen then a statement to that effect and the link should be inserted in the above clause.

Addressed

Annexure A

The form

With the Q What is the rainwater tank connected to?, the third box states Yard watering.? It might be better to state ?Outdoor tap for outdoor use? or something like that, otherwise it implies it can only be used for yard watering.

The last two Qs in the Rainwater Tank Information box I find a little unclear although I think I understand the intent.? Is there any way the wording can be improved to make the intent clearer?

In the Checklist box :

First box should ask ? Are you eligible to this rebate? (check the eligibility conditions at ..[whatever section])

Second box - suggest add words ?if required? after Section 68 approval

Addressed

Cr Smyth

 

 

1

RELATED LEGISLATION

First paragraph:

Small ?a? for ?alterations? and ?additions?

Last paragraph:

1st line ~ ?State? instead of ?Sate?

3rd line ~? suggest a comma after the word ?instances?

5th line ~ suggest a further comma after ?DCP 10???

The document has been amended

2

POLICY STATEMENT?

Second paragraph:

2nd line ~ suggest a comma after the word ?purposes?

3rd line ~ suggest a comma after ?car washing? and a small ?s? for ?swimming?

The document has been amended

 

I believe that it should be mentioned, both in the Policy and on the Application Form, that Council staff inspect the installation of the tank, prior to any rebate being given

Addressed

 

 

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 implications with the funding of the rebate scheme as it is 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:

1View

256/2008 - Policy - Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme

 

2View

5691/2010 - Reviewed Policy - Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme Policy

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Rainwater Tank Rebate

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

RAINWATER TANK REBATE SCHEME

 

 

 

Responsibility:? ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

 

 

Adopted:? 17 January 2008

Last reviewed:

 

 

1??????? POLICY OBJECTIVE

 

The Objectives of this Policy are to provide information and guidance to property owners who are considering installing new rainwater tank/s (roof catchment only) and seek an installation rebate from Council.

 

 

2??????? POLICY APPLICATION

 

This Policy applies to the whole shire for both new and existing residences following the purchase and installation of new rainwater tanks after 30 July 2008, for roof catchment only.

(NB: second hand tanks, stormwater catchment tanks, transportation and pressure pumps are not covered by this Policy).

 

 

3??????? RELATED LEGISLATION

 

State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004 encourages sustainable residential development and requires certain criteria to be met for new residential development and includes Alterations and Additions and swimming pools associated with residential developments.

 

In many cases the installation of a rainwater tanks will be necessary to achieve the criteria for the issue of a BASIX Certificate. Where this is required there will be no Rebate available under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme.

 

Building in Bush Fire Prone Areas - Guidelines 2006 relating to location, type and size of water storage tanks will need to be considered.

 

Nambucca Shire Council has in place an Exempt and Complying Development Control Plan (DCP 10), which covers the installation, including locations for rainwater tanks on individual properties. In many instances where the positioning of a rainwater tank complies with the stated requirements under the DCP approval will not be required from Council.

 

(NB: Inground water storage tanks require approval from Council)

 

Guidelines also exist for the use of water collected in rainwater tanks, these are:

????????? Australian Drinking Water Guidelines ? 2004

????????? NSW Health Department ?Private Water Supply Guidelines 2007?.

 

 


4????????? DEFINITIONS

 

The terms used in this Policy shall be read in conjunction with the definitions contained within:

????????? NSW Local Government Act 1993;

????????? Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

????????? Nambucca Local Environmental Plan 1995

 

 

5??????? POLICY STATEMENT

 

Rainwater tanks are commonly used in the Nambucca Shire as a private water supply in areas where there is no public water supply available.

Rainwater tanks can also provide benefits in urban areas with reticulated public water supplies. While NSW Health recommends using the reticulated supply for potable purposes the tank water is entirely suitable for toilet flushing, laundry, car washing and garden watering purposes. Such dual supplies need to be carefully installed to ensure that water from the tank cannot backflow into the public supply and this means separate piping systems and backflow prevention valves.

Rainwater tanks can also act as a stormwater control device by providing some temporary storage of runoff from the roof. This tends to mimic, to some degree, the way natural environments behave in slowing down the rate of discharge of stormwater. This can reduce the adverse impacts of urbanisation on local streams and the landscape, and in many cases can reduce localised flooding.

 

Council supports and encourages the use of rainwater tanks by residents because:

 

????????? They can help in the preservation of our environment by conserving the water resource.

????????? They can help in the preservation of our environment by reducing the impact and severity of stormwater runoff flows from built-up areas.

????????? They provide some additional security to consumers during periods when the reticulated supply may need to be interrupted for maintenance or repair.

????????? There can be cost savings to both the consumer and Council resulting from a reduced demand by consumers for treated water.

 

Suggested Uses for Water from Rainwater Tanks

 

The suggested uses for rainwater include:

 

????????? Toilet flushing

????????? Cold water service to washing machine

????????? Garden watering, car washing, swimming pool top up and all other external outdoor uses

 

In reticulated areas, Council does not recommend the use of water supplied from a rainwater tank for drinking or other potable purposes. The decision to use rainwater for drinking or other potable purposes is entirely at the residents? and owners? risk.

 

It should be noted that after a tank is installed it is vital that consumers continue to minimise water usage (particularly garden watering and other external uses).

 

If consumers fail to exercise the same vigilance and restraint and the tank simply becomes an extra source of supply, the potential environmental benefits are lost.

 


6??????? History

 

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.

 

It is proposed that the rebate for Nambucca Shire be set at $150.

 


6.0???? WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

 

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

 

1????????? The scheme is open to residential households in Nambucca Shire and is payable only to the registered owner of the property.

 

2????????? Rebate applications will only be considered for new tanks purchased and installed after 30 June 2008 and who have applied for and gained a rebate from the NSW State Government.

 

3????????? In the Shire?s reticulated (town) water areas, rainwater tanks should only be used for toilet flushing, cold water clothes washing, swimming pool top up and outdoor purposes and shall not be cross connected with the Council's reticulated water supply system.

 

4????????? For properties in the Shire?s reticulated (town) water areas, rebates can be claimed for rainwater tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor use with a minimum size of 2,000 litres.

 

5????????? For properties outside the Shire?s reticulated (town) water supply areas, rebates can be claimed for rainwater tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor residential use with a minimum size of 22,500 litres.

 

6????????? There is only one rainwater tank rebate claim payable per property over the lifetime of the scheme through Nambucca Shire Council.

 

7????????? Rebates apply only to new products and do not apply to used or second-hand products.

 

8????????? The total rebate received (from both the local and state governments) will not exceed the purchase price of the rainwater tank. Where this is the case, Council?s rebate will be reduced so the sum of the two rebates is not more than the purchase price of the tank.

 

9????????? Delivery charges are not eligible for rebates and will not be considered as part of any claim.

 

10??????? For connections to internal fixtures for properties in the Shire?s reticulated (town) water area, a Nambucca Shire Council, Section 68 Approval must be obtained. Internal connections are to be carried out by a licensed plumber to at least one toilet or the laundry cold water tap (for washing machine use). *

 

11??????? For rainwater tanks deemed Exempt Development, installation must comply with the provisions under Nambucca Shire Council?s Development Control Plan 10 - Exempt and Complying Development. Rainwater tanks that are not Exempt Development, a development application will be required and will need to comply with the Building Code of Australia and Nambucca Local Environmental Plan.

 

12??????? Rebates are not available to commercial home builders or land developers, however owner builders may apply for the rebate.

 

13??????? If the rainwater tank is a mandatory requirement for a newly constructed residential household, or required under the requirements of BASIX, a rebate will not be paid.

 

14??????? Rebate applications will only be considered once the tank is installed and operational and the rebate has been received from the State Government.

 

15??????? This offer is strictly limited. Once the designated number of rebates for the current financial year have been issued, there will be no more rebates in that year. The program MAY continue into the following financial year.

 

16??????? To claim a rebate the applicant will simply need to provide Council with a copy of the rebate received from the State Government.

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Rainwater Tank Rebate

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

REVISED DRAFT

RAINWATER TANK REBATE SCHEME POLICY

 

 

 

Responsibility:? ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

 

 

Adopted:? 17 January 2008

Last reviewed: 15 April 2010

 

 

1.0???? POLICY OBJECTIVE

 

The Objectives of this Policy are to provide a financial incentive to install rainwater tank/s to reduce demand on Council?s reticulated water supply and storage and provides guidance to property owners proposing to install new rainwater tank/s (roof catchment only) and seek an installation rebate from Council.

 

 

2.0???? POLICY APPLICATION

 

This Policy applies to the whole shire for both new and existing residences following the purchase and installation of new rainwater tanks after Insert new operational date here, for roof catchment only.

 

Second hand tanks, stormwater catchment tanks, transportation, pressure pumps and tanks required for compliance with a BASIX Certificate, are not covered by this Policy.

 

 

3.0???? RELATED PLANNING INSTRUMENTS

 

3.1??????? State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004

 

??????????? Encourages sustainable residential development and requires certain criteria to be met for new residential development and includes alterations and additions and swimming pools associated with residential developments.

 

Where the installation of a rainwater tank is required to achieve the criteria for the issue of a BASIX Certificate, no rebate will be available under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme.

 

Properties connected to the town water supply which have met all BASIX and bushfire fighting water storage requirements, will be eligible for a rebate under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme for:

 

??????????? an additional rainwater tank of minimum size 2,000 litres; or

??????????? an increase in capacity of any tank required to meet BASIX or bushfire fighting requirements, by a minimum of 2,000 litres.

 

??????????? In this case the rebate will relate only to the additional rainwater tank or increased capacity.

 

3.2??????? State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 .

 

3.3??????? Nambucca Shire Council Exempt and Complying Development Control Plan (DCP 10)

 

??????????? Both of the aboe (3.2 and 3.3) cover the installation, including locations, of above or on-ground rainwater tanks on individual properties. In many instances, where the positioning of a rainwater tank complies with the stated requirements under the SEPP (3.2 above) and/or DCP 10 (3.3 above), approval will not be required from Council.

??????????? (NB: Inground water storage tanks require approval from Council)

 


3.4??????? Building in Bush Fire Prone Areas - Guidelines 2006

 

??????????? Relating to location, type and size of water storage tanks will need to be considered.

 

3.5??????? Guidelines also exist for the use of water collected in rainwater tanks, these are:

 

??????????? Australian Drinking Water Guidelines ? 2004

??????????? NSW Health Department ?Private Water Supply Guidelines 2007?.

 

 

4.0??????? DEFINITIONS

 

The terms used in this Policy shall be read in conjunction with the definitions contained within:

 

??????????? NSW Local Government Act 1993;

??????????? Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

??????????? Nambucca Local Environmental Plan in force at the time; and

??????????? Drinking water ? water intended primarily for human consumption.

 

 

5.0???? POLICY STATEMENT

 

Rainwater tanks are commonly used in the Nambucca Shire as a private water supply in areas where there is no public water supply available.

