NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 28 JUNE 2012

 

LATE AGENDA                                                                                        Page

 

           

 

  

5        Notices of Motion

5.1     Notice of Motion - Request to Attend NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 15-17 August 2012 (SF352)........................................................................................................ 2  

9        General Manager Report

9.8     Making of Rates and Charges 2012/2013 - Late Report Incorporating Changes to Water and Sewer Charges........................................................................................................................... 3

9.9     Adoption of 2012/2013 Operational Plan - Late Report on Revised Water and Sewerage Charges     3    

 

 


 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     28 June 2012

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.1      SF1714            280612         Notice of Motion - Request to Attend NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 15-17 August 2012 (SF352)

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Monika Schuhmacher, Executive Assistant         

 

Summary:

 

The 25th annual event of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference is being conducted in Grafton on 15 to 17 August 2012.  Cr Martin Ballangarry OAM is requesting leave to attend this Confernce.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council approve the attendance of Cr Martin Ballangarry OAM at the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference from 15 to 17 August 2012 in Grafton.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for enhancing the profile of Aboriginal communities, the skills and culture.  The Conference will provide an opportunity for all elected officials, local government employees and industry/community representatives to come together and discuss emerging issues that are concerning Aboriginal people in NSW.  It is a vital event for all industry leaders as well as other public and local members who have interest in development the Aboriginal lifestyle.

 

It is the one time each year that Aboriginal issues, interests and achievements are the focal point at a local community level on a state-wide basis.  This means delegates will have the direct attention of those who work with local Aboriginal communities across NSW.

 

The annual conference attracts over 100 delegates from a wide range of areas.

 

Attachments:

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Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     28 June 2012

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.8      SF1672            280612         Making of Rates and Charges 2012/2013 - Late Report Incorporating Changes to Water and Sewer Charges

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Chris Wills, Rates Officer         

 

 Summary:

 

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) confirmed special variation of 10.04% under Section 508 (2) of The Local Government Act 1993 for 2012/2013 financial year.

 

Council is now required to make the rates and charges in accordance with Section 535 of The Local Government Act 1993 (hereinafter referred to as the Act)

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 501 of the Act, the annual standing charge for water supply services to all properties connected or able to be connected to Council’s water supply in accordance with Section 552(1) of the Act for 2012/2013 is made at one hundred dollars ($100.00) per occupancy for each assessment, for a 20mm or 25mm connection; four hundred dollars ($400.00) for a 40mm connection, six hundred and twenty five dollars ($625.00) for a 50mm connection, one thousand six hundred dollars ($1,600.00) for a 80mm connection and two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) for a 100mm connection, to be charged per connection for each assessment; with a consumption charge of two dollars and twenty eight cents ($2.46) per kilolitre to apply to all water consumption and such charges to have a short title of “Water Charge”.

 

2          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 501 of the Act the annual access charge for sewerage services to all properties connected or able to be connected to Council's sewer in accordance with Section 552(3) of the Act for 2012/2013 is made at four hundred and forty eighty dollars ($448.00) per occupancy for each assessment for residential connections; two hundred and three dollars ($203.00)  per assessment for 20mm non residential connection, eight hundred and twelve dollars ($812.00) per assessment for 40mm non residential connection, one thousand two hundred and sixty nine dollars ($1,269.00) per assessment for 50mm non residential connection, three thousand two hundred and forty eight dollars ($3,248.00) per assessment for 80mm non residential connection, five thousand and seventy five dollars ($5,075.00) per assessment for 100mm non residential connection and two hundred and three dollars ($203.00) for vacant land/non connection per assessment; with a sewer usage charge of three dollars and forty three cents ($3.43) per kilolitre to be calculated on the estimated volume discharged from all properties excluding residential connections using the total water consumption based on Land and Water Conservation's formula and Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability's best practice pricing guidelines and such charge to have a short title of "Sewerage Charge".

 

3          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 501 of the Act, the waste management tip provision charge for 2012/2013 is made at one hundred and thirty one dollars ($131.00) per assessment for properties which do not receive a domestic waste service or are not on a waste collection route, or vacant land where the service is available; such charge to have the short title of “Waste Management Tip Provision”.


