Outcomes from the Ordinary meeting of Council- August Council 2016

Outcome of Community Consultation regarding the name Western Plains Regional Council
After reviewing a number of factors in relation to the merged former Wellington and Dubbo Councils it was determined that representations be made to the Minister for Local Government to request a change of name to Dubbo Regional Council.

“The decision has been guided by the outcome of independent research which showed a clear preference not to continue with Western Plains Regional Council. The strong choice of those surveyed is Dubbo Regional Council with lesser support for Macquarie Regional Council,” Mr Kneipp said.

“A second factor is the precedent set with other mergers which has resulted in Armidale Regional Council, Tamworth Regional Council and Bathurst Regional Council.”

“I also consulted with marketing and branding specialists who indicated that Dubbo enjoyed very high brand recognition, being number three in regional NSW,” Mr Kneipp said.

“There is an advantage and opportunity for Wellington as a community and an economic entity to leverage off a Dubbo based Council name when competing in the nation-wide market place for visitors, business and residents,” Mr Kneipp said.

“Irrespective of the name of the organisation the unique attributes of Wellington and Dubbo will be promoted through a comprehensive campaign,” he said.

Planning Proposal to reduce minimum Lot size in the RU1 Primary Production zone
Council will request the Minister for Planning and Environment to cease a Planning Proposal that has sought to reduce the minimum allotment size for subdivision of land in the RU1 Primary Production zone in the Wellington Local Environmental Plan 2012.

“Review of the proposal has shown that the reduction in the minimum lot size from 400ha to 250ha is not supported by the draft Wellington Rural Land Use Study.  In addition, the review has also shown that the proposal had not achieved support from the State Government Department of Planning and Environment,” Mr Kneipp said.

“This means that the Planning Proposal cannot be further considered by Council at this time, however the proposed amendments will be further considered by Council as part of an overall Operational Review of the Wellington LEP 2012 which will be undertaken by Council in the 2016/2017 financial year.”

Draft 2016/2017 LGA Economic Development Action Plan
The 2016/2017 Western Plains Regional Council Economic Development Action Plan has been adopted and will be reported on quarterly from December 2016.

“This Action Plan reflects specific, relevant activities from the Wellington and Dubbo components of Council’s adopted Delivery Plan,” Mr Kneipp said.

“It also identifies broader work programs and services that will be developed, maintained and in some examples expanded to support economic development across the new LGA.”

“This 12 month Action Plan will serve as a bridging plan until a new, longer term Economic Development Strategy is developed for the region,” Mr Kneipp said.

Springfest 2016- Approval for Road Cycle event and Street Parade
Requests from the Springfest Committee to hold a cycle event and a street parade have both been approved.

As part of the annual Springfest Celebrations, the Rotary Club of Wellington will be holding a 70km cycle event.

“This cycle through the district for both social and serious riders will traverse mainly quiet, rural roads,” Mr Kneipp said.

The annual street parade will commence at 10am which will necessitate the closure of Percy Street and Nanima Crescent from 9.30am -11.30am.

“Springfest is a wonderful event for the whole community and everyone is encouraged to participate and enjoy the event,” Mr Kneipp said.

Request for creation of 60kph zone for full length of Tarwong Lane Maryvale
Council has resolved to request Roads and Maritime Services conduct a speed zone review of Tarwong Lane at Maryvale with a view to changing it to 60kph.

“Council has previously decided not to support a request for the closure of part of the lane due to the number of public submissions received,” Mr Kneipp said.

“However, during consultation with residents, concerns about speed were raised based on the width of the lane, the number of driveways present and the gravel pavement.”

“It is for these reasons that Council will seek to have the speed zone reviewed by the RMS,” Mr Kneipp said

Media Contact:

Western Plains Regional Council Administrator Michael Kneipp 6801 4000

Last Edited: 29 Aug 2016

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