 

Rainwater tanks can also provide benefits in urban areas with reticulated public water supplies. While NSW Health recommends using the reticulated supply for human consumption (drinking water) ie drinking, cooking and bathing. The tank water is entirely suitable for toilet flushing, laundry, car washing, swimming pool top up and garden watering purposes. Such dual supplies need to be carefully installed to ensure that water from the tank cannot backflow into the public supply and this means separate piping systems and backflow prevention valves.

 

Rainwater tanks can also act as a stormwater control device by providing some temporary storage of runoff from the roof. This tends to mimic, to some degree, the way natural environments behave in slowing down the rate of discharge of stormwater. This can reduce the adverse impacts of urbanisation on local streams and the landscape, and in many cases can reduce localised flooding.

 

Council supports and encourages the use of rainwater tanks to:

 

??????????? reduce demand on town water;

??????????? reduce environmental impacts by conserving the water resource;

??????????? reduce environmental impacts by reducing the severity of stormwater runoff from urban areas;

??????????? provide additional water security to consumers during times of drought and interrupted water supply; and

??????????? reduce costs to consumer and Council by reducing demand for treated town water.

 

Suggested Uses for Water from Rainwater Tanks

 

The suggested uses for rainwater include:

 

??????????? Toilet flushing

??????????? Cold water service to washing machine

??????????? Garden watering, car washing, swimming pool top up and all other external outdoor uses

 

In reticulated areas, Council does not recommend the use of water supplied from a rainwater tank for human consumption such as drinking, cooking or bathing purposes. The decision to use rainwater for drinking or other consumption purposes is entirely at the residents? and owners? risk.

 

It should be noted that after a tank is installed, it is vital that consumers continue to minimise water usage (particularly garden watering and other external uses).

 

If consumers fail to exercise the same vigilance and restraint and the tank simply becomes an extra source of supply, the potential environmental benefits are lost.

 

 

6.0???? History

 

Nambucca Shire introduced a 4% Environmental Levy on all ratepayers 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 has identified the continuation of the Rainwater Tank Rebate in its draft 2010 ? 2012 Environmental Levy to be presented to the Minister for Local Government as part of the 2010/2011 Management Plan and Budget process.

The Nambucca Shire Council Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme took effect from 1 July 2008 and as at 1 March 2010 only 29 rebates totalling $4,350 have been issued.

 

The NSW Government rebate scheme provides opportunities for landowners to seek a rebate from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water as outlined below.

 

Tank(s) capacity 

 Tank Rebate

 Connection to toilet(s)

 Connection to washing machine(s)

 Maximum total

 2,000-3,999 litres

 $150

 $500

$500

 $1,150

 4,000-6,999 litres

 $400

 $500

$500

 $1,400

 7,000 litres and above

 $500

 $500

$500 

 $1,500

 

 

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. Council proposes to offer a rebate for a tank which is 2,000 litres in excess of the BASIX requirements.

 

 


7.0???? WHO IS ELIGIBLE? ? ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

 

7.1?????? General

 

7.1.1??? The scheme is open to residential households in Nambucca Shire and is payable only to the registered owner of the property.

 

7.1.2??? The rebate applications will only be considered for new tanks purchased and installed after insert new date here

 

7.1.3??? There is only one rainwater tank rebate claim payable per property over the lifetime of the scheme through Nambucca Shire Council.

 

7.1.4??? Rebates apply only to new products and do not apply to used or second-hand products.

 

7.1.5??? The maximum rebate from Nambucca Shire Council shall not exceed $500 or the original invoiced cost of the rainwater tank only, whichever is the lesser.

 

7.1.6??? Delivery charges are not eligible for rebates and will not be considered as part of any claim.

 

7.1.7??? For connections to internal fixtures a Nambucca Shire Council Section 68 Approval must be obtained. Internal connections are to be carried out by a licensed plumber.

 

7.1.8??? For rainwater tanks deemed Exempt Development, installation must comply with the provisions of either State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or Nambucca Shire Council?s Development Control Plan 10 - Exempt and Complying Development. Rainwater tanks that are not Exempt Development, a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Application (whichever applies) will be required and will need to comply with the Building Code of Australia and Nambucca Local Environmental Plan in force at the time.

 

7.1.9??? Rebates are not available to commercial home builders or land developers, however owner builders may apply for the rebate.

 

7.1.10? If the rainwater tank is a mandatory requirement for a newly constructed residential household, or required under the requirements of BASIX, a rebate will not be paid except when the tank or a separate tank is installed, which exceeds the BASIX requirement for storage capacity by at least 2,000 litres.

 

7.1.11? Rebate applications will only be considered once the tank is installed, inspected by a Council Officer and operational.

 

7.1.12? This offer is strictly limited. Once the designated number of rebates for the current financial year have been issued, there will be no more rebates in that year. The program MAY continue into the following financial year.

 

7.1.13? To claim a rebate under the Nambucca Shire Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme, the applicant must complete and submit the application form annexed to this document and also available from Council?s website www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au (Council Forms), and provide the ORIGINAL tax invoice as proof of purchase of a rainwater tank. Copies of tax invoices will be not be accepted. See Annexure A ? Rebate Application Form.

 

7.2??????? Properties on Town Water Supply

 

7.2.1??? The minimum rainwater tank size is 200 litres.

 

7.2.2??? Rainwater tanks shall not be cross-connected to Council?s reticulated water system.

 

7.2.3??? Rainwater tanks should only be used for toilet flushing, cold water clothes washing, swimming pool top up and outdoor purposes.

 

7.2.4??? Rebates can be claimed for tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor use.

 

7.3??????? Properties Outside Town Water Supply

 

Rebates can be claimed for rainwater tanks installed for either indoor or outdoor residential use only and in the following instances:

 

7.3.1??? New dwellings ? for a tank which exceeds the BASIX and bushfire fighting storage requirements by at lease 1,999 litres

 

7.3.2??? Existing dwellings ? for a tank which exceeds the minimum 22,500 litres capacity.

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Rainwater Tank Rebate

 

Rainwater Tank & Plumbing Rebate Application Form

 

 

Applicant Details

 

Title:????????????????????? First Name:?????????????????????????????????????????? Surname:

 

Postal Address:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Town:???????????????????????????????????? Postcode:

 

Property Address:?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Town:???????????????????????????????????? Postcode:

 

Contact Phone Number:????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Mobile:

 

Signed:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Dated:

 

 

 

Rainwater Tank Information

 


Is the rainwater tank installed above ground or below ground???????

 

 


Is the installation deemed ?Exempt Development?????

 


If not Exempt Development, has a Complying Development Certificate

or Development Consent been obtained?

 

If yes, CDC or DA Number:??

 


What is rainwater tank connected to???

 

Yes??????????????????? No

 
Will the rainwater tank be supplemented from Nambucca Shire

Council Water Supply (mains water)?

 

If no, what other source?

 

 

CHECKLIST (original receipts/tax invoices are mandatory)

 


???????? Have you included your original rainwater tank receipt?

 

???????? Have you checked that the plumber is appropriately licensed to carry out the work and a Section 68 approval (if required) has been granted by Council?

 

???????? Have you signed and dated the application form?

 

???????? Have you read the eligibility conditions on the reverse of this form to ensure that you are entitled to this rebate?

 

Mail this form and attachments to Nambucca Shire Council, PO Box 177, Macksville, NSW, 2447 or it may be hand delivered to Nambucca Shire Council, 44 Princess Street, Macksville.

 

** Please note Council will inspect all applications for rural properties prior to a rebate being approved.

 

 

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General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director of Engineering Services Report

ITEM 10.1??? SF1031??????????? 140410???????? Policy Review - Street Lighting - Public Roads

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services ????????

 

Summary:

 

The Street Lighting Policy has been reviewed to allow the installation of the 42 watt CF Suburban Eco lamp as the standard fitting for this local government area to reduce energy costs and lower emissions over time.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the revised policy for Street Lighting.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1??????? Adopt policy as reviewed

2??????? Retain old policy

3??????? Incorporate further changes to the reviewed policy

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council?s nominated minimum standard of lighting has been the 70 watt High pressure Sodium (HPS) lamp.

 

A trail has been conducted on the suitability of the new low energy 42 watt CF Suburban Eco lamp at two locations. Those locations being in front of the Macksville Fire Brigade Station and at the head of the cul-de-sac in Rutland Street, Nambucca Heads.

 

Both appear to provide sufficient lighting even though it is slightly less. In a new subdivision it will be necessary for a closer spacing of poles.

 

It is recommended that the 42 watt CF Suburban Eco Lamp be adopted as the standard lamp and the Policy adjusted accordingly.

 

The following comments were submitted by Councillors for consideration:

 

Page

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions Staff

Response

2

4a ? second paragraph:

3rd line:? suggest a comma after the word ?guide? and open parenthesis before ?or the construction??

 

4th line:? close parenthesis after the word ?expired?

 

It would then read:? ?As a guide, a six month delay (or the construction of a significant number of houses before six months has expired) is an acceptable period of time before energising the street lighting?.

 

Included

 

 

Included

2

Rural and Rural Residential Areas

First paragraph ? insert the word ?will? between ?lighting? and ?not?, so that it reads ?Street lighting will not be required?..?

 

Included

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Councillors

 


SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Change of lamp is aimed at reducing energy consumption while still retaining an acceptable level of illumination.

 

Social

 

The lower energy lamps meet the community expectation of lower energy use and reducing emissions.

 

Economic

 

A new lamp of the recommended style is cheaper to install and has lower ongoing running costs.

 

Risk

 

Lower levels of lighting will occur if lights spacing is not adjusted.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Nil. The number of additional lights as limited by the budget provided.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

No extra funds.

 

Attachments:

1View

2269/2010 - Draft Revised Policy - Street Lighting - Public Roads

 

2View

25356/2007 - Current Policy - Street Lighting - Public Roads

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Lighting - Public Roads

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

DRAFT POLICY REVIEW

STREET LIGHTING

PUBLIC ROADS

 

 

 

Function:? ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

 

Adopted:?????? 21 August 1997 (037

Amended: 2 March 2000 (028)

Last reviewed:? 16 March 2006

 

 

Our Vision

 

Nambucca Valley ~ Living at its best

 

Our Mission Statement

 

?The Nambucca Valley will value and protect its natural environment, maintain its assets and infrastructure and develop opportunities for its people.?

 

 

1.0???? Policy objective

 

To advise define of Council?s requirements regarding the provision of new street lighting on public roads within the Nambucca Local Government area having consideration for the safety and security of the community and improved environmental performance.

 

2.0???? Related legislation

 

AS1158 Road Lighting

 

3.0?????? Definitions

 

4.0???? Policy statement

 

Urban Areas

 

1????????? All street lighting provided on public roads shall be designed in compliance with the specifications outlined in the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 

2????????? The lighting category applicable to the roadway for which new street lighting is being provided shall be that nominated by Council?s representative in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 

3????????? All new street lighting provided on public roads shall be standard structures and components in compliance with the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 


2

4a??????? For street lighting associated with new residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions, the street lighting is to become operational when the public roads are created and opened to the public or if the electricity reticulation is installed after the public roads are created and opened then the street lighting shall become operational as soon as installation has been completed by the electricity distributor.

