NAMBUCCA

SHIRE COUNCIL

 


Ordinary Council Meeting

AGENDA ITEMS

16 January 2014

 

Council has adopted the following Vision and Mission Statements to describe its philosophy and to provide a focus for the principal activities detailed in its Management Plan.

 

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.’

 

Our Values in Delivery

·                Effective leadership

·                Strategic direction

·                Sustainability of infrastructure and assets

·                Community involvement and enhancement through partnerships with Council

·                Enhancement and protection of the environment

·                Maximising business and employment opportunities through promotion of economic development

·                Addressing social and cultural needs of the community through partnerships and provision of facilities and services

·                Actively pursuing resource sharing opportunities

 

Council Meetings:  Overview and Proceedings

 

Council meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month AND on the Thursday two weeks before the Thursday meeting.  Both meetings commence at 5.30 pm.  Meetings are held in the Council Chamber at Council's Administration Centre—44 Princess Street, Macksville (unless otherwise advertised).

 

How can a Member of the Public Speak at a Council Meeting?

 

1        Addressing Council with regard to an item on the meeting agenda:

 

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and address the Council.  Registration to speak may be made by telephone or in person before 2.00 pm on a meeting day.  The relevant agenda item will be brought forward at 5.30 pm in agenda order, and dealt with following preliminary business items on the agenda.  Public addresses are limited to five (5) minutes per person with a limit of two people speaking for and two speaking against an item. 

 

2        Public forum address regarding matters not on the meeting agenda:

 

Council allows not more than two (2) members of the public per meeting to address it on matters not listed in the agenda provided the request is received before publication of the agenda and the subject of the address is disclosed and recorded on the agenda.

 

Speakers should address issues and refrain from making personal attacks or derogatory remarks.  You must treat others with respect at all times.

 

Meeting Agenda

 

These are available Council’s website: www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au


 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014

 

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 Aboriginal People present.

 

AGENDA                                                                                                   Page

 

1        APOLOGIES

2        PRAYER

3        DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

4        CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES —

Ordinary Council Meeting - 11 December 2013.............................................................................. 6

5        NOTICES OF MOTION  

6        PUBLIC FORUM

7        ASKING OF QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE   

8        QUESTIONS FOR CLOSED MEETING WHERE DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN RECEIVED

9        General Manager Report

9.1     Outstanding Actions and Reports.................................................................................... 17

9.2     Financial Contribution to the Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC) 25

9.3     Review of Submissions - Macksville Streetscape Improvement Plans................................ 27

9.4     Planning Proposal LEP amendment no 16 Boundary Adjustments for Certain Rural zoned land    35

9.5     Outstanding DA's greater than 12 months, applications where submissions received not determined from 2 December 2013 - 3 January 2014.......................................................................... 39

9.6     DA2012/069 Traffic Impact Assessment - Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway, Macksville as a result of application for production increase to 200,000 Tonnes per year..................................................................................................................................... 45

9.7     Council Ranger's Report December 2013......................................................................... 76

9.8     Construction and Complying Development Certificates Approved December 2013............. 77

10      Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report

10.1   Draft Delivery Plan and Long Term Financial Plan............................................................. 81

10.2   Coronation Park Committee of Management - Minutes of Annual General Meeting - 18 November 2013.................................................................................................................................... 213

10.3   Macksville Park and Sports Committee of Management AGM - 10 December 2013 - Minutes 226

10.4   Schedule of Council Public Meetings............................................................................. 231

10.5   Crosswinds Wetlands Nature Reserve Committee of Management - Minutes of Annual general Meeting - 24 October 2013........................................................................................................... 232

10.6   Stuart Island Boating Facility Improvement - Council acceptance of Better Boating Program funding offer............................................................................................................................ 235

11      Assistant General Manager Engineering Services Report

11.1   NSW Rural Fire Service Proposed 2014/15 Budget 'Bid'.................................................. 237

11.2   Nambucca District Water Supply Steering Committee meeting - 4 December 2013........... 239

11.3   Water quality monitoring in relation to mining activity...................................................... 245

11.4   Q009/2013 Quotation for the Investigation and Design for Road Embankment Stabilisation Riverside Drive Nambuca Heads.................................................................................................. 252


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

12.1   Valla Quarry - Environmental Management Audit Report - Period 2 October 2012 to 1 October 2013

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

 

12.2   Q009/2013 Quotation for the Investigation and Design for Road Embankment Stabilisation Riverside Drive Nambuca Heads

It is recommended that the Council resolve into closed session with the press and public excluded to allow consideration of this item, as provided for under Section 10A(2) (d) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret.

  

            a      Questions raised by Councillors at 8 above

 

       i         MOTION TO CLOSE THE MEETING

       ii        PUBLIC VERBAL REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING PROPOSAL

     TO CLOSE

       iii       CONSIDERATION OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATIONS

                   iv       DEAL WITH MOTION TO CLOSE THE MEETING

13      MEETING CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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

 

TIME

 

DESCRIPTION

 

WHERE

 

4.15 pm

Item 10.6 - Stuart Island Boating Facility Improvement - Council acceptance of Better Boating Program funding offer

(depart Council chambers at 4.00 pm)

 

ONSITE

5.30 pm

Item 11.1 - Presentation – NSW Rural Fire Service Proposed 2014/15 Budget ‘Bid’

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.

 

 

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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).

 


NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

Ordinary Council Meeting

MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Council Meeting HELD ON 11 December 2013

The following document is the minutes of the Council meeting held on 11 December 2013.  These minutes are subject to confirmation as to their accuracy at the next meeting to be held on 16 January 2014 and therefore subject to change.  Please refer to the minutes of 16 January 2014 for confirmation.

 

 

PRESENT

 

Cr Rhonda Hoban (Mayor)

Cr John Ainsworth

Cr Martin Ballangarry OAM

Cr Brian Finlayson

Cr Paula Flack

Cr Kim MacDonald

Cr Elaine South

Cr Anne Smyth

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Michael Coulter (General Manager)

Scott Norman (AGM Corporate Services)

Paul Gallagher (AGM Engineering Services)

 

 

 

APOLOGY

 

Cr Bob Morrison (on approved leave)

 

 

PRAYER

 

Pastor Jon Ventham, C3 Church, offered a prayer on behalf of the Nambucca Minister's Association.

 

 

DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

 

Councillor JA Ainsworth declared a non-pecuniary significant conflict of interest in Item 9.3 Boultons Crossing (Gumma Reserve) under the Local Government Act as Cr Ainsworth is on the Board of the South Beach National Park.  Cr Ainsworth left the meeting for this item.

 

Councillor BJ Finlayson declared a non-pecuniary significant conflict of interest in Item 9.3 Boultons Crossing (Gumma Reserve) under the Local Government Act as Cr Finlayson has a business associate who has had discussions with Council relating to this item.  Cr Finlayson left the meeting for this item.

 

Councillor P Flack declared a non-pecuniary significant conflict of interest in Item 9.5 Planning Proposal rezoning and reclassification and DA2013/092 Proposed Health One Facility and Subdivision under the Local Government Act as Cr Flack is an employee of the Mid North Coast Local Health District which is the applicant.  Cr Flack left the meeting for this item.

 

Councillor K MacDonald declared a pecuniary interest in Item 11.2 Nambucca District Water Supply – Documentation of Management Plans for Off River Storage Licence requirements under the Local Government Act as Cr MacDonald’s employee “AusCountry Fuels” are the fuel contractors to multiple dam contractors including Haslin Constructions.  Cr MacDonald left the meeting for this item.

 

Councillor K MacDonald declared a pecuniary interest in Item 11.3 Nambucca District Water Supply – Off River Storage Adaptive Management Workshop Requirements under the Local Government Act as Cr MacDonald’s employee “AusCountry Fuels” are the fuel contractors to multiple dam contractors including Haslin Constructions.  Cr MacDonald left the meeting for this item.

 

Councillor K MacDonald declared a pecuniary interest in Item 12.1 Macksville Industrial Estate - Channel Remediation Works under the Local Government Act as Cr MacDonald’s employee has just bought the corner block immediately opposite the drain for the purpose of locating a transtank/office.  Cr MacDonald left the meeting for this item.

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Council Meeting 28 November 2013

1/13 RESOLVED:  (Smyth/Flack)

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting of 28 November 2013 be confirmed.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF MOTION - CR Smyth

 

ITEM 5.1      SF1817              111213      Notice Of Motion – Cr Anne Smyth – Request for Leave of Absence From 12 December 2013 To 15 January 2014 (SF1228)

2/13 RESOLVED:  (Smyth/Flack)

 

That Cr Anne Smyth be granted leave of absence in accordance with Section 234(d) of the Local Government Act for the period 12 December 2013 to 15 January 2014, inclusive.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF MOTION - CR Hoban – LATE

 

ITEM 5.2      SF1817              111213      Notice of Motion - Extension of Loan to Talarm Hall Committee of Management (SF335)

3/13 RESOLVED:  (Hoban/Smyth)

 

That Council extend an interest free loan of $2,500 to the Talarm Hall Committee of Management for the purpose of assisting in the upfront cost of printing Telling the Tale of Talarm.  The loan to be repaid in full within two (2) years.

 

 

 

DELEGATIONS

 

Resolved:          (Flack/Smyth)

 

That the following delegations be heard:

 

Mr Russ Holland - PUBLIC FORUM on behalf of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

 

Mr Holland made the following points:

·    60% of funding required to operate the service is raised from donations

·    Service costs more than $7million per year to run

·    State Government is proposing to rationalise the number of aerial rescue services.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 10.8    SF25                  111213      Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service - Presentation to Council

4/13 RESOLVED:  (Flack/Ainsworth)

 

That Council accept the plaque from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, thank Mr Russ Holland for his presentation, and congratulate staff for their fund raising effort.

 

 

 

ASKING OF QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

There were no questions with notice.

 

QUESTIONS FOR CLOSED MEETING WHERE DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN RECEIVED

There were no questions for Closed Meeting where due notice has been received.

 

 

 

General Manager Report

 

ITEM 9.1      SF959                111213      Outstanding Actions and Reports

5/13 RESOLVED:  (MacDonald/Ballangarry)

 

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

 

 

 

6/13 Resolved(Ainsworth/MacDonald)

 

That Item 9.5 be brought forward as Ms Sheree Smith was at the meeting and requested to address Council in relation to Item 9.5 - Planning Proposal rezoning and reclassification and DA2013/092 Proposed HealthOne Facility and Subdivision.

 

 

Cr Flack left the meeting at 9.46 am and returned after the conclusion of the item at 10.00 am.

 

Ms Sheree Smith addressed Council making the following comments:

 

*        The community should decide on what they want

*        There are new funding models

*        Need to be proactive in ensuring the Health District listens to the community

*        People from community need to be more involved in deciding on the facilities to be provided by the   HealthOne facility

*        Consultation should occur prior to making decisions on facilities such as the HealthOne facility

 

ITEM 9.5      DA2013/092        111213      Planning Proposal rezoning and reclassification and DA2013/092 Proposed HealthOne Facility and Subdivision

7/13 RESOLVED:  (Ainsworth/Finlayson)

 

1        That pursuant to Clause 59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 the Planning Proposal (LEP amendment no 15), associated documents and submissions be forwarded to Department of Planning and Infrastructure requesting that they seek the making of the Plan by the Minister.

 

2        That those persons/agencies who made submissions be advised of Council's decision.

 

3        That Council formally thank Ms Liz Jeremy, General Manager of Bellingen Shire Council for          her conducting the public hearing.

 

4        That Council support in principle the draft conditions of consent prepared for this development so that they can be forwarded to Mid North Coast Local Health District for consideration in accordance with the requirements of clause 89 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

5        That following agreement of the applicant or Minister to the draft conditions of consent and the making of the plan that consent be released under delegated authority.

 

6        That Council receive a further report regarding any future sale of the land to Mid North Coast Local Health District.

 

For the motion:               Councillors Hoban, Ballangarry, Smyth, Finlayson, Ainsworth, MacDonald and South                  (Total 7)

Against the motion:         Nil

 

8/13 Resolved(Hoban/Finlayson)

 

That Council continue its lobbying for the provision of renal dialysis services for the Nambucca Valley and Council note the assurance given by Mr Dowrick, CEO of the Mid North Coast Health District, that funding is available for the provision of a dialysis service.

 

 

 

ITEM 9.2      SF1830              111213      Companion Animal Management & Options to Improve Animal Welfare & Housing

9/13 RESOLVED:  (Flack/Smyth)

 

1        That Council note the gradual decline in euthanasia rates, reasons for euthanasia and          endorse the actions of the Development and Environment section in attempting to ensure       more animals are released or sold.

 

2        That Council consider options for upgrading its Pound when it considers its draft budget.

 

3        That grants be sought to assist with the Pound upgrade costs

 

4        That an on-line companion animal re-homing scheme via the website, Facebook and the local       veterinary clinics start as soon as possible.

 

10/13 Resolved: (Hoban/MacDonald)

 

That Council endorse the use of staff discretion when dealing with the payment of companion animal fees and determining the suitability of animals for rehousing.

 

11/13 Resolved: (Smyth/Flack)

 

That Council contact local media outlets to establish whether as a community service they would be prepared to promote Council’s initiative to save animals from euthanasia and that a media release be issued once the web based animal re-homing scheme is operating.

 

 

The meeting adjourned for morning tea at 10.26am

The meeting resumed at 10.44am

 

 

 

Cr Ainsworth and Cr Finlayson left the meeting for this item at 10.44 am and returned to the meeting after the conclusion of this item at 11.27 am.

 

ITEM 9.3      SF1823              111213      Boultons Crossing (Gumma Reserve)

12/13 RESOLVED: (MacDonald/Hoban)

 

1.       That Council licence the reserve as a primitive camping area in accordance with Section 68           of the Local Government Act, Local Government (Manufactured Homes, Movable Dwellings,           Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulation 2005).

 

2.       That for the 2013/14 Christmas period Council try to manage a maximum allocation within   the reserve in the designated camp sites of 60 combination camper vehicles/caravans and   tents with a maximum of 30 camper vehicles/caravans at any one time.  These allocations to         be reviewed post Christmas.

 

13/13 Resolved: (Flack/Smyth)

 

That no dogs be allowed in the Reserve.

 

 

 

ITEM 9.4      SF1915              111213      Private Swimming Pools - Inspection Regime

14/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/MacDonald)

 

1        That Council note that before a determination as to whether the pool inspection program can be shortened, a compilation of the pools is required through investigation of aerial photographs and the current pool register and that a further report will be provided to Council once staff have completed this investigation.

 

2        That Council endorse the Swimming Pool Inspection Terms of Reference as a framework within which Council officers can work to in order to satisfy the requirements of, and recent amendments to, the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

 

 

Item 9.5 was heard earlier in this meeting as a delegation.

 

 

 

ITEM 9.6      SF1823              111213      Outstanding DA's greater than 12 months, applications where submissions received not determined from 18-29 November 2013

15/13 RESOLVED: (Ainsworth/MacDonald)

 

That the applications where submissions have been received be noted and the report be received for information by Council.

 

 

ITEM 9.7      SF1148              111213      Council Ranger's Report November 2013

16/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Smyth)

 

That the report from Council’s Ranger for November 2013 be received and noted by Council.

 

 

 

ITEM 9.8      SF1842              111213      Application For Special Rate Variation 2014/15

17/13 RESOLVED: (Finlayson/Ballangarry)

 

1        That the five (5) submissions be noted and that each be informed of Council’s decision as well as being provided with a copy of the council report.

 

2        That Council approve of the Section 508A Special Rate Variation Scenario 3 (as amended), to increase the general income by successive annual percentage increases of 5.30% in 2014/15 and 6.00% in 2015/16, the yield for which remains permanently in the rate base.  This application does not imply an increase above the rate peg in subsequent years.

 

3        That the extra general income, above the annual rate peg amount, be used to establish a Roads and Bridges Renewal Levy, to meet the challenges of maintaining and renewing the infrastructure.

 

4        That Council not adopt (an additional voluntary) pensioner concession, under Section 582 of the NSW Local Government Act 1993, on the basis that the mandatory pensioner concessions already place a significant burden on council’s financial position, the majority of pensioners are subject to a Minimum Rate and the announcement of a lower than expected Rate Peg for 2014/15.

 

5        That Council notify IPART of its intention to lodge a Section 508A application for a Special Rate Variation.

 

6        That an Extraordinary Council Meeting be held on Thursday 20 February 2014 to adopt the Draft Delivery Program and Long Term Financial Plan, as council’s IP&R documents must be adopted prior to applying to IPART for a special variation to general income

 

Note: Cr MacDonald voted against the recommendation for the reasons that were set out in her Notice of Motion to the Council meeting on 28 November 2013.

 

18/13 Resolved: (Hoban/MacDonald)

 

That if Council and IPART support a rate increase above rate pegging, Council provide a quarterly report either through a media release or its rates newsletter to confirm to ratepayers that the additional funds are being spent on roads and bridges as indicated in our community consultation.

