NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 13 JUNE 2012

 

LATE AGENDA                                                                                        Page

 

           

 

  

5        Notices of Motion

5.1     Notice of Motion - Provision of Renal Dialysis Service – Macksville Hospital

5.2     Notice of Motion - Flying Fox Plan of Management  

9        General Manager Report

9.5     Investment Report to 31 May 2012

9.6     Grant Application Status Report

9.7     Shires Association of NSW - 2012 Annual Conference    

 

 


 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     13 June 2012

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.1      SF988              130612         Notice of Motion - Provision of Renal Dialysis Service – Macksville Hospital

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Rhonda Hoban, Councillor         

 

Summary:

 

For many years there have been calls for the introduction of a renal dialysis unit at Macksville District Hospital to cater for clients who currently have to travel to Coffs Harbour or Kempsey for treatment. Following a public meeting in September 2011 a local support group was formed and they have been actively and successfully raising funds to assist in the provision of such a service.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council write to the Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley Mr Andrew Stoner MP requesting that he make representation on behalf of Council and the community for the provision of renal dialysis services at Macksville Hospital.

 

2        That Council express concern that there does not appear to be a long term strategic plan, based on community consultation, for the delivery of health services from Macksville Hospital

 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

For many years there have been calls for the introduction of a renal dialysis unit at Macksville District Hospital to cater for clients who currently have to travel to Coffs Harbour or Kempsey for treatment.

 

On Monday 12 September 2011 a public meeting was held at the Nambucca Heads Leagues Club to discuss the need for a renal dialysis unit at Macksville Hospital.  The meeting was attended by approximately sixty people and the following general points were raised and discussed:

 

·      The costs involved in attending dialysis such as time and fuel both for patients who rely on community transport and those that rely on family members and friends

·      the risks associated with travelling on the Pacific Highway in challenging weather conditions, night driving and holiday traffic

·      the frustration of finding parking close to the dialysis unit

·      the cost of meals for drivers and carers

·      the stress on both patients and carers who are often aged or have health issues of their own; and

·      the growing aged population of our community and the inevitable increased need for dialysis.

 

As a result of the meeting a local support group was formed and they have been actively and successfully raising funds to assist in the provision of dialysis services at Macksville Hospital.  A number of other recognised community organisations and businesses are now also supporting the proposal.

 

I recently attended a meeting of the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) Board and was surprised to learn that there is currently no long term strategic plan for the delivery of health services by Macksville Hospital. It is important that such a plan is formulated, in consultation with the community and that it include the provision of renal dialysis services.

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     13 June 2012

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.2      SF430              130612         Notice of Motion - Flying Fox Plan of Management

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Janet Court, Councillor         

 

Summary:

 

On 31 May 2012, Council adopted the following resolution with respect to the Flying Fox Plan of Management – Grassy Head Park, Bowraville:

 

That this plan be deferred for three (3) months so as to provide affected residents with the opportunity to establish a committee and to put forward an alternative plan of management for Council’s consideration.

 

Timely adoption of the Flying Fox Plan of Management for Grassy Park Bowraville will allow Council to continue with the work currently being undertaken and seek further funding for work at Grassy Park that will continue to improve the amenity of the park and assist residents by gradually moving the flying foxes further away.

 

With Council elections on the 8 September 2012 and the ‘caretaker’ period commencing at the beginning of August, this motion does not allow any time for the current Council to consider any amendments proposed before the council election.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That Council advise the affected residents that submissions of alternate suggestions for the proposed Flying Fox Plan of Management should be with Council by 16 July 2012.

 

2          Further that residents may continue to submit submissions to amend the Flying Fox Plan of Management after that date provided that all proposals are within the relevant legislative framework and that Council will agree to review the adopted Plan following their receipt.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are really only two options available at this stage:

 

1.         Leave the current arrangement in place which may jeopardise council’s current funding arrangements and prevent Council from obtaining additional grants to continue the work at Grassy Park; or

 

2.         adopt the proposed recommendation thus placing Council in a better position to obtain assistance in dealing with this matter.