 

4          That in accordance with Section 496 of the Act, the annual charge for 2012/2013 for domestic waste service on all occupied rateable land in the Shire, categorised Farmland or Residential under Section 515 or 516 of the Act to which a domestic waste service is provided, is made at four hundred and eighty four dollars ($484.00) per occupancy for each assessment, such charge to have a short title of “Domestic Waste Management  —  Occupied”, the amount of the annual charge will be the amount derived by applying the formula A = B x $484.00, where “A” equals the annual charge, “B” equals the number of occupancies and $484..00 is the unit price. A waste management tip provision annual charge of one hundred and thirty one dollars ($131.00) for the year 2012/2013 is made for properties categorised Farmland or Residential that are not vacant, but do not receive a domestic waste service or are not on a waste collection route, or are vacant land where the service is available

 

5          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 496 of the Act the annual charge for 2012/2013 for domestic waste on all vacant rateable land in the Shire, categorised Residential (under Section 516 of the Local Government Act 1993) and located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head and the villages of Taylors Arm Upper, Taylors Arm Lower, Eungai Rail, Eungai Creek, Warrell Creek and Donnellyville and all land within the rural sector with a residential building entitlement, including land categorised as Farmland, where the domestic waste collection service is available, is made at one hundred and thirty one dollars ($131.00) per assessment, such charge to have short title of “Domestic Waste Management – Vacant”.

 

6          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 501 of the Act, the annual charge for 2012/2013 for waste service on all occupied rateable land in the Shire, categorised Business (under Section 518 of the Act) to which a waste service is provided, is made at four hundred and eighty four dollars ($484.00) per occupancy per land parcel/assessment, such charge to have a short title of “Waste Management  —  Occupied”, the amount of the annual charge will be the amount derived by applying the formula A = B x $484.00, where “A” equals the annual charge, “B” equals the number of separate occupancies and $484.00 is the unit price.

 

7          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 502 of the Act the waste service charge for 2012/2013 for actual use of accessing weekly waste service by non rateable properties is made at nine dollars and thirty one cents ($9.31) per week per service per occupancy per land parcel/assessment, such charge to have the short title “Waste Management  —  Non Rateable”, and the amount of the charge will be the amount derived by applying the formula A = B x C X $9.31, where “A” equals the charge, “B” equals the number of separate occupied sites, "C" equals the number of weekly services and $9.31 is the unit price per service per week.

 

8          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 501 of the Act the annual charge for waste for 2012/2013 on all vacant rateable land in the Shire, categorised business (under Section 518 of the Act) and located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head and the villages of Taylors Arm Upper, Taylors Arm Lower, Eungai Rail, Eungai Creek, Warrell Creek and Donnellyville, is made at one hundred and thirty one dollars ($131.00) per assessment, such charge to have a short title of “Waste Management  —  Vacant”.


 

9          That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 496A & 510A of the Act the annual charge for 2012/2013 for stormwater management services on all rateable privately owned developed non strata residential land located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head is made at twenty five dollars ($25.00) per land parcel/assessment, such charge to have a short title "Stormwater Management—Residential Charge".

 

10         That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 496A & 510A of the Act the annual charge for 2012/2013 for stormwater management services on all rateable privately owned developed strata residential land located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head is made at twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) per lot/assessment, such charge to have a short title "Stormwater Management—Residential Strata Charge".

 

11         That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 496A & 510A of the Act the annual charge for 2012/2013 for stormwater management services on all rateable privately owned developed urban business land and located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head is made at twenty five dollars ($25.00) per land parcel/assessment plus an additional twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each 350 square metres or part of 350 square metres by which the area of the parcel of land exceeds 350 square metres, such charge to have a short title "Stormwater Management Business Charge" and be capped at $100.00 per assessment.

 

12         That it be confirmed that in accordance with Section 496A & 510A of the Act the annual charge for 2012/2013 for stormwater management services on all rateable privately owned developed urban business strata lots/land and located within the confines of the towns of Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville and Scotts Head is made at an amount equal to twenty five dollars ($25.00) per strata plan land parcel (parent parcel) plus an additional twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each 350 square metres or part of 350 square metres by which the area of the parcel of land exceeds 350 square metres and capped at $100.00 then divisible on a pro rata basis between the strata lots, such charge to have a short title "Stormwater Management-Business Strata Charge".

 

13         That a rate of zero point zero zero four eight dollars ($0.0048) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category of “Farmland”, is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of four hundred and fifty eight dollars ($458.00) per assessment, in accordance with Section 458 of the Act, such rate to apply to all properties categorised as “Farmland”, pursuant to Section 515 of the Act, such rate to have a separate short title of “Farmland” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

14         That a rate of zero point zero zero four three five dollars ($0.00435) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Residential” is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all properties categorised as “Residential”, pursuant to Section 516 of the Act, excluding all properties in the sub categories “Residential-Town” and “Residential-Village/Estates”, such rate to have a separate short title of “Residential-Non-Urban” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.


