Outcomes from the Ordinary Meeting of Council - February 2016
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.
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639
Last Edited: 26 Feb 2016