 

 

ITEM 9.9      SF1823              111213      Construction and Complying Development Certificates Approved November 2013

19/13 RESOLVED: (South/Smyth)

 

That the Construction and Complying Development Certificates approved for November 2013 be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

 

General Manager Report – LATE

 

ITEM 9.10    SF1856              111213      Request that Councils collect rates for and pay rates to the new Local Land Services

MOTION:      (Flack/Smyth)

 

That Council lodge with IPART strong objections to proposals by the Local Land Services Board of Chairs that Councils firstly collect Local Land Services rates for properties with an area of less than 2 hectares and secondly that public landholders, including Councils, pay rates to the Local Land Services for the reasons indicated in the report.

 

AMENDMENT:       (Ainsworth/South)

 

1        That Council lodge with IPART strong objections to proposals by the Local Land Services          Board of Chairs that Councils firstly collect Local Land Services rates for properties with an          area of less than 2 hectares and secondly that public landholders, including Councils, pay   rates to the Local Land Services for the reasons indicated in the report.

 

2        That Council invite Mr Kent Lee to make a presentation to Council on the Local Land Services.

 

The amendment was carried and it became the motion and it was:

 

20/13 Resolved: (Ainsworth/South)

 

1        That Council lodge with IPART strong objections to proposals by the Local Land Services   Board of Chairs that Councils firstly collect Local Land Services rates for properties with an    area of less than 2 hectares and secondly that public landholders, including Councils, pay           rates to the Local Land Services for the reasons indicated in the report.

 

2        That Council invite Mr Kent Lee to make a presentation to Council on the Local Land Services.

 

 


Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report

 

ITEM 10.1    SF700                111213      Community Housing limited V Nambucca Shire Council NSW Land and Environment Court Proceeding 2013/40925

21/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ballangarry)

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.2    SF29                  111213      Basis of operation and ownership of future Council alliances for the provision of services

22/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ainsworth)

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.3    SF1120              111213      Grant Application Status Report

23/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ballangarry)

 

That the list of grant applications and their status to 4 December 2013 be received.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.4    SF1875              111213      Investment Report To 30 November  2013

24/13 RESOLVED: (MacDonald/Ainsworth)

 

That the Accountants’ Report on Investments placed to 30 November 2013 be noted.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.5    SF588                111213      Nambucca District Historical Society Committee of Management - Minutes of Annual General Meeting - 20 August 2013 and Auditor's Report

25/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Smyth)

 

That Council endorse the minutes of the Committee of Management for the Nambucca District Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting held on 20 August 2013 and note the Auditor’s Report.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.6    SF251                111213      Schedule of Council Public Meetings

26/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ballangarry)

 

That the schedule of dates for public Council meetings be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

 

ITEM 10.7    SF338                111213      Tewinga Community Centre Committee of Management AGM - 23 November 2013 - Minutes

27/13 RESOLVED: (Ainsworth/MacDonald)

 

That Council endorse the Minutes of the Committee of Management for the Tewinga Community Centre’s Annual General Meeting held on 23 November 2013 and thank the outgoing Committee for their work in the past twelve months.

 

 

Item 10.8 was dealt with at the beginning of the meeting.

 

 

 

Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report – LATE

 

ITEM 10.9    SF1391              111213      High Priority Weed Management Grant - Council Acceptance Required

28/13 RESOLVED: (Ainsworth/South)

 

That Council accept the funding offer of $18,000 through Crown Lands’ Public Reserve Management Fund (PRMF) for high priority weed-control within Council-managed Crown reserves.

 

 

 

Assistant General Manager Engineering Services Report

 

Cr Finlayson left the meeting immediately before this item at 12.30pm and did not return.

 

ITEM 11.1    SF84                  111213      NSW Rural Fire Service - 2013/2014 Budget

29/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ballangarry)

 

1        That Council receive and note the 2013/14 NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution.

 

2        That Council allocate an amount of $14,134.00 from working funds to balance the NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution and this be reported through the December QBR.

 

3        That Council write to the Commissioner for the Rural Fire Service and advise;

 

a)       that the 2013/14 NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution is yet again a significant increase above the “BID” that was endorsed by Council

b)       Seek a formal response on what the RFS are doing to control their expenditure when Council are limited by rate pegging imposed by the State Government and that the $14,134.00 increase is at the detriment to the ageing infrastructure of Councils assets, and further

c)       Seek what guarantee will be made by the NSWRFS and State Government that future NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution will not exceed the endorsed “BID”.

 

4        That Council write to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and The Hon. A J Stoner, MP and advise;

 

a)   that the 2013/14 NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution is yet again a significant increase above the “BID” that was endorsed by and Council

b)   Seek a formal response on what the RFS are doing to reign in their expenditure when Council are limited by rate pegging imposed by the State Government and that the $14,134.00 increase is at the detriment to the aging infrastructure of Councils assets, and further

c)   Seek what guarantee will be made by the NSWRFS and State Government that future NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution will not exceed the endorsed “BID”.

 

 

 Matter of Urgency          SF25  111213         Donation of a Rubbish Collection - Driver Reviver

31/13 Resolved: (Hoban/Flack)

 

That Council endorse the donation of a rubbish collection at the Driver Reviver site for the period it is staffed over the Christmas holiday period and advise the SES that they need to make a formal donation request each year to Council for this service.

 

 

Cr MacDonald left the meeting at 12.47 pm and returned to the meeting after the conclusion of item 11.3 at 12.50 pm.

 

ITEM 11.2    SF818                111213      Nambucca District Water Supply – Documentation of Management Plans for Off River Storage Licence requirements

32/13 RESOLVED: (Ainsworth/South)

 

1        That Council seek a fee offer from Public Works in accordance with Section 55 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LGA) Clause 3 for the documentation of the Management Plans.

 

2        That following the receipt of the fee schedule from the Public Works a further report be provided to Council on the engagement of the Public Works for the development of the Management Plans

 

 

 

ITEM 11.3    SF1621              111213      Nambucca District Water Supply – Off River Storage Adaptive Management Workshop

33/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/Ballangarry)

 

1        That the proposed River Monitoring Committee (RMC) and Technical Group be combined into the one Committee.

 

2        That Council be provided with a draft Terms of Reference reflecting the amalgamation of the River Monitoring Committee and the Technical Group with a report to be provided for the 30 January 2014 Council meeting for formal adoption.

 

3        That the Environment Protection Authority and NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) be invited to provide an appropriate officer to sit on the River Monitoring Committee.

 

4        That all Councillors sit on the Committee.

 

 

 

ITEM 11.4    SF565                111213      Application for Temporary Road Closure - High Street Bowraville for Bowraville Children’s Christmas Party 2013

34/13 RESOLVED: (Flack/South)

 

That Council approve a temporary road closure for the following event:

 

Event:         Bowraville Children’s Christmas Party 2012

Date:           18 December 2013

Street:         High Street, Bowraville between Young and Belmore Streets

Time:          3.00pm and 7.30pm

 

noting that the following documentation has been received by Council:

 

  • Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance
  • Traffic Management Plan confirming Accredited Traffic Controllers will be on site
  • Police approval granted
  • That advertising will be carried out 7 days prior to the event by Nambucca Shire Council.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF MOTION - CR MACDONALD—LATE

 

Notice of Motion - Request for Leave of Absence from 14 to 19 January 2014 - Cr K MacDonald (SF1798)

35/13 Resolved: (MacDonald/Flack)

 

That Cr Kim MacDonald be granted leave of absence in accordance with Section 234(d) of the Local Government Act for the period 14 to 19 January 2014, inclusive.

 

    

 

Cr MacDonald advised she had a pecuniary interest in item 12.1 and left the meeting at 12.52 pm.

 

COUNCIL IN CLOSED MEETING (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)

Resolved:          (Ainsworth/South)

 

1        That Council consider any written representations from the public as to why the Meeting should not be Closed to the public.

 

2        That Council move into Closed Meeting to discuss the matters for the reason(s) listed below.

 

Reason reports are in Closed Meeting:

 

 

 

Assistant General Manager Engineering Services Report

For Confidential Business Paper in Closed Meeting

ITEM 12.1    LF6515               111213      Macksville Industrial Estate - Channel Remediation Works

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

 

 

 

CLOSED MEETING

 

The Ordinary Council Meeting's Meeting IN CLOSED MEETING commenced at 12.52 pm.

 

 

 

RESUME IN OPEN MEETING

 

Resolved:          (Flack/Ainsworth)

 

That Ordinary Council Meeting resume in Open Meeting. The Ordinary Council Meeting resumed IN OPEN MEETING at 1.05 pm

 

 

FROM COUNCIL IN CLOSED MEETING

 

Assistant General Manager Engineering Services Report

For Confidential Business Paper in Closed Meeting

ITEM 12.1    LF6515               111213      Macksville Industrial Estate - Channel Remediation Works

Resolved:          (Flack/Ainsworth)

 

1        That Council receive and note the information and that an onsite inspection has been arranged for Councillors as part of this report.

 

2        That Council seek legal advice as to the ownership of the lot containing the drainage channel in the event of Eureka 2 Project 6 Pty Ltd becoming insolvent and the responsibility of liability to rectify the channel.

 

3        That following legal advice, Council receive another report to determine whether Council should issue a Notice of Intent to issue an order for the remediation of the drainage channel which shall include the terms of the proposed order to be issued to Eureka 2 Project 6 Pty Ltd are as follows:

 

a)     To provide a firm timeline for the remediation of the blocked and unstable drainage channel between Lot: 16 DP: 1140719 owned by Australian Precast Solutions P/L and the North Coast Railway to comply with the conditions of the Deferred Commencement

b)    Carry out initial works to improve the integrity and capacity of the existing blocked drain

c)     Carry out works that will provide for a permanent solution to unstable drainage walls and floor to the satisfaction of Council and its representatives.

 

 

 

CLOSURE

 

There being no further business the Mayor then closed the meeting the time being 1.06 pm. 

 

Confirmed and signed by the Mayor on 16 January 2013

 

 

 

 

CR RHONDA HOBAN

MAYOR

(CHAIRPERSON)

 

          


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager

ITEM 9.1      SF959              160114         Outstanding Actions and Reports

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

 

The following table is a report on all outstanding resolutions and questions from Councillors (except development consents, development control plans & local environmental plans). Matters which are simply noted or received, together with resolutions adopting rates, fees and charges are not listed as outstanding actions. Where matters have been actioned they are indicated with strikethrough and then removed from the report to the following meeting. Please note that the status comments have been made one week before the Council meeting.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

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

 

 

 

 

FILE

NO

COUNCIL

MEETING

SUMMARY OF MATTER

ACTION

BY

STATUS

 

MARCH 2011

 

1

DA2010/234

17/3/11

Council develop a policy as to the cumulative impacts of locating fill on the floodplain at Macksville and also review the matrix in the Floodplain Risk Management Plan

 

GM

Brief to be prepared and new floodplain study to be undertaken during 2011.

RTA has now engaged Consultants to prepare a new full and comprehensive flood study which will be provided to Council upon completion. At this time Council will be able to proceed to complete a new Flood Plain Risk Management Plan incorporates a revised matrix.

DEP advised meeting arranged with RTA.

Draft flood study likely to be presented to Council May/June 2012.

Re the delay, Council’s Strategic Planner has followed up the RMS.

Staff meeting with Consultants on Wednesday 18/10/12.

Part funding for a Flood Risk Management Plan which would consider filling is included in the 2013/14 Environmental Levy program.  A grant has been applied for, if unsuccessful will not proceed until next year.

Grant funding application was successful and Council resolved at the 28 November 2013 meeting to accept the grant.  Project will commence in 2014.

 

JULY 2011

 

2

SF1031

21/7/11

That the policy for Climate Change Adaption be deferred to allow amendments to be made to the draft policy

 

GM

Policy under revision and to be reported to future meeting.  Also the State Government policy has recently changed.

Awaiting finalisation of Nambucca River Flood Studies which are presently on exhibition, will report to Committee then Council once adopted then proceed with amending the climate change policy and report to Council.

Funding has now been received for the Flood Risk Management Plans.

 

Work to commence in 2014.

 

 

OCTOBER 2011

3

SF1460

17/11/11

Structure of the Farmland (rate) Category be changed to incorporate the statutory minimum with ad valorem maintaining yield. Council undertake a review of the farmland criteria to better reflect high intensity pursuits.

 

AGMCS

Change in Rates staff meant that there has not been the opportunity to review the criteria.  To be reported in 2013/2014.

 

Once Finance Structure resolved this matter should progress.

 

OCTOBER 2012

4

DA2012/069

25/10/12

Council to seek full external funding for independent traffic study for Pacific Highway Upper Warrell Creek Road Intersection

MBD/

G&CO

Investigations underway

Discussed at meeting on 18 March 2013.  Agreed that Boral and APS would prepare a traffic study.

Study completed & a copy was provided to Council on 31 July.  Meeting to be arranged with RMS and Trade & Investment preparatory to APS lodging an application to modify the consent to increase output from 90,000 tonnes p.a. to 200,000 tonnes p.a.

Letter has been sent to the RMS requesting concurrence to the installation of an 80kmh speed zone in the vicinity of the Upper Warrell Creek Road intersection.

Early 2014.

Report in business paper.

 

MARCH 2013

 

5

RF284

28/3/13

Council write to the Minister for Transport to expedite the upgrade and replacement of load limited railway bridges (overpasses) on Browns Crossing Road

 

AGMES

Letter written w/e 5/4/2013

Verbal advice has been provided to Council that a Ministerial request for information was forwarded to the Rail Authority seeking information on the bridges.

Further letter sent 31/7/13

Staff investigating whether letters have been sent.  No evidence letters were sent.  GM sent letter to the Minister, the Hon. Duncan Gay on 10 September 2013.

Staff met with ARTC last week to investigate access along the rail corridor.  No alternative identified. Council can only access its roads and bridges with plant less than 9 tonnes.

Staff are investigating the availability of plant rated under 9 tonne to comply with the bridge load limit to undertake the repairs.

Letter sent to Luke Hartsuyker on 11 November and a reply was received from Mr Hartsuyker advising that he has made representation to the Hon Warren Truss to have the matter expedited, (a copy of the letter was provided to Councillors week ending 6 December)

The GM was contacted by Raphael Miller Freight & Regional Development Transport for NSW seeking further information from Council on the issues expressed in the Council’s letter to Minister Gay and offered to assist Council with establishing a business case for the project and recommend potential options for funding.

Email reply sent to Raphael Miller from GM on Thursday 28/11/12. 

Access approval gained by ARTC through rail corridor bridge abutment repaired 18/12/2013.

 

 


 

APRIL 2013

 

6

SF601

10/4/13

Council request RMS to urgently prepare for On and Off ramps for the Pacific Highway in the vicinity in North Macksville as to facilitate a discussion

 

GM

Letter sent to RMS on 12 April 2013

Mayor and Ms Janine Reed attended Community Cabinet meeting in Taree on 20 May 2013 in relation to this.

Meeting with rms 30 May 2013.  Issue discussed.  Rms is preparing a concept with indicative costing and will supply to Council.

Suggested indicative costing is $10M.

Concept plan not received as at 7 August 2013.  Follow up letter sent 2 September 2013.

Further follow up letter sent 8 November 2013.

Meeting with RMS, Mayor & MBD in relation to this on 21 November 2013.

 

Design has been released with an on/off ramp north of Macksville.  There is no money in the current budget to complete the works.

 

 

JULY 2013

7

RF275

25/7/13

Council request that RMS consider providing Natural Disaster Funding for the provision of a bicycle/walking/horse riding trail in lieu of reinstating the Bowraville to Bellingen Road.

 

GM

Letter sent 1 August 2013.

 

Follow up letter sent 8 November 2013

AUGUST 2013

8

LF6107

14/08/13

There be a report to Council on the circumstances relating to the construction of a shed and other improvements on the Alpha Street road reservation.

 

GM

Report in October 2013.  Manager Business Development has spoken with the property owner who acknowledges that a shed and large awning were constructed on the road reservation without any planning or building approval.  As there has been no work undertaken on the road, the road is owned by the Crown, not Council.  The matter has been referred to the Crown for their action.  Depending upon the action, if any, taken by the Crown, Council can issue development approval for the existing structures.

 

The Crown Lands Office have advised they will action the matter.

 

9

SF1031

14/08/13

That the tree policy be again presented after Councillors have had sufficient time to comment on the amendments presented by Councillors and in view of the previous motion of Council, namely “Tree Removal (SF629) containing the 6D principles.

 

 

AGMES

Report in September 2013.

Deferred to October 2013.

At the request of Cr Morrison this item has been deferred to the first meeting in November 2013.

 

Cr Morrison has provided information to the Manager Civil Works who will draft a report to the December Council meeting.

 

Staff on leave during December – deferred until February 2014.

