NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 13 OCTOBER 2016

 

LATE AGENDA                                                                                        Page

 

 

 

   

9        General Manager Report

9.14   Visitor Information Centre Leasing - Additional Request...................................................... 2

9.15   Nambucca Valley Garden Club - Request to Waive Tip Fees for Garden Gala and Markets on 29 October 2016................................................................................................................... 9    


       


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                               13 October 2016

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.14    SF2251            131016         Visitor Information Centre Leasing - Additional Request

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Coral Hutchinson, Manager Community Development         

 

Summary:

 

Council has received another expression of interest regarding the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), from a local business, Nambucca River Houseboats and Cruises (Rob and Robyn Kennedy)

 

In addition, the attached email to industry operators from the Secretary Nambucca Valley Tourism Association Incorporated appears to be related to the above letter, and is therefore also discussed in this report.  

 

The letter and email were received after publishing of the Business Paper, however as they pertain to reports being considered by Council at this meeting, it is relevant to present them as a Late Item. 

 

Note:  Also attached to this report is a copy of the Expression of Interest from Nambucca Valley Craft and Art Incorporated.  Although it was referred to in Item 9.8, a copy of the actual document was not attached. 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the report be received for information.

 

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

No options are being presented.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

A letter from Nambucca River Houseboats and Cruises has been received by Council, proposing a rental of $100 per week plus GST for a small area of the VIC, which could comprise a wall and/or window space, to promote the Houseboat and River Cruise business.  (See attached.) 

 

Firstly if the offer from the Kennedys was for entire building, it would be inappropriate for Council to enter into a commercial lease with an individual operator for this level of rent.  However, the offer is for a small area of the building and although the letter is silent on who operates the remainder, the email from the Secretary of the NVTA implies this would be Council continuing to operate under a business as usual approach (taking bookings, Tourism Co-ordinator located there).  If this is the case, this poses a number of problems for Council:

 

1.   Council would be seen to favour one business. 

2.   The operator’s expectations of support from the Tourism Officer, volunteers and Council generally.

3.   The cost-benefit.  For an output of some $5,600, the business has direct access to around $60,000 of Council resources plus the services of volunteers, access to Jetty, car park and pump-out. 

4.   A large proportion of Council’s Tourism resources are still focussed on the “bricks and mortar” at Nambucca Heads.

5.   Council has already made decisions to move away from direct support to local businesses and towards being more strategic.

6.   Council may find it difficult to lease the remainder of the building.

 

Should the proposal be for another entity eg a community organisation, to operate from the remainder of the building this would be less of a problem for Council but would need to be well thought-through so that each party’s interests were covered.  It may also make a lease unnecessarily complicated.  Therefore the only option is to simply note the offer of rent from Nambucca River Houseboats and Cruises.

 

The email from the Secretary of the NVTA refers to another expression of interest being sent to Council and although it is not named, it can only be that from the NR Houseboats and River Cruises, but having said that, the two items (the letter and email) appear to be at odds. 

 

For example, the letter from Rob and Robyn Kennedy makes no mention of retaining a Level 2 VIC (with or without Council’s support) and yet the NVTA is stating that the local operator wishes to still incorporate the full Level 2 visitor information services with Council’s assistance.  If the NVTA is proposing that volunteers and Council’s Tourism Co-ordinator continue business as usual, but that they provide direct support to an individual business, this clearly puts Council into a position of conflict of interest and cannot be supported.  Unfortunately the email doesn’t appear to offer any new way forward either, instead it equates change at the VIC to Council withdrawing support for Tourism or determining the “fate of Tourism in the Nambucca Valley”.  Council has not reached its position regarding the VIC or a new future for Tourism overnight. There have been numerous reports on related matters over previous years and some 5 months since Council decided to call for expressions of interest to lease the building (with provision for tourist information).  Yet, if the presence of this building in its current location is crucial to the entire industry’s future, the NVTA are not offering any solutions or suggestions for how it may assist.

 

The proposal by Nambucca Valley Craft and Art Incorporated does offer a future life for visitor information at the site, not dissimilar from the current model (sale of local products, involving volunteers, provision of information) but managed by the community.  There are numerous similar and successful examples of this model such as Eurobodalla’s VIC at Narooma which is now operated by Montague Arts and Crafts Society.

 

There would however be a change to the level of Accreditation with Level 3 being the most appropriate.  (See attachment at Item 9.8)  This site would still be a part of the Visitor Centre network and be able to use the yellow “i” and maintaining Level 3 status could be a condition of the lease.  Whilst Level 3 sites are not sign-posted on national highways, and it is debatable whether the current site is actually Level 2 anyway; to make that a major reason to just leave things the way they are is to entirely miss the point about moving into the future of digital marketing, smart phones and social media. 

 

Note:  The Kennedy’s request for signage is a matter for Council’s planners and subject to Signage Policy.  It is therefore excluded from this report and will be considered separately.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

General Manager

Manager Business Development

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Nothing identified from this report.

 

Social

 

There are no social matters identified. 

 

Economic

 

From an economic point of view an increased level of rent to Council (from two sources) looks attractive, however a lease and sub-lease or having two competing interests contributing to the rent of the same building may not be workable.