 

??????????? Council may use its discretion and request the electricity distributor not to energise the street lighting upon the installation of the cabling and poles, dependent upon the exact details of each location.? As a guide, a six month delay (or the construction of a significant number of houses before six months has expired) is an acceptable period of time before energising the street lighting.

 

4b??????? In all new subdivisions where street lighting is required the developer is required to install low energy use 42 watt CF Suburban Eco lamps or 70 watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps (Council Resolution 2 September 2004) when the ECO lamp is not feasible.

 

5????????? All street lighting on public roads within Council?s area will be owned and maintained by Country Energy (local electricity distributor), who will also be responsible for the after hours emergency call-out for the same.

 

6????????? Council may require the installation of additional and higher standard street lighting within public roads in addition to the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.? Traffic facilities, such as thresholds, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings are examples where this may occur.? The requirement for street lighting in addition to the Standard will be determined after consideration of the details for each individual location.

 

Rural and Rural Residential Areas

 

Street lighting will not be required in rural residential areas or rural areas but the developer may choose to install street lighting.

 

5.0???? History

Policy first adopted on 21 August 1997.

 

Council resolved on 20 July 1989 NOT to require street lighting in rural residential areas.

 

Policy reviewed on 2 March 2000 to require developers to meet any additional costs for annual power supply over and above the standard lighting for the life of the light (est 20 years).

 

Council resolved on 2 September 2004 to require developers to install 70 watt high pressure sodium lamps to reduce running costs.

 

At its meeting on 16 March 2006 Council resolved to remove the Clause requiring the payment by the developer of the annual difference between the cost of standard and prestige lights for 20 years upon advice from Country Energy that costs are the same if standard spacings are used.

 

In 2009 Country Energy introduced the option of lower energy lamps.? These lamps known as 42 watt CF Suburban Eco lamps were installed in Princess Street, Macksville (Fire Brigade) and Rutland Street, Nambucca Heads.? They have proven to provide a satisfactory level of illumination and should be adopted as the standard lamp.

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Lighting - Public Roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

?POLICY

STREET LIGHTING

PUBLIC ROADS

 

 

 

 

Function:? ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

 

Adopted:?????? 21 AUGUST 1997 (037

Amended: 2 MARCH 2000 (028)

Last reviewed:? 16 MARCH 2006

 

 

1.0???? Policy objective

 

To advise of Council?s requirements regarding the provision of new street lighting on public roads within the Nambucca Local Government area.

 

2.0???? Related legislation

3.0?????? Definitions

4.0???? Policy statement

 

Urban Areas

 

1????????? All street lighting provided on public roads shall be designed in compliance with the specifications outlined in the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 

2????????? The lighting category applicable to the roadway for which new street lighting is being provided shall be that nominated by Council?s representative in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 

3????????? All new street lighting provided on public roads shall be standard structures and components in compliance with the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.

 

4a??????? For street lighting associated with new residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions, the street lighting is to become operational when the public roads are created and opened to the public or if the electricity reticulation is installed after the public roads are created and opened then the street lighting shall become operational as soon as installation has been completed by the electricity distributor.

 

??????????? Council may use its discretion and request the electricity distributor not to energise the street lighting upon the installation of the cabling and poles, dependent upon the exact details of each location.

 

4b??????? In all new subdivisions where street lighting is required the developer is required to install 70 watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps (Council Resolution 2 September 2004).

 

5????????? All street lighting on public roads within Council?s area will be owned and maintained by Country Energy (local electricity distributor), who will also be responsible for the after hours emergency call-out for the same.

 


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6????????? Council may require the installation of additional street lighting within public roads in addition to the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard for public lighting AS 1158.? Traffic facilities, such as thresholds, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings are examples where this may occur.? The requirement for street lighting in addition to the Standard will be determined after consideration of the details for each individual location.

 

Rural and Rural Residential Areas

 

Street lighting not be required in rural residential areas or rural areas.

 

5.0???? History

 

Policy first adopted on 21 August 1997.

 

Council resolved on 20 July 1989 NOT to require street lighting in rural residential areas.

 

Policy reviewed on 2 March 2000 to require developers to meet any additional costs for annual power supply over and above the standard lighting for the life of the light (est 20 years).

 

Council resolved on 2 September 2004 to require developers to install 70 watt high pressure sodium lamps to reduce running costs.

 

At its meeting on 16 March 2006 Council resolved to remove the Clause requiring the payment by the developer of the annual difference between the cost of standard and prestige lights for 20 years upon advice from Country Energy that costs are the same if standard spacings are used.

 

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General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director of Engineering Services Report

ITEM 10.2??? SF1031??????????? 140410???????? Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services ????????

 

Summary:

 

The Street Tree Guidelines has not been changed in more than ten years, hence a revision is due.

 

Members of the public made suggestions on tree species they would like included which has occurred if sufficient information about the type of tree was available.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the reviewed Street Tree Guidelines Policy.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1??????? Adopt the reviewed policy

2??????? Not review the policy and retain existing policy

3??????? Engage a consultant to prepare new guidelines.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

A review of the Street Tree Guidelines was requested by Council as a result of adopting a Notice of Motion from Cr Flack.

 

This decision generated feedback from the community and a number of suggestions were made which were mainly suggestions for extra tree species to be included.? These have been added if information was available about the tree, in particular evidence that the tree does not grow higher than 15 metres.

 

The list of acceptable trees is not exhaustive but a tree by tree assessment would require excessive time.

 

The draft revision shows deleted items and additions to assist in the comparison.

 

It is not a major review but rather a refinement that changes sore of the suitable and unsuitable tree species and incorporates Council?s policy on applications for tree removal.

 

The following comments were made by Councillors:

 

Cr Smyth:

 

Page Number

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Response

1

Third paragraph ~

First line:? Replace ?Desirable? with ?desirable?

3rd dot-point: suggest replacing the comma with a dash (-) after the words ?Low maintenance?

4th dot-point: suggest replacing the comma with a day (-) after the words ?Deep rooted?

 

 

Corrected

Changed

 

Changed

3

4 DEVELOPING A ?CHARACTER?

I do not believe that a nominated ?character? or ?theme? is integral to choosing appropriate trees for our street.? Perhaps the idea of a ?theme? could be canvassed in Council?s next Customer Survey?

Subject to further debate.

Each urban area does have a unique character and tree planting can emphasise that point.

 

3

a) Macksville

Second paragraph, 2nd line ~

Was wondering what types of trees are considered to be ?conservative??

 

Third paragraph, 2nd line ~

I am concerned that the use of deciduous trees could cause problems with leaf-litter.

 

Could a proviso be added, after the words ?deciduous trees?, which stipulates ?(in suitable locations, where leaf litter will not obstruct gutters and drains)?

 

Mostly introduced species such as Ash but could include Lilly Pilly.? Generally trees suitable for avenues.

 

Only a small number of the trees considered suitable are deciduous.

 

Agree that the location will dictate suitability.

Cr Moran:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 c)

3 d)

Council received a Commonwealth Grant of $96,000 when planting trees in street by the next day trees were pulled out.? Some people don?t want trees.? They are nuisance.? Roots breaking up kerb and gutter, footpaths, overhanging under power poles.?

 

Trees should be judged on their merits when someone want them.? Don?t force them own peoples? throat.? Why remove trees only when causing a headache.? Council can spend their money on better things.? Less trees means less maintenance.

 

Don?t use Cocos Palms

Avoid creating roosting trees for flying foxes at Bowraville.

Don?t use English trees.

 

Assume this relates to the ?RED? Scheme in 1973.

 

 

 

 

Identifying acceptable locations can be difficult.

 

 

 

 

Agree?Add to unsuitable list

Little choice.

Deleted from Guidelines.

Cr Flack:

 

Page Number

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Response

P 1 Intro

1st para

Agree with deletion of 1st sentence.? Suggest also delete last sentence which is negative and unnecessary.? If it is to stay then suggest wording:

Difficult site conditions combined with the risk of vandalism and limited maintenance resources makes growing and caring for street trees in challenging exercise.

 

Noted

 

Included

Intro

2nd para

Suggest reword to - Planting unsuitable tree species at a given site can cause problems with regard to:

Included

Intro 2nd para dots

Last dot should include risk to private property and include limb drop, so would read

Risk to pedestrians and private property from fallen fruit and seed pods and dropping limbs.

Add:

?????? Failure of tree to thrive

Included

 

 

 

Included

Intro 3rd para

Reword to ? Suitable street tree species possess such characteristics as:

Existing wording is satisfactory.


 

Intro 3rd para

Dots

3rd dot.? Low maintenance should refer to limb drop.? Also what constitutes ?excess watering?? Excess to what? Perhaps would read better as - not requiring watering after establishment.

Add

?????? Provide habitat for native fauna

?????? Suitable to the local climate and site conditions

Limb drop included

 

 

 

Adopted

Included

2 Aims

Agree to deletion of first sentence

Noted

2 (h)

Delete ?minor scratches?, so reads: Minimise possible damage to vehicles

Adopted

2 (k)

Reword to: To select trees suitable to local climate and site conditions.

Adopted

2

Add additional point: (l) Where possible select species which provide habitat for local native wildlife.

Included

3 tree selection

2nd para

Suggest reword to:? Site conditions and constraints such as power lines, footpaths and traffic view lines must be considered when selecting appropriate tree species

 

4

I do not support the ?theme? approach to planting to create town characteristics.? Town characters are created by a combination of a range of values (vegetation being only one of them). The primary focus should be on planting species which are hardy, attractive, and suitable for the site conditions and constraints and require low or no maintenance and minimum or no watering to establish.

I believe the character/theme idea is unnecessary.

I am not convinced that deciduous species are appropriate for street trees given their proximity to, pedestrians, street gutters, drains and in many cases private property (gutters).? I don?t think they should be recommended unless there is a clear need for winter light/solar access and leaf drop is acceptable at the site.

Not included.? Further debate required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list of suitable deciduous trees is small.

 

4

Character

Macksville

What constitutes a conservative tree?? Don?t support deciduous tree suggestion.? These will cause more street gutter/drain congestion and pedestrian risk of slipping especially in CBD when leaves build up and get wet.

A tree suitable in an avenue, symmetrical shape.

4

Character

Bowra

Agree with deletion of English trees for Bowra ? usually these are deciduous also.

Noted

4

Scotts & Valla Beach

Totally agree with ditching the ?tropical island? thing (visions of Gilligan?s Is/movie world/theme park) Yuk

Noted

5 tree locations

a)

Perhaps the inclusion of the word trunk after tree for clarification? ie

The roadside edge of a mature tree trunk should be no closer than 1.5 metres to the kerb face?etc

 

Included

6 tree maintenance

Reword suggest:

Preferred street trees species are those which require minimum maintenance.