DISCUSSION:

Council elections are to be held on 8 September 2012 and although the end of the three months is before this time, the last meeting of this elected Council will be on Thursday 30 August (if the current meeting times continue) or Thursday 23 August (if the previous meeting times are followed). The ‘caretaker’ period before the election will commence on 1 August 2012 and any report considered in any way controversial should not come to a Council meeting for a decision during that time. Dealing with this matter promptly will enable work at Grassy Head Park to continue and funding is not jeopardised.

Although there are no flying foxes currently roosting in Grassy Park, their arrival can be anticipated at any time. Early adoption of the Plan of Management shows that Council is keen to take State Government approved action to try to gradually move the camp further from affected houses and this will assist in Council’s gaining approval for different and more drastic action if or when it is required.

 

CONSULTATION;

 

General Manager

Director Environment and Planning

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

The work that has taken place at Grassy Head Park has involved the removal of rubbish and weeds and has seen the planting of low growing native grasses and shrubs.

 

Social

Taking steps to deal with the problem experienced by the residents in the vicinity of the flying fox camp is extremely important and providing an opportunity for residents to have input into the Plan of Management is essential. At present, the only avenues open to Council are to adhere to the legislation currently applying to flying fox camps. The work done so far has provided an additional buffer between residents and the bats.

 

Economic

Early adoption of a Plan of Management gives Council the opportunity to continue to fund the management of the Park using external funds.

 

Risk

Unnecessary delay of consideration of the Flying Fox Plan of Management may prevent Council from receiving assistance from the State Government in dealing with the flying fox problem.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

Existing and future funding may be jeopardised if a suitable Flying Fox Plan of Management is not considered in a timely way.  .

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.      


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     13 June 2012

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.5      SF394              130612         Investment Report to 31 May 2012

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Faye Hawthorne, Accountant         

 

Summary:

 

The total return on investments from 1 July 2011 to 31 May 2012 is $917,191.

 

Accrued Interest due to 31 May 2012 is $659,850.

 

Total interest accrued to 31 May 2012 is $1,577,040.

                                     

The budget allocation for “2011/12” is $1,700,000.

 

Council currently has $30.475 Million invested:

·      $4.89 Million with Managed Funds,

·      $1.25 Million with On call accounts,

·      $22.83 Million on term deposits,

·      $1 Million in a Floating Rate Term Deposit

·      $0.5 M in a Floating Rate Note.

 

This report details all the investments placed during May and Council funds invested as at 31 May 2012.

 

The following investment report has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (as amended), the Regulations and Council Policy 1.9 – Investment of Surplus Funds

 

C P Doolan

Responsible Accounting Officer

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Accountants’ Report on Investments placed to 31 May 2012 be noted.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

This report is for information only.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

This report details all the investments placed during May 2012 and Council funds invested as at 31 May 2012.

 

 

Investments Matured & Interest & Returns 1 to 31 May  2012

 

Term Deposits/Bank Bills

 

Institution

 Amount

Period (Days)

Rate

 Interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suncorp

 $915,387.71

142

5.87%

 $20,904.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAB

 $800,000.00

286

5.98%

 $37,495.59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managed Funds

 

Institution

Amount

Period (Days)

Performance for Month

Returns This Month

Annualised Performance FYTD

Returns FYTD

 

 

 

 

 

UBS Wealth M'ment Aust Ltd

 $198,352.91

31

-0.18%

-$359.93

5.64%

 $7,564.49

Interest Paid Daily each Quarter

 

 

ANZ (On call)

 $1,054,931.31

31

4.50%

 $6,595.42

4.11%

 $54,931.31

 

 

 

 

 

Macquarie Global Income Opportunity

 $3,511,945.89

31

0.02%

 $667.42

2.59%

 $89,336.45

 

 

 

 

 

Long Term Funds

 

Institution

Amount

Period (Days)

Performance for Month

Monthly change in net asset value

Change in net asset value LTD

Coupons Paid to Date

Annualised Performance FYTD

 

 

 

 

NSW Treasury Corp

 $955,486.57

31

-0.25%

-$24,478.12

-$55,478.26

N/A

-0.04%

 

 

 

 

Averon II*

 $423,700.00

31

-0.39%

-$2,650.00

-$76,300.00

 $28,396.10

1.86%

 