 

10

SF1817

29/08/13

Wilson Road from 200m west of Coronation Road to 400m west of Spaldings Road.  Council request the RMS to reconsider the 90kph speed zone.

 

And Further…..

Council write to the RMS requesting reinstatement of the 60kph zone on Rodeo Drive travelling east from Bowraville after the Valla Road turnoff where the “s” bends are.

 

AGMES

Manager Technical Services has requested a further review of these sections of the Drive.

 

No response as at 8/1/14.

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

11

SF1755

11/09/13

That half yearly progress reports be submitted to Council on the Business Services Unit in February and August.

 

AGMCS

Report February 2014

12

LF6417

11/09/13

That Council dye test the spring (above 8 Creek Street) which has been identified and inspect the stormwater drainage of those properties identified as possible sources of ground and surface water.

 

AGMES

Dye test undertaken and no impact on 8 Creek Street identified.  Further investigation for other properties is required.

 

No further action taken to date due to staff resourcing.

13

SF1690

11/09/13

Council note the required variation to its budget to be reported with its September quarter budget review (Skate Park)

 

GM

Report in February 2014..

 

Report with December Budget Review.

14

SF1817

26/09/13

Council write to the NSW Small Business Commissioner and ask her if Council can be included in the forthcoming Pilot Program to encourage Councils to support small business.

 

GM

The Manager Business Development has contacted the Department of Small Business and registered to be involved in this program.  He has also registered Council as a member of the NSW Business Chamber so as to be eligible to participate in this program.  Council will be contacted early in 2014 regarding its participation in the program.

15

SF844

26/09/13

Council seek a more detailed report on the cost/benefit of the relaxation of the water extraction licence during the initial filling of the dam.

 

GM

GM has spoken to MWS.  A letter is being sent to the Commissioner for Water requesting the relaxation of flow rules for 12 months to assist with the initial filling of the dam.

 

Follow up letter sent 22 November 2013.

 

OCTOBER 2013

16

SF1496

31/10/13

That Council note that the Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuary & Coastline Management Committee supports Council in any initiative to close our rivers to commercial fishing or reduce the impact of commercial fishing on our rivers and encourage Council to become fish friendly Council with the aim of protecting fish habitat and encourage sustainable fishing.  That in this respect, Council request the Dept. of Fisheries to write to those people and organisations where it is considered that this motion may have either a positive or negative effect on their business or the Shire if the river was closed and to ask these organisations and people their opinion eg those with fish licences, fish shops and other organisations that provide tourist facilities like caravan parks and our local tourist committee and associations.

GM

Strategic Planner

Grant Nelson wrote to Fisheries on 6/11/13 (28076/2013), no response to date

NOVEMBER 2013

17

SF1817

13/11/13

RMS be requested to place speed cameras at the northern approach/exit of the Macksville Bridge and a red light camera at Partridge/Cooper Street intersection or Boundary Street/Highway intersection.  Also RMS be requested to make the left lane at the Cooper/Partridge Street lights southbound a left turning lane only.

 

AGMES

Letter sent to RMS 15 November 2013.

 

Acknowledgement letter received from RMS advising the matter has been referred for investigation, (copy of RMS letter provide to Councillors on 17/12/13.)

18

SF600

13/11/13

That a further report come to Council on the estimated cost of the proposed subdivision of land adjoining the Macksville Sewerage Treatment Plant and the recommended terms of any agreement with Mr Gordon.

 

GM

Awaiting lodgement of EIS.

19

SF 825

13/11/13

There be an annual report on the disposal of Council owned surplus materials and small equipment; the items disposed of; how they were disposed of; and the prices received.

 

AGMES

Report to July 2014 Council meeting.

20

SF757

28/11/13

That Council receive a report on existing monitoring and advice as to what monitoring would be required to establish baseline information should it ever be required in relation to any mining activity within the Shire.

AGMES

Report to February 2014 Council meeting.

 

November 2013, letter sent to Lock the Nambucca Valley (LNV) emanating from November Council meeting advising of test results.

In business paper.

21

SF642

28/11/13

That Council review both the Pesticides Use Notification Policy and Noxious Weed Policy.

AGMES

Report to March 2014 meeting.

22

S92

28/11/13

That Council write to Transport NSW to seek information about the representations made by NSW Trains so that Council may assist them in their lobbying.

GM

Letter sent to Department of Transport Tuesday

3 December 2013.

 

 

23

SF1268

29/11/13

Council receive a report regarding Our Living Coast program and the website with regard to program delivery and the benefits to the Nambucca Shire.

GM

Report to January 2014 Council meeting.

24

SF1431

29/11/13

That Council issue an infringement Notice for $3,000 and that the proprietor of the quarry be informed that ‘Council will seek the imposition of the larger penalty through the Land and Environment Court in the event of future breaches’.

 

GM

Infringement notice issued Wednesday 4 December 2013 as well as a letter advising that Council will seek the imposition of the larger penalty through the Land and Environment Court in the event of future breaches’.

 

Report in confidential business paper.

 

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

25

DA

2013/92

11/12/13

That Council receive a further report regarding any future sale of the land (proposed HealthOne Facility) to the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

 

GM

Report to January 2014 meeting

26

DA

2013/092

11/12/13

That Council continue its lobbying for the provision of renal dialysis services for the Nambucca Valley and Council note the assurance given by Mr Dowrick, CEO of the Mid North Coast Health District, that funding is available for the provision of a dialysis service.

 

GM

Email sent on 9 January 2014 to CEO of Health District seeking advice on the outcome of the current tender.

27

SF1830

11/12/13

Council consider options for upgrading its Pound when it considers its draft budget

 

GM

Report February/March 2014

28

SF1830

11/12/13

That grants be sought to assist with the Pound upgrade costs.

 

GM

Report February/March 2014

29

SF1830

11/12/13

That an on-line companion animal re-homing scheme via the website, Facebook and the local veterinary clinics start as soon as possible.

 

GM

Implementation January 2014

30

SF1830

11/12/13

Council contact local media outlets to establish whether as a community service they would be prepared to promote Council’s initiative to save animals from euthanasia and that a media release be issued once the web based animal re-homing scheme is operating.

 

GM

Implementation January 2014

31

SF1915

11/12/13

Council note that before a determination as to whether the pool inspection program be shortened, a compilation of the pools is required through investigation of aerial photographs and the current pool register and that a further report be provided to Council once staff have completed this investigation.

GM

April 2014

32

SF1842

11/12/13

That if Council and IPART support a rate increase above rate pegging, Council provide a quarterly report either through a media release or its rates newsletter to confirm to ratepayers that the additional funds are being spent on roads and bridges as indicated in our community consultation.

GM

The first quarterly report would be the rates newsletter to be distributed with the 2014/2015 rates notice.

33

SF1856

11/12/13

Council invite Mr Kent Lee (LLS Chair) to make a presentation on the Local Land Services

 

GM

Invitation issued 10 January 2013.

34

SF84

11/12/13

Council write to the Commissioner of the RFS re the Fire Fighting Fund contribution being a significant increase above the “bid” and seek a formal response on what the RFS are doing to control their expenditure when Council is limited by rate pegging.  Further Council seek what guarantee will be made by the NSWRFS and State Government that future NSWRFS Fire Fighting Fund contribution will not exceed the endorsed “bid”.

AGMES

Letter sent 12/12/2013.  Acknowledgment letter received from RFS Commissioner advising the matter has been referred for investigation.

 

RFS presenting to Council meeting on 16 January 2014.

35

SF818

11/12/13

(Nambucca District Water Supply – Documentation of Management Plans for Off River Storage licence requirements) – following the receipt of the fee schedule from the Public Works a further report be provided to Council on the engagement of the Public Works for the development of the Management Plans.

AGMES

Due to Christmas closure of Public Works – report to be presented to February 2014 meeting.


 

36

SF1621

11/12/13

(Nambucca District Water Supply – Off River Storage Adaptive Management Workshop) – that Council be provided with a draft Terms of Reference reflecting the amalgamation of the River Monitoring Committee and the Technical Group with a report to be provided for the 30 January 2014 Council meeting for formal adoption.

AGMES

Report to 30 January 2014.

 

Due to Christmas closure of Public Works – report to be presented to February 2014 meeting.

37

SF6515

11/12/13

(Macksville Industrial Estate Channel Remediation Works) That Council seek legal advice as to the ownership of the lot containing the drainage channel in the event that Eureka 2 Project 6 Pty Ltd becoming insolvent and the responsibility of liability to rectify the channel.  That following legal advice, Council receive another report to determine whether Council should issue a Notice of Intent to issue an order for the remediation of the drainage channel which shall include the terms of the proposed order to be issued to Eureka 2 Project 6 Pty Ltd a) to provide a firm timeline for the remediation of the blocked & unstable drainage channel b) carry out initial works to improve the integrity & capacity of the existing blocked drain c) carry our works that will provide for a permanent solution to unstable drainage walls and floor to the satisfaction of Council.

 

AGMES

Report in February 2014

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.2      SF979              160114         Financial Contribution to the Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC)

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

Summary:

 

The report is short.  A summary is not required.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council pay the additional per capita contribution to MIDROC of $2,511.47 and make provision for this in the December quarter budget review.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

If Council decides not to pay the additional contribution it would have to withdraw from MIDROC

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council at its meeting on 25 July 2013 considered a report on the Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC) Strategic Plan 2013-2017.  The report referred to a formula for the calculation of contributions by member councils.

 

The Strategic Plan proposed to continue the base rate contribution of $10,000 per council plus add a new, additional component of 13 cents per person within the LGA.  The Strategic Plan provided that the following contributions would be payable in the 2013/2014 financial year.

 

Council

Base Rate $

Population (2010)

Total $ 2013/14

Bellingen

10,000

12,518

11,627.34

Coffs Harbour

10,000

68,413

18,893.69

Gloucester

10,000

4,877

10,634.01

Great Lakes

10,000

34,430

14,475.90

Greater Taree

10,000

46,541

16,050.33

Kempsey

10,000

28,134

13,657.42

Nambucca

10,000

18,644

12,423.72

Port Macquarie Hastings

10,000

72,696

19,450.48

Total

 

 

$117,212.89

 

Council’s budget for 2013/2014 provided for a contribution to MIDROC of $9,100.

 

In response to an invoice, Nambucca Shire Council paid its base rate contribution of $10,000 (including GST) in November 2013.

 

A further invoice has now been received for $2,511.47 being the additional per capita component based on June 2012 ABS data ($2283.15 + GST of $228.32).  This contribution has not been budgeted for.

 

Council pays significant annual subscriptions to LG NSW ($26,000) and MIDROC ($10,511).  Given the financial constraints that most MIDROC Councils are operating under, it is fair to say that all MIDROC Councils will be attentive to the return on their investment.

 

Given the forthcoming release of the Independent Panel’s report on NSW Local Government it is preferred that Council remain in a regional organisation of councils (ROC) whilst the future direction of NSW local government is determined.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been no consultation.

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Besides the opportunity cost of the expenditure, there are no implications for the environment.

 

Social

 

There are no social implications.

 

Economic

 

Besides the opportunity cost of the expenditure, there are no economic implications.

 

Risk

 

Pending the finalisation of the Independent Panel’s report on the future of NSW local government, there is a discernible risk in not being a member of a regional organisation of councils.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The higher contribution rate to MIDROC will affect future budgets.  MIDROC has the authority to change its member’s contribution rate.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There will be a negative impact on Council’s working funds of $2,283.15.  The GST component will be claimed back.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

The increased contribution is effectively a higher service level for MIDROC.  There are no resourcing implications.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.3      SF1855            160114         Review of Submissions - Macksville Streetscape Improvement Plans

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Grant Nelson, Strategic Planner         

 

Summary:

 

The purpose of this report is to advise Council of the result of the exhibition of the Macksville Streetscape Improvement Plans and discuss the ongoing process.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council note the responses to the draft plans received via formal submissions or feedback received in other forms.

 

2        That Council resolve to progress to detail plans for Priority Area 1 (River Street).  The detail design take into consideration the comments made through submissions including:

 

-     the location and nature of trees taking into account functionality of the town

-     the changes in parking and other traffic conditions

-     an alternative option to the relocation of the toilet block

-     the many varying suggestions town themes and how these may form part of the design.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council may choose to progress with the plans.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council approved draft streetscape revitalisation plans for Macksville on the 25 July 2013. The plans have been exhibited for a period not less than 2 months. Plans were placed in a shopfront window in Wallace Street, on Councils website and on display in the Macksville library.

 

During the exhibition period Council received 11 Submissions. Comments received via feedback in the guardian news were also noted.

 

The feedback received has largely been a mix of positive and constructive suggestions. The core issues raised during the exhibition period are provided below.

 

Submissions

 

Trees

 

·              Plan must enhance access to all business outlets

·              Availability of parking proposed tree plantings should not impact existing parking availability

·              Trees may restrict traffic visibility at River Street / Wallace St Intersection

·           Trees appear to be planted under awnings and on areas where there are level problems, trees have been placed in front of drives (morrisons) and in front of doors. Trees have been placed near drives which may impact on vision

·           While enhancing corners of streets, it must be remembered that trucks move in and out of out of town, presently trucks have difficultly turning out of Wallace st onto the highway, no way these corners could be safely enlarged

·           Applause for getting rid of the initial palms, but is it intended to place trees outside shops obscuring any advertising for passing trade?

·           Palms would be a hazard and expensive management problem, maybe  a local species would be best

·           More trees should be planted along the River Bank especially on the northern side of the River near the Boat Ramp and in front of the ‘Star Hotel’ (an unused and unattractive area due to the lack of shade)

·           Trees out the front of star hotel demonstrate lack of knowledge for path widths and slopes. This path is very narrow and on a slope. There is hardly room for people to pass let alone trees to be planted. Reducing parking out the front of the star would not be an option

·           Is the planting of trees in Wallace lane viable, what about painting fences, fixing the pavement hanging flags

·           Planting near Wallace lane would be impossible; limited width and huge expense to modify for planting; planting at access would be poorly received by the community they want ease of access to the newsagent

·              The pots are identified as tired but have now been painted and relocation is being considered

·              More appropriate species would be xanthorrhoea australis (grass trees)

·              Trees species may not be appropriate.

 

Planning comments:

 

The placement of trees in the final designs will take into consideration the function of the town. Bus Stops, taxi ranks, driveways, parking areas shop fronts, awnings, general traffic movements and signage will all be given consideration. For example it will be important to incorporate pedestrian crossings within the proposed medium strip in Cooper St and examine options for traffic movements in this area.

 

Tree species selection is important: trees used will need to be attractive and tolerant species that have a street tree shape and height. Fruit and leaf drop will also be a consideration. Urban conditions will also be a factor for consideration in the selections and the type of planting required. For example some areas like Wallace Lane may only suit small shrubs/ grasses and require planting boxes rather than pavement works.

 

Toilet Block

 

·              Relocation of toilet blocks next to the main traffic bridge in town would make an unpleasant entry

·           Moving toilet block seems an unnecessary expense, this could be incorporated into the landscape eg river mosaic, painting or adding tree cover

·              Would a toilet block fit the proposed location?

 

Planning comments:

 

Ideally the site lines to the Nambucca River from Princess would be free from obstruction drawing people to the foreshore open space. It also compliments the activity in this area as a ‘river promenade’ and suggestions that this area would suit market square type activity in preference to other areas in the plan. Redirecting the toilet to the location near the bridge would support these ideals. The newly constructed toilet facilities at the northern end of the bridge are not unsightly at the town entrance. In fact, they present a convenient option to travellers. The same could be said should facilities be constructed on the southern side of the bridge. The existing toilet block is approx. 24sqm, this space would be available at the proposed site. The elevation at the site close to the bridge is higher than the existing location which means it would flood less frequently.

 

Nevertheless the proposed toilet relocation may not be priority depending on the available funding.

 

An alternative is to renew, retro fit and improve the look of the existing toilet which will be given consideration in the detailed plan. It would be worth examining the cost of both options as the plans develop.

 

Town Square/ Market Square

 

·           The ‘new town square should not be located at the proposed location and be more near the main street

·           Market square may be misplaced – Riverfront provides the better location for the town square; Market square is also located on different levels and would be unsuitable without massive expenditure – would it work

·           Most appropriate area for a market square would be the area west of the existing toilets on the corner of River and Princess Street, direction of traffic should be reviewed

·              Town square in the middle of roundabout hardly seems appropriate or safe

·           Providing more nice space works to get people in but we need to get them to slow down before they get to the turn off from town

·           Town could be sculpture hub, incorporating sculptures at place like valley of the mist, pub with no beer; wineries etc. Encourage people to tour the region. Link the sculptures to the river; once people see the beauty of our CBD they are more likely to stay for a period.

Planning Comments:

 

The ‘town square’ is simply titled for an area presenting an entrance statement to the town. It is not intended that the street in this location would be used for community events.