Adopted


 

6 tree maintenance

a)

Suggest

Routine maintenance is carried out to ensure:

Included

6 tree maintenance

a) ii

Suggest reword to be consistent with sentence above:

 

Juvenile trees do not develop limbs which block

footpaths, prevent parking or strike vehicles

travelling in traffic lanes.

Adopted

6 tree maintenance

b) Lopping

Suggest

Lopping of street trees will be considered under the following circumstances:

Adopted

6 tree maintenance

b) Lopping ii

This should be done only if the owner of the property agrees or requests such action.? How can Council staff establish that a room is affected to the point of affecting ?healthiness? or indeed is adversely affecting health, especially without entering the room?? The occupant and or owner may appreciate the effect ie night shift workers.? Suggest therefore reword to:

(ii)? If a tree is reducing the transmission of natural light and ventilation to a habitable room to the extent that it is adversely affecting human health.? This action will only be undertaken in consultation with the property owner/occupier.

 

Wording changed.? Always meant to be at the instigation of the house owner.

6 tree maintenance

b) Lopping iv

Suggest:

(iii)? To meet regulatory requirements relating to maintaining trees at specified clearances from power lines. Council has an agreement with Country Energy relating to street tree maintenance.

 

Questions ? Do we still have an agreement?? What does it involve? Does it require review? Should more information relating to this be in this policy? ?

Wording changed.

 

 

 

 

 

Country Energy prune or lop trees.? Council cleans up and removes the lopping.

Suggested new section

Planting under power lines is an important issue and should be covered in its own section rather than as part of the lopping section.

Therefore I suggest placing the info listed in 6 b) ii) relating to Country Energy in a new section.

 

I could not find reference to the Powerline Preferred Plants booklet on country energy?s website ? maybe it is now out of production? There were however a number of relevant fact sheets which should be referred to.

 

Suggest:

9 PLANTING UNDER POWERLINES

Country Energy produce a booklet called ?Power Line Preferred Plants? and is available from??? The booklet? lists plants suitable for growing under lines on private property, however some are suitable as street trees where power lines are located over footpaths.

Country Energy also provide a number of relevant fact sheets on its website at www.countryenergy.com.au

Should there be some safety warning about not attempting to lop trees which are growing in close proximity or touching power lines?

Matter referred to Country Energy seeking updated information.

7 removal of trees d)

Suggest reword to:

The tree has directly caused three or more road accidents in a five year period.

 

This would then cover situations where there is r cause of the accidents other than the tree but the tree happens to be in the crash zone ie if the cause of the accidents is removed then the tree is likely to no longer be an issue and therefore remain.

 

Agree

8

Unsuitable trees

Remove the word ?simply? from the new addition to end of first para.

Noxious weed trees and environmental weed trees should be listed in an Appendix

Suggest delete the first sentence of second para with new wording:

 

No new plantings of unsuitable species as listed in Appendix B or trees listed as noxious or environmental weeds (in Appendix?)will be permitted.

 

Existing unsuitable trees will be progressively removed from streets as funds permit.

 

Deleted

 

To much information.

 

Details on noxious weeds need to be addressed separately.

Appendix tables

Would benefit from inclusion of grid lines for easier referencing across columns.

Suggest additional column which identifies local native species. Space exists in the current format to include. This is information which many people seek.

Included

Appendix A

 

Suitable species

Aust natives

?????? Agree with additions and deletions (exotics) to list

?????? Grevilleas tend to look messy and unattractive without pruning.? Moonlight not so much.? But they are probably not suitable for high profile sites ie main street plantings.

?????? All Acacias are relatively short lived and also not suitable for main street planting, however if they are to be included then Acacia chrysotricha (Newry Golden Wattle) should be added to the list.? This beautiful ornamental local native tree known to grow only in a small area south of Bellingen and north of Bowraville/Macksville.? It grows 8 -15m and is an endangered species.? Jaaningga Nature Reserve on the shire?s northern boundary was established to protect the only known population of this species.

?????? Melaleuca styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark) can grow up to 20m.? M quinquenervia (Common Paperbark) would be a better choice with similar attributes but only growing 10-15m

?????? Westringia brevifolia is a rare Tasmanian shrub growing two meters (listed as rare under Tas TSA).? Not sure why it has been included in list of street trees?

 

Noted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Added

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20m too high for urban area.? Change to M quinquenervia

 

 

 

Changed to Westringia fruiticosa (Native Rosemary)

 

Appendix A

 

Suitable species

Introduced species

I believe that Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry laurel) might have the potential to become a weed species. It produces fruit which is likely to be attractive to native birds.? In some regions in the northern hemisphere its rapid growth, evergreen habit and tolerance of drought and shade allow it to out-compete and kill off native plant species. I think it would be better to be sure about this plant before listing it.?

 

Personally I would prefer to see only native species planted.? The choices are enormous ? far more than those listed in Appendix A and especially local natives, more likely to tolerate local conditions and create an Australian sense of place.

Retained.

 

Tough shrub that grows 5-15m tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardeners expect access to a wide range of species including introduced trees.

Appendix A

species corrections

 

?????? Abarema sapindoides (Snow Wood) was the former name of Pararchidendron pruinosum? (Snow Wood) therefore delete the former.?

?????? Acacia prominens is usually known as the Gosford Wattle not Golden Rain.? Given that the Golden Rain Tree is a known problem exotic (& on the unsuitable list), it would be wise to refer to this species as the Gosford Wattle to avoid any confusion.

?????? Buckinghamia celsissima is known as the Ivory Curl Flower rather than Ivory Curl Tree

Confirmed and changed.

 

 

 

Gosford Wattle adopted.

 

 

 

 

Changed.

Appendix A

spelling corrections

?????? Glochidion ferdinandi

?????? Hakea laurina (lower case l)

?????? Lagunaria patersonii

?????? Melaleuca linariifolia (should also be reversed with M. styphelioides to maintain alphabetic order)

?????? Melaleuca styphelioides

?????? Mischocarpus australis (lower case a)

?????? Pararchidendron pruinosum

?????? Pittosporum phylliraeoides

?????? Syzygium luehmannii

?????? Syzygium oleosum

?????? Syzygium paniculatum

 

Non natives

?????? Cercis siliquastrum

Changed.

Appendix B

Unsuitable species

Add to list

?????? Syagrus romanzoffianum (Cocos Palm) ? Listed on weeds Australia.? Is high maintenance with frond and fruit drop, also seed dispersed by water, flying foxes and birds.? Proliferates in riparian areas. Invasive

?????? Erythrina x sykesii (Coral Tree)

?????? Erythrina crista-galli (Cockscomb Coral Tree)

?????? Eucalyptus grandis (Flooded Gum)

?????? Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt)

?????? Gleditsia triacanthosa (Honey Locust)

?????? Pinus elliottii (Slash Pine)

?????? Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells)

?????? Toxicodendron succedaneum (Rhus Tree ) ? This is a listed noxious plant but if we are not going to create a list for this doc then it should be listed here given that it is highly toxic causing severe allergic reaction.

Added.

Appendix B

Unsuitable species

Pinus radiate (not pnius)

Spelling corrected.

Appendix C

 

This Appendix should be the list of Noxious Tree species and Environmental Weed tree species relevant to the Nambucca (rather than a one liner reference to them at the bottom of the list on p9).??? Appendix A would then list any other unsuitable species ? unsuitable more due to their growth habits.

Details on noxious weeds needs to be addressed separately.

Appendix D

Appendix C would then become Appendix D.

If the Tree Removal/Pruning on Public Land form is to be including in each copy of the guidelines, then reference should be made to Council?s Tree Maintenance and Removal Policy as there is no information in the guideline as to the ?how why and when? of street tree removal or pruning.? There is also no mention on the form of the $110 fee (2007/08) listed in the policy.?

 

This is a related policy and required review. I believe the fee is a deterrent to people applying for tree maintenance etc and should be reconsidered.

 

Also in the Note at the start of the Form the words ?Council does not have a Tree Preservation Order? should be deleted.? It is misleading and implies that a TPO automatically requires consent for tree removal on private land when in fact a TPO can be designed with any range of mechanisms and could just ask easily NOT require consent for such an activity.? Therefore the wording should simply be:

Council consent is not required for removal of a tree on private property in an urban area.

Delete from street tree guidelines.?

 

Removal is a separate issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fee is about cost recovery.

 

 

 

Statement aims at preventing unnecessary applications being lodged.

 

Form deleted.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Councillors.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The use of local natives has the benefit of improving the local vegetation mix of species even though they are planted in isolation.

 

Social

 

The community at large has a wide range of opinions about trees and landscaping.

 

Economic

 

The presentation of a town and rural areas in terms of the presence and type of vegetation has an influence on how an area is perceived.

 

Risk

 

The Guidelines identify the risk of ongoing maintenance, impact on infrastructure etc.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

No impact.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

No impact.

 

Attachments:

1View

7848/2010 - Draft Revised Street Tree Guidelines

 

2View

27726/2009 - Current - Street Tree Guidelines

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

STREET TREE GUIDELINES

 

DRAFT REVISED (14 APRIL 2010) VERSION 2.0

 

 

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Page

 

1??????????? INTRODUCTION??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1

 

2??????????? AIMS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 2

 

3??????????? TREE SELECTION??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 2

 

4??????????? DEVELOPING A ?CHARACTER??????????????????????????????????????????????????? 3

 

5??????????? TREE LOCATIONS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4

 

6??????????? TREE MAINTENANCE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4

 

7??????????? REMOVAL OF TREES?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 5

 

8??????????? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES??????????????????????????????????????????????????? 6

 

????????????? APPENDIX A ? SUITABLE STREET TREES??????????????????????????????? 7

 

????????????? APPENDIX B ? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES?????????????????????????? 9

 

 

 

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

Attachment 1

Draft Revised Street Tree Guidelines

 

 

1?????? INTRODUCTION

 

The streetscape is a harsh environment of poor and compacted soils, cramped conditions and pollution.? Difficult site conditions combined with the risk of vandalism and limited maintenance resources makes growing and caring for street trees a challenging exercise.

 

Planting unsuitable tree species at a given sit can cause problems in regard to:

 

???? Road Safety

 

???? Interference to overhead electrical wires and lighting

 

???? Damage to footpaths, gutters and roads

 

???? Blockage and breakage of sewerage pipes

 

???? Foundation damage to buildings

 

???? Obstruction to pedestrians (branches)

 

???? Risk to pedestrians and private property (fruit, seed pods and dropping limbs)

 

???? Failure of tree to grow and thrive.

 

 

The aim is to select desirable trees that can combat such conditions and possess these characteristics:

 

???? Long lived to reduce replacement costs and provide continuity

 

???? Drought and wind tolerant

 

???? Low maintenance - tree does not drop fruit, or seed pods or limbs, nor require excess watering or regular pruning after establishment.