 

 

 

Floating Rate Term Deposits/Notes

 

Institution

Amount

Period (Days)

Performance for Month

Monthly change in net asset value

Change in net asset value LTD

Coupons Paid to Date

Annualised Performance FYTD

 

 

 

 

ING

 $502,595.00

31

0.00%

 $ -  

 $ -   

 $ -  

0.00%

Coupons paid

Quarterly

 

Investec Bank

 $1,000,000.00

31

6.40%

 $16,657.53

 $16,657.53

 $ -  

0.00%

 

 

 

 


 

Investments held at 31 May 2012

Institution

 

 Amount

 Date Invested

Period (Days)

Maturity Date

Interest for month

Interest

 Interest Due at maturity

BCCU - No 1

A2

$566,072.38

03/03/12

159

09/08/12

2,721.80

5.85%

 $14,425.54

BCCU - No 2

A2

$723,112.14

27/05/12

365

27/05/13

3,922.64

6.60%

 $ 47,725.40

BCCU - No 3

A2

$1,066,847.97

02/06/11

366

02/06/12

5,655.76

6.45%

 $69,000.22

IMB - No 1

A2

$1,021,024.93

02/02/12

217

06/09/12

4,674.34

5.57%

 $33,811.03

IMB - No 2

A2

$1,064,117.33

19/03/12

108

05/07/12

5,072.78

5.80%

 $18,262.00

Bendigo & Adel.- No 1

A-

$1,060,535.47

14/04/11

469

26/07/12

5,404.37

6.20%

 $ 84,488.36

Bank of Qld - No 1

B7

$611,526.80

23/02/12

273

22/11/12

2,864.96

5.70%

 $26,071.15

Bank of Qld - No 2

BBB

$1,000,000.00

20/04/12

153

20/09/12

4,849.32

5.90%

 $24,731.51

ME Bank

BBB

$1,024,049.32

08/03/12

224

18/10/12

4,965.94

5.90%

 $37,079.00

NAB - No 3

AA-

$1,072,443.58

05/07/11

731

05/07/13

5,694.23

6.46%

 $138,749.52

NAB - No 4

AA-

$1,173,534.96

09/02/12

188

15/08/12

5,690.84

5.90%

 $35,662.60

NAB - No 5

AA-

$837,485.59

17/05/12

215

18/12/12

3,696.41

5.37%

 $26,490.93

NAB - No 6

AA-

$1,173,486.09

09/12/11

370

13/12/12

5,275.86

5.47%

 $65,069.00

NAB - No 7

AA-

$1,034,982.74

19/01/12

182

19/07/12

5,018.96

5.90%

 $30,448.34

NAB - No 8

AA-

$800,000.00

30/06/11

539

20/12/12

4,201.64

6.39%

 $75,489.53

Suncorp - No 1

A+

$936,292.15

03/05/12

189

08/11/12

4,232.55

5.50%

 $26,665.09

Westpac - No 1

AA-

$913,025.85

12/01/12

182

12/07/12

4,487.58

5.98%

 $27,224.68

AMP(CPG) - No 1

A

$1,000,000.00

30/06/11

366

30/06/12

5,136.99

6.25%

 $62,671.23

AMP(CPG) - No 3

A

$500,000.00

09/09/11

731

09/09/13

2,465.75

6.00%

 $60,082.19

AMP(CPG) - No 4

A

$500,000.00

09/09/11

731

09/09/13

2,465.75

6.00%

 $60,082.19

Bendigo & Adel.(CPG)-No 2

A-

$750,000.00

17/06/11

367

18/06/12

3,852.74

6.25%

 $47,131.85

ING Bank (Aust) Ltd -No.1

A

$500,000.00

26/03/12

213

25/10/12

2,523.29

6.14%

 $17,915.34

Rabobank(Aust)-No.1

AA

$500,000.00

23/04/12

1827

24/04/17

2,630.14

6.40%

 $160,175.34

Rabobank(Aust)-No.2

AA

$1,000,000.00

30/03/12

365

30/03/13

5,876.71

7.15%

 $71,500.00

Rabobank(Aust)-No.3

AA

$500,000.00

25/11/11

1827

25/11/16

2,547.95

6.20%

 $155,169.86

ING Bank (Aust) Ltd No 2

A

$1,500,000.00

13/12/11

1829

15/12/16

7,779.45

6.31%

 $474,287.26

ING Bank (Aust) Ltd No 3

A

$502,595.00

26/04/12

1426

22/03/16

2,747.06

6.65%

 $130,576.93

Investec Bank Australia

BBB-

$1,000,000.00

29/05/12

90

27/08/12

4,545.21

5.53%

 $ 13,635.62

ANZ (On Call)