Numerous comments were received regarding the viability and use of the Market Square at its proposed location at the corner of Princess Street and Wallace Street. The embellishments at this location were aimed at increasing activity in the southern top end of town. The area is identified as priority area 3 and can be given more consideration as the plans progress. It is one of the larger relatively unused open space areas in town, and even if it is not intended to be used for Market activity it would still benefit from a number of the embellishments identified on the plans such as new pavement, seating and renewal of the garden containing the Fig Tree.

 

Heritage

 

·              We are a heritage town a river town, previous heritage studies not referred to by consultants

·           Each shop could display a heritage photo or object to reinforce the theme, thus providing a cohesive link with other buildings in town

·           Macksville can still be modern via incorporation of furnishing, seatings, umbrellas and planting and pathways

·              People want a unique experience, not a town that is identical to the last one they travelled through

·           Painting of town in garish reds, yellows and blues surely an economical and sensitive reworking would be to paint those buildings in Heritage colours highlighting interesting features and signs.

 

Planning Comment:

 

Council has recently received funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to support a heritage program in the shire. This will contribute to the renewal of some private domain building features and facades and contribute to the character of Macksville and other localities.

 

The plan identifies facades of buildings in the CBD being painted in varying tones aimed at increasing the vibrancy of the town. The buildings themselves maintain their heritage character. Generally speaking council has no statutory powers to control the colours a private building may be painted unless it is heritage listed or funding is part of grant agreement with Council.  Vibrant colours should not be dismissed and would contribute to the character of Macksville.  The Heritage Main Street Study Macksville indicates that Heritage Buildings do not necessarily have to be painted to strict heritage colours.

 

Parking and Transport

 

·           Another unnecessary expense could be changing the parking form angel to straight – how about reviewing the parking around town instead or regulating more frequently

·           Parking changed to 90 degrees when the Kempsey by pass completed, parking is now angle and 2 hours – the current situation works well – if the change is made to substitute for parking lost – this is a poor substitute and not welcomed by most people

·              Consideration not given to 15minute parking at Australia post

·           Bus stop at post office and opposite very important yet with identified vegetation seems to have been forgotten

·           Taxi rank corner of Wallace and princess street and corner of Winfred  st and cooper st have not been taken into consideration – the plantings would impeded access and Taxi Spaces

·           Access and vision to business is extremely important to permit safe traffic movements with no obstructions. Trucks making deliveries through the centre need ease of access. There are places where this would be impeded. A blister proposed down the centre of Coopers st would impact most business.

·              Maintain existing loading zones

·              Support compensation for lost parking

·              Support one-way traffic through Wallace lane

·              Star street carpark does not get mention, access to the area

·              Bicycle track or pedestrian track from the Tilly Willy Carpark around further.

 

Planning Comment:

 

Parking and traffic are an extremely important aspect to any town revitalisation. The town should be developed in a manner that maximises the function but also improves on amenity. It may be difficult to maintain all the parking spaces under existing arrangement and gain improvements such as the outdoor dining areas in River St. Other opportunities exist such as examining the existing links to Star Street Carpark which is under-utilised or re-configuring existing spaces.

 

At a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting the importance of the Star Street Carparking area was highlighted. At present there are 2 informal parking areas used in Macksville which are positioned on private land in Mckay St and River St. Should these sites be developed informal parking will be lost and use of the star street parking will increase.

 

It will be important to ensure access to Star Street car park is clearly defined and available. The draft streetscape plan proposes to feature pavement to embellish the entrance to the parking area. This could be accompanied by signage.  It was also suggested that Council should try and establish a pedestrian link between River St and Star St as a priority. 

 

As the detail designs for the specific areas shown on the priority plan are developed a comparison of the parking situation will be undertaken.

 

Other

 

·           Where is the funding coming from and what services would be sidelined to proceed with the proposed works;

Planning Comment:

Council’s delivery plan provides a reference to implementation urban designs for the Centres.

Develop new urban designs for town centres and villages

Strategic Planner

Senior Town Planner

Managers

New urban design for Macksville developed

PAMP implemented

Streetscape plans for Nambucca and Bowraville implemented

Nambucca River Master Plan implemented

 

Once detailed plans are endorsed Council will need to consider implementation within future budgets. Where suitable grant funding will be targeted for civic improvements, heritage improvements, sport and recreation assets and environmental improvements.

 

·              Anzac memorial is not included in the plan for the river

 

Planning Comment: The placement of the memorial will be considered in detailed plans.

 

·              The proposed awning on corner of princess and Mackay street may be misrepresented

 

Planning Comment: This image was intended show the type of improvements to the town that could be achieved.

 

·              Would boats still pump out

 

Planning Comment: It is not proposed to change any pump out facilities presently available in Macksville.

 

·              Maintenance cost must be consideration in the future

 

Planning Comments: Ongoing maintenance of gardens, street furniture and other infrastructure will be an important consideration during material or species selection.

 

·              Support improvements to Dawkins Park

·              Support maintenance of liquid ambers on southern entrance to Macksville

·              Support  a review of signage and support new entrance signage.

 

Planning Comment: Councils Engineering directorate has completed an audit of the existing signage and is considering options for consolidation, replacement and/or removal.

 

·              Aboriginal Art suggested in preference to proposed sculptures.

 

Planning Comment: further comments regarding themes that represent Macksville are provided below.

 

·           Inclusion of playground and outdoor fitness facilities which are important and reflect what Macksville stands for.

Planning comment:  Council is working on a plan to upgrade the existing playground at Partridge Street.  It is centrally located, fenced, has good parking, shade, toilets nearby and is only a short level walk to the Town Centre.  Also, it provides for various options at the site; from minor improvements to a complete redevelop and various ideas in between.  In addition to this, it is already known to locals and travellers. It is noted that embellishments to existing parks would be more cost effective than starting from a greenfield development. Recently a community group applied for a grant to upgrade the Ferry Street park facilities.

 

An outdoor exercise hub will be installed at Macksville playing fields under the Council’s Healthy Living project in the near future. The static equipment will provide free and equal access to exercise options for the whole community, and is anticipated to complement and enhance the playing fields. In addition to this, as the playing fields are a short walk from the town centre, there is an opportunity to better link around town with the river and CBD via an identified walking path.

 

·              No mention of the next 2 stages to the wharf?

 

Planning Comments: The landscape plans for River Street Foreshore Reserve included a second wharf. This will be examined and considered in the detailed plan for River Street.

Themes

 

·           mosaics on pavement leading to the river, quilting would be a pleasing second or one of many subsidiary themes

·              Strongly object to quilting theme and is an inappropriate suggestion

·              Macksville is a river town

·           Surely we are a river town, this is the attraction to the town this should be the main emphasis to the plan; being organically oriented to the river would have far more possibilities for design than a quilt theme, my imagination runs into flowing

·              Quilting suggestion does not encapsulate the town as a whole

·              Sculptures could have a sporting horse theme;

·           Not in favour of Macksville being promoted as a quilting town or sporting town, rather given various heritage attributes it would be better placed as a ‘historic river town’.

Planning comments: submissions supported a number of varying themes described below: 

 

Sporting Horses

River

Rusty Iron Rally

Heritage

Macksville Gift

Heritage Town

Sporting Town

Aboriginal Heritage.

 

The plans have illustrated a concept of incorporating a grid theme into pavement treatment, sculptures etc, It is apparent through the submissions that the Macksville community have a broad and varying view of what best represents the values and history of Macksville  and should be representative within the town infrastructure.

 

It is not necessary to isolate the community to a single theme and different public spaces may be represented by varying concepts/ ideas. However it is noted that an underlying grid pattern would allow all the varying values of the town to be taken into account and it is important to ensure consistency materials and furniture or the improvements risk becoming uncoordinated or worse unsightly. Further consideration of suggestions received will be given consideration in the detail design.

 

Positive Feedback Received

 

The following aspects of the plans received positive feedback from through submissions.

 

·                      Support programs that will enhance my town

·                      A pleasure to view

·                      The trees, additional outdoor seating and utilising the greatest asset the river are positive

·           Almost too good to be true –if implemented will make Macksville a desirable stop for holiday makers

·                      Applaud Nambucca Shire Council for its far thinking approach to the new appearance of Macksville.

·           Design is a huge step forward in attracting non-local visitors off the highway to enjoy the River and shaded areas to rest and break their journey

·           Presently passing traffic contributes little to local economy, the plans have the potential attract visitors

·                      Fully support all upgrades and plantings for the town

·                      Congratulate Council on the initiative

·                      Plans look energetic and relaxed at the same time congrats

·                      Hoping to start the improvements soon

·                      Applaud the initiative

·                      Roundabout at Cooper St and River St is positive

·                      Increased foliage is positive

·                      A theme for the town is a good idea

·                      Seating for dinners on River St is a good idea

·                      Like to Create of a focal point at the end of Wallace lane

·                      Increased seating is positive

·                      Road improvements

·        Despite issues raised Council should be congratulated on starting the process, probably more good ideas than bad ideas and all in all having a plan in place for the future is exciting.

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Nil

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

A large component of the draft streetscape plans is the incorporation of street trees and green spaces in accordance with one of the key targeted themes, being ‘garden town’. The proposed improvement and revitalisation will build on environmental themes including water conservation and climate change resilience. 

 

Social

 

It is anticipated that future public domain improvements would contribute to the activation of the town, the health of its residents and potentially trigger positive private domain improvements. These contributions to physical the appearance of the town can often result in positive social improvements.

 

Economic

 

One of the objectives of the plan is to take advantage of opportunities presented by the highway bypass, assisting to contribute to the town as a destination and offset negative impacts associated with the bypass.

 

Risk

 

It is considered best to proceed to the detail design taking into consideration the comments received through submissions and incorporate them into objectives for the consultant and staff to look at during preparation of details plans for priority area 1 (River St). Further exhibition and comments will be sought as the detail plans are prepared. Should Council dwell on the original concepts we risk not being ready to apply for grants if they become available.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The original plans were developed through the environmental levy. Preparation of detailed plans for priority area 1 will be funded via the Healthy Spaces and Places program.

 

Future implementation works will need to be budgeted for or allocated through grants.

 

There is $4,300 available in the Healthy Spaces and Places Program which can be allocated to the work.  Advice from the Urban Designer is that the provision of the plan for River Street will not cost more than this.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

See above

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

Streetscape improvements that involve vegetation, outdoor dining and similar improvements will require ongoing maintenance.  This will require a greater funding commitment from Council’s General Fund.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.4      SF1902            160114         Planning Proposal LEP amendment no 16 Boundary Adjustments for Certain Rural zoned land

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Grant Nelson, Strategic Planner         

 

Summary:

 

The purpose of this report is to report to Council the results of the exhibition of the planning proposal to allow boundary adjustments to occur between one (1) or more existing undersized allotments. It will contribute to the ongoing improvements to Council’s local planning provisions as they relate to rural land and provide additional opportunities for rural landholders.

 

It is noted the Minister for Planning has issued Council with authority to exercise delegation in regards to this matter.

 

NOTE: This matter requires a “Planning Decision” referred to in Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requiring the General Manager to record the names of each Councillor supporting and opposing the decision.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council proceed with the proposed amendment as drafted in this report.

 

2        That pursuant to Clause 59(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 Council request that a draft instrument be prepared by contacting Parliamentary Counsel directly in accordance with Councils delegated powers.

 

3        That those persons/agencies who made submissions be advised of Council's decision.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council may determine not to proceed with the amendment.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

As local Councils produced their Local Environmental Plans (LEP’s) in accordance with the state government’s standard instrument requirements, each of these subsequent LEP’s repealed the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 1 Variations to Development Standards for that area.

 

Clause 4.6 of Standard Instrument LEP replaced the functions of this repealed SEPP and this clause allows for variations to development standards such as lot size, height and floor space ratio. To be considered, a variation must satisfy the provisions of this clause.

 

A feature lacking from clause 4.6 which was previously available to Council through assumed concurrences issued by the Department of Planning is the ability to undertake boundary adjustments associated with lots that are already under the minimum lot size.

 

Discussions with the Department of Planning previously indicated that the issue was being examined and it appears that an agreement has now been made on the wording of provisions to address the issue. Coffs Harbour, Upper Hunter and Ballina LEP’s have drafted or contain provisions which allow boundary adjustments between existing undersized allotments.

 

On 30 May 2013 Council resolved to proceed with an amendment to allow these types of boundary adjustments. Council received a gateway determination from the Department of Planning on 6 August 2013. One of the requirements of the gateway determination was to consult with the NSW Rural Fire Service.

 

A response from the NSW RFS was received on 27 September 2013 and no objections were received to the planning proposal. Some advice was provided for Council consideration.

 

Exhibition

 

The Planning Proposal was exhibited for 14 days as required by the Gateway Determination. The exhibition period was from the 21 November 2013 to 6 December 2013. During the exhibition period one (1) submission was received.

 

The submission received was from Dennis McDiarmid who is contemplating boundary adjustment and subdivision with neighbours. The matters raised in this submission are related to the specific property in question not the proposed boundary adjustment provisions of the Nambucca LEP 2010. Where the planning proposal may provide assistance in the particular circumstances related to this land the appropriate advice has been provided.

 

The original provisions drafted and endorsed by council were the following:

 

4.1B Boundary adjustments of land in certain rural and environmental protection zones [local]

 

(1)      The objective of this clause is to facilitate boundary adjustments between lots where one or more resultant lots do not meet the minimum lot size and the objectives of the relevant zone can be achieved.

 

(2)      This clause applies to land in the following zones:

 

Zone RU1 Primary Production

Zone RU2 Rural landscape

Zone R5 Large Lot Residential

Zone E3 Environmental Management.

 

(3)      Despite Clause 4.1, development consent may be granted to subdivide land by way of a boundary adjustment between adjoining allotments where one or more resultant lots do not meet the minimum lot size shown on the Lot Size Map in relation to that land, if the consent authority is satisfied that:

 

(a)      the subdivision will not create additional lots or the opportunity for additional dwellings

 

(b)      the number of dwellings or opportunities for dwellings on each lot after subdivision must be the same as before the subdivision

 

(c)      the potential for land use conflict will not be increased as a result of the subdivision.

 

(4)      Before granting consent to development to which this clause applies the consent authority must be satisfied that the subdivision will result in the continued protection and long term maintenance of any land zoned E3 Environmental Management or E2 Environmental Protection.

 

Proposed Amendment

 

The gateway determination issued by the Department of Planning indicated that a model provision to achieve the same effect had been endorsed by the Department. It is recommended Council adopt the following clause for insertion in into the Nambucca LEP 2010 based on the Department of Planning drafted model clause.

 


Proposed 

 

1          Boundary Changes between lots in certain rural, residential and environmental protection zones (d01.06).

 

(1)  The objective of this clause is to permit the boundary between 2 or more lots to be altered in certain circumstances, to give landowners a greater opportunity to achieve the objectives of the zone.

 

(2)  This clause applies to land in any of the following zones:

 

(a)  Zone RU1 Primary Production

(b)  Zone RU2 Rural Landscape

(c)  Zone RU3 Forestry

(d)  Zone R5 Large Lot Residential

(e)  Zone E1 National Parks and Nature Reserves

(f)   Zone E2 Environmental Conservation

(g)  Zone E3 Environmental Management

 

(3)  Despite Clause 4.1(3), development consent may be granted to the subdivision of 2 or more adjoining lots, being land to which this clause applies, if the subdivision will not result in any of the following:

 

(a)  An increase in the number of lots

(b)  An increase in the number of dwellings on or dwellings that may be erected on, any of the lots

 

(4)  Before determining a development application for the subdivision of land under this clause, the consent authority must consider the following:

 

(a)  The existing uses and approved uses of other land in the vicinity of the subdivision,

(b)  Whether or not the subdivision is likely to have a significant impact on land uses that are likely to be preferred and the predominant land uses in the vicinity of the development

(c)  Whether or not the subdivision is likely to be incompatible with a use referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

(d)  Whether or not the subdivision is likely to be incompatible with a use on land in an adjoining zone,

(e)  Any measures proposed by the applicant to avoid or minimise any incompatibility referred to in paragraph (c) or (d),

(f)   Whether or not the subdivision is appropriate having regard to the natural and physical constraints affecting the land,

(g)  Whether or not the subdivision is likely to have an adverse impact on the environmental values or agricultural viability of the land.

 

(5)  This clause does not apply:

(a)  In relation to the subdivision of individual lots in a strata plan or a community title scheme, or

(b)  If the subdivision would create a lot that could itself be subdivided in accordance with clause 4.1.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Nil

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The proposed amendment includes provisions that ensure appropriate consideration is provided to Environmental zoned land. Similar provisions apply to the minimisation of rural land use conflicts.

 

Social

 

The proposed amendment will provide opportunities for rural landholders to consider alternative lot arrangements which may provide improved land management practices and greater rural productivity.

 

Economic

 

The amendment will allow for alternative land management arrangements and potential economic advantages for landholders.