 

???? Deep rooted - a central tap root causes less damage than spreading roots

 

???? Does not grow excessively tall

 

???? Disease and pollution resistant

 

???? Suitable to the local climate and site conditions

 

???? Provide habitat for native fauna.

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

Attachment 1

Draft Revised Street Tree Guidelines

 

 

2?????? AIMS

 

The principal aims are to improve aesthetics, provide shade, reduce noise, provide screening, wind protection, create habitat for native fauna and importantly create a theme that reflects the character of each township.

 

These aims can be expanded to become the following list of objectives:

 

a)????? To reflect the character of each village and township.

 

b)????? To improve the aesthetics of urban areas.

 

c)????? To provide shelter from the sun and wind.

 

d)????? Minimise conflict between trees and pedestrians.

 

e)????? Minimise the effect of trees on traffic safety in the areas of sight distance and roadside hazards.

 

f)?????? To protect trees on streets from damage and vandalism.

 

g)????? Protect historically important trees.

 

h)????? Minimise possible damage to vehicles.

 

i)?????? Reduce and prevent conflict between trees and services such as water and sewerage pipes.

 

j)??????? Reduce and prevent damage to structures such as road, footpaths, kerb and gutter and buildings.

 

k)????? To select trees suitable to the local climate and site conditions.

 

??????????? l)?????? Where possible, select species which provide habitat for local nature and

???????????????????? wildlife

 

 

3?????? TREE SELECTION

 

The tree species to be planted can be selected from the list in Appendix A.

 

The final site conditions and constrains such as power lines, footpaths and traffic view lines must be considered when selecting appropriate tree species.

 

Regard should also be given to the selected species contributing to the town or village ?character?.

 


 

4?????? DEVELOPING A ?CHARACTER?

 

Each urban area has a nominated ?character? or theme and the aim is to enhance this by choosing appropriate street trees.

 

a)??? Macksville

 

This town is the commercial and civic centre of the Shire.

 

The character should reflect this view of the town.? Landscaping needs to emphasise this theme by? using trees that are traditional, conservative, durable, even stately.

 

Street tree planting that suits this style includes avenues, formal planting, use of deciduous trees and those with symmetrical shapes both native and introduced species.

 

b)??? Nambucca Heads

 

This is the largest town and focus of the greatest tourist numbers.? The ?character? needs to reflect the a holiday atmosphere.

 

Suitable street trees to emphasise this mood would have colourful flowers or foliage and be tropical or rainforest species.

 

c)??? Scotts Head and Valla Beach

 

Both are small coastal villages that cater to a large influx of visitors at holiday periods.

 

The nominated theme is again to reflect a coastal holiday.? Australian natives tolerant to the harsh conditions are appropriate.

 

d)??? Bowraville

 

This town has an historical background that can be emphasised by compatible tree planting.

 

Trees with a heritage value need to be protected.? Australian natives would best promote the theme.

 

e)??? Eungai Creek, Eungai Rail, Taylors Arm

 

These are small villages typical of rural Australia and the tree planting should reflect this feeling.

 

Australian natives are the most appropriate species to use as street trees.

 

5?????? TREE LOCATIONS

 

To avoid future problems it is necessary to plant trees in the correct locations.? The following guidelines are to be used in positioning new trees:

 

a)??? The roadside edge of a mature tree trunk should be no closer than 1.5 metres to the kerb face where there is no likelihood of a concrete path being constructed.? Council does not permit landscaping within 1.5 metres of the kerb to prevent obstructions to pedestrians.

 

Where a concrete path has been built or is likely to be built (eg near schools, commercial areas and high density housing) then the roadside edge of the mature tree should be located 2.4 metres from the kerb face.

 

b)??? At intersections the trees are to be no closer than 10 metres from the property boundary line.

 

c)??? Sharp bends in streets may be unsuitable areas for street trees as they may restrict vision for motorists.

 

d)??? Trees are not to be planted in areas where there is obvious evidence of vehicle accidents such as scuffed power poles and kerbs or repaired house fences.

 

e)??? At driveways, pedestrian crossings and bus stops no minimum distance is nominated but trees should be chosen that are suitable for pruning of the lower branches to give a clear sight for motorists and not be a ?bushy? type tree.

 

 

6?????? TREE MAINTENANCE

 

Preferred street tree species are those which require minimum maintenance.

 

a)??? Routine Maintenance is carried out to ensure:

 

i???? Sight distance or road lighting is not obstructed by existing tree and shrub canopies.

 

ii??? Juvenile trees do not develop lower limbs that block footpaths, prevent parking or are likely to be struck by vehicular traffic travelling in traffic lanes.


 

6?????? TREE MAINTENANCE (continued)

 

b)??? Lopping

 

A street tree will be considered for lopping under the following circumstances:

 

i?????? When a tree is interfering with or may interfere with the efficiency of a solar panel and at the request of the owner.

 

ii??? If a tree is interfering with the healthiness of a habitable room by reducing the transmission of natural light and ventilation as determined by the house owner.

 

iii??? Country Energy is required to comply with regulations relating to power supplies.? This means lopping of trees to maintain specified clearances from power lines.? Council has an agreement with Country Energy relating to street tree maintenance.? Country Energy has a document called ?Vegetation Management Plan?.? This document is on their website and it lists, on page 15, tree species that are not suitable under power lines.

 

 

7?????? REMOVAL OF TREES

 

There are circumstances when the only option is to remove a tree.? When determining whether or not a tree is to be removed the following factors will be taken into consideration:

 

a)?? The tree is dead, dying, diseased or dangerous.

 

b)?? The tree is causing or likely to cause damage to existing buildings.? New buildings should be located and designed to avoid the unnecessary destruction of existing trees.

 

c)??? The tree is interfering with sewerage, stormwater or water mains to the extent that structural damage is being caused.? Blockage of the pipe is insufficient reason alone.? Consider also the condition of the pipe and the possibility of future problems.? Trees listed as ?Unsuitable Street Trees? in Appendix B can be removed immediately.

 

d)?? The tree has directly caused three or more road accidents in a five year period.

 

e)?? The tree has caused damage to the footpath, kerb and gutter or road and those items are currently being reconstructed.

 

f)??? The tree is required to be removed for approved roadworks provided reasonable consideration has been given to alternative locations for such work.

 

 

g)?? Risk of personal injury posed by the tree.?

 

Requests by residents for maintenance or removal of trees on public land can be made in writing.? An application form can be downloaded from Council?s website.?

 

 

8?????? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES

 

Many trees are well known as ?troublesome?.? They may have substantial root systems, grow very tall, drop large fruit or be ?illegal? trees because they are declared as noxious plants or environmental weeds.

 

Some of the trees are already planted and growing within footpaths.? No new plantings of these trees will be permitted and further any existing trees will be progressively removed from streets as funds permit.

 

This list of unsuitable trees is attached as Appendix B.

 


APPENDIX A

 

TREE SELECTION - (SUITABLE STREET TREES)

 

Species

Suitable under Powerlines

Risk of Sewerage Damage

Possible Pedestrian Obstruction

A?? AUSTRALIAN SPECIES

 

 

 

Acacia chrysotricha (Newry Golden Wattle)

Y

 

 

Acacia elata (Cedar Wattle)

 

 

 

Acacia floribunda (White Sally)

Y

 

Y

Acacia prominens (Gosford Wattle)

 

 

 

Acmena smithii (Lily Pily)

Y

 

 

Alphitonia excelsa (Red Ash)

 

 

 

Angophora bakeri (Small Leaved Apple)

Y

 

 

Archidendron grandiflorum (Pink laceflower)

 

 

 

Backhousia myrtifolia (Grey Myrtle)

 

 

 

Banksia ericifolia (Heath Banksia)

Y

 

 

Banksia integrifolia (White Honeysuckle)

 

 

 

Banksia serrata (Red Honeysuckle)

Y

 

 

Buckinghamia celsissima (Ivory Curl Flower)

 

 

 

Callistemon citrinus (Red Bottle Brush)

Y

 

 

Callistemon salignus (Willow Bottle Brush)

Y

Y

 

Callistemon viminalis (Drooping Bottle Brush)

 

Y

Y

Casuarina glauca (Swamp Oak)

 

 

 

Casuarina Littoralis (Black She Oak)

 

 

 

Ceratopetalum gummifera (Christmas Bush)

Y

 

 

Cupaniopsis anacardiodes (Tuckeroo)

 

 

 

Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus gummifera (Red Bloodwood)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus nicholii (Small Leaved Peppermint)

 

 

 

Glochidion ferdinandi (Cheese Tree)

 

 

 

Grevillea banksii (Banks Grevillea)

Y

 

 

Grevillea banksii x G whiteana (Grevillea Moonlight)

 

Y

 

Grevillea ?sandra gordon? (Sandra Gordon)

Y

 

 

Hakea laurina (Pincushion Hakea)

 

Y

 

Hakea salicifolia (Willow Leaved Hakea)

 

Y

 

Harpullia pendula (Tulip Wood)

 

 

 

Hymenosporum fiavum (Native Frangipani)

 

 

 

Jagera pseudorhus (Foambark tree)

 

 

 

Lagunaria patersonii (Norfolk Island Hibiscus)

 

 

 

Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon Scented Tea Tree)

 

 

Y

Melaleuca alternifolia (Needle Leaf Tea Tree)

 

 

 

Melaleuca armillaris (Giant Honey Myrtle)

Y

 

Y

Melaleuca bracteata (White Cloud Tree)

 

 

 

Melaleuca linariifolia (Snow in Spring)

 

 

 

Melaleuca quinquenervia (Broad-leaved Paperbark)

 

 

 

Melaleuca styphelioides

 

 

 

Mischocarpus australis (Red Pear Fruit)

 

 

 

Neolitsea dealbata (White Bolly Gum)

 

 

 

Parachidendron pruinosum (Snow Wood)

 

 

 

Pittosporum phylliraeoides (Butterbush)

 

Y

 

Pittosporum rhombifolium (Queensland Pittosporum)

 

 

 

Pittosporum undulatum (Pittosporum)

 

 

 

Podocarpus elatus (Plum Pine)

 

 

 

Syzygium luehmanni (Lilly Pilly)

Y

 

 

Syzygium oleosum (Blue Lilly Pilly)

 

 

 

Syzygium paniculatum or australis (Brush Cherry)

 

 

 

Tristania laurina (Water Gum)

Y

 

 

Westringia fruiticosa (Native Rosemary)

Y

 

 

 

 

 

Species

Suitable Under Powerlines

Risk of Sewerage Damage

Possible Pedestrian Obstruction

B?? INTRODUCED SPECIES

 

 

 

Bauhinia purpurea (Butterfly Tree)

 

 

 

Bauhinia variegata (Orchid Tree)

Y

Y

 

Camellia sasanqua (Camellia)

Y

 

 

Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree)

 

 

 

Caesalpinia ferrea (Leopard Tree)

 

 

 

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Barbardoes Tree)

 

 

 

Delonix regia (Poinciana Tree)

N

Y

Y

Fraxinus oxycarpa (Desert Ash)

 

 

 

Lagerstroemia (Crepe Myrtle)

Y

Y

 

Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas Bush)

 

 

 

Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX B

 

TREE SELECTION - (UNSUITABLE STREET TREES)

 

No new plantings of trees from this list are permitted within footpaths, and further any existing trees will be progressively removed from streets.