At call

$1,054,931.31

31/05/12

30

30/06/12

7,020.92

4.50%

 $ 3,901.80

Macquarie Income

A

$3,511,945.89

31/05/12

30

30/06/12

5,562.50

5.21%

 $ 15,038.83

UBS Wealth  Aust Ltd

At Call

$198,352.91

31/05/12

30

30/06/12

-359.93

4.50%

 $733.63

NSW Treasury Corp

A

$955,486.57

31/05/12

30

30/06/12

719.94

0.00%

 $  -  

Averon II

A

$423,700.00

31/05/12

30

30/06/12

-1,650.00

0.00%

 $  -  

TOTAL

 

 $30,475,548.98

 

 

 

 $132,294.44

 

 $2,054,295.99

 


 


 

 

 

 

 


CONSULTATION:

 

Grove Research and Advisory

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no environmental implications.

 

Social

 

There are no social implications.

 

Economic

 

There are no economic implications.

 

Risk

 

That Council may not meet its budget returns for 2011/2012 based on current performance.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

A review of budgeted interest returns for 2011/2012 will be completed with the June 2012 Budget

Review and GPG Research & Advisory will provide Council with the updated interest rates.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Interest on investments will be assessed with the June 2012 Budget Review.  Variances will be

distributed between the Water, Sewerage and General Funds for the third and fourth quarters of

the financial year.

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


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General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.6      SF1120            130612         Grant Application Status Report

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Colleen Henry, Grants Officer         

 

Summary:

 

At Council’s meeting on 7 December 2006 it was resolved that there be a quarterly return submitted to Council on grant programs.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the list of grant applications and their status to 7 June 2012 be received.

 

 

Successful grant applications (not yet acquitted):

Grant and date of approval

Funding Amount

Amount Council

Description

Sport and Recreation Participation Program

December 2010

$9,888

None required

Staying Strong exercise program to be delivered as part of Safe and Savvy Seniors (SASS), at Macksville Senior Citizens’ Centre

 

Federal Government election commitment 

$120,000

None required

Relocation of 2NVR radio station to Tewinga Hall

 

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water etc

 

$1 million

None required

Detailed design for off river water storage

Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program

August 2011

$46,300 (full request of $168,000 not awarded)

None required

Nambucca Valley Sports Facilitation Program (Ritchie Donovan)

NSW Floodplain Management Program

October 2011

 

$60,000

None required

Implementation (continued) of the Nambucca River Flood Study

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

November 2011

$37,000

None required

Weed control from Swimming Creak to Deep Creek. Installation of geo-textile for dune stabilisation, working with Nambucca Dunecare Group.

Transport for NSW

Better Boating Program

Closed 29 July 2011

$47,734

$47,734

(S.94 funds)

Scotts Head Boat Ramp – all-season facility

Department of Health and Ageing

Closed 19 August 2011

$566,430

None required

Healthy Communities Initiative Phase 3

“Live Healthy Nambucca”

Department of Sport and Recreation Facilities Grant

Closed 15 April 2011

1. $480

(received half requested funds)

2. $4761

(received only partial funding)

 

None required

1. Table Tennis Tables for Nambucca Heads Table Tennis Club (NHTTC), under the auspice of Nambucca Shire Council

2. Bowraville Cricket Club Nets and Pitch

Community Arts Support Program

Closed 10 February 2012

$1,000

NA

Unkya CoM to contribute some funds

Creation of mosaic artwork “The Harmony Tree” for Unkya Reserve

Office of Communities

Community Building Partnership Program

Closed 31 October 2011

$19,745

Matching funding (s.94 funds)

Creation of a sand lagoon and other playground equipment, and installation of a composting toilet at Unkya Reserve.

