NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 10 NOVEMBER 2016

 

LATE AGENDA                                                                                        Page

 

 

   

9        General Manager Report

9.15   DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head........ 2

9.16   Request for Support for the 2017 Gordon Park Australia Day Event.................................. 48


      


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                            10 November 2016

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.15    DA2016/147      101116         DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Daniel Walsh, Senior Town Planner         

 

Summary:

 

The intent of this report is to provide Council with background information on development application DA2016/147 which includes a proposal to construct a telecommunications facility on Council land at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council note that development application DA2016/147 is being assessed by Bellingen Shire Council planning staff and will be referred to Nambucca Shire Council for determination at a Council meeting when the assessment is complete.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council could withdraw owners consent for the lodgement of the development application. However, it is not recommended that this occur as it has been recognised by many that Scotts Head requires improved mobile phone coverage. The applicant is currently in the process of undertaking further investigations into the suitability of alternate sites within the area which could adequately service Scotts Head. This information will be provided to Council when the application is referred to Council for determination at a future meeting. Should there be a more suitable alternate site, this option can be explored at that time.

                                                 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council has received a development application for a proposed telecommunications facility at Buz Brazel Park - Vernon Street, Scotts Head (the land) which is owned by Nambucca Shire Council. The proposal includes the construction of a 31 metre high tower and a fenced compound at its base.

 

The development plans submitted with the application have been included within attachment 1 and the Statement of Environmental Effects within attachment 2 of this report.

 

Furthermore, a locality plan has been included within attachment 3 which illustrates the location of the proposed tower on the site in relation to the surrounding Scotts Head village.

 

The development application has been referred to Bellingen Shire Councils planning staff for assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to avoid potential conflicts of interest. When the assessment is complete, Bellingen Shire Council will send their report with recommendations to Nambucca Shire Council for determination at a Council meeting.

 

Bellingen Shire Councils planning staff have undertaken an assessment of the application and have advised that further information is required to be submitted by the applicant before the application can be determined. A copy of the letter requesting the applicant provide additional information has been included within attachment 4.

 

One matter which requires further attention from the applicant is further investigation into alternate sites for the proposal which can provide suitable mobile coverage to the area while being less impactive on the community through greater separation. A map outlining alternate sites currently being investigated by the applicants Radio Frequency Engineer has been included within attachment 5. Final results on these locations, and potentially others identified by the community and the assessing officer, will be included as part of any referral of the application to Council for final determination.

 

The application was notified and advertised in accordance with Part A of the Nambucca Development Control Plan 2010. 32 submissions from the public have been received, with the majority opposing the proposal. A summary of the matters raised in the submissions received during the notification period is as follows:

 

·       The applicant has not adequately considered alternative site locations away from sensitive receivers, including:

i.        the land around the sewage treatment works;

ii.       the upgrade of the existing tower at Yarrahapinni Mountain (Tower Road, Way Way);

iii.      associated ridges on Mt Yarrahapinni;

iv.      near the rifle range;

v.       Scotts Mountain; and

vi.      Co-location with the NBN tower at Gumma.

·       There is insufficient justification that the facility is required.

·       The development is within 500 metres of school grounds and is contrary to a policy of prudent avoidance adopted by the Department of Education.  Development within this buffer is contrary to the Precautionary Approach and planning intent for the siting of new facilities under the Mobile Phone Networks Code and NSW Telecommunications Facilities Guidelines Including Broadband.

·       Boosters for Optus customers in Scotts Head should be considered in lieu of the development.

·       Emissions from the development pose distinct health risks and the facility should not be situated on a sportsground or in proximity to residential development or Scotts Head Public School.

·       EMF exposure to adjoining properties should be calculated and disclosed.

·       Additional panels and parabolic antennas may be added to the tower without community consultation.

·       The development application does not address the impacts of the development on flora and fauna, including but not limited to the glossy black cockatoo.

·       The development application does not address the impacts of the development on wetlands.

·       The development application does not consider the impacts of the development on Aboriginal cultural places, values and customs.

·       The development will adversely affect the amenity and use of the Yarning Circle and should be relocated and suitably screened through landscaping and finished materials/colours to ensure that the cultural significance of the site is maintained.

·       The proposed telecommunications facility is a focal point for surrounding residential development and will have an unacceptable visual impact.

·       The scale of the development is not commensurate with a coastal village.

·       The development will devalue properties in the locality.

·       Reflectivity from the structure will cause light nuisance.

