OUTCOMES OF THE AUGUST ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 25 August 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes:
NAMING OF VICTORIA PARK NO. 1 OVAL
Council noted the petition containing 421 signatures regarding the naming of No. 1 Oval in honour of the late Anthony George (Tony) Kelly PSM. After the Geographical Names Board rejected an initial proposal to name No. 1 Oval after the late Anthony George (Tony) Kelly PSM, Council resolved to instead name the Clubhouse Pavilion in honour of the former Dubbo City Council General Manager. However family are asking for reconsideration of naming the No.1 Oval after Mr Kelly.
CULTURE COMMUNITY AND PLACES COMMITTEE AMENDMENT: MACQUARIE RIVER MASTER PLAN ( NORTH AND SOUTH PRECINCTS) UPDATE ON COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Council noted the Macquarie River Masterplan (North and South Precincts) progress report provided by Manager of Recreation and Open Space.
NOTICE OF MOTION: SKILLED EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE
Council has requested the CEO undertake a gap analysis on migrant support services available to the Dubbo Regional LGA and report back to the November meeting of Council, including a comparison of how migrant support services are delivered in other regional cities.
REPORT ON ICAC’S OPERATION WITNEY
Council has noted the information in the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) findings of Operation Witney. Council’s CEO is undertaking a review of the existing Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy, with any improvements to the Policy to be presented to the October Meeting of Council. This will include ensuring ICAC’s recommendations in regards to lobbying are addressed adequately and clearly.
RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL REPORT ON REGAND PARK LAND ACQUISITION
Council resolved to revoke a confidential Committee of the Whole Report from 2004 which relates to the Macquarie River Master Plan (including Regand Park). The land acquisition report is to be made public by Council to assist in background, transparency and the community consultation process in respect of the development of the updated Macquarie River Master Plan.
UPDATE ON 2021/2022 DELIVERY PROGRAM AND OPERATIONAL PLAN
Council noted a progress report on the 2021/22 Delivery Program and Operational Plan which contains some 322 actions across five themes: Housing, Infrastructure, Economy, Community Leadership and Liveability. To date, 87.3% of actions have been completed, up 13% on the last progress report.
PROPOSED ADVERTISING STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
Council has refused a development application for an advertising structure (directional signage) to be placed at 235 Cobra Street, Dubbo, as it is prohibited within the B5 Business Development Zone and inconsistent with Dubbo’s Regional Local Environment Plan 2022.
DAN ROBINSON MEMORIAL SIGNAGE
Council resolved to support naming the scoreboard at Apex Oval Field 2 in memory of the late Dan Robinson who was tragically killed in England in 2010, following the public exhibition period. Council will write to Mr Robinson’s family to notify them of the decision, as well as the Dubbo District Junior Rugby League Club.
DISABILITY ACCESS AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Council determined to create a Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, with a Terms of Reference adopted. Expressions of Interest will now be called for membership from the community, with other members to include three Councillors and two Council staff. The Committee would provide advice on Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan, or any issues arising from the Plan.
LEASE OF CAFÉ AND CULTURAL CENTRE AT WELLINGTON
Council endorsed a lease to Wellington Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) for a Café and Cultural Centre in Wellington’s Cameron Park be charged at $1.00 per annum for a term of 12 months, with two by one year options. The WLALC intends to open and launch the Maliyan Café and Cultural Centre at the beginning of NAIDOC Week on 19 September 2022.
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS POLICY
Council adopted the Dubbo Regional Council Child Safe Standards Policy after Standards came into effect on 1 February 2022 by the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG). In addition to the Standards, local government services under the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 are required to ensure that they have sound structures and practices in place regarding reportable conduct that promotes the wellbeing and safety of children as well as clear, established guidelines for the reporting of any incidents that place children at risk of harm. The Policy will be available on Council’s website, and staff education sessions will be conducted over the coming months.
8 TONY MCGRANE PLACE DUBBO – RECREATION FACILITY (INDOOR) DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS
Council resolved not to pursue contributions under s7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for roads and stormwater drainage in regard to the development of a Crown Recreation facility (indoor) at 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo. Council endorsed requirements for any water supply and sewage headworks to be levied (payable prior to release of a “compliance certificate” under s307 of the Water Management Act, 2000 and prior to use of the development).
TNSW ACQUISITION OF LAND FROM COUNCIL FOR THE RIVER STREET BRIDGE PROJECT
Council resolved to delegate the Chief Executive Officer the power to negotiate, finalise and execute the contract for the sale of lots associated with the River Street Bridge Project. For the full list of lots please refer to report.
REVIEW OF LOT TYPE AND PRICING RELATING TO THE SALE OF LAND IN STAGE 5, RELEASE 2 AT KESWICK ESTATE
Council approved the sale of 52 unregistered lots within Stage 5, Release 2 of Keswick Estate (Lots) in accordance with the reserve price as identified within the confidential report.
3D PRINTING OF LIONS PARK WEST AMENITY BLOCK
Council resolved to undertake a call for tenders to identify a suitably qualified and experience contractor for the replacement of the Lions Park West amenity block.
Last Edited: 26 Aug 2022