Ordinary Council Meeting - 25 September 2014
LATE AGENDA Page
9 General Manager Report
9.12 Further Submissions - DA2001/096 Modification of existing Extractive Industry consent - Lot 100, 101 & 104 DP 1118337, 491 Valla Rd Valla ................................................................................ 2
12 General Manager's Summary of Items to be Discussed in Closed Meeting
12.4 Further Submissions - DA2001/096 Modification of existing Extractive Industry consent - CONFIDENTIAL ATTACHMENTS 491 Valla Rd Valla
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) (e) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the report contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES: Paul Guy, Manager Development and Environment
That further submissions to be considered in Closed Meeting.
This reporting is additional to report 9.7 included in this paper and has been prepared due to three additional submissions being received after the previous reporting had closed. The submissions have been received 19/09/2014 in the notification period ending 4.00 pm 19/09/2014. The total number of submissions is seven (7) and may be found attached to the confidential paper.
The submissions are basically the same as those reported but all contain the premise that the increased extraction should only be for a short period i.e. duration of highway up-grade. Please see reported response with respect to a time limited consent (Report 9.7).
It has been suggested in a submission that Council cannot remain impartial in deciding this development due to its relationship with the NSW Government and highway up-grade.
Finally, that the Valla residents should not have to endure the increased extraction limit due to Quarry owner’s poor business forecasting.
AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES: Michael Coulter, General Manager
The report is short. A summary is not required.
That Council agree to participate in a pilot North Coast Joint Organisation and note its preference for the pilot JO to have as its priority the improvement of the financial sustainability of its constituent councils.
Council can decide not to participate in the pilot North Coast Joint Organisation.
At the briefing on the Fit for Future Reforms provided by the Office of Local Government in Coffs Harbour on 18 September there was considerable interest shown by Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Councils in putting forward an expression of interest for all of the Councils, including Nambucca Shire Council, to participate as a pilot Joint Organisation (JO). The reform package provides that over the next 12-18 months there will be a co-design and pilot model conducted for 4 regions.
The general view of the Councils at the briefing was that it was preferable to be involved in the functional development of the Joint Organisations rather than await their legislated imposition. Following the briefing the General Manager of Coffs Harbour City Council offered to deploy staff to develop a proposal for a pilot JO.
I received a telephone call from the General Manager of Coffs Harbour City Council this morning advising that this Council is the only one of the four in our proposed JO which does not have a resolution “on the books” to support participation in a pilot JO. He believed this would be an impediment to the proposed expression of interest nominating the North Coast JO as a pilot.
Without in any way qualifying the criticisms and concerns about the formation of the JO’s referred to in the other business paper report on the “Fit for the Future” reforms it is unlikely to serve the interests of this Council by not participating in the pilot.
In agreeing to its participation in an expression of interest for a pilot JO, the Council should pursue as its first priority the opportunities provided by a JO to improve the financial sustainability of the constituent councils. The best evidence available indicates that alliancing opportunities across Mid North Coast Council boundaries could provide a productivity improvement of up to 10%.
The fundamental priority of the JO should be in realising the potential of strategic alliancing in “back of house” and some customer service functions where the location or management of the staff will not affect the services ratepayers receive. This should be the priority over pursuing some of the suggested lobbying and co-ordination functions such as regional plans, improving transport and freight links, attracting education and industry etc. The returns from these activities are less apparent, partly because there are a range of agencies such as the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Trade and Investment and the Roads and Maritime Services already undertaking such work. There is a real risk that existing functional responsibilities will be duplicated and that in any case the JO will have little authority in its lobbying efforts with large State agencies.
There has been consultation with the Mayor.
At this stage there are no implications for the environment.
At this stage there are no social implications.
At this stage there are no economic implications.
There are many risks associated with the Fit for the Future Reforms which are noted in the other business paper report. The reform package also presents many worthwhile opportunities. A significant risk to smaller councils such as Nambucca and Bellingen is that the resourcing required to support even a minimally staffed Joint Organisation will further erode the financial sustainability of the organisation.
Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets
At this stage the budgetary implications are unknown.
Source of fund and any variance to working funds
At this stage any impact on working funds are unknown.
Service level changes and resourcing/staff implications
At this stage the impact on service levels and staffing is unknown.