Clean Energy Future – Biodiversity Fund

 

Closed January 2012

$455,000 over six years

$30,000 over six years

 Council  contribution 

from existing budget)

Invasive species control on Cliffs and High Conservation areas on the Coastal Fringe of the Nambucca Valley – Funds will be used to manage invasive species including Bitou Bush and Lantana within the Coastal Reserve System, along 8.2km of coastline. The project will enhance the biodiversity of a large tract of connected coastal habitat and build capacity of the local community to protect and enhance the natural environment.

 

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS IN THIS PERIOD:

 

Grant and Date of Notice

Amount

Amount - Council

Description

Your Community Heritage Grant

Telling the Tale of Talarm – 150 years of settlement

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Closed November 2011

$9,000

NA

In-kind contribution from Talarm CoM

Collection of oral histories encompassing the descendants of pioneers and newcomers. Future grant application will be made to publish a book written from the information and photos and other documents collected.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – Flood Fund

Closed 24 February 2012

$5,000

NA

Valla Beach Comm Assc

Storage shed for storing VBCA equipment.

Museums and Galleries Leg Ups Grant

 

$380

$380

(BDU funds)

Two-session workshop presented by Yamba Museum Coordinator to provide information to our four museums on how to attract volunteers and manage collections.

Indigenous Coordination Centre

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Closed April 2012

$2,000

NA

Contribution toward three-day event to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Grant will pay for a touch footy competition comprised of teams organised and coached by Mr Ritchie Donovan.

Total year to date

$2,384,718

 

 

Applications made but not yet determined:

 

Funding Body

Amount

Amount - Council

Project Name

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

No closing date

 

$10 million

TBC

Off-river water storage (subject to a number of conditions including detailed plans, relevant approvals, Council funding, confirmation of final project costs.

Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

Closed 28 February 2012

$80,000

$40,000*

 

Nambucca Shire Beaches Access way Improvement Program (unsuccessful in previous round, resubmitted)

Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

Closed 28 February 2012

$80,000

$40,000**

Gumma Reserve Water Management Regime

Wetlandcare to contribute $40,000

Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program Prime Minister and Cabinet

Closed 9 March 2012

$338,478

NA

Three-year program employing Ritchie Donovan and Paul Evans to continue to deliver Sport and Well-Being/Sports Facilitation program at Buz Brazel Oval

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Closed 30 March 2012

$4000

 

$2000

 

$2000

NA

Valla Hall – plastic barrier curtains for veranda

Burrapine Hall – water tank and 2 toilet cisterns

Eungai Hall – water tank, plumbing and guttering

 

NSW Govt – Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme (LIRS)

Closed 26 March 2012

 

4% interest rate subsidy

Loan repayment

Council has made application for an interest rate subsidy of 4% under LIRS for the construction of three bridges (Touts, Lavertys & Eungai Creek) which have combined value of $1.314 million.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

NRM Implementation projects

Closed 15 June 2012

$64,860

NA

Some in-kind

Construction of pedestrian infrastructure to stop degradation of Shelley Beach fore dune at Wellington Headland, including planting and weed control.

 

*        The Draft Environmental Levy Fund, which Council considered in October 2011, identifies $40,000 for the implementation of actions from the Nambucca Coastal Zone Management Plan.

**       From the Environmental Levy Fund, subject to Minister approving rate increase.

 

 

Unsuccessful applications in this period:

 

Funding Body

Amount

Amount - Council

Project Name

Office of Environment and Heritage - Aboriginal Lands Cleanup Program

Closed 10 April 2012

$48,000

In-kind support with financial administration and grant acquittal

Partnership with Unkya Local Aboriginal Lands Council and Green Team/Ngarrala to clean up Gaargal Wanggaan National Park and Boat Harbour.

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


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General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.7      SF45                130612         Shires Association of NSW - 2012 Annual Conference

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

Summary:

 

There is no need for a summary.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the information concerning the Shires Association of NSW 2012 Annual Conference and the Independent Local Government Review Panel be received.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are no options.  The report is for information.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The Mayor and myself attended the Shires’ Association Annual Conference on Tuesday 5 June and Wednesday 6 June.

