Ordinary Council Meeting - 27 June 2013
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9 General Manager Report
9.9 Review of Organisation Structure - Outdoor Operations....... 2
10 Assistant General Manager Corporate and Community Services Report
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES: Joanne Hudson, Manager Human Resources
This report should be read in conjunction with Item 9.6. It concerns the outcome of consultation with the Consultative Committee on 25 June 2013 in relation to the proposed changes to the organisation structure.
That the information be received.
The report is for information.
The Consultative Committee considered the proposed changes at its special meeting on 25 June 2013.
Outdoor representatives advised that there was opposition to the sale of the grader amongst the outdoor staff.
The other changes, being c), d) and e) of the recommendation, were supported by the Committee.
Assistant General Manager Corporate and Community Services Report
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES: Peter Wilson, Assistant General Manager Corporate and Community Services
The national campaign is managed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is responsible for implementing the NSW component of the campaign.
In January 2012 the then Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW informed Council’s that the campaign would be partly funded by way of a members special levy and each council’s share of the levy would be payable in three equal instalments over a three year period, commencing 1 July 2012.
Nambucca Council’s special levy is $13,251.99 plus GST, payable in three instalments of $4,417.33 plus GST.
1 That Council approve of a 2013/14 budget variation of $4,417.33 plus GST, which represents the payment of the third instalment of the special levy to Local Government NSW for the advertising campaign to support the referendum on the constitutional recognition of local government.
2 That the budget variation be reflected in the September 2013 Quarterly Budget Review.
1 Contribute the second and third instalment of levy in the 2013/14 financial year.
2 Contribute levy in three equal instalments over three years financial years, being 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The national campaign is managed by the ALGA and LGNSW is busily preparing for the commencement of the ‘Yes’ campaign. In the coming weeks LGNSW will provide councils with regular updates on ALGA’s national campaign planning progress. They will also be developing NSW specific communications material, including localised media releases, mayor’s messages and newsletter copy for circulation to council’s.
LGNSW has now forwarded invoices for the second and third instalment of Council’s contribution and acknowledge that while these instalments are not due until 31 July 2013 and 31 July 2014 respectively, payment of these invoices would be welcomed prior to the due date.
It should be noted that Council resolved in February 2012 to only make provision in its 2012/13 budget for a contribution of a one third instalment of the levy.
Council resolved in February 2012 to “make provision in its 2012/2013 budget for an expenditure of $4,417 plus GST as a special levy to the Local Government and Shires Associations for an advertising campaign to support the referendum on the constitutional recognition of local government.”
[Minute 3382/12 - 2 February 2012]
There is currently no mention of local government – the third tier of government – in the Australian Constitution. In 1974 and 1988, proposals were put to the Australian people at referendums to fix this however both were unsuccessful.
In December 2008, the Australian Local Government Association held a Constitutional Convention to discuss and debate formal recognition of local government in the Constitution. Three options emerged from that Convention. The third option relating to the financial recognition is being given the most serious consideration.
Local Government is an essential part of Australia’s system of government. Local Government’s contribution to our national wellbeing can be measured in economic, social and environmental terms. Its contribution can also be measured by the way it enhances our democratic way of life.
There are no implications for the environment.
There are no social implications.
There are no economic implications.
Local Government relies on State and Commonwealth Government funding along with its own revenue to carry out many of its responsibilities. The High Court Pape and Williams cases cast doubt on the Commonwealth Government’s ability to directly fund Local Government projects. The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) believes that a constitutional referendum, empowering the Commonwealth to directly fund Local Government is vital for the future of Local Government. At a very practical level, including Local Government in the constitution is about securing funding to deliver the services communities need.
Only eight of the 44 national referendums held since Federation have been carried and, therefore, resulted in constitutional change.
Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets
The recommendation will result in an additional funding allocation in the 2013/14 budget of $4,434.66 plus GST, as the 2013/14 budget includes a vote of $4,400.00. This variation will be reflected in the September 2013 Quarterly Budget Review.
Source of fund and any variance to working funds
The budget variation will be revenue funded and therefore have an impact on the level of working funds.
Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications
No service level or resourcing implications.