 

Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)

Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)

Casuarina cunninghamiana (River She Oak)

Casuarina glauca (Swamp Oak)

Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Laurel)

Cotoneaster species (Cotoneaster)

Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum)

Eucalyptus cladocalyx (Sugar Gum)

Eucalyptus maculata (Spotted Gum)

Eucalyptus torelliana (Cadagi)

Ficus elastica (Rubber Tree)

Fraxinus oxycarpa (Desert Ash)

Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak)

Ligustrum species (Privet)

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda)

Koelreuteria paniculate (Golden Rain Tree)

Melia azedarach (White Cedar)

Nerium oleander (Oleander)

Ochna serrulata? (Ochna)

Pinus radiata (Radiata Pine)

Plantanus (Plane Tree)

Poplus species (Poplars)

Salix species (Willows)

Saplum sebiforum (Chinese Tallow Tree)

Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree)

Schinus molle (Peppercorn)

Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cocus Palm)

Tristania conferta (Brush Box)

Ulmus Procera (Elms)

Syagrus romanzoffianum (Cocos Palm) ? Listed on weeds Australia.? Is high maintenance with frond and fruit drop, also seed dispersed by water, flying foxes and birds.? Proliferates in riparian areas. Invasive

Erythrina x sykesii (Coral Tree)

Erythrina crista-galli (Cockscomb Coral Tree)

Eucalyptus grandis (Flooded Gum)

Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt)

Gleditsia triacanthosa (Honey Locust)

Pinus elliottii (Slash Pine)

Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells)

Toxicodendron succedaneum (Rhus Tree ) ? This is a listed noxious plant but if we are not going to create a list for this doc then it should be listed here given that it is highly toxic causing severe allergic reaction.

 

 

Noxious plants (plants that are gazetted as noxious plants which includes Pampas Grass, Tree of Heaven, Blackberry and Scotch Broom).

Environmental weeds for this area

Trees known to grow higher than 15 m.


 

Address Application to:?????? The General Manager Nambucca Shire Council? PO Box 177 Macksville? NSW? 2447

 

Enquiries to:???????????????????????? Department Engineering Services ? Telephone: (02) 6568 0230

 

Note:?????????????????????????????????????? Application to be completed in black pen please. ?Consent to remove a tree on your land in an urban area is not required.?

 

 

1

Location of your Property

Unit No.

House No

Street

 

 

 

 

 

We need this to correctly identify the land in relation to the tree.

Suburb

 

 

PART 2

APPLICATION DETAILS

 

2

Nature of Application

 

Remove

Prune

 

 

Please describe briefly everything that you want approved by the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Required Sketch

??? 2 copies of a plan indicating position of the tree to be removed or pruned

??? Photograph

 

PART 3

DECLARATION

4

Declaration

 

I apply for approval to have the works described in this application carried out.? I declare that all the information in the application and checklist is, to the best of my knowledge true and correct.? I acknowledge that if the information provided is misleading any approval granted ?may be void?.

 

 

 

Signature

Date


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Error! No document variable supplied.

 

 

OFFICE USE ONLY

6

Other Approvals Necessary

Road Obstruction (temporary)

 

 

7

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The likely impact on surrounding environment (including neighbours) of the tree being removed or pruned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

COUNCIL OFFICERS REPORT - (Horticultural) (Assessment in accordance with Policy attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Signature

 

 

 

9

DETERMINATION

 

 

Refused

Agree to maintenance at Council expense

 

Agree to remove at Council expense

Agree to remove and seek a financial contribution

 

Approve the Applicant to engage a qualified contractor to undertake the work and meet all costs.

 

 

 

 

 

NAME

 

SIGNATURE

 

?


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

STREET TREE GUIDELINES

 

DRAFT VERSION 2.0

 

 

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Page

 

1??????????? INTRODUCTION??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1

 

2??????????? AIMS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 2

 

3??????????? TREE SELECTION??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 2

 

4??????????? DEVELOPING A ?CHARACTER??????????????????????????????????????????????????? 3

 

5??????????? TREE LOCATIONS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4

 

6??????????? TREE MAINTENANCE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 4

 

7??????????? REMOVAL OF TREES?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 5

 

8??????????? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES??????????????????????????????????????????????????? 6

 

????????????? APPENDIX A ? SUITABLE STREET TREES??????????????????????????????? 7

 

????????????? APPENDIX B ? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES?????????????????????????? 9

 

 

 

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

Attachment 2

Current - Street Tree Guidelines

 

 

1?????? INTRODUCTION

 

The selection of tree species suitable for street trees requires consideration of a number of factors.? The streetscape is a harsh environment of poor and compacted soils, cramped conditions and pollution.? Combine this with vandalism and minimal maintenance and you have less than desirable conditions for growing trees.

 

Incorrectly chosen and planted trees can cause problems in a number of areas.? These areas include:

 

???? Road Safety

 

???? Interference to overhead electrical wires and lighting

 

???? Damage to footpaths, gutters and roads

 

???? Blockage and breakage of sewerage pipes

 

???? Foundation damage to buildings

 

???? Obstruction to pedestrians (branches)

 

???? Risk to pedestrians (fruit and seed pods)

 

 

The aim is to select Desirable trees that can combat such conditions and possess these characteristics:

 

???? Long lived to reduce replacement costs and provide continuity

 

???? Drought and wind tolerant

 

???? Low maintenance, tree does not drop fruit or seed pods nor require excess watering or regular pruning

 

???? Deep rooted, a central tap root causes less damage than spreading roots

 

???? Does not grow excessively tall

 

???? Disease and pollution resistant

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

Attachment 2

Current - Street Tree Guidelines

 

 

2?????? AIMS

 

The reasons for having street trees will also influence the choice of types.? The principal aims are to improve aesthetics, provide shade, reduce noise, provide screening, wind protection, create habitat for native fauna and importantly create a theme that reflects the character of each township.

 

These aims can be expanded to become the following list of objectives:

 

a)????? To reflect the character of each village and township.

 

b)????? To improve the aesthetics of urban areas.

 

c)????? To provide shelter from the sun and wind.

 

d)????? Minimise conflict between trees and pedestrians.

 

e)????? Minimise the effect of trees on traffic safety in the areas of sight distance and roadside hazards.

 

f)?????? To protect trees on streets from damage and vandalism.

 

g)????? Protect historically important trees.

 

h)????? Minimise the possible damage to vehicles from minor scratches.

 

i)?????? Reduce and prevent conflict between trees and services such as water and sewerage pipes.

 

j)??????? Reduce and prevent damage to structures such as road, footpaths, kerb and gutter and buildings.

 

k)????? To select trees suitable to the climate.

 

 

3?????? TREE SELECTION

 

The tree species to be planted can be selected from the list in Appendix A.

 

The final selection depends on the town or village ?character?, the restriction of the site such as power lines and footpaths and traffic/pedestrian requirements.

 


 

4?????? DEVELOPING A ?CHARACTER?

 

Each urban area has a nominated ?character? or theme and the aim is to enhance this by choosing appropriate street trees.

 

a)??? Macksville

 

This town is the commercial and civic centre of the Shire.

 

The character should reflect this view of the town.? Landscaping needs to emphasise this theme by? using trees that are traditional, conservative, durable, even stately.

 

Street tree planting that suits this style includes avenues, formal planting, use of deciduous trees and those with symmetrical shapes both native and introduced species.

 

b)??? Nambucca Heads

 

This is the largest town and focus of the greatest tourist numbers.? The ?character? needs to reflect the a holiday atmosphere.

 

Suitable street trees to emphasise this mood would have colourful flowers or foliage and be tropical or rainforest species.

 

c)??? Scotts Head and Valla Beach

 

Both are small coastal villages that cater to a large influx of visitors at holiday periods.

 

The nominated theme is to create the feeling of a tropical island. again to reflect a coastal holiday.? Australian natives tolerant to the harsh conditions are appropriate.

 

d)??? Bowraville

 

This town has an historical background that can be emphasised by compatible tree planting.

 

Trees with a heritage value need to be protected.? Traditional English trees combined with Australian natives would best promote the theme.

 

e)??? Eungai Creek, Eungai Rail, Taylors Arm

 

These are small villages typical of rural Australia and the tree planting should reflect this feeling.

 

Australian natives are the most appropriate species to use as street trees.

 

5?????? TREE LOCATIONS

 

To avoid future problems it is necessary to plant trees in the correct locations.? The following guidelines are to be used in positioning new trees:

 

a)??? The roadside edge of a mature tree should be no closer than 1.5 metres to the kerb face where there is no likelihood of a concrete path being constructed.? Council does not permit landscaping within 1.5 metres of the kerb to prevent obstructions to pedestrians.

 

Where a concrete path has been built or is likely to be built (eg near schools, commercial areas and high density housing) then the roadside edge of the mature tree should be located 2.4 metres from the kerb face.

 

b)??? At intersections the trees are to be no closer than 10 metres from the property boundary line.

 

c)??? Sharp bends in streets may be unsuitable areas for street trees as they may restrict vision for motorists.

 

d)??? Trees are not to be planted in areas where there is obvious evidence of vehicle accidents such as scuffed power poles and kerbs or repaired house fences.

 

e)??? At driveways, pedestrian crossings and bus stops no minimum distance is nominated but trees should be chosen that are suitable for pruning of the lower branches to give a clear sight for motorists and not be a ?bushy? type tree.

 

 

6?????? TREE MAINTENANCE

 

It is the intention to have street trees that require minimal maintenance but there will always be situations that require attention.

 

a)??? Routine Maintenance ? carried out to ensure:

 

i???? Sight distance or road lighting is not obstructed by existing tree and shrub canopies.

 

ii??? Juvenile trees need to be pruned so that lower limbs do not develop that block footpaths, prevent parking or are likely to be struck by vehicular traffic travelling in traffic lanes.


 

6?????? TREE MAINTENANCE (continued)

 

b)??? Lopping

 

A street tree will be considered for lopping under three circumstances:

 

ii??? When a tree is interfering with or may interfere with the efficiency of a solar panel.

 

iii??? If a tree is interfering with the healthiness of a habitable room by reducing the transmission of natural light and ventilation.

 

 

iv??? Country Energy is required to comply with regulations relating to power supplies.? This means lopping of trees to maintain specified clearances from power lines.? A booklet called ?Power Line Preferred Plants? lists plants suitable for growing under lines.? These trees are meant to be planted on private property, however, some are suitable as street trees where power lines are located over footpaths.? Council has an agreement with Country Energy relating to street tree maintenance.