 

The major opportunity presented by the Conference is to hear first hand about the State Government’s plans for the strategic direction of NSW local government.

 

It would seem that the reform agenda of the O’Farrell Government is building and the key addresses to the Conference were from the Premier, the Hon. Barry O’Farrell; the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don Page; the Chief Executive, Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr Ross Woodward; and also the Chair of the new Independent Local Government Review Panel, Professor Graham Sansom.

 

The initiative to establish the Independent Local Government Review Panel came as a result of a request from the presidents of the Local Government and Shires Associations, Keith Rhoades AFSM and Ray Donald.

 

The Panel is chaired by Professor Graham Sansom, who currently heads up the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government, and also consists of Ms Jude Munro AO, former CEO of Brisbane City Council, and Mr Glen Inglis, former General Manager of Tamworth Regional Council.  The Panel is to present its report to the Minister in July 2013.

 

The Panel’s Terms of Reference are as follows:

 

“The panel will investigate and identify options for governance models, structural arrangements and boundary changes for local government in NSW, taking into consideration:

 

1.   ability to support the current and future needs of local communities

2.   ability to deliver services and infrastructure efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner

3.   the financial sustainability of each local government area

4.   ability for local representation and decision making; and

5.   barriers and incentives to encourage voluntary boundary changes.”

 

Other considerations

 

In conducting the review the panel will:

 

·      ensure recommendations meet the different nature and needs of regional, rural and metropolitan communities

·      consult widely with the broad community and key stakeholders

·      take into account the work completed, and future work to be completed, under the Destination 2036 initiative

·      take into account the broader interests of the State including as outlined in the State Plan

·      consider the experiences of other jurisdictions in both the nature and implementation of local government reform

·      Take into account the Liberal-National’s 2011 election policy of no forced amalgamations.

 

To support the above the panel may commission appropriate investigations and research consistent with the intent of the review.”

 

During Mr Samson’s address to the Conference he indicated that local government amalgamation is one option they will have to pursue.  He also advised that shared services (between councils) should also be a serious option but it has to be “fair dinkum” with binding long term agreements in place between the participating councils.

 

The Independent Local Government Review Panel proposes to issue a background paper in late June/July 2012; a second paper in October/November 2012 setting out the case for change; and a third paper early in 2013 setting out potential directions for change.  Their final report is due in July 2013.

 

Mr Samson indicated that the work of the Panel would be evidenced based and similarly stressed that submissions from councils should also be evidenced based.

 

Also of interest is that the fact that the Minister issued a circular on 1 June 2012 essentially decreeing that he will not action any proposals for major changes to local council boundaries until the Panel hands down its report, “unless there are compelling and extraordinary reasons to do so”.  This essentially removes the opportunity for Councils to determine their own destiny pending the outcome of the Panel’s investigations.

 

So the evidence does suggest that NSW local government is about to embark on a period of change.  There should be an indication of the quantum of change and the implications, if any, for this Council when the directions report is released by the Panel in early 2013.

 

The Minister has also appointed another Panel to review the Local Government Act.  This Panel is due to report in September 2013.  Whilst a review of the 1993 Local Government Act is well overdue, it will be difficult for the Division and Councils to manage in parallel, two major reform processes in the space of 12 months.  Indeed the work of the Independent Review (Sansom) Panel may of itself require legislative change.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been discussion with the Mayor and Councillors and staff from other councils.

 

The Independent Local Government Review Panel has indicated there will be extensive consultation in its work, including a number of hearings across the State.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no implications for the environment.

 

Social

 

At this stage there are no social implications.

 

Economic

 

At this stage there are no economic implications.

 

Risk

 

The opportunity presented by the Independent Local Government Review Panel to improve the delivery of services as well as local representation and decision making is welcomed.  The Chair of the Panel indicates that its work will be evidenced based.  This is important in resolving the trade-offs inherent in the Panel’s terms of reference.  For example, cost savings arising from economies of scale can be at the expense of local autonomy and decision making.  These are trade-offs which need to be considered by the community and its elected representatives.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There is no budgetary impact.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There is no impact on working funds.

 

 

 

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