·       The development is not compatible with land that is Zone RE1 Public Recreation, including the objectives for this Zone.

·       The proposed access route will adversely affect the current use and future development of the land as a sportsground.

·       The development and associated access is subject to flooding.

·       Further public consultation is required.

 

A site inspection will be undertaken by Council with the applicant on 10 November 2016 at 1:30pm. Those members of the public who lodged submissions have been notified of the site inspection and have been invited to attend.

 

The intent of the meeting is to brief Councillors on the proposal, the status of the application, and provide Councillors and the community with the opportunity to seek further clarification regarding aspects of the proposal and assessment process.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

The purpose of the site inspection and this report is to facilitate consultation.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The report is for information.

 

Social

 

The report is for information and for the purposes of consultation.

 

Economic

 

At this stage there are no economic implications.

 

Risk

 

The risks will be evaluated in a further report.

 

As Council is the owner of the land, staff from Bellingen Shire Council have been engaged to undertake the DA assessment to avoid the conflict of interest.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The report is for information.  There is no budgetary impacts.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There is no impact on working funds.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

There are no service level implications.

 

Attachments:

1

38985/2016 - Attachment 1 - Development Plans

 

2

38977/2016 - Attachment 2 - Statement of Environmental Effects

 

3

38976/2016 - Attachment 3 - Locality Plan

 

4

38975/2016 - Attachment 4 - Letter Requesting Additional Information

 

5

38985/2016 - Attachment 5 - Potential Alternative Locations

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 10 November 2016

DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head

 


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Ordinary Council Meeting - 10 November 2016

DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head

 


Ordinary Council Meeting - 10 November 2016

DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head

 


 


 


Ordinary Council Meeting - 10 November 2016

DA2016/147 - Proposed Telecommunications Facility at Buz Brazel Park, Scotts Head

 


Ordinary Council Meeting                                                                                            10 November 2016

General Manager's Report

ITEM 9.16    SF24                101116         Request for Support for the 2017 Gordon Park Australia Day Event

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:    Michael Coulter, General Manager         

 

Summary:

 

A summary is not required.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council provide assistance to the Australia Day Organising Committee as per their request.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Council has the option as to the level of assistance it provides to community groups undertaking public events to celebrate national days.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council has received the attached letter from the Australia Day Organising Committee requesting the provision of 10 “wheelie bins” for the Gordon Park event plus

 

·      Electricity

·      Provide and remove garbage bins

·      Provide bollards

·      Provide safety tape

·      Assistance to erect signage.

 

It is recommended that Council provide the requested support to the Committee.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

The request has been reviewed by relevant Council staff.

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no significant environmental issues.

 

Social

 

There are no significant social issues.

 

Economic

 

There are no significant economic implications.

 

Risk

 

There are no identified risks.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

There are no significant budgetary implications.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There will be an insignificant impact on working funds.

 

Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications

 

There are some resourcing implications for staff in attending to the request.

 

Attachments:

1

39052/2016 - Request for Support - Australia Day Organising Committee

 

  


Ordinary Council Meeting - 10 November 2016

Request for Support for the 2017 Gordon Park Australia Day Event

 

 

AUSTRALIA DAY ORGANISING COMMITTEE – 26TH January 2017

 

 

PO Box 404

Nambucca Heads NSW 2448

E: nhausday@gmail.com

P: 0405 697 276

 

Michael Coulter

General Manager

Nambucca Shire Council

 

Dear Michael

 

The Australia Day Fun Day Committee comprising of Lions Club of Nambucca Heads, Nambucca Heads and Valla Chamber of Commerce and Nambucca Heads RSL club are seeking a donation for additional waste collection services, provision of wheelie bins and other support services for the anticipated 2017 Australia Day celebrations.

 

Waste:

 

For Australia Day 2016 Nambucca Shire Council provided 8 ‘wheelie bins’ for the Australia Day event. However based on their usage, it would be appropriate that an allowance is made for 10 ‘wheelie bins’ to be made available at the 2017 Australia Day event.

 

Other Support:

 

Other support requested by our Committee to assist with this activitie include:

·      Electricity

·      Provide and remove garbage bins (Australia Day 2017)            

·      Provide bollards (Australia Day 2017)                                         

·      Provide Safety Tape (Australia Day 2017)                                            

·      Assistance to erect signage (Australia Day 2017)                       

 

Yours sincerely,

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Tony Stokes

Coordinator

06.10.2016