 

Risk

 

Nil. Historically the provisions were available to Council under SEPP 1 concurrences and were commonly applied with few negative implications.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Nil

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Nil

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

Nil

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.5      SF1947            160114         Outstanding DA's greater than 12 months, applications where submissions received not determined from 2 December 2013 - 3 January 2014

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Lorraine Hemsworth, Business Service Coordinator         

 

Summary:

 

In accordance with Council resolution from 15 May 2008 meeting, the development applications listed below are in excess of 12 months old (Table 1) (One application is in excess of 12 months old).

 

Table 2 is development applications which have been received but not yet determined due to submissions received. In accordance with Minute 848/08 from Council meeting of 18 December 2008, should any Councillor wish to “call in” an application a Notice of Motion is required specifying the reasons why it is to be “called in”.

 

If an application is not called in and staff consider the matters raised by the submissions have been adequately addressed then the application will be processed under delegated authority. Where refusal is recommended the application may be reported to Council for determination.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the applications where submissions have been received be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

TABLE 1:       UNRESOLVED DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS IN EXCESS OF 12 MONTHS OLD

 

DA NO

DATE OF RECEIPT

PROPOSAL

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED/
STAFF COMMENTS

2012/011

03/02/2012

Nambucca Gardens Estate 346 Lot Residential Subdivision with Residue, Associated Works – Staged

Lot 2 DP 1119830, Alexandra Drive, Bellwood

134 public submissions

Submissions outlined in previous report to Council 27 September 2012 – Item 10.1

Voluntary Planning Agreement supported by Council at its 28 February 2013 meeting.

Meeting with applicant and planning agreed that Council would assess its section of the link road under Part 5 of the EPAA.  Concept plan for Link Road currently being prepared for assessment.  Will be exhibited with VPA.

Status report to Council meeting 16 October On-site briefing meeting held with JRPP 18 October 2013 – advice to be sought from applicant.

 

Report in Business Paper of 13 Nov 2013.

2013/008

23/01/2013

3 Dwellings

Lot 2 DP 107422

125 Mann Street, Nambucca Heads

0 public submissions

Awaiting design details for access and drainage

 

Please note that there is two unresolved Development Applications in Excess of 12 months old.

 


TABLE 2: DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS WHERE SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND ARE NOT YET DETERMINED

DA NO

DATE OF RECEIPT

PROPOSAL

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED/
STAFF COMMENTS

2013/092

29/08/2013

Health Services Facility & Subdivision

Lot 1 DP 1004209 & Lot 22 DP 1161807, Centenary Parade, Nambucca Heads

4 public submissions

 

·     Zoned community land and should be left that way.

·     Should be located closer to other health facilities or other appropriate zonings

·     Only one entry and exit road (Centenary Parade) therefore increasing traffic to area and can be dangerous with lots of school children. Issues with emergency evacuations

·     Parking an issue during carnivals etc

·     Little consultation into the development of this Health Care Centre - request for dialysis services to be included in the new centre

·     Existing levels and types of crimes already in area maybe exacerbated

·     Re-zoning costs borne by Council not required for alternate sites

·     Request for further consultation with police, schools, school bus providers and other primary health providers for another site

Matters pertaining to comments on the submissions particularly the type of health services provided and need for, car parking and traffic – Referred to Applicants Consultant

See report this meeting

2013/129

25/09/2013

2 Lot Residential Subdivision

Lot 8 DP 1031509, 125 Ocean View Drive, Valla Beach

2 public submissions

 

·     Concerns about the environmental impact of further development

·     Removal of trees may cause damage to the escarpment area and further land instability.

·     Coastal erosion concerns

·     Conflicting issues from the 1995 LEP to the 2010 LEP regarding zoning and restrictions on the lot

·     Preliminary assessment shows significant constraints.  Owner/Applicant advised to consider withdrawal

2001/096/01

27/09/2013

Quarry – increase annual extraction limit

Lot 100 DP 1118337, 491 Valla Road, Valla

14 public submissions

 

·     Heavy traffic and incompatibility with road use, water issues, air quality issues, noise and blasting issues, hazard issues, social, health and economic issues (locals paying for road repairs and reduced value of houses etc)

·     A need to protect the community before it’s too late

·     Quarry shown disregard for approved extraction rate and

·     Valla residents have no right of appeal to the Court

·     Money already spent on road repairs is above funds the Quarry provides to Council and Council funding spent on other roads & providing other services in the Valley

·     Resident dodge speeding trucks with uncovered loads taking up both lanes

·     Do not feel safe driving on the Valla Road

·     After paying rates have to pay for replacement of windscreen repairs and wheel re-alignments

·     Home rocks and windows rattle when explosions occur

·     Asking why was there no community consultation?

·     Proximity to one of the houses

·     Noise from explosions

·     Cracking in walls closest to quarry

·     Possible damage to aquifers

·     Devaluation of realty value

·     Scenic, Environment & ecological damage to the Valla Valley

·     Irreversible dame to the Mt England ridge and geological rock sub structures throughout

·     Trucks damaging road structure of Valla Road

·     Speeding trucks

·     Trucks crossing centre line posing danger

·     Use of northern access to Pacific Highway along Deep Creek Road  and new light bridge

·     Evasive and dismissive response from the quarry when reporting by phone

·     Quarry materials taken out of the Shire

·     To many trucks using Valla Road

·     Valla Valley developing as rural residential area and should not be industrialised

·     Air pollution

·     Is there a significant increase in the environmental aspects

·     Environmental disaster

·     Scar on the landscape

·     Never the intention of original owner

·     Residents living in Rural Residential area with Quarry

·     Truck noise from 6.30am

·     Narrow road & not constructed to cope with this volume of traffic

·     Access and egress from property hazardous

·     Quarry operating illegally why be rewarded with extension

·     59% is a significant change to current consent

·     Point 30 – How does this relate to application

·     Point 31 – fewer details to draw information from

·     Consequences of modification are ignored and obfuscated

·     Significant change in the operation of the quarry

·     Proposed modification is substantially different

·     EPA requiring a noise monitoring is a testament to 10 years of complaints by affected residents

·     Violates noise requirements

·     Magnified by current owners with no consideration or consultation to the community

·     Over producing for over last 24 months

·     No sound barriers

·     Vague information received for council

·     Need meeting between residents and all other parties

·     Council to enforce conditions

·     Require monitoring of traffic on road

·     Breach of original conditions

·     No plan to revegetate and stabilise each stage prior to moving to next

·     Moved to a quiet area for business

·     Destroyed social fabric of the residents eg heavy trucks so dangerous to walk or ride on road

·     Residents sick with stress

·     Property valuation decreased

·     Rocks flying up from trucks

·     Cost to car repair due to roads that are continually disintegrating

·     Trucks pull out of quarry in front of oncoming traffic

·     Trucks on wrong side of road

·     Declining value of property

·     Groundwater contamination

·     Surface water contamination

·     Exploiting resources

 

Council has sought legal confirmation of the Development Application being substantially the same development and able to be lodged a modification

Council’s Officer has raised 2 matters to be addressed by legal advice which has been referred to the applicant in the determination of whether the application is a modification:

-   Truck movements daily; and

-       Noise

2013/170

18/11/2013

Boundary Adjustment, shed, operate depot

Lot 2 DP 881651, 296 Valla Road, Valla

6 public submissions

 

·     Land zoned Agricultural/Rural and this is to establish an Industrial enterprise

·     Industrial site planned for the Cow Creek area and this is where should be located

·     More than enough trucks on Valla Road especially with the application for the Valla Quarry being considered with more trucks

·     Applicant owns very large machinery

·     Increase in residential numbers over the past years therefore increase in vehicles and these will have to compete with industrial vehicles

·     Increase in noise and dust

·     If granted, potential to cause a decrease in the value of the land

·     Water issues – drains directly into Deep Creek and floods are observed frequently on this land

·     Air quality reduced by dust and toxics

·     Green fill would be odorous – comparable to a rubbish tip

·     Valla Road is not coping with current usage with pot holes – stone chips are common

·     No compatibility of the proposal to adjoining grazing properties

·     No mention of 2 operations involving use of concrete crusher and greenwaste tub grinder which is exceedingly noisy

·     Disagree with “development compatible with adjoining neighbours”

·     Feeders – running times and how monitored, location

·     No selling of materials – secondary aggregate is valuable commodity

·     Water pollution

·     Most properties in neighbourhood are rated Residential/Village Estate not compatible to industrial

·     Directors do not reside near property so removed from noise pollution

·     Visual amenity

·     Staff amenities not appear convenient for industrial use

·     Unsupported by adequate environmental impact studies

·     Council setting precedent for the use of vital agricultural land

Notification period extended for a further 14 days

2013/186

18/12/2013

Dwelling & Shed Staged Development

Lot 42 DP 1179889, Grandis Glen, Congarinni North

1 public submission

 

·     Placement of aerated pits are parallel, and in very close proximity to neighbours southern boundary fence

·     Due to lay of land and location of pits any extra run off will impact on neighbours residence as pits located in natural waterway of dam and children swim in dam and animals drink the water

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.  


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.6      DA2012/069      160114         DA2012/069 Traffic Impact Assessment - Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway, Macksville as a result of application for production increase to 200,000 Tonnes per year

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Keith Williams, Manager Technical Services         

 

Summary:

 

In 2008 Council received a development application for a precast concrete facility in Macksville’s Industrial Estate and a conditional consent was subsequently issued on 11 August 2008. Condition 3 of this consent related to the maximum production capacity of 25,000 tonnes per annum (TPA).

 

In 2011 a modification was approved to allow a temporary increase in production from 25,000 to 65,000 TPA for 9 months and then a further Modification to extend this 9 month temporary approval to 12 months was also issued as per Council resolution 3472/2012. This application now applies for a permanent increase in production to a maximum output capacity of 200,000 TPA.

 

At its meeting of 25 October 2012 council considered the application to increase production together with its potential impact on the Pacific Highway and Upper Warrell Creek Road intersection and resolved as follows:

 

‘’That the recommendations be dealt with separately and

 

1        That Council conditionally approve the designated development in two stages: Stage 1 to increase production up to 90,000 TPA and Stage 2 for an increase production past 90,000 TPA to 200,000 TPA to be deferred pending an independent traffic Engineer’s report of the serviceability of the Pacific Highway and Upper Warrell Creek Road, including details of any intersection improvements required.

 

2        That Council seek full external funding to commission a report from an independent traffic engineer.’’

 

As part of the assessment process, the application was required to be referred to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) as a traffic generating development, as per Schedule 3 of the State Environment Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. RMS have responded and advised the intersection with Upper Warrell Creek Road and Pacific Highway requires upgrading to support the traffic generated through the proposed development.

 

      NOTE: This matter requires a “Planning Decision” referred to in Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requiring the General Manager to record the names of each Councillor supporting and opposing the decision.  A planning decision means a decision made in the exercise of a function under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 including a decision relating to a development application, an environmental planning instrument, a development control plan or a development contribution plan under that Act.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1        That Council approve production past 90,000 TPA to 200,000 TPA once the speed limit on the Pacific Highway at the intersection with Upper Warrell Creek Road has been reduced to 80 km/h, either:

 

a)         in conjunction with Pacific Highway upgrade works

 

b)  by the Applicant securing and implementing the reduced speed limit prior to Pacific Highway upgrade works.

 

2        The provision by the Applicant, at his expense, of the following works and services in accordance with AUSTROADS Guide to Road Design, with designs subject to the approval of Roads and Maritime Service and Nambucca Shire Council:

 

a)  Road widening of Upper Warrell Creek Road at the intersection with the Pacific Highway to cater for a dual lane approach, together with a left turn acceleration lane onto the Pacific Highway.

 

b)  An AUL* left turn deceleration lane on the Pacific Highway for vehicles entering Upper Warrell Creek Road in accordance with AUSTROADS Guide to Road Design.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1        That Council consent to the development up to the requested 200,000 TPA without any requirement to upgrade the Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road at the current speed limit of 100km/h on the Pacific Highway.

 

2        That Council resolve to require full Intersection works to current standards at any increase past the approved production rate of 90,000 TPA, as recommended by RMS, with any increase over this amount to require upgrade works to the Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway.

 

3        Council could consent to retain production up to 90,000 TPA until the highway upgrade works are completed, and then, when the existing Pacific Highway becomes a local road, allow the applicant to increase to the full 200,000 TPA production as requested.

 

4        Council refuses any future increase in production, as the impact of traffic disruption to the Pacific Highway and particularly the Intersection with Upper Warrell Creek Road is considered unacceptable.

 

5        Council refuse any future increase in production as council cannot guarantee flood free access to the site 365 days a year as the adjacent stormwater drain is blocked.

 

Comment from General Manager on an Alternative Option

 

From discussions with the management of Australian Precast Solutions (now Lend Lease), my understanding is that the 200,000 TPA production limit is being sought to provide the firm with the opportunity to tender for major projects in various parts of the State, including Sydney.  The opportunity to tender for major projects outside highway upgrades on mainly the Mid North and North Coast will potentially open up different markets and increase the workforce as well as longevity of the factory.  It is a competitive industry and the opportunity to tender will not necessarily flow through to new contracts and increased output.  In this respect it is perhaps unrealistic to expect the Company to commit to millions of dollars in intersection improvements for an output which may not be achieved.

 

The Lend Lease factory in Macksville has been a success story for the Nambucca Valley.  It currently employs 91, mainly local, semi-skilled people but has employed up to 124 people when the Kempsey by-pass was in full construction.  The Kempsey by-pass was equivalent to approximately 90,000 TPA and there were no significant traffic issues with the Upper Warrell Creek Road intersection.  The concrete required for the Lend Lease pre-cast factory comes from the Boral concrete batching plant which currently employs 12 full time but in full production would employ approximately 24 full time staff.

 

If Lend Lease was able to secure a major contract which provided for the equivalent of 200,000 TPA output, then there will be in aggregate approximately 80 additional full time jobs (compared to current).

 

The advice from RoadNet, a reputable traffic engineering firm often utilised by the RMS, is that with the increased output there will be no significant changes to the efficiency of the intersection.  They note that the existing intersection layout includes turning lanes which do not meet the Ausroads standards and that there are physical constraints to achieving those standards.  They believe that consideration should be given to reducing the speedzone of the adjacent Pacific Highway to 80 kmh.

 

Considering the above, a sixth option and alternative recommendation could be as follows:

 

6.1     That Council approve production up to 200,000 TPA once the speed limit on the Pacific Highway at the intersection with Upper Warrell Creek Road has been reduced to 80 km/h, either:

 

a)  in conjunction with Pacific Highway upgrade works or

 

b)  by the Applicant securing the agreement of the RMS to a reduced speed zone prior to the proposed 80 kmh speed zone for the Pacific Highway upgrade works

 

for a trial period which involves an equivalent production of 200,000 TPA for a period of at least 3 months or an end trial date of 31 December 2016 whichever occurs first.

 

6.2     Further that Council engage RoadNet to monitor the intersection and provide a report on the trial in the event that the applicant secures a major contract and increases their production to the equivalent of 200,000 TPA.

 

6.3     That the RMS be advised of Council’s decision.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

In September 2012 Council staff met with representatives of Australian Precast Solutions Pty Ltd (APS); representatives of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and also a representative of NSW Trade and Investment to discuss a proposal by APS to seek consent to increase their approved production from 90,000 tonnes to 200,000 tonnes of pre-cast concrete product per annum.

 

At the meeting in September 2012 there was no agreement reached as to what, if any, work was required at the intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway.  The RMS representatives did not consider there was sufficient technical information in relation to the existing and future service levels of the intersection for turning traffic.  There was considerable discussion about the physical limitations to upgrading the intersection and the necessity for this when it was generally agreed that the construction of the Pacific Highway bypass of Macksville would result in the imposition of a traffic speed zone of 80km/h at the intersection on or before 2016.

 

It was agreed that a traffic impact assessment be undertaken to properly investigate the intersection’s service level and the impact of the proposed increase in production by APS as well as other related traffic growth arising out of urban subdivision and the new St Patrick’s Primary School.  A traffic impact assessment has now been prepared by consulting firm RoadNet and is attached.

 

The RoadNet report concludes that the existing intersection layout can adequately cater for the existing traffic volumes with a maximum level of service of B.  Modelling of the intersection using estimated 2018 traffic volumes indicates no significant changes to the efficiency of the intersection, with only the right turn out of Upper Warrell Creek Road having a level of service C.  According to RoadNet the existing intersection layout will adequately cater for the increased 2018 traffic volumes (when the existing Pacific Highway is scheduled to be bypassed).

 

The RoadNet report notes that the existing intersection layout includes turning lanes which do not meet the minimum acceleration length requirements.  The existing layout is also constrained by the adjacent landforms and the proximity of the Bald Hill Road intersection.  Any proposed widening of the roadway and provision of adequate turning lane lengths would require extensive roadwork and the closing or relocating of Bald Hill Road.

 

RoadNet recommend that consideration be given to reducing the speed zone of the adjacent Pacific Highway to 80 km/h which would reduce the turning lane length requirement.