 

 

7?????? REMOVAL OF TREES

 

There are circumstances when the only option is to remove a tree.? When determining whether or not a tree is to be removed the following factors will be taken into consideration:

 

a)?? The tree is dead, dying, diseased or dangerous.

 

b)?? The tree is causing or likely to cause damage to existing buildings.? New buildings should be located and designed to avoid the unnecessary destruction of existing trees.

 

c)??? The tree is interfering with sewerage, stormwater or water mains to the extent that structural damage is being caused.? Blockage of the pipe is insufficient reason alone.? Consider also the condition of the pipe and the possibility of future problems.? Trees listed as ?Unsuitable Street Trees? in Appendix B can be removed immediately.

 

d)?? The tree has been involved in three or more road accidents in a five year period.

 

e)?? The tree has caused damage to the footpath, kerb and gutter or road and those items are currently being reconstructed.

 

f)??? The tree is required to be removed for approved roadworks provided reasonable consideration has been given to alternative locations for such work.

 

g)?? Risk of personal injury posed by the tree.?

 

Requests by residents for maintenance or removal of trees on public land can be made in writing.? An application form can be downloaded from Council?s website.? An example is attached as Appendix C.

 

 

8?????? UNSUITABLE STREET TREES

 

Many trees are well known as ?troublesome?.? They may have substantial root systems, grow very tall, drop large fruit or be ?illegal? trees because they are declared as noxious plants or simply environmental weeds..

 

Some of the trees are already planted and growing within footpaths.? No new plantings of these trees will be permitted and further any existing trees will be progressively removed from streets as funds permit.

 

This list of unsuitable trees is attached as Appendix B.

 


APPENDIX A

 

TREE SELECTION - (SUITABLE STREET TREES)

 

Species

Suitable under Powerlines

Risk of Sewerage Damage

Possible Pedestrian Obstruction

A?? AUSTRALIAN SPECIES

 

 

 

Abarema sapindoides (Snow Wood)

Y

 

 

Acacia elata (Cedar Wattle)

 

 

 

Acacia floribunda (White Sally)

Y

 

Y

Acacia prominens (Golden Rain)

 

 

 

Acmena smithii (Lily Pily)

Y

 

 

Alphitonia excelsa (Red Ash)

 

 

 

Angophora bakeri (Small Leaved Apple)

Y

 

 

Archidendron grandiflorum (Pink laceflower)

 

 

 

Backhousia myrtifolia (Grey Myrtle)

 

 

 

Banksia ericifolia (Heath Banksia)

Y

 

 

Banksia integrifolia (White Honeysuckle)

 

 

 

Banksia serrata (Red Honeysuckle)

Y

 

 

Buckinghamia celsissima (Ivory Curl Tree)

 

 

 

Callistemon citrinus (Red Bottle Brush)

Y

 

 

Callistemon salignus (Willow Bottle Brush)

Y

Y

 

Callistemon viminalis (Drooping Bottle Brush)

 

Y

Y

Casuarina glauca (Swamp Oak)

 

 

 

Casuarina Littoralis (Black She Oak)

 

 

 

Certaopetalum Ceratopetalum gummifera (Christmas Bush)

Y

 

 

Cupaniopsis anacardiodes (Tuckeroo)

 

 

 

Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus gummifera (Red Bloodwood)

 

 

 

Eucalyptus nicholii (Small Leaved Peppermint)

 

 

 

Glochidion ferdinandii (Cheese Tree)

 

 

 

Grevillea banksii (Banks Grevillea)

Y

 

 

Grevillea banksii x G whiteana (Grevillea Moonlight)

 

Y

 

Grevillea ?sandra gordon? (Sandra Gordon)

Y

 

 

Hakea Laurina (Pincushion Hakea)

 

Y

 

Hakea salicifolia (Willow Leaved Hakea)

 

Y

 

Harpullia pendula (Tulip Wood)

 

 

 

Hymenosporum fiavum (Native Francipani Frangipani)

 

 

 

Jagera pseudorhus (Foambark tree)

 

 

 

Lagunaria patersonia (Norfolk Island Hibiscus)

 

 

 

Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon Scented Tea Tree)

 

 

Y

Melaleuca alternifolia (Needle Leaf Tea Tree)

 

 

 

Melaleuca armillaris (Giant Honey Myrtle)

Y

 

Y

Melaleuca bracteata (White Cloud Tree)

 

 

 

Melaleuca stypheloides (Prickly Paperbark)

 

 

 

Melaleuca linariifola (Snow in Spring)

 

 

 

Mischocarpus Australis (Red Pear Fruit)

 

 

 

Neolitsea dealbata (White Bolly Gum)

 

 

 

Parachidendron pruinosum (Snow Wood)

 

 

 

Pittosporum phillyreoides (Butterbush)

 

Y

 

Pittosporum rhombifolium (Queensland Pittosporum)

 

 

 

Pittosporum undulatum (Pittosporum)

 

 

 

Podocarpus elatus (Plum Pine)

 

 

 

Syzigium luchmannii luehmanni (Lilly Pilly)

Y

 

 

Syzigium oleosum (Blue Lilly Pilly)

 

 

 

Syzigium paniculatum or australis (Brush Cherry)

 

 

 

Tristania laurina (Water Gum)

Y

 

 

Westringia brevifolia (Native Rosemary)

Y

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B CONTD.

 

TREE SELECTION

 

(SUITABLE STREET TREES)

 

 

Species

Suitable Under Powerlines

Risk of Sewerage Damage

Possible Pedestrian Obstruction

A B?? INTRODUCED SPECIES

 

 

 

Acer negundo (Box-Elder Maple)

 

 

 

Bauhinia purpurea (Butterfly Tree)

 

 

 

Bauhinia variegata (Butterfly Bush) (Orchid Tree)

Y

Y

 

Camellia sasanqua (Camellia)

Y

 

 

Cerus siliquastrum (Judas Tree)

 

 

 

Caesalpinia ferrea (Leopard Tree)

 

 

 

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Barbardoes Tree)

 

 

 

Delonix regia (Poinciana Tree)

N

Y

Y

Fraxinus oxycarpa (Desert Ash)

 

 

 

Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Rain Tree)

 

 

 

Lagerstroemia (Crepe Myrtle)

Y

Y

 

Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas Bush)

 

 

 

Pistacia chinensis (Pistacia)

Y

 

 

Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)

 

 

 

Sapium sebiferum (Chinese Tallow Tree)

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX B

 

TREE SELECTION - (UNSUITABLE STREET TREES)

 

No new plantings of trees from this list are permitted within footpaths, and further any existing trees will be progressively removed from streets.

 

Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)

Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)

Casuarina cunninghamiana (River She Oak)

Casuarina glauca (Swamp Oak)

Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Laurel)

Cotoneaster species (Cotoneaster)

Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum)

Eucalyptus cladocalyx (Sugar Gum)

Eucalyptus maculata (Spotted Gum)

Eucalyptus torelliana (Cadagi)

Ficus elastica (Rubber Tree)

Fraxinus oxycarpa (Desert Ash)

Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak)

Ligustrum species (Privet)

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda)

Koelreuteria paniculate (Golden Rain Tree)

Melia azedarach (White Cedar)

Nerium oleander (Oleander)

Ochna serrulata? (Ochna)

Pnius radiata (Radiata Pine)

Plantanus (Plane Tree)

Poplus species (Poplars)

Salix species (Willows)

Saplum sebiforum (Chinese Tallow Tree)

Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree)

Schinus molle (Peppercorn)

Tristania conferta (Brush Box)

Ulmus Procera (Elms)

 

Noxious plants (plants that are gazetted as noxious plants which includes Pampas Grass, Tree of Heaven, Blackberry and Scotch Broom).

 

Environmental weeds for this area

 

Trees known to grow higher than 15 m.


APPENDIX C

 

TREE REMOVAL/PRUNING APPLICATION ON PUBLIC LAND

 


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Street Tree Guidelines

Attachment 2

Current - Street Tree Guidelines

 

 

Address Application to:?????? The General Manager Nambucca Shire Council? PO Box 177 Macksville? NSW? 2447

 

Enquiries to:???????????????????????? Department Engineering Services ? Telephone: (02) 6568 0230

 

Note:?????????????????????????????????????? Application to be completed in black pen please. Council does not have a Tree Preservation Order so consent to remove a tree on your land in an urban area is not required.?

 

PART 1

APPLICATION AND SITE DETAILS

1

Applicant

Mr

 

Mrs

 

Ms

Other

 

 

Name

 

 

 

Postal Address

 

 

 

We will post all letters to this address

 

 

 

Phone

(    )

 

Email

 

 

Mobile

(    )

 

Facsimile

(    )

 

Signature

 

 

 

2

Location of your Property

Unit No.

House No

Street

 

 

 

 

 

We need this to correctly identify the land in relation to the tree.

Suburb

 

 

PART 2

APPLICATION DETAILS

 

3

Nature of Application

 

Remove

Prune

 

 

Please describe briefly everything that you want approved by the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Required Sketch

??? 2 copies of a plan indicating position of the tree to be removed or pruned

??? Photograph

 

PART 3

DECLARATION

5

Declaration

 

I apply for approval to have the works described in this application carried out.? I declare that all the information in the application and checklist is, to the best of my knowledge true and correct.? I acknowledge that if the information provided is misleading any approval granted ?may be void?.

 

 

 

Signature

Date


General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Error! No document variable supplied.

 

 

OFFICE USE ONLY

6

Other Approvals Necessary

Road Obstruction (temporary)

 

 

7

Destruction of Aboriginal Relic

 

Work carried out within 40 metres of foreshore

 

Block roads/streets/laneways

 

 

8

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The likely impact on surrounding environment (including neighbours) of the tree being removed or pruned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

COUNCIL OFFICERS REPORT - (Horticultural) (Assessment in accordance with Policy attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Signature

 

 

 

10

DETERMINATION

 

 

Refused

Agree to maintenance at Council expense

 

Agree to remove at Council expense

Agree to remove and seek a financial contribution

 

Approve the Applicant to engage a qualified contractor to undertake the work and meet all costs.

 

 

 

 

NAME

 

SIGNATURE

 

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General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director of Engineering Services Report

ITEM 10.3??? SF1031??????????? 140410???????? Policy Review - Access of Vehicles on Beaches

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services ????????

 

Summary:

 

The policy has been re-written to state the policy objective, the cooperation approach with neighbouring Councils, greater requirements placed on Commercial Fishermen and exemptions.

 

On 17 February 2010 Council deferred the policy review until the Volunteer Rangers had an opportunity to comment.? No submissions were received from the Rangers.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the reviewed Access of Vehicles on Beaches Policy dated 17 February 2010.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1????????? Adopt reviewed Policy

2????????? Retain old Policy

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The current policy only partly states Council?s position relating to vehicles on beaches.? It does not address the cooperative approach taken with Kempsey and Port Macquarie Councils and does not reflect the recent changes requiring permits by Commercial Fishermen.

