Outcomes from the Ordinary Meeting of Council - February 2016

Dubbo City Council made decisions on the following items at Monday night’s Ordinary Council meeting (22 February 2016).

Submission against the proposed Dubbo City Council and Wellington Council merger
Dubbo City Council’s submission with regard to the proposed Dubbo City Council and Wellington Council merger was unanimously endorsed at last night’s Ordinary meeting.

The submission confirmed Dubbo City Council’s position that as an IPART assessed “Fit for the Future” Council, it stand alone and participate in an Orana Joint Organisation, noting that neither Council or the Community sees benefit of merging with Wellington Council.

“There has been no accurate, sound business case study undertaken in respect of the financial impacts on both councils of the merger,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“There is no evidence from previous mergers in NSW of cost savings and academic studies based on previous results of mergers also show that there is little evidence to support a relationship between population size and economies of scale,” he said.

“Both Dubbo and Wellington communities are largely opposed to the merger, with the biggest concerns being the adverse impacts on service levels, rate inequity, loss of representation on Council and the vastly different socio-demographics of the communities,” Clr Dickerson said.

“There are alternatives to merging councils, and Dubbo City Council has already indicated its willingness to fully participate in an Orana Joint Organisation of Councils which will benefit all councils in the Orana Region rather than a merger with Wellington,” he said.

Submissions on the proposed merger close on Sunday, 28 February, 2016.

Dubbo Branch Library Renovations
Council last night accepted a tender from Brownrite Building Group PTY LTD for the renovation of the Dubbo Branch Library.

Councillor Mathew Dickerson said that funding for the renovations had been allocated in Council’s 2015/16 budget following the receipt of a $200,000 Public Library Infrastructure Grant from the State Library of NSW and included replacement of the entire ceiling in the public area including replacing all lights with new LED lighting.

“The front entrance will also be totally redeveloped, eliminating the stairs and having one ramped pedestrian entrance,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“The carpet will be replaced and the walls painted, and small meeting /study rooms will be constructed in the public areas, as well as new shelving and furniture being installed,” he said.

“Plans are being put in place to ensure library members have continued access (from alternate premises) during the refurbishment, and we will keep the public updated as to when these renovations are to take place,” he said.

Action Plan for the management of litter entering the Macquarie River:
Changing attitudes to littering and developing greater empathy for the Macquarie River as a natural resource and making more effective use of existing resources are part of an action plan to address concerns about rubbish in and along the Macquarie River which was adopted by Council last night.

“The Action Plan is the result of a community workshop held in October and was put on public display for broader community consultation,” Councillor Dickerson said.

“The plan includes a number of affordable management options such as reviewing bin locations and promoting ways of reporting information on litter will be undertaken by Council but attitudinal change will require a whole of community approach,” he said.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 26 Feb 2016

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