Ordinary Council Meeting - 16 January 2014
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L††††††† Notices of Motion
L.1†††† Notice of Motion - DA2013/170 Boundary Adjustment, Erection of Shed and Operate Depot on Rural Lot - Lot 2 DP 881651 - 296 Valla Road Valla (DA2013/170)................................................ 2
L.2†††† Notice of Motion - Request for the left lane to be left turning lane only at the intersection of Cooper Street (on Pacific Highway) and Partridge Street Macksville (SF1009)................................. 3 †
10††††† Assistant General Manager Corporate Services Report
10.7†† Stuart Island Boating Facility Improvement - Council acceptance of Better Boating Program funding offer................................................................................................................................ 4 †††
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:††† Paula Flack, Councillor ††††††††
I have been contacted by a community member who will be directly affected by the proposed development and who believes the proposal to be significant and controversial enough to warrant determination by Councillors in an open meeting of the Council.† I also believe a site inspection would be of benefit.† I am aware that there is considerable local concern in particular relating to proposed stockpiling of concrete and vegetation and the carrying out of concrete crushing and tree grinding in a quiet rural area.† Council has received a number of submissions raising various concerns.
That DA2013/170 be called in for determination by Councillors and that a site inspection be carried out prior to determination.
Michael Coulter, General Manager
Paul Guy, Manager Development and Environment
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:††† Elaine South, Councillor ††††††††
The traffic forms two lanes at the lights on the corner of Cooper Street and Partridge Street and then merges into one at the entrance to the swimming pool.† Traffic trying to merge into a single lane after the traffic lights, especially now with the traffic flow being much heavier, is putting road users at risk, more so now with many not familiar with the town/highway.
That Council write to the Roads and Maritime Services again as a matter of urgency requesting they make the left lane at the Cooper Street (Pacific Highway) and Partridge Street lights southbound a left turning lane only.
It has been brought to my attention again re the traffic forming two lanes at the lights and then trying to merge into one at the entrance to the pool. I would like it taken back to RMS as a matter of urgency that there should be a left turn only at the left hand lane at this intersection.† Traffic trying to merge into a single lane after the traffic lights, especially now with the traffic flow being much heavier, is putting road users at risk, more so now with many not familiar with the town/highway.† This issue was bought up at Council previously when concerns were raised about the bend north of the traffic bridge, I'm sure a single lane travelling in the southern direction would be far safer than a rush of drivers trying to drive around on the inside lane cutting in and creating safety issues.
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:††† Colleen Henry, Grants and Contributions Officer ††††††††
PLEASE NOTE THIS REPORT REPLACES ITEM 10.6 AS THE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS SECTIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED.
The Council has been offered a grant of $49,794 under the NSW Roads and Maritime Services Better Boating Program (BBP) 2013/2014, which requires dollar-for-dollar matching funding. When application was made in August 2013, it was proposed that the matching funding be sourced from s.94 funds under the Community Facilities and Public Open Space Contributions Plan 2008 (CFPOS). This s.94 fund, at June 2013, had a balance of $810,330.
In order for this funding to come from s.94 contributions, the project must be included on the planís works schedule. At present, the only uncompleted project on the planís works schedule is the Macksville Skate Park, at the cost of $174,900, which will not be completed until matching funding is found.
The Contributions Officer is in the process of developing a new works schedule for the CFPOS and this will include an extensive community consultation process and study, with a full schedule being developed by April 2014. In the interim, given that there is an opportunity to secure this community infrastructure through a mix of† s.94 funding and State government funding, it is proposed that a new works schedule, listing the existing Macksville Skate Park and the Stuart Island† Facility Improvement project, be publicly exhibited, as required under s.94 legislation. This will enable work to begin on the facility in the short term, if Council agrees to accept the funding offer.
1††††††† Accept the Better Boating Funding Offer for the Stuart Island Facility Improvement project.
2††††††† Agree to the public exhibition of the Community Facilities and Public Open Space draft ††††††††† works schedule, comprising the Macksville Skate Park (existing project) and the Stuart ††††††††† Island Facility Improvement (new project), for the period 23 January to 20 February 2014, ††††††††† after which a report will be prepared for Councilís adoption of the new works schedule.
Council can decline the funding offer.
The funding will provide for the replacement of the old wooden jetty with a pontoon similar in design (but not size) to the pontoon outside the Nambucca Visitor Information Centre. A small amenities building will also be built on Stuart Island as there are currently no toilet facilities at this well-used site.
The project was identified by the Strategic Planner as part of the implementation of the Nambucca River Master Plan, which has been adopted by Council. The master plan recommends a range of works at Stuart Island and the Strategic Planner and Grants Officer have been successful in securing funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage for revegetation along the islandís river edges, to improve river health and aquatic habitat. Additional funds were sought to re-establish and revegetate a part of the river bank near the golf course, however this grant application was not successful.
The Stuart Island Boating Facility Improvement is similar to the Scotts Head Boat Ramp, another BBP project, in that the Scotts Head project was able to be supported through s.94 funds following inclusion of the project in the planís work schedule.
Comment from GM
I have scheduled an inspection of the site so that Councilís Strategic Planner can brief Council on the these proposed facilities as well as the Master Plan for other work identified in the report and which is the subject of separate grant funding.
There are no environmental impacts associated with this project.
The funding will better provide for the needs of Nambucca Shireís residents and visitors in providing good quality, up-to-standard facilities for the popular pastime of boating and fishing, as well as provide public amenities and improve usersí experience.
There are indirect economic benefits associated with providing better boating facilities, as a higher level of infrastructure is likely to attract tourists and visitors to the area.
There is a small risk that the Stuart Island Boating Facility Improvements will not gain community endorsement as part of the works schedule of the CFPOS and Council may have to then turn down the offer or find an alternative source of funding to match the grant.
Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets
There are sufficient funds in the CFPOS budget to contribute toward this project.
Source of fund and any variance to working funds
Section 94 funds Ė Community Facilities and Public Open Space.
Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications
Comment from GM
Council is struggling to maintain service levels with its existing public amenities which residents have identified as being of high importance and low satisfaction.† Adding additional amenities will increase Councilís operating costs through cleaning, graffiti and vandalism repair and depreciation.† There has been discussion about providing a single amenities building to service both Bellwood Park and Stuart Island but the consensus was that playground and shelter facilities in Bellwood Park are too distant from Stuart Island.
As indicated in the report, Stuart Island is a very well used section of public land and warrants the proposed investment.† Council should be aware of the additional operating costs which will impact on its overall financial position.