NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 28 JULY 2016

 

LATE AGENDA                                                                                        Page

 

 

 

  

5        Notices of Motion

5.4     Notice of Motion - Request to Attend Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 24 - 26 August 2016 - Tweed Heads (SF352)............................................................................................. 2  

9        General Manager Report

9.7     Fire at Coffs Coast Waste Facility Biomass Plant.............................................................. 4    


 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     28 July 2016

Notice of Motion

ITEM 5.4      SF2183            280716         Notice of Motion - Request to Attend Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 24 - 26 August 2016 - Tweed Heads (SF352)

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Martin Ballangarry, Councillor         

 

Summary:

 

The NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network (LGAN) has been operating since 1988 to provide an information exchange and forum for discussion on Local Government issues relating to Aboriginal communities, business and the wider community.  The Network is made up of Aboriginal Liaison Officers working in Local Government, and Aboriginal people who have been elected as Councillors.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Cr Martin Ballangarry OAM be granted leave to attend the Annual Local Government Aboriginal Network in Tweed Head from 24 to 26 August 2016

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are no other options.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The main purpose of the Network is to provide all participants, including Aboriginal and non Aboriginal elected Councillors, Aboriginal staff employed by local councils, and representatives from other agencies including members of council advisory and consultative committees, with:

·      An understanding of current issues in Local Government affecting Aboriginal people; and

·      A mechanism for support and a venue for information exchange on existing and new programs and services in local government relevant to Aboriginal communities

The LGAN Conference provides a forum for discussion of issues relating to Aboriginal communities from a local perspective.  The annual conference generally attracts up to 200 delegates from a wide range of areas including Aboriginal Liaison Officers, representatives from the public sector in State and Federal Government, companies and industry consultants from the private sector, representatives from community and volunteer groups, elected representatives, General Managers and senior staff from Local Government throughout NSW.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

General Manager

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

This has no impact on the environment.

 

Social

 

There is no social impact.

 

Economic

 

There is no economic impact.

 

Risk

 

There is no risk.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The cost of attendance at the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network is $680 (the early bird discount rate).  There will be a requirement for three night’s accommodation at $159 per night. 

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There is no variance to working funds.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

     


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                                     28 July 2016

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.7      SF453              280716         Fire at Coffs Coast Waste Facility Biomass Plant

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

Summary:

 

A summary is not required.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council note the proposed meeting with Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Shire Councils to discuss the implications of the fire at the Englands Road waste processing facility.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

It is difficult to identify other options pending further information concerning the likely period of closure and any proposals which might be forthcoming from the contractor.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Councillors may be aware from media reports yesterday that there was a significant fire at the Englands Road, Coffs Harbour waste processing facility.  It is understood the fire commenced within the filtration system which filters air from within the pressurised plant.  A photo showing the fire is attached.

 

Whilst the Englands Road landfill operated by Coffs Harbour City Council has reopened, the biomass plant which treats both the red and green bin waste streams has been significantly damaged and is currently non-operational.  Pending the site being made safe there has not been a detailed assessment of the damage, but advice from Coffs Harbour City Council is that the plant could be out of operation for a significant period.  The likely period of closure should be known in the coming days.

 

From a service perspective the following arrangements have been put in place.  All bin pickups will continue as per normal schedules.  The yellow bin streams will be treated and sorted into recoverable streams at Englands Road as normal.  The red bin streams will be tipped directly at the tip face at each of the three respective Coffs Coast Waste Service Council waste depots, being Englands Road for Coff Harbour City Council residents, the Old Coast Road waste depot for Nambucca Valley residents and the Raleigh waste depot for Bellingen residents.

 

Green bin streams will be transported to other treatment facilities on a daily basis.

 

If the biomass plant is subject to an extended closure there will be some contractual issues which need to be discussed and agreed amongst the affected parties, being the three councils, the contractor responsible for the waste processing and the contractor responsible for the waste collection.

 

At this stage it is proposed to request Coffs Harbour City Council to host a meeting of the three councils so that we can be apprised of the likely closure period and have the opportunity to discuss any related contractual issues.  The significance of these issues will increase the longer the biomass plant is closed.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

There has been consultation with Council’s Civic Services Coordinator who has day to day responsibility for Councils waste services.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The recycling performance for the three councils will be markedly diminished for the period the biomass processing plant is closed.  All of the mixed waste of the three councils will be going to landfill.

 

Social

 

There are no social implications.

 

Economic

 

There are no significant economic implications.

 

Risk

 

There are some financial risks which need to be the subject of discussion.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There will be a budgetary impact with mixed waste going to landfill.  This includes the use of space at the landfill but also a reduction in contractor payments for waste processing.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

At this time the impact on working funds is unknown.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

As far as ratepayers are concerned they will not notice any change to their waste arrangements as a consequence of the fire.

 

Attachments:

1

25702/2016 - Englands Road Fire