 

Councillors? comments:

 

Mayor, Cr Hoban:

 

Page No

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Responses

4

First sentence insert ?permit? before ?conditions? ? otherwise could mean comply with the weather conditions

Inserted

 

 

Cr Moran:

 

Page No

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Responses

 

What about the map supplied by threes Shires if all Shires have not got the same Rules then why have a map covering the three Shires.?

 

 

We use to have meetings at Kempsey to control all rules in the three Shires.? Bellingen did not want to be part.

 

 

Kempsey and Port Macquarie Shire Councils requested to adopt the extra rule for Commercial Fishermen.

 

Not aware of joint meetings.? Nambucca requested participation in a joint meeting that included state government departments as well as the 3 Councils to finalise a draft Memorandum of Understanding for 4WD Beach Access (January 2009).? Follow up letter sent.

 

 

Cr Flack:

 

Page No

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Responses

4.0

2

The ?some beaches? referred to re licensed prof. Fishers having access to them, should be listed for clarity.? This is for the benefit of not only the prof. fishers but for Council?s rangers and the general public.? Eliminating confusion and/or doubt will save time and work for Council volunteers and employees.

Relates to the old policy.

 

New maps being drafted.

4.0

2

Again the italicised paragraph should be specific regarding which beaches, keys etc contacts for the Nambucca Shire beaches.

Relates to the old policy.

4.0

4

All fineable offences relating to beach access for vehicles should be listed here not just lack of a permit eg dangerous driving, driving in dunal areas etc.

Relates to the old policy.

Additional comment

Reference should also be made to Council maintaining accurate information for permit holder sand the public regarding beach access/permit rules, its rangers and the committee.

Included as 4.5

Additional comment

As Council?s policies all go online, would it be worth listing related policies, so that someone checking for information be aware of any other requirements?

Other policies can be listed under Clause 2.0

Additional comment

History?

History added.

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Councillors

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Greater compliance in restricting vegetation dune damage required of Commercial Fishermen.

 

Social

 

Greater controls placed on Commercial Fishermen as a result of community feedback during the November to April fishing seasons.

 

Economic

 

Small increase in the number of permits issued.? Not expected to reduce the number of Commercial Fishermen.

 

Risk

 

Patrols by Council?s Ranger in December 2009/January 2010 showed a high level of compliance with the majority of beach users holding current permits.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Negligible.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Small increase in permit increase, offset by greater Ranger patrols.

 

 

Attachments:

1View

893/2010 - Policy for Review - Access of Vehicles to Council Beaches

 

2View

3990/2006 - Current Policy - Beaches - Permits - Access of Vehicles to Council's Beaches

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Access of Vehicles on Beaches

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

ACCESS OF VEHICLES TO COUNCIL?S BEACHES POLICY

 

 

 

Function:? ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

 

Adopted:? 2 May 1996

Last reviewed:? 16 September 2004

 

 

Our Vision

 

Nambucca Valley ~ Living at its best

 

Our Mission Statement

 

?The Nambucca Valley will value and protect its natural environment, maintain its assets and infrastructure and develop opportunities for its people.?

 

 

1.0?????? Policy objective

 

To define the locations and conditions where vehicles may drive on beaches to minimise the impact on other beach users and the environment.

 

 

2.0?????? Related legislation

 

Local Government Act 1993

Recreational Vehicles Act 1983

Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997

Road Transport (Vehicle Registration Regulation 2007)

Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1998

Road Transport (Driver Licensing Regulation 1999)

Fisheries Management Act 1994

Fisheries Management Regulation

 

 

3.0?????? Definitions

 

 

4.0?????? Policy statement

 

4.1?????? Council will allow vehicles to be driven on local beaches at nominated locations providing they obtain a beach access permit and comply with the permit conditions.

 

??????????? Details relating to the display of permits, offences, regulations, prohibited and permitted areas are outlined in a brochure entitled ?Vehicles on Beaches?.

 

4.2?????? Where feasible Council will maintain a cooperative arrangement with adjacent Council?s.? Currently Port Macquarie Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca Shire Councils operate as a group whereby one permit applies to the three local government areas.

 

4.3?????? Council will allow licensed professional fishermen, beach haulers and licensed bait gatherers to drive on the beaches.? Access to beaches for these activities is allowed over a greater length of beach.? These locations are determined by State Government regulations.

 

??????????? These Commercial Operators are still required to obtain a beach access permit.? In addition to the standard requirements, these operators must comply with the ?NSW Ocean Hauling Fishery Commercial Fishers code of Practice for Hauling Activities? to retain their permit and be permitted to operate in this local government area.

 

4.4?????? Exemptions

 

4.4.1.?? Persons launching and retrieving boats at specifically designated areas.? These areas being the boat ramps at Shelly Beach, Nambucca Heads and Forster Beach, Scotts Head (near the Surf Club).

 

4.4.2??? Volunteer and professional life saving services during patrols, carnivals and training.

 

4.4.3??? Emergency services during an operation relating to rescues, environmental emergency (e.g. oil spill) illegal landings (e.g. boat people).

 

4.4.4??? Authorised Council staff and contractors relating to beach maintenance (raking and litter collections) re-levelling of boat ramp access, weed control, beach improvements (e.g. construction of erosion protection structures), restoration of dunes, revegetation, cleanups (e.g. litter from storms, collection and disposal of dead animals, large quantities of seaweed), opening or closing estuary entrances in accordance with Plans of Management and/or government approvals.

 

4.4.5??? Authorised staff, agents and contractors of State and Federal Government agencies in the performance of their duties.

 

4.5?????? Council will maintain a register of permit holders.? Access to the register will be provided to Council?s Ranger.

 

 

5.0?????? History

 

5.1?????? The three Councils of Port Macquarie-Hasting, Kempsey and Nambucca have operated a joint scheme for many years.? It is believed to have started with the 1983 Recreational Vehicles Act.

 

5.2?????? Council has reviewed the policy in consultation with the Department of Industry and Investment (Fisheries) and the Mid North Coast representatives of Commercial Fishermen as a result of complaints about behaviour at Scotts Head and Valla Beach.

 

 

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General Purpose Committee - 14 April 2010

Policy Review - Access of Vehicles on Beaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

?POLICY

BEACHES ? PERMITS

ACCESS OF VEHICLES TO COUNCIL'S BEACHES

 

 

 

Function:? ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

 

Adopted: 2 May 1996?????

Last reviewed: 16 September 2004?

 

 

 

1.0???? Policy objective

 

2.0???? Related legislation

 

3.0?????? Definitions

 

4.0???? Policy statement

 

1????????? The regulation of motor vehicles on beaches along the defined area of the Mid North Coast applies to all motor vehicles and trailers other than those used by:

 

??????????? a.??? persons launching and retrieving boats at specifically signposted areas

??????????? b.??? emergency services and others during bona fide rescues

c.???????? authorised servants of Local, State and Commonwealth Governments in the performance of their duties.

 

2????????? Licensed professional fishers, beach haulers and licensed bait gatherers whilst at work in Kempsey and Nambucca Shires are permitted to drive on some beaches restricted to other drivers.

 

(Professional fishers operating on beaches within Kempsey Shire are subject to a separate policy and must apply for keys to gain access to certain beaches.)

 

3????????? Vehicles are not to be driven on beaches unless the vehicle carries upon it a current beach driving permit sticker.

 

?????????? The sticker is to be displayed on the inside bottom left hand side of the windscreen of motor vehicles and near the registration label on motor cycles.

 

4??????? It is a finable offence not to have a permit

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General Purpose Committee

14 April 2010

Director of Engineering Services Report

ITEM 10.4??? SF1031??????????? 140410???????? Policy Review - Tree Vandalism

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:???? Bruce Redman, Director Engineering Services ????????

 

Summary:

 

The policy relating to tree vandalism has been revised partly because the question has been asked on how long with the banner and kept in place in Parkes Street , Nambucca Heads.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the policy on Tree Vandalism as revised.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1??????? Adopt policy as revised

2??????? Retain old policy

3??????? Incorporate further changes to the reviewed policy such as replacement tree planting or a longer period than 12 months for the display of barriers.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The current policy requires a number of actions including the erection of a banner.

 

A resident of Parkes Street, Nambucca Heads, has asked how long the banner will be left in place.? The current policy doe not stipulate a time so it is suggested that a period of twelve (12) months be adopted.

 

Council recently discussed and dismissed other options such as large screens so is has not been included in the revision.

 

On the draft policy any new work is shown in bold and wording to be removed is ?struck out?.

 

The following comments were submitted by Councillors.

 

Cr Smyth:

 

Page No

Proposed Changes/Comments/Questions

Staff Responses

1

1.0? Policy objective

 

Add apostrophe to the word ?Councils? so that it reads

Council?s

 

 

Included

1

4.1? second dot-point

 

Suggest rewording to something along the lines of ?Deliberate acts are to be further investigated by seeking information by letter from neighbours and those living in close proximity and advising of the reward.?

 

 

Changed

1

5.0? History? second paragraph

 

Suggest comma after ?reward? and change ?their? to ?there?

Included

 

Reworded

2

First line

 

Suggest that the words ?been carried? are replaced with the word ?occurred?.

 

 

Changed.

 

I would like to see a clause inserted in the Policy that says:

(1)? The vandalised trees will be replaced, and

(2)? That if the vandal is identified, and if Council can legally require it, then the culprit be billed for the replacement.

 

 

 

Not included.

Needs further debate.

 

See option 3.

Cr Flack:

 

4.1

Add the words ?cut down or? in front of ?dying? and add semi colon at end so reads:

 

That when trees are found to be cut down or dying that the following steps be taken?

Added

 

 

Changed

4.1

First dot

Rearrange sentence and add lopping to read:

 

Investigate and determine if the tree has been deliberately cut down or damaged by lopping, poison or ring barking.

 

 

Changed

4.1

I don?t think 12 months is long enough for a banner to hang especially in terms of notifying re reward.? If the banner is to only be in place for 12 months then suggest a notice be erected either on the tree or if the tree has been cut down, then on a pole adjacent, to ensure that the public are aware that the tree has been vandalised and that the reward is available.

Not included.

 

Needs further debate.

 

See option 3.

4.1

Importantly, this section should include dot point stating that vandalised trees (which are unsalvageable) will be replaced with a suitable preferably advanced native tree suitable for the site.

Not included.

 

Needs further debate.

5.0

2nd para

This para is unnecessary, gives the wrong message (especially to tree vandals) and dates the policy, it should be deleted.? If it is to stay change ?their? to ?there?.

Statement reflects the history.

Changed.

P2 list of tree vandalism?????????

Bowra Street (CBD planter box trees) should be added to the list.

Added.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Councillors.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Vandalised trees can lead to the invasion of weed species and/or soil erosion.

 

Social

 

The loss of trees in public areas is a concern across the community.

 

Economic

 

A large tree has significant financial value as an asset.? The community has to meet the cost on investigation, reporting, removal and remediation if no one is identified as responsible.

 

Risk

 

The policy relies on the witness being available to enable a prosecution to progress.