 

Council’s General Manager wrote to Roads and Maritime Services 30 October, 2013 detailing RoadNet’s report and in closing commented as follows:

 

“In order for Council to properly consider the matter, in the event that the application is recommended for approval Council seeks the agreement of the RMS to reducing the speed zone of the adjacent Pacific Highway to 80 km/h.  From the meeting held on 10 September 2012 we understand that this would in any event be likely when the construction of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Highway commences”.

 

Whilst the RMS does not have a concurrence role in the determination of the application, it is only the RMS who can impose an 80 km/h speed zone on the Pacific Highway.  To enable Council to properly consider the traffic implications of the increase in production, in the event that the application is recommended for approval, agreement has been sought from the RMS to introduce an 80 km/h speed zone on this section of the highway.

 

In a response dated 24 December 2013, Roads and Maritime Services advise they do not support RoadNet’s conclusion that traffic impacts associated with the additional output of 200,000 TPA can be accommodated by reducing the highway speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h without addressing the existing intersection layout, they further advise “the report has provided minimal consideration of appropriate mitigation measures to address traffic related impacts on the safety and efficiency of the subject intersection and that a reduction in speed limit alone does not fully address the risk associated with increased numbers of heavy vehicles turning left from the northbound travel lane or the subsequent reduction to the efficiency of through traffic movements arising from heavy vehicle decelerating in the travel lane of the highway without suitable protection”.

 

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) suggest the traffic report does not appear to investigate potential low cost measures that could assist in mitigating the safety impact of increased traffic movements, and no low cost solutions were offered by RMS. They further advise that council should identify appropriate improvements to the subject intersection and have a suitable contributions plan that apportions the cost of identified infrastructure in place and that “should council consider that an improvement to the intersection is not warranted under either existing or proposed levels of development then it should be acknowledged that this position would be reflected during the handover discussions following the Pacific Highway upgrade”.

 

The RoadNet report concludes that the existing intersection layout can adequately cater for the existing traffic volumes with a maximum level of service of B, with only the right turn out of Upper Warrell Creek Road having a level of service C, (stable flows with acceptable delays). There is a cumulative impact of this reduced level of service where vehicles turning left out of Upper Warrell Creek Road will be delayed from entering the intersection by queuing right turning vehicles and/or escorted super T bridge girders as there only a single lane approach to the intersection.

 

The left turn movement out of Upper Warrell Creek Road carries the highest volumes of traffic either entering or leaving the road at this intersection. As traffic volumes and delays increase the left turn manouvre will warrant a separate lane for the approach and turning movements at the intersection together with an acceleration lane to merge into existing highway traffic. This proposal does not alleviate risks associated with increased numbers of heavy vehicles turning left into Upper Warrell Creek Road however it will cater for increased traffic volumes and can be constructed on the only available flat section of the entire intersection.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Roads and Maritime Services

Australian Precast Solutions

NSW Trade and Investment

RoadNet

General Manager

Manager Business Development

Manager Development and Environment

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

Environmental concerns have been addressed through the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and continue to be monitored.

 

Social

Increased employment will have positive social implications.  There are also significant social implications in relation to the safety of the Pacific Highway.  Intersections are a key hazard/risk in relation to Pacific Highway safety.

 

Economic

The increased production limit will substantially increase employment by Australian Precast Solutions (APS) and other local companies who supply APS, particularly Boral who supply their concrete.  By way of example, employment by APS has fluctuated between about 60 full time staff and 130 full time staff, the latter being at the peak of production for the Kempsey highway bridge.  Staff numbers are likely to increase to 160 if production expands to 200,000 TPA.

 

Risk

The Traffic Impact Assessment deals with the intersection risks.  There are many risks associated with determining this Development Application.

 

With option 1 there is substantial risk that upgrade works could be required for the intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific highway in the future and, once these both become local roads, it would be council who would have to bare the considerable cost associated with such upgrade works.

 

With the recommendation and options 2, 3, 4 and 5 there is risk that the Applicant will not be happy with the restricted output capacity and choose to locate another site outside of the Shire, losing employment and economic stimulation for Nambucca shire.

 

There is a significant risk of access to Centra Park Street being cut off several times a year due to the inability of stormwater to discharge through the open drainage system adjacent to the APS site, this may result in claims against Council for loss of production.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

As previously discussed in this report, by not requiring the applicant to conduct, or contribute to, upgrade works to the Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway, then Council could ultimately bare costs for such works in the future.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

Potentially a new Section 94A contribution plan fund could provide some funds, but would not likely contribute any significant percentage of what will be required to fund the future intersection upgrade works.

 

Attachments:

1

135/2014 - DA2012/069 APS Concrete Facility - Further Traffic Impact Assessment - RMS Response

 

2

27114/2013 - Traffic Impact Assessment - Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek & Pacific Highway - August 2013

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014

DA2012/069 Traffic Impact Assessment - Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway, Macksville as a result of application for production increase to 200,000 Tonnes per year

 




Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014

DA2012/069 Traffic Impact Assessment - Intersection of Upper Warrell Creek Road and the Pacific Highway, Macksville as a result of application for production increase to 200,000 Tonnes per year

 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.7      SF1148            160114         Council Ranger's Report December 2013

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Teresa Boorer, Business Services Officer         

 

Summary:

 

The following is the Council Ranger’s Report for December 2013.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the report from Council Ranger for December 2013 be received and noted by Council.

 

 

 

 

Cats

Dogs

COUNCIL’S SEIZURE ACTIVITY

 

 

Seized (doesn’t include those animals dumped or surrendered)

         1

2

Returned to Owner

0

1

Transferred to - Council's Facility from Seizure Activities

1

1

ANIMALS IN AND ARRIVING AT COUNCIL'S FACILITY

 

 

Animals In Council's Facility - (Start of Month)

0

5

Abandoned or Stray

6

0

Surrendered

0

1

Animals transferred from Seizure Activities

1

1

Total Incoming Animals

7

7

ANIMALS LEAVING COUNCIL'S FACILITY

 

 

Released to Owners

0

1

Sold

0

1

Released to Organisations for Rehoming

0

0

Died at Council's Facility(other than euthanased)

0

0

Stolen from Council's Facility

0

0

Escaped from Council's Facility

0

0

Other

0

0

EUTHANASED

 

 

Restricted Dogs

 

0

Dangerous Dogs

 

0

Owner’s Request

0

0

Due to Illness, Disease or Injury

0

0

Feral/infant animal

6

0

Unsuitable for rehoming

0

3

Unable to be rehomed

0

0

Total Euthanased

6

3

Total Outgoing Animals

6

4

TOTAL IN COUNCIL'S FACILITY - (END OF MONTH)

1

3

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.  


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.8      SF1947            160114         Construction and Complying Development Certificates Approved December 2013

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Lorraine Hemsworth, Business Service Coordinator         

 

Summary:

 

The attached report, produced from Council’s computer system, Authority, is for the information of councillors with regard to approved Construction and Complying Development Certificates for the month of December 2013.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Construction and Complying Development Certificates approved for December 2013 be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

Attachments:

1

441/2014 - Construction Certificate and Complying Development Certificate - December 2013

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014

Construction and Complying Development Certificates Approved December 2013

 



 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                16 January 2014

Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report

ITEM 10.1    SF1620            160114         Draft Delivery Plan and Long Term Financial Plan

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Scott Norman, Assistant General Manager Corporate Services         

 

Summary:

 

Consideration of the draft 2014-2018 Delivery Plan and draft 2014-2024 Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP)

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council adopt the draft 2014-2018 Delivery Program and draft 2014-2024 Long Term Financial Plan and that the draft documents be placed on display for public comment.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

No options were considered.  An adopted Delivery Program and LTFP are required as part of Council’s application to IPART for a Special Rate Variation.  Applications close 28 February 2014.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Framework

 

 

Council’s Delivery Program and Long Term Financial Plan are part of the integrated planning and reporting framework utilised in NSW Local Government. 

 

The Delivery Program details the principal activities Council will undertake to achieve the objectives established in the Community Strategic Plan, within the resources available under the Resourcing Strategy.   It has a four year planning horizon and is reviewed each year. Previously Council has developed and presented the Delivery Program in conjunction with the Operational Plan (budget), this has been a practical approach as the two documents are intrinsically reliant upon one another. 

 

As part of the S508A special rate variation (SRV) application for the 2014-15 year it is necessary to have reviewed and adopted the Delivery Program and LTFP  prior to the application being submitted.  This means that Council needs to adopt these drafts (amended as Council sees fit) to allow a month for public consultation prior to final consideration at the Council meeting 13 February 2014.   It is not practical to adopt an operational plan on these time frames so the two documents will be developed and presented separately. The Operational Plan (Budget) will be developed prior to 30 June 2014 as has been past practice.  The Operational Plan also has to be displayed for public comment for a month, this makes for a rather clumsy process but Council has been advised that it is required.   As the Delivery Program and LTFP contain high level financial forecasts and imply the budgets for those years they will have to be reviewed for a second time to reconcile them with the Operational Plan.  This means Council will have two opportunities to review the Delivery Program and LTFP commencing 2014.

 

The Draft Delivery Program presented for Council’s consideration is based on the previous program which has been updated, the detail of the current operational plan removed and financial projections updated and the rate peg increase of 2.3% and proposed SRV of 3% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 included. 

 

As suggested at the workshop 18 December 2013, the Plan is presented in two formats one with the changes marked, the other as amended.  This is done for the convenience of these who wish to track the changes and both versions contain the same information except only the “as amended” version includes the financial forecasts.

 

The Long Term Financial Plan forecasts income and expenditure, the balance sheet and the cash flow statement for the next 10 years.  It is used to inform decision making regarding the financial implications of longer term strategic planning and should be referenced when developing the Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery Program.  Tcorp use the 10 year financial plan when assessing the financial sustainability of NSW Local Governments.

 

The Draft Long Term Financial Plan reflects the forecasts contained in the Draft Delivery Program and extended forecasts are based on the previous LTFP amended to reflect recent program changes and revised bridge works program adopted for the LIRS application.  As in previous years the draft LTFP indicates Council faces a significant challenge to fund ongoing maintenance and renewal of the infrastructure it relies upon to deliver services.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Development of the LTFP and Delivery Program Forecasts were completed by Craig Doolan, Manager of Financial Services

Other Consultation

Colleen Henry – Grants and Contributions Officer

Peter Wilson – Project Officer

Michael Coulter – General Manager

Councillors in attendance at the Workshop 18 December 2013

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The Draft Delivery Plan and LTFP contain activities involving environmental investigations, work, reporting and compliance activities.

 

Social

 

The support provided in the Draft Delivery Plan and LTFP for community services and not for profit organisations is similar to the plan adopted in the prior year.

 

Economic

 

The support provided in the Draft Delivery Plan and LTFP for economic development is similar to the Plan adopted in the prior year.  There is no significant change suggested in the activities undertaken by Council.

 

 

 

Risk

 

The early consideration of the Draft Delivery Plan and LTFP is driven by the application for a SRV to fund the maintenance of Council bridge and road assets.  Assets that are allowed to deteriorate to a poor condition pose an increased risk to Council and the public.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The report concerns an implied 2014/2015 Operational Plan (budget) and 4 year Delivery Program as contained in the draft Delivery Program and a 10 year forecast of the financial position of Council contained in the draft LTFP.

 

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The Council is yet to consider the operational plan in detail and the implied 2014-15 budget is based upon forward planning including the 2.3% rate peg increase and the proposed 3% special rate variation to fund roads and bridges for years 2014-15 and 2015-16.  The bridge capital program has been accelerated in line with the LIRS and special rate variation applications.   The forward plan did include a significant funding deficit for the 2014-15 year; to address this projects have been listed below that will be deferred or deleted.  This was discussed at the Council workshop 18 December 2013.  The implied 2014-15 budget has a small positive increase in working capital which is a more realistic basis from which to make an application for a special rate variation.  Subsequent forward years still contain funding deficits; these will be re-examined when Council considers the operational plan in detail.

 

·      2014/15 Pool Redevelopment $700,000 rescheduled in Year 9 (2022/23)

·      2014/15 Administration building Air Conditioner $335,000 rescheduled to Year 7 (2020/21) with a yearly $30,000 transfer to reserve to part fund the rescheduled work

·      Utilisation of $125,000 Sect. 94 reserves for the $250,000 Mann St/Palmer St Intersection in 2014/15

·      2014/15 Intersection improvements of $140,000 (Bellingen Rd/Rodeo Dr) funded from RMS grant

·      $400,000 in stormwater works in 2014/15, 2015/16 & 2018/19 to commence in Year 7 (2020/21)

·      Utilisation of intersection Sect. 94 reserves for work at Smiths Lane in 2015/16 & 2017/18 along with Bellwood Rd improvements 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18

·      Proposed utilisation of Sect. 94 reserves for sporting facilities upgrades for the years 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18

·      2016/17 & 2018/19 Tourist Centre refurbishment works deleted

·      Loveday’s  Bridge has also had remedial work and replacement has been deferred until 2017/18

·      Plant reserve has been used to fund purchases although additional plant purchases need to be considered

 

The draft LTFP highlights challenges Council has been aware of for many years.  Careful financial and resource planning is required to address the backlog of infrastructure renewal work produced by the ageing of Council’s assets and limited revenue base.  Council’s general fund is the critical area as it has the most constrained revenue and deteriorated assets.

 

To be financially sustainable Council needs long term financial planning that manages likely developments and unexpected financial shocks without having to introduce economically significant or socially destabilising income or expenditure adjustments.   Council has responded to this challenge by a series of special rate variations to fund a borrowing program for infrastructure renewal.  The relevant rate income will continue to service these loans, the only interruption during the life of the LTFP will be in 2019/20 when the rate variation approval of 2009/10 will expire and an anticipated application for the continuation of the variation will be required.   The current application for a further rate variation to fund additional borrowings potentially advances critical capital work without overcommitting to debt.

 

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

The only proposed significant change to service levels is the replacing of Boat Harbour Bridge which is currently timber with a concrete bridge.   The proposed bridge will be 1 metre above the current height and subsequently longer.  This will offer increased resilience to flooding.  This was discussed by Councillors at the workshop 18 December 2013.

 

Addressing the funding deficits contained in the forward projections will involve critical analysis of service levels provided by Council.  This has been previously been revised on a case by case basis as projects were considered for funding.  In the future this process will be integrated into planning process as Council’s asset management systems are further refined and service levels are agreed upon in consultation with the community.

 

 

Attachments:

1

33009/2013 - Draft Delivery Plan 2014-2018

 

2

218/2014 - NSC Delivery Program 2014-17  Draft January 2014 with changes marked up

 

3

345/2014 - Long Term Financial Plan Draft Jan 2014

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014

Draft Delivery Plan and Long Term Financial Plan

 

 

 

DRAFT

 

 

 

 

2014-2018 Delivery Program


Contents                                                                        Page

 

Message from the Mayor                                                                                                                               2

 

Nambucca Shire Council vision and goals                                                                                                         3

 

Organisation Structure                                                                                                                                  4

 

Context for the Delivery Program                                                                                                                          10

 

Funding the Delivery Program                                                                                                                     11

 

How to use the Delivery Program                                                                                                                          14

 

The Delivery Program 2014 – 2018                                                                                                             15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Message from the Mayor

 

I am pleased to present on behalf of the Nambucca Shire Council our 2014-2018 Delivery Program, under the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. This process requires Council to bring together all its corporate planning and resourcing into a single framework so that Council activities are informed by community consultation and needs, creating a forum for discussion and decision about funding priorities, service levels and planning that best suits the Nambucca Valley community.

 

The value of the framework comes not just in having a new set of plans, but in the process used to develop the plans –bringing together community and other stakeholders to set high-level community goals, then identifying the responsibilities of the local council in achieving those goals, and then, at this level, clearly committing to the activities that staff and financial resources will be able to achieve.

 

The Delivery Program, a four-year commitment for Council activities, has been developed from the Community Strategic Plan which was adopted by Council in late 2011 and reviewed following Council elections in September 2012. The Operational Plan, which is a second document published separately, is our commitment for the upcoming year. In that document, the community will see quite clearly what we plan to achieve and what the costs will be each year.

 

As before, our greatest challenge as a Council continues to be balancing the needs and desires of the community now and into the future with the available resources. This plan identifies what we believe we can achieve and find that balance.

 

Cr Rhonda Hoban, Mayor


Nambucca Shire Council Vision and Goals

 

The Nambucca Shire Council’s vision is “Living at its best”, and Council seeks to achieve this vision by valuing and protecting the natural environment, maintaining its assets and infrastructure and developing opportunities for the Shire’s people.