 

15         That a rate of zero point zero zero four three five dollars ($0.00435) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Residential”, sub category “Town” is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all rateable land located in centres of population described as comprising all properties zoned residential, and land not otherwise categorised, located in the towns of Nambucca Heads, Hyland Park, Macksville, Bowraville, Scotts Head and Valla Beach and serviced with water supply, sewerage, or septic tank, such rate to have a separate short title of “Residential-Town”, in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

16         That a rate of zero point zero zero four three five dollars ($0.00435) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Residential”, sub-category “Village/Estates” is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all rateable land located in the villages of Eungai Rail, Eungai Creek, Warrell Creek, Donnellyville, Taylors Arm – Upper and Lower, and all Estates comprising all residential land within the rural sector with a residential building entitlement and within a subdivision both past and present which results in the concentration of holdings to create an estate of two or more lots, all ribbon development residential lots along rural roads contiguous to developed estates and villages and all ribbon development residential lots along rural roads immediately opposite to developed estates, such rate to have a separate short title “Residential – Village/Estates”, in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

17         That a rate of zero point zero zero six one dollars ($0.0061) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Business” is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all properties  categorised as “Business”, pursuant to Section 518 of the Act, excluding all properties in the sub categories “Business-Caravan Park”, “Business-Commercial” and “Business-Industrial”, such rate to have a separate short title of “Business-Ordinary” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

18         That a rate of zero point zero zero six one dollars ($0.0061) on the land value of all rateable land in the previous rating category “Business”, sub category “Manufactured Home Community”, is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, with such properties now being incorporated into the sub category “Ordinary”

 

19      That a rate of zero point zero zero nine eight five dollars ($0.00985) on the land value of all            rateable land in the rating category “Business”, sub category “Caravan Park”, is made for            the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00)            per assessment, such rate to apply to all rateable properties categorised as Business sub  category “Caravan Park” and have a short title of “Business-Caravan Park”, in accordance          with Section 543 of the Act.

 

20         That a rate of zero point zero zero nine eight five dollars ($0.00985) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Business”, sub category “CBD” is made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all rateable properties categorised as “Business”, sub category “CBD” in the towns of Nambucca Heads, Bowraville, Macksville, Valla Beach, and Scotts Head and such rate to have a separate short title of “Business-CBD” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

21         That a rate of zero point zero zero six one dollars ($0.0061) on the land value of all rateable land in the rating category “Business”, sub category “Industrial Estate” be now made for the year 2012/2013, subject to a minimum rate of seven hundred and five dollars ($705.00) per assessment, such rate to apply to all rateable properties categorised as “Business”, sub category “Industrial Estate” in the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville, and such rate to have a separate short title of “Business-Industrial Estate” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

22        That a special rate, pursuant to Section 495 of the Act, of zero point zero zero zero one one six eight six dollars ($0.00011686) on the land value of all rateable land in Council’s area (refer Section 538 of the Act) is made for the year 2012/2013, additional to a base amount of eighteen dollars and ten cents ($18.10) per assessment (refer Section 499 of the Act) so that the levying of the base amount will produce not more than fifty percent (50%) of the total amount payable by the levying of the special rate so as to comply with Section 500 of the Act, as provided by Section 537 of the Act and determined by Section 536 of the Act. Such special rate to have a separate short title of “Environmental” in accordance with Section 543 of the Act.

 

23        That a charge of eighty five dollars ($85.00) be the annual fee for Category 1 (Low Risk) Sewer Trade Waste, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 1.

 

24        That a charge of eighty five dollars ($85.00) be the annual fee for Category 1A (Low Risk) Sewer Trade Waste, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 1A.

 

25        That a charge of one hundred and forty two dollars ($142.00) be the annual fee for Category 2 (Medium Risk) Sewer Trade Waste, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 2 with an additional charge of one dollar and sixty one cents ($1.61) for the Usage Charge per kilolitre or fourteen dollars and forty three cents ($14.43) per kilolitre for Non-Conforming Usage Charge, is made for the 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 502 of the Act.

 

26        That a charge of one hundred and forty two dollars ($142.00) be the annual fee for Category 3 (High Risk) Sewer Trade Waste, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 3, with an additional charge of one dollar per kilogram for Excess Mass Charge, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 502 of the Act.

 

27        That a charge of eighty five dollars ($85.00) be the annual fee for Category 4 Septic tank Effluent Disposal Sewer Trade Waste, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 4.

