Outcomes from the Ordinary Meeting of Council - June 2016

Western Plains Regional Council held its third Council meeting on Wednesday 22 June 2016 in Wellington. The meeting was chaired by Administrator Michael Kneipp who said that the agenda included 31 items for consideration plus the procedural meeting business and public access session.

“Among the items on the agenda were the adoption of a number of final drafts of planning documents that have been on public exhibition, namely the ten-year program of street sealing in the villages of Wongarbon, Brocklehurst, Eumungerie and Ballimore, as well as the new draft Section 94 Developer Contributions Plan for Dubbo Open Space and Recreation Facilities,” Mr Kneipp said.

During May a total of 63 Development Applications were approved by Council across the whole local government area under delegated authority. Three development applications were referred to Council for determination with two being refused and one granted conditional approval.

Mr Kneipp said at the meeting additional information relating to a proposed horse stables and on-site accommodation in Wellington was not accepted by Council and a proposed extension of the Orana Gardens Childcare Centre in Dubbo, was refused while additions to a residence in Dubbo for the purposes of establishing a Health Consulting Room was approved subject to conditions.

“In the case of the horse stables and additions to the childcare centre both applications failed to address key concerns of Council and had significant adverse impacts on neighbours,” Mr Kneipp said. 

“Based on the information provided, the suitability of the sites for development, the impact on neighbours and in consideration of legislative requirements both applications did not meet the requirements for approval.

“The Health Consulting Room was approved but Council did not accede to a request to waive developer contributions associated with the development,” Mr Kneipp said.

On other matters Mr Kneipp said he was pleased to be able to confirm the establishment of 14 Committees and Working parties that will provide advice to Council in relation to specific functions.

“These groups will include specific stakeholders and community representatives to assist with such functions as the Sister Cities, consultation with village and rural residents, Australia Day Awards, the Wellington Bicentenary, management of companion animals and the management of facilities including the Wellington Caves and the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets,” Mr Kneipp said.

“The review of the committees has led to some consolidation and reduction in the number of committees which is necessary to improve efficiencies and focus staff and community time on those areas that require specific input from the community,” he said.
Mr Kneipp said Council meetings will continue to be important occasions where decisions are made that shape the structure of the new Western Plains Regional Council.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in Council to review the reports and the minutes for Council meetings and reiterate that these are open meetings the public is welcome to attend and participate in,” Mr Kneipp said.
To view the full reports that inform the decision making process, go to www.westernplainsregionalcouncil.nsw.gov.au 

The following documents were adopted for the purpose of public exhibition:

The draft Council Policy titled “Local Purchasing Policy”

Prior to the creation of Western Plains Regional Council, both former Council’s had adopted differing Local Purchasing Policies. 

This draft policy provides a consistent policy for the new Western Plains Regional Council to apply to approved Local Suppliers.

The policy states that approved Local Suppliers will receive a 2% comparative price advantage whenever the resultant comparative price does not exceed $1,000,000. No Local Purchasing advantage exists when the resultant comparative price exceeds $1,000,000.

Draft Route Plans of proposed pipeline from Burrendong Dam to Dubbo

The draft document outlines the route plans of a proposed future pipeline from Burrendong Dam to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant at Dubbo, via the Wellington Water Treatment Plant and Geurie, along the Macquarie River Valley.

During 2015 the former Dubbo City Council and the NSW Government cooperated in the preparation of plans that show possible routes of a future pipeline.

Such a pipeline would significantly improve the drought security of Dubbo, Wellington and Geurie and can be included in the development of a new Integrated Water Cycle Management (IYCM) strategy for these localities.

Other matters:

Boundary Road Roundabouts

Approval has been granted for the implementation of two new, four-way, multi-lane roundabouts at the intersection of Boundary Road with Wheelers Lane and Alexandrina Avenue, and the extension of Boundary Road.

The roundabouts are considered to be the most functional traffic management option to facilitate the expected traffic generation from future residential development in the Southlakes and Keswick Estates and east to Sheraton Road and the existing residential areas south in Wheelers Lane and west in Boundary Road.

Median Separation Island- Intersection Boundary Road and Macquarie Street

A proposal to install a median separation island with associated pedestrian gap and access ramps on Boundary Road at the intersection with Macquarie Street has been approved.

This decision was based on road safety concerns with corner cutting, motorists ignoring the T intersection regulatory control and lack pf pedestrian access.

Application for closure of part of Tarwong Lane, Maryvale

Council resolved not to close part of Tarwong Lane based on the result of public consultation with residents which showed there is no support from affected residents to the proposal. The majority of submissions from residents with property fronting Tarwong Lane expressed concern with using alternative routes. Furthermore, Tarwong Lane has been gazetted a Public Road effective 20 May 2016 and is under the control of Council and will continue to be maintained by Council.

Falconry Trial for Starling Management in Macquarie Street, Dubbo

The recommendation that the use of predator birds used to control the population of starlings in Macquarie Street Dubbo be extended for an additional two years has been endorsed.

Upon a recommendation contained in a report from CSU commissioned by the former Dubbo City council, raptors have been trialled in 2014 and 2016, and it has been suggested that a longer period of control be implemented in an effort to drastically reduce the number of feral birds away from Macquarie Street.


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Last Edited: 24 Jun 2016

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