 

We are guided by our values of:

 

·          Effective leadership

·          Strategic direction

·          Sustainability of Infrastructure and Assets

·          Community involvement and enhancement through partnership with Council

·          Enhancement and protection of the environment

·          Addressing social and cultural needs of the community through partnerships and provision of facilities and services

·          Actively pursuing resource sharing opportunities

 

Nambbucca Shire Council has recently adopted a new organisiation structure that is designed to efficiently deliver these outcomes.
 ORGANISATION STRUCTURE CHART ADOPTED BY COUNCIL 26 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Context for the Delivery Program

 

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework

 

The NSW government introduced in 2009 a new planning and reporting framework for local government aimed at bringing together, or integrating, councils’ Management Plans and Social Plans with resourcing strategies and asset management plans.

 

The Delivery Program, spanning the four years of an elected Council’s term, is the key statement by this Council of what we will achieve. The Delivery Program is the central reference for making decisions about activities and resources, and keeping track of what has been achieved. It is our plan of action for the next four years. 

 

The Delivery Program has been developed by addressing the objectives and strategies of the Community Strategic Plan 2012 and its review in 2013 and incorporating Council’s performance targets for the current year. It covers all aspects of Council’s operations.

 

The Operational Plan, which is developed each new financial year, identifies what actions will be taken in that year to meet the requirements of the four-year Delivery Program. A critical point of this document is that the budget for each activity is shown. The budget and the operational plan are reviewed each quarter and provide the Council and its staff with an accurate assessment of progress against objectives.

 

The Annual Report, one of the key reports on Council’s activities in the year, measures the Operational Plan’s objectives against Council’s achievements.

The integrated planning process also requires Council to develop an asset management strategy and long-term financial plan as well as a workforce management strategy. The asset management strategy should be accessed as additional information to this document, as well as the Council’s rates and charges statement as required under legislation. These documents provide detail on the resources (time, money and staff) required to deliver the strategies that are the responsibility of Council.


Funding the Delivery Program and Operational Plan

 

Council’s main sources of revenue are rates, government grants, investments, fees and other charges. This is the income we use to provide a range of services. The budget is comprised of the operating budget and the capital budget. The operating budget provides resources for the day-to-day service delivery of Council while the capital budget funds infrastructure works as well as equipment such as plant, vehicles and computer equipment.

 

To put the budget in context, the NSW Treasury Corporation recently assessed Nambucca Shire Council as having a WEAK Financial Sustainability Rating (FSR) and a NEGATIVE outlook.  This reflects findings about the general financial wellbeing of NSW Councils going back to the “Allan” Inquiry in 2006 which estimated the infrastructure backlog in local government at over $6 billion and concluded that councils would need to spend at least an extra $900 million per annum.

 

The main message from the NSW Treasury Corporation is that most councils are reporting operating deficits and a continuation of this trend is unsustainable.  In 2012 only one third (50) of the councils in NSW reported an operating surplus. 

The assessment by TCorp is consistent with advice which has been provided to this Council by its Auditors and previous to that by the Promoting Better Practice Review conducted by the Division of Local Government.

 

It is apparent that the underlying weakness in the financial position of this Council and NSW local government generally has been allowed to build up for far too long.  The 100 councils in NSW with an operating deficit, including Nambucca Shire Council, need to confront this financial reality.

 

 


 

How to use the Delivery Program

 

The Delivery Program contains the 11 key strategic directions and goals that form the foundation of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP):

 

·          Leadership and Administration

·          Public Order and Safety

·          Public Health

·          Community Support and Education

·          Environmental Planning

·          Building Regulation

·          Environmental Services and Community Amenities

·          Recreation and Culture

·          Transport

·          Local Economy

·          Water Cycle

 

The four-year Delivery Program objectives are listed at the left side of the relevant tables for that strategic direction, with the current year’s actions and the person responsible for that action shown in the middle of the table. Indicators of success have been identified against each of these actions. The budget relating to each strategic direction appears after the relevant table of actions.

 


The Delivery Program 2014 – 2018

 

Strategic Direction: Leadership and Administration

 

1.1 Objective: Citizen Engagement

The Council and the community support open government where public participation is encouraged in policy development and major decisions, as well as in Council’s daily operations.

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Using a variety of tools, engage with the community in ways that are accessible and transparent, and use information from the community in decision making

Continue to liaise with Council Section 355 committees to provide advice on policy areas

General Manager

 

Minutes of the advisory committees are submitted to Council for consideration

Use public relations, printed materials, Council’s website and personal communications to inform stakeholders and community

General Manager

Asst General Managers

 

Media releases are developed and distributed.

Website is kept up to date.

Encourage involvement by a variety of community stakeholders in the activities of Council

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Managers

Advertisements for relevant activities as required.

Plan to undertake Community Satisfaction Survey in late 2013

General Manager

Contract survey as required.

Issue a newsletter with the 2013/2014 rates notice

General Manager

Newsletter is issued with rates notice.

 


1.2 Objective: Financial Sustainability

The Council is able to generate sufficient funds to provide the levels of service and infrastructure agreed with its community

 

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

To make council more effective and financially sustainable in the long term

Identify and implement initiatives to improve financial sustainability

General Manager

Assistant General Managers

 

Consultation processes with the community to consider a combination of revenue increases, expenditure reductions and service level reviews

Monitor and report on Councils performance

General Manager

Assistant General Managers

 

Completion of annual review of Long Term Financial Plan

 

General Manager

Assistant General Managers

 

Local Government Performance Measurement Framework KPIs reported to Council and Community

 


Strategic Direction: Leadership and Administration

 

1.3 Objective: Delivery of Services

Delivery of services to the community is consistent with their requirements and Council’s core values

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Ensure the sustainable delivery of infrastructure and services

Periodic review and ongoing implementation of asset management plans and use in budget and work plan development

Manager Assets

All infrastructure has up to date management plans

Implement organisation structure and staffing review outcomes

General Manager

Asst General Managers

All adopted review recommendations have been implemented.

Continue performance reviews of staff performance and provide training and attendance at external conferences where identified to ensure Council’s goals are being met

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Managers

 

All performance reviews are conducted.

Staff receive training  and have the capability to meet service delivery requirements.

Provide opportunities for Councillors, especially new ones, to attend training relevant to their duties.

Manager Human Resources

Councillors attend training and support sessions.

Implement human resource management practices

General Manager

Manager Human Resources

Retention rates increase over time.

Comply with local government legislation, policies and agreed standards.

All staff

Fulfillment of all reporting requirements.

Comply with financial management requirements.

All staff

Fulfillment of all financial management requirements.

Provide information and assistance at front counter for a range of community needs

Business Support Unit

All staff

Provision of information on development applications, complaints handling protocol,

Customer service training.

Ensure Council adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity principles

All staff

All recruitment processes incorporate EEO principles.


 

1.3 Objective: Delivery of Services (cont.)

Delivery of services to the community is consistent with their requirements and Council’s core values

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide and maintain information management systems that meets user needs, including GIS, software and data systems to manage corporate information

Implement Merit customer request system

 

Manager Information Technology

Senior GIS Officer

Records Officer

Systems are efficient, effective and information is easily accessible.

Continue to improve new Authority software operation

Manager Information Services

 

Systems are efficient, effective and information is easily accessible.

Establish community needs through consultation and involve community in review and future development of Community Strategic Plan, and Delivery and Operational Plans

Conduct community consultation to review Delivery Program and Operational Plan and promote awareness of Community Strategic Plan

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Managers

Community consultation opportunities are facilitated and feedback is incorporated into plans where appropriate.

Use Community Satisfaction Survey to inform planning processes and help identify infrastructure needs

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Survey outcomes are used in developing plans.

 


1.4 Objective: Risk Management

Reduce risks to Council’s and community operations through effective, timely and affordable risk management strategies

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Implement the risk management action plan

Review the risk management action plan and update if required.

Safety and Risk Officer

Documented review of plan.

Implement WHS action plan, conducting WHS audits and reviewing as required

Safety and Risk Officer

Action plan activities and audits are completed.

Annual review of insurance coverage

Safety and Risk Officer

 

Up to date certificates of currency.

Manage instances of safety, regulatory or financial mishaps which cause a financial risk to Council

Safety and Risk Officer

General Manager

Reduction of impact on Council resources.

Maintain database of all loss events

Safety and Risk Officer

Accurate information is available for insurance purposes.

Maintain and review risk register

Safety and Risk Officer

Accurate risk register kept.

Deliver relevant training and effective awareness programs to staff on workplace safety

 

Safety and Risk Officer

Induction of staff.

Number of training awareness programs conducted.

Reduction in number of work related claims or reported incidents.

 


 

1.5 Objective: Sustainable Energy Use

Provide community leadership in sustainable energy use and strive to meet the State government’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Implement technologies in Council facilities and infrastructure to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions

Waste management activities including resident education package which will reduce the need for waste collection and hence greenhouse gas emissions by using less trucks

Manager Business Development

Technical Officer - Assets

WASIP grant is fully expended.

Make information available to the community to help them reduce energy use

Provide links on Council’s website to reputable websites that provide information on sustainable energy use and Government objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Manager Development and Environment

At least one link to be provided, and updated as required.

 


 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - ADMINISTRATION

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

7743

7700

7841

7716

7699

Less Distributed to other Activities

        (5,820)

      (5,775)

      (5,911)

      (5,787)

      (5,772)

Purchase of Assets

1701

615

1190

731

0

Cash for future needs

423

690

393

566

566

Principle on loans

25

27

30

32

35

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

4072

3257

3543

3258

2528

 

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Rates & Charges

9244

9602

9622

9642

9662

Other Revenue

2858

2584

2587

2586

2580

Other Levels of Government

2820

2820

2820

2820

2820

Transfers from Reserves

311

245

321

0

0

Sale of Assets

178

91

253

185

0

Loan Funds

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

15411

15342

15603

15233

15062

 
Strategic Direction: Public Order and Safety

 

2.1 Objective: Community Safety

To foster a community where people feel safe and secure

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide support for local emergency services and beach safety

Participate in rural fire service management and maintain membership of the Nambucca Bush Fire Management Committee.

Engineering Services

Council is represented on Committee.

Service level agreement is reviewed quarterly.

Maintain the urban fire trail network to protect public and private infrastructure from bush fires

Engineering Services

Fire trails are mown twice a year, in October and February

Contribute statutory 13.3% in budget to fire control and other contributions to Volunteer Rescue Authority and Marine Rescue Authority.

Engineering Services

Allocations are made in annual budget in line with draft budget prepared by Emergency Services.

Ensure buildings and facilities at fire control centre and SES/Volunteer Rescue/Marine Rescue are managed to meet standards.

Engineering Services

WH&S inspections are conducted.

Building Management Committee meets regularly.

Provide and replace vehicles in accordance with policy for State Emergency Service

Engineering Services

Vehicles are replaced.

Provide lifeguard services as per contract, including annual contribution through s.94 plan.

Engineering Services

Corporate Services

Lifeguards are on duty at required times and activity reports are submitted to Council by 31 March.

Equipment is purchased.

Provide and maintain beach safety signage

Engineering Services

Signage is in place and meets current standards


 2.1 Objective: Community Safety (CONT.)

To foster a community where people feel safe and secure

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

 

Provide ranger service to supervise vehicles on beaches

Manager Development and Environment

4WD vehicles on beaches comply with permit conditions.

Provide leadership in safety initiatives

Advocate for adequate police resources

Mayor

General Manager

Increase in number of hours that police officers spend in Nambucca District.

Advocate for road safety initiatives, including through active Traffic Advisory Committee considering road safety improvements.

Engineering Services

Committee progresses road safety actions.

 

Work with District Police to implement specific safety initiatives such as Alcohol Free Zones

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Engineering Services

Number of safety initiatives implemented.

 

2.2 Objective: Companion Animal Welfare

To proactively manage companion animals to ensure the community’s safety and to improve animal welfare

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Manage companion animals to ensure the community’s safety and improve animal welfare.

Ensure patrols and respond to complaints about companion animals

Manager Development and Environment

Number of impounded animals is reduced.

Number of euthanised animals is reduced.

Support programs to improve the welfare of companion animals, including investigating grant opportunities for owner education.

Manager Development and Environment

A program is run which educates owners on responsibilities.

 

Ensure signage identifying permissible dog walking areas is in place and up to standard on Council land

Engineering Services

All areas are checked and signage is adequate.

 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - PUBLIC ORDER & SAFETY

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

934

934

934

934

934

Depreciation

212

212

212

212

212

Purchase of Assets

0

50

0

0

0

Cash for future needs

4

3

3

3

3

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

1150

1199

1149

1149

1149

 

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

22

22

22

22

22

Contributions

21

21

21

21

21

Sundry Other Sources

1

1

1

1

1

Other Levels of Government

312

244

244

244

244

Transfers from Reserves

2

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

358

288

288

288

288

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue (net of depreciation)

580

699

649

649

649

 
Strategic Direction: Public Health

 

3.1 Objective: Safe Food

Reduce the incidence of illness from unsafe food by monitoring systems for food hygiene and safe food handling

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Reduce the incidence of illness from unsafe food

Conduct regular inspections and follow-up of premises that handle food for public consumption

Manager Development and Environment

Number of inspections.

Reduction in the number of warnings or infringements.

Reduced number of illnesses.

Respond to complaints

Manager Development and Environment

Reduced number of complaints.

 

3.2 Objective: Clean Water

Improve and maintain healthy waterways through active catchment management including promoting and, where relevant, implementing the protection and restoration of riparian areas and minimizing pollution sources.

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Carry out 100% of inspections including plumbing and new on-site sewage management systems associated with new developments within 48 hours of being booked

Conduct regular inspections in accordance with risk rankings

Weekly monitoring of performance from registration statistical data and departmental appoint calendars

Manager Development and Environment

100% of inspections conducted within time

No. of warnings or infringements

 

 

Respond to complaints

Manager Development and Environment

Reduction in number of complaints

Implement actions from the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan

Review plan and identify funding sources through grants and Environmental Levy to complete highest priority actions.

Manager Development and Environment

Implementation of at least one priority action.

 


 

Strategic Direction: Public Health (cont.)

 

3.3 Objective: Personal Health and Wellbeing

Help improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community of the Nambucca Valley

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Support existing and initiate new public health activities

 

 

 

Lobby State Government for adequate bed allocation for aged care

General Manager

Increase in number of aged care beds

Lobby State Government for infrastructure to provide adequate health services

General Manager

Number of letters and meetings about this issue.

Provide grant application support to relevant community organisations

Corporate Services

Number of applications assisted.

 

 

 

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - HEALTH

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

267

265

265

265

265

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

267

265

265

265

265

 

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

158

158

158

158

158

Other Levels of Government

0

0

0

0

0

Transfers from Reserves

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

158

158

158

158

158

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue

109

107

107

107

107

 
Strategic Direction: Community Support and Education

 

4.1 Objective: Connected Community

Our community is proud of its identity and is mutually self-supporting

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Engage with the community, providing social and community infrastructure and programs to meet the needs of all residents

Continue to support and liaise with Council’s Section 355 Committees which represent a range of community members.

General Manager

Meetings attended on regular basis

Continue to support the community through the auspice of grant applications and grant writing support

Corporate Services

Number of grant applications made

Ensure the services of the Visitors Information Centre are of a high standard through training and supporting volunteers

Manager Business Development

Number of familiarisations undertaken

Provide funding for Seniors Week Activities

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Annual event is held

Continue involvement with Regional Arts Development Board, including financial support and representation on Board of Management

General Manager

Implementation of Regional Arts initiatives relevant to Nambucca Shire

Manager Community and Cultural Services role to continue to include aged and disability services

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Funding Agreement service levels are met, work plan is adhered to, all reporting requirements are met.

 


4.2 Objective: Engaged Youth

Foster the social well-being of our youth

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide support for  young people through youth-oriented programs including coordination, planning and funding

Manage funding provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to undertake youth development

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Report against service agreement.

Identify, quantify, prioritise and publicise the needs of young people

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Number of media releases.

Number of grants secured.

Run Youth Week activities

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Youth Week activities held; evaluation undertaken.

Run Responsible Educated New Tenant (RENT) program

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Courses held; participation figures and evaluation.

Plan and provide library services in Nambucca Heads and Macksville

Seek external funding to supplement library resources

Manager Community and Cultural Services

 

Level of resources secured

 


4.3 Objective: Cultural Diversity

Promote an understanding of the Nambucca Valley’s Indigenous culture and heritage and develop opportunities and partnerships for people of culturally diverse backgrounds,

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Deliver services appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and continue to improve awareness and understanding between Council and Aboriginal communities and individuals.

Manage funding provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to undertake community development for Aboriginal people

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Projects are delivered in accordance with service agreement

Coordinate and provide funding for NAIDOC week event

Manager Community and Cultural Services

NAIDOC Week event is held.

Number of participants.

Level of funding attracted.