 

28        That a charge of eighty five dollars ($85.00) be the annual fee for Category 4 Caravan Dump Effluent Disposal, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act and have a short title Trade Waste Fee–Cat 4, with a charge of one hundred and twenty five dollars ($125.00) for Disposal at Treatment Works with a maximum of 2,500L. Disposals over 2,500L will have an additional charge of forty six dollars ($46.00) per 1000L, is made for the year 2012/2013 pursuant to Section 501 of the Act.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council may resolve to adopt the Rates and Charges without applying the 3.6% rate peg or to adopt the Rates and Charges with a percentage between 0 and 10.4%.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

IPART has approved a Special Variation increase in general income of 10.04% (inclusive of the 3.6% rate peg increase).

 

Council's minimum rate for Residential and Business categories has also been increased to $705.00.

Council has also introduced a minimum rate for Farmland of $458.00 and deleted the Base Rate for Farmland, commencing 1/7/2012

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

General Manager

Manager Financial Services

Rates Officer

Department of Local Government

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

This report has no environmental impact.

 

Social

This report has no social impact.

 

Economic

There is no economic impact.

 


Risk

 

There is no risk to Council.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

There are no additional financial implications to the adopted budget.

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     28 June 2012

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.9      SF1620            280612         Adoption of 2012/2013 Operational Plan - Late Report on Revised Water and Sewerage Charges

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

Summary:

 

Not required.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the proposed 2012/2013 charges as shown in the table to the report.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are no real options.  Council must apply the Office of Water’s best practice pricing requirements to its charges.  The trend towards consumption based pricing means that, particularly in the Water Fund, there is greater volatility in pricing due to weather.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council staff have now completed reviewing the exhibited water and sewerage charges in accordance with the best practice calculations recommended by the Office of Water.  Water charges have changed to that exhibited primarily due to lower than forecast consumption in 2011/12.  This is obviously related to the period of wet weather.  Sewer access and sewer usage charges have also been altered to comply with the best practice recommendations.

 

The following table provides a comparison of the 2011/2012 charges, the exhibited 2012/2013 charges together with the recommended best practice charges for 2012/2013.

 

Fee Type

2011/2012 Charge

Exhibited 2012/2013 charge

Proposed 2012/2013 charge

Water – Access Charges (annual)

Per strata unit

$88

$104

$100

20mm – per occupancy

$88

$104

$100

25mm

$88

$104

$100

40mm

$352

$415

$400

50mm

$550

$649

$625

80mm

$1,408            

$1,661

$1,600

100mm

$2,200

$2,596

$2,500

Water - Consumption

$1.93/kl

$2.28/kl

$2.46/kl

Sewerage – Access Charges (annual)

Residential-per occupancy

$452

$487

$448

Vacant/non connection

$182

$198

$203

Non res. strata per unit

$182

$198

$203

Non res. 20mm

$182

$198

$203

Non res. 40mm

$728

$790

$812

Non res. 50mm

$1,137.50

$1,234

$1,269

Non res. 80mm

$2,912

$3,130

$3,248

Non res. 100mm

$4,550

$4,938

$5,075

Trade Waste (cat 1 & 1A)

$82

$85

$85

Trade Waste (cat 2 & 3)

$137

$142

$142

Trade Waste Usage

$1.56/kl

$1.61/kl

$1.61/kl

Sewerage Usage

$3.23/kl

$3.46/kl

$3.43/kl

 

The calculations are shown in the spreadsheets at the end of this report..

 


CONSULTATION:

 

Council’s Finance Section has provided the best practice pricing calculations.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no implications for the environment.

 

Social

 

There is a significant increase in water charges.  The access charge for a normal domestic connection is increasing by $16 (18%) and the consumption charge is increasing by $0.53/kl (27%).  The normal domestic access charge for sewerage is actually declining by 0.88%.  The rapid increase in utility charges (water, electricity, gas) is a concern for all of those on low to middle incomes. The Nambucca local government area has a relatively higher proportion of its population receiving government income assistance than most local government areas.

 

Economic

 

Significant increases in utility charges are likely to impact on business profit margins.  The impact will depend on the extent to which additional costs can be passed on.  In terms of the Shire’s economic development, the cost of doing business in the Nambucca Valley relative to other areas is also important. 

 

Risk

 

The Office of Water would be concerned about any council not applying their best practice guidelines.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The proposed charges are required to meet the operating and capital costs in Council’s budget for the water and sewerage funds.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The charges are required to derive the income for the water and sewerage funds.



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