 

Risk

 

If there is a risk to Council’s reputation from bringing about changes in the way it delivers Tourism services, two ways of mitigating this are to ensure information being circulated is accurate and to operate in a fair and ethical manner.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Nothing identified.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Nothing required.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

There are no changes to service levels or staffing proposed by this report.

 

Council is likely to maintain the current public toilets for practical reasons regardless of future use of the VIC site. 

 

Attachments:

1

34861/2016 - Expression of interest from Nambucca River Houseboats and Cruises

 

2

35015/2016 - Future model for operating of Visitor Information Centre (NVTA)         

 

3

33144/2016 - Expression of interest in leasing Visitor Information Centre and to provide visitor information

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 13 October 2016

Visitor Information Centre Leasing - Additional Request

 


Ordinary Council Meeting - 13 October 2016

Visitor Information Centre Leasing - Additional Request

 


 


Ordinary Council Meeting - 13 October 2016

Visitor Information Centre Leasing - Additional Request

 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                               13 October 2016

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.15    SF25                131016         Nambucca Valley Garden Club - Request to Waive Tip Fees for Garden Gala and Markets on 29 October 2016

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Monika Schuhmacher, Executive Assistant/Business Services Unit         

 

Summary:

 

The Nambucca Valley Garden Club is holding its annual Garden Gala at the Macksville Showground on Saturday 29 October 2016 and has requested that Council consider waiving the tip fee for their waste removal.  This tip fee saving will support all profits going to the Macksville and District Hospital.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council waive the tip fee for the disposal of waste from the Nambucca Valley Garden Club's Garden Gala and Markets which is being held on 29 October 2016 at the Macksville Showground up to the value of $235.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1        That Council waive the tip fee

2        That Council not waive the tip fee

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The Nambucca Valley Garden Club has been conducting the Garden Gala and Markets for several years and each year it is growing in popularity.  This year a record 182 sites have booked with profits from the proceeds from the sites going to the Macksville and District Hospital.  It is anticipated that around 3,000 people will attend the Garden Gala and Markets.

 

The Gala will offer plants, flower show and competition local produce, arts and craft, tool sharpening, cooking demonstrations and creative workshops to mention but a few.  A copy of the Program is attached.

 

The waste emanating from the Gala will include drink cans, plastic cups, food scraps. 

 

Council's tip fees are $235 per tonne for waste which includes food scraps.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Assistant General Manager Engineering Services

Mrs May Harris, Nambucca Valley Garden Club

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There is no impact on the environment.  The waste would have been taken to the Council's

 

Social

 

There are no social issues that need to be considered.

 

Economic

 

There is no economic impact.

 

Risk

 

There is no risk to Council.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There is no impact on current and future budgets.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The waiving of the requested tip fee will have no net effect on the waste budget.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

There are no implications to service level or resourcing/staffing.

 

Attachments:

1

35413/2016 - Garden Gala and Markets - Program

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 13 October 2016

Nambucca Valley Garden Club - Request to Waive Tip Fees for Garden Gala and Markets on 29 October 2016

 

General Manager's Report

ITEM 0.0      SF25                131016         Nambucca Valley Garden Club - Request to Waive Tip Fees for Garden Gala and Markets on 29 October 2016

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Monika Schuhmacher, Executive Assistant/Business Services Unit         

 


 

Summary:

 

The Nambucca Valley Garden Club is holding its annual Garden Gala at the Macksville Showground on Saturday 29 October 2016 and has requested that Council consider waiving the tip fee for their waste removal.  This tip fee saving will support all profits going to the Macksville and District Hospital.

 

 


 

Recommendation:

 

That Council waive the tip fee for the disposal of waste from the Nambucca Valley Garden Club's Garden Gala and Markets which is being held on 29 October 2016 at the Macksville Showground up to the value of $235.

 

 


OPTIONS:

 

1        That Council waive the tip fee

2        That Council not waive the tip fee

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The Nambucca Valley Garden Club has been conducting the Garden Gala and Markets for several years and each year it is growing in popularity.  This year a record 182 sites have booked with profits from the proceeds from the sites going to the Macksville and District Hospital.  It is anticipated that around 3,000 people will attend the Garden Gala and Markets.

 

The Gala will offer plants, flower show and competition local produce, arts and craft, tool sharpening, cooking demonstrations and creative workshops to mention but a few.  A copy of the Program is attached.

 

The waste emanating from the Gala will include drink cans, plastic cups, food scraps. 

 

Council's tip fees are $235 per tonne for waste which includes food scraps.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Assistant General Manager Engineering Services

Mrs May Harris, Nambucca Valley Garden Club

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There is no impact on the environment.  The waste would have been taken to the Council's

 

Social

 

There are no social issues that need to be considered.

 

Economic

 

There is no economic impact.

 

Risk

 

There is no risk to Council.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There is no impact on current and future budgets.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The waiving of the requested tip fee will have no net effect on the waste budget.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

There are no implications to service level or resourcing/staffing.

 


Attachments:

1

35413/2016 - Garden Gala and Markets - Program