Provide activities for learning or social development for young people and their families on school holidays

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Three activities or workshops will be conducted

Support Indigenous heritage and other cultural projects when identified

Manager Community and Cultural Services

Number of projects supported

 

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - COMMUNITY SUPPORT & EDUCATION

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

329

299

301

299

299

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

329

299

301

299

299

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Contributions

0

0

0

0

0

Other Levels of Government

204

203

203

203

203

Transfers from Reserves

14

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

218

203

203

203

203

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue

111

96

98

96

96

 
Strategic Direction: Environmental Planning

 

5.1. Objective: Well planned communities

A well-planned community which minimises its environmental footprint and social costs, while maximising its economic and social well-being

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Promote sustainable development

Ensure sustainability is a feature of strategic planning

Manager Development and Environment

Sustainability requirements are embedded in plans

Progressive application of the principles of ESD to Council’s LEP and related environmental policies

Manager Development and Environment

Inclusion in revised and new policies

Standard of development approvals improves and conditions applied reflect ESD principles

Compliance with development standards and conditions of consent

Vigorous assessment of developments to ensure minimum impacts are achieved on built and natural environment as a result of the development, with special regard to high impact developments such as antimony mining

Manager Development and Environment

Monitoring of ongoing compliance conditions

 

Ongoing implementation of Council adopted plans such as the PAMP, Nambucca River Master Plan and streetscape plans

Manager Development and Environment

 

Number of actions implemented.

Manage and regulate impacts of resource development

Manager Development and Environment

Council adopted position on CSG, antimony and other resource developments


 

Reflect the community’s desires through appropriate planning instruments such as Local Growth Management Plan, and Local Environmental Plan.

Consult with community and key stakeholders and government departments prior to preparation of plans/reports and coordinate their input.

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Managers

Number and type of consultations held.

Local Growth Management Plan:

Review and prepare new strategies for rural residential land release areas and rural lands in accordance with the Mid North Coast Regional Plan and incorporation into the Local Growth Management Plan.

General Manager

Manager Development and Environment

Number of strategies prepared.

Develop strategies to address impacts of Pacific Highway Upgrade

 

 

Finalise Climate Change Adaptation Policy following completion of flood studies.

General Manager

Asst General Managers

Managers

Number of strategies prepared.

Report new information relating to land use constraints to Council and include in planning and development activities

 

General Manager

Manager Development and Environment

Final policy completed.

 


5.2. Objective: Housing

Housing across the Nambucca Valley provides for choice and is affordable

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

 Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide diverse, sustainable, adaptable and affordable housing options through effective land use planning

Ensure supply of vacant land stocks as per Council’s adopted land release strategy for residential and rural residential land

Manager Development and Environment

There is adequate vacant residential land stock.

 


 

 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - HOUSING & COMMUNITY AMMENITIES

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

6438

6445

6482

6239

6222

Depreciation

21

21

21

21

21

Purchase of Assets

230

51

121

817

367

Cash for future needs

218

218

218

218

218

Principle on loans

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

6907

6735

6842

7295

6828

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

5525

5551

5551

5551

5551

Sundry Other Sources

1

1

1

1

1

Contributions

0

0

0

0

0

Other Levels of Government

249

249

256

244

244

Loan Funds

0

0

0

0

0

Transfers from Reserves

243

29

44

531

30

TOTAL REVENUE

6018

5830

5852

6327

5826

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue (net of depreciation)

868

884

969

947

981


Strategic Direction: Building Regulation

 

6.1 Objective: Safe Buildings and Pools

Reduce the risk of public injury through ensuring safe standards for buildings and pools are maintained

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Ensure private infrastructure - buildings and pools -are of a safe standard

Undertake building and swimming pool certification

Manager Development and Environment

Certification is timely and accurate

Undertake a risk assessment based compliance program for fire safety and backyard pools

Manager Development and Environment

Number of complying swimming pools following audits.

Promote sustainable building practices including energy and water use efficiency

Information on sustainable building practices made available on Council’s website and at Council’s enquiry counter.

Corporate Services

Information is made available and updated where required.

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - DEVELOPMENT & BUILDING CONTROL

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

333

333

333

333

333

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

333

333

333

333

333

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

7

7

7

7

7

Sundry Other Sources

23

23

23

23

23

TOTAL REVENUE

30

30

30

30

30

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue

303

303

303

303

303

 
Strategic Direction: Environmental Services and Community Amenities

 

7.1 Objective: Waste Management

Protect the natural environment through ensuring a regular, cost effective and environmentally responsible system for managing solid waste

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide operational and environmentally acceptable waste management facility, including collection, weighbridge and landfill cells

Contract for kerbside collection of separated domestic mixed waste, recycling and green waste materials

Engineering Services

Annual review of performance.

Provide for management of local transfer station at Nambucca Waste Management facility to source separate domestic mixed waste, recycling and green waste.

Engineering Services

Annual review of performance, and compliance with licences.

Prepare engineering design plans for construction of landfill cells and rehabilitation of completed landfill cells.

Engineering Services

Plans to be compliant with Environmental Protection Licences

Undertake ground and surface water monitoring to meet licence conditions.

Engineering Services

Monthly sampling occurs and annual report meets OEH licence requirements.

Undertake pollution studies and reduction programs and any necessary infrastructure works to meet licencing conditions.

Engineering Services

Compliance with Environmental Protection Licences and Landfill Environmental Management Plans.

Implement waste minimisation strategies, including reduce, reuse, and recycle

Ensure contractor’s delivery of yearly education program.

Engineering Services

Reduced amount of waste directed to land fill.

Minimise illegal dumping of waste.

Development and Environment

Reduced number of complaints.

 


7.2 Objective: Street Cleaning

Provide a level of street cleaning which minimises the creation of litter and the level of contaminants in stormwater runoff

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Maintain clean and attractive streets, footpaths and public places.

Regularly service street and park litter bins, daily service of public conveniences, and regularly clean commercial areas.

Engineering Services

Inspections in March and September show standard is achieved and maintained.

Maintenance system records all inspections.

 

Sweep high profile areas with special vehicle twice each year.

Pressure clean public conveniences quarterly.

Engineering Services

Sweeping completed in December and May.

Supervisor inspections of pressure cleaning show standard maintained.

Respond to complaints

Engineering Services

Reduced number of complaints.

Maintain footpaths within CBD areas to a clean and aethestically pleasing standard

Engineering Services

Pressure cleaning completed in November.

 


7.3 Objective: Environmental Protection

 Promote the sustainability of the Shire through identification, preservation, protection, restoration and enhancement of the natural environment

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Protect trees from and respond to deliberate damage of trees on public land

Develop public awareness of importance of trees, reward information resulting in conviction and issue fines.

Engineering Services

Media release issued at least once advising of $5000 reward.

 

 

 

Implement programs as outlined in the annual State of the Environment Report, Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan, Environmental Levy Program

Highest priority programs implemented as funding allows.

 

Corporate and Community Services

Development and Environment

Number of recommendations implemented as per approved program and budget allocation.

 

Engage and support the community and organisations in undertaking sustainable natural resource management, including best practice farming and land management

Council staff to assist with Landcare, Dunecare and Wetlandcare projects where possible, as identified.

Engineering Services

 

Level of in-kind support through advice

Level of grant funding received

 

Place relevant information on Council’s website and ensure it is regularly updated.

Corporate Services

Information on website

Develop management plans for environmentally sensitive areas

Implement identified high priority actions where funding is available.

General Manager

Development and Environment

 

Resources (grants) secured to implement projects.


 

Review on-site sewage management plan

Conduct reviews as scheduled

Development and Environment

Review completed.

Prepare State of Environment Report

Conduct public consultation and review plan in context of any changes

General Manager

Development and Environment

SoE Report placed on Council’s website

 

7.4 Objective: Biodiversity

The biodiversity of Nambucca Valley’s natural areas, including its waterways and bushland are protected and enhanced

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Deliver projects which assist in the protection of biodiversity and the sustainability of our natural areas

Control noxious and other environmental weeds on private land and Council controlled land

 

Engineering Services

Reduction in number of noxious and other environmental weeds in the Shire

Deliver projects under the Environmental Levy Program which are directly related to biodiversity

Development and Environment

Number of projects implemented

 

7.5 Objective: Cemeteries

Maintain Shire cemeteries

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Provide well maintained cemeteries

Prepare a plan of management for each of Council’s cemeteries

Corporate Services

Plans of management are implemented.

 

Respond to complaints

Corporate Services

Reduction in number of complaints

 

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - ENVIRONMENTAL SERICES

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

766

756

756

756

756

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

766

756

756

756

756

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

283

279

276

282

282

Sundry Other Sources

0

0

0

0

0

Other Levels of Government

5

5

5

5

5

Transfers from Reserves

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

288

284

281

287

287

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue

478

472

475

469

469


Strategic Direction: Recreation and Culture

 

8.1 Objective: Cultural Activities

Active support of cultural services, our local heritage and the arts

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Support the coordination of and networking between arts, social and cultural groups, Council and the community

Support for the Regional Arts Development Board

Corporate Services

Annual contribution is made.

Council is a member of Arts Mid North Coast.

Support community efforts to gain funding for cultural and community events

Corporate Services

Number of grants received.

Support local museums

Corporate Services

Museums attract new volunteers and visitors, and outside funding

 

8.2 Objective: Meeting Places

Meeting places provide a way of fostering an inclusive community

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Maintain public buildings where justified by community use

Work with Section 355 committees responsible for buildings to ensure they are being maintained.

–Engineering Services

Buildings are maintained to required standard

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - RECERATION & CULTURE

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

2509

2388

2401

2387

2384

Depreciation

889

889

889

889

889

Purchase of Assets

2

432

52

142

170

Cash for future needs

123

145

166

98

100

Principle on loans

23

24

25

27

10

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

3546

3878

3533

3543

3553

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Fees & Charges

109

109

109

109

109

Contributions

65

67

68

70

72

Sundry Other Sources

33

33

33

33

33

Other Levels of Government

64

64

64

64

64

Transfers from Reserves

0

180

50

100

0

Loan Funds

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL REVENUE

271

453

324

376

278

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue (net of depreciation)

2386

2536

2320

2278

2386

 
Strategic Direction: Transport

 

9.1 Objective: Private Transport Accessibility

Nambucca Valley residents can get to where they need to go in a way that is safe, efficient and affordable

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Continue to work with State and Federal governments toward upgrade of Pacific Highway

Support community consultation activities and help keep the community informed.

General Manager

Engineering Services

Updates provided as required.

Provide expertise in the planning and implementation of aspects of the highway development.

Engineering Services

Highway development plans reflect local needs.

Maintain the condition of rural road bitumen seal, rural road gravel network and urban streets in accordance with Road Hierarchy policy

Pavements inspected to monitor maintenance requirements.

Engineering Services

Programmed and emergency maintenance carried out.

Pavements inspected to determine current condition rating in setting forward plans and future financial commitments.

Engineering Services

Ratings reviewed in December each year, forward plans reviewed by February each year for inclusion in budget.

Record completed maintenance works in Maintenance Management System.

Engineering Services

Rolling program of traffic counts carried out to provide data on priorities based on vehicle use.

Construct roads as required

Extension of bitumen road network for sections that have undergone a significant change that warrants expenditure.

Engineering Services

Review conducted in February.

Maintain and replace bridges according to Infrastructure Management Plan

Bridge inspection program implemented to determine bridge condition and risk rate

Engineering Services

Record in Asset Register

Inspect poor condition bridges to ensure adequate maintenance

Engineering Services

Record in Asset Register

 

 

 

Inspect bridges after each flood event

Engineering Services

Number of bridges inspected


 

Maintain and enhance footpaths and cycle ways in the Nambucca Valley

Implement next stage of cycle way plan if funding is found.

Engineering Services

Length of cycle way constructed.

 

Make footpaths safe for use by pedestrians

Annual inspection of 100% of footpath network

Engineering Services

Length of footpath network inspected.

Develop list of reconstruction priorities

Engineering Services

Reconstruction priorities identified.

Implement maintenance program to address damaged section and trips

Engineering Services

Number of damaged sections and trips fixed.

Conduct emergency repairs

Engineering Services

Inspect within 24 hours of complaint.

Provide new footpaths in high use areas

Construct footpaths as identified

Engineering Services

List projects completed quarterly.

Provide car parking spaces

Ensure new developments provide for required number of car spaces as per Council’s off-street parking code

Development and Environment

Car park space numbers are greater than or equal to Council’s off-street parking code.

 

 

 

Maintain car parks

Provide biennial remarking of lines and regular intermediate inspections

Engineering Services

Length of lines remarked.

Repair bitumen surface

Engineering Services

Pothole patch at least quarterly

Maintain landscape by weeding and replanting as necessary

Engineering Services

Conducted twice a year by September and March

 


9.2 Objective: Public Transport

Be involved, to the extent possible, in the maintenance and improvement of existing public transport services provided by private bus companies, community transport and the north coast rail line

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Lobby for the provision of public transport options for people who do not have access to private transport

Continue the work of the Shire’s Access Committee

Community and Cultural Services

Engineering Services

Number of meetings conducted.

Reduction in number of complaints received about public transport

Install bus shelters at all locations where minimum number of commuters is 10

Conduct annual review based on statistics from bus operators

Engineering Services

Minimum of one new shelter provided or upgraded if required

 

 


 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

10887

6362

6356

6090

6064

Depreciation

5449

5465

5476

5484

5496

Purchase of Assets

6258

5179

5550

5683

5750

Cash for future needs

100

388

204

466

108

Principle on loans

881

964

1071

1185

1298

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

23575

18358

18657

18908

18716

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Contributions

269

547

353

505

237

Sundry Other Sources

31

31

31

31

31

Other Levels of Government

7610

2472

2473

2474

2475

Transfers from Reserves

162

322

137

297

37

Loan Funds

2500

1500

1500

1500

1500

TOTAL REVENUE

10572

4872

4494

4807

4280

Contribution from rates/other general purpose revenue (net of depreciation)

7554

8021

8687

8617

8940

 
Strategic Direction: Dynamic, Resilient Local Economy

 

10. 1 Objective: Economic Activity

The Nambucca Valley has a strong economy, with a thriving and diverse business community

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Foster local development opportunities and economic self-sufficiency through promotion, lobbying and direct action

Seek out and attend to all new business and investment enquiries.

Manager Business Development

Number of enquiries responded to.

 

Provide business and marketing information to all new business and investment enquiries

 

Manager Business Development

Database of economic information and development opportunities on Council website.

Production and availability of brochures, kits and promotional materials

Liaise with local business and State and Federal government departments concerned with industrial and regional development

General Manager

Manager Business Development

Regular meetings with local businesses.

Regular meetings with relevant State and Federal departments.

Participate in local and regional marketing events and promotions, including regional tourism promotions and events

Manager Business Development

Attendance/participation at events.

Facilitate the adequate supply and take-up of land for new business development

Manager Business Development

Supply and take-up of zoned land for development.

Apply for and secure grant funding from State and Federal government agencies for project development within the Shire

Corporate Services

Number of successful grants

Amount of funding received.


 

Foster local development opportunities and economic self-sufficiency through promotion, lobbying and direct action (continued)

Skill up community organisations through workshops/seminars to apply for available grant funding from government agencies.

 

Corporate Services

Number of community groups worked with

Report to Council on development proposals for Council-owned land

 

Manager Business Development

Number of reports to Council

Ensure the services of the Visitor Information Centre are well-utilised through training volunteers and developing promotional materials

 

Manager Business Development

Updated displays and brochures

Bookeasy system is used

Famils conducted

Guides and marketing material current

 

10.2 Objective: Employment

Nambucca Valley residents have increased opportunities for employment

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Foster local employment opportunities, reducing the unemployment rate in the Nambucca Valley

Promote the availability and benefits of providing apprenticeships and traineeships, to industries, businesses and schools

 

Manager Business Development

Trainee staffing maintained

Increase in number of trainees

Maintain links with the State and Federal agencies and non-government agencies with a role in employment and economic development

 

Manager Business Development

Maintenance of contacts

 


10.3 Objective: Income and Wealth

Our residents have access to an improved standard of living

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

 

Conduct regular meetings with existing businesses to disseminate information and build networks.

Manager Business Development

Regular meetings are held.

 

10.4 Objective: Skills Development

Residents of the Nambucca Valley have access to a range of opportunities to improve skills which will enable them to participate in the local economy

 

Four Year Delivery Objective

Actions

Lead responsibility

Annual Success Measures

Increase opportunities for and participation in school and post school education and training

Lobby for and support the establishment of education and training facilities and initiatives.

General Manager

Manager Business Development

Number of letters written and meetings attended.

Promote the availability and benefits of providing apprenticeships and traineeships, to industries, businesses and schools

 

Manager Business Development

Trainee staffing maintained.

Increase in number of trainees.

 

 


 

FINANCIAL DETAILS

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

$,000

EXPENDITURE

Operations for year

413

443

393

392

392

Depreciation

3

3

3

3

3

Purchase of Assets

0

750

1000

0

0

Cash for future needs

0

1129

0

3929

0

Principle on loans

5

5

5

6

6

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

421

2330

1401

4330

401

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Contributions

0

0

0

0

0

Fees & Charges

20

20

20

20

20

Sundry Other Sources