Recommendations made by the Finance and Policy Committee - December 2015

Dubbo City Council’s Finance and Policy Committee considered the following items at last night’s (14 December) meeting and made recommendations to Council. The meeting was chaired by Councillor John Walkom.

Asset Management Strategy
A New Asset Management Strategy and six Corporate Asset Management Plans which confirm an asset renewal backlog of General Fund assets of $10.6M in 2016 has been recommended to be adopted by Council.

The asset renewal backlog works is approximately $15M less than identified in the 2010 Percy Allen Report prepared for Council.

Councillor Walkom noted Council’s management of assets has significantly improved with Council independently being considered to have an advanced level of competence in regards to asset management.

“Overall Councils approach to asset management is having a dramatic and positive impact on Councils financial sustainability, with the recent advancements in asset management capability greatly assisting Council in being determined by IPART as a ‘Fit for the Future’ Council in October 2015,” Councillor Walkom said.

Presentation from Dubbo City Youth Council:
Representatives of the Dubbo City Youth Council addressed the Committee providing an overview of Youth Council initiatives conducted over the past six months.

Councillor Walkom congratulated the Dubbo City Youth Council representatives who have continued to advocate for improved youth services and facilities.

“The Dubbo City Youth Council has up to 25 members aged between 12 and 25,” Councillor Walkom said. “Members of the Youth Council have direct input to Council on youth issues. New representatives are encouraged and can contact Dubbo City Council to get involved.”

Draft City Development Delivery Plan
The Finance and Policy Committee has recommended the Draft 2016 City Development Delivery Plan be adopted by Council committing Council to undertake a range of activities aimed at attracting new investment, expanding existing industries and wide promotion of Dubbo’s offerings to investors, new resident, visitor and events markets.

Councillor Walkom said the City Development and Delivery Plan is an important commitment as Council provides leadership, resources and knowledge to engage and support business growth and development.

“Holistic and regional approaches to City Development are proving effective in encouraging visitors and new residents to Dubbo,” Councillor Walkom said. “Tourism destination marketing through Dubbo and Great Western Plains and new resident attraction through Evocities will continue to be important aspects of City Development in 2016.”

“As the NBN comes on line there is an opportunity to maximise Dubbo’s competitive advantage with digital technologies and business development workshops in 2016 will help facilitate training and development in partnership with local industry and business groups,” Councillor Walkom said.

The 2016 draft City Development Delivery Plan will be considered by Council at the Ordinary meeting on Monday 21 December.

Last Edited: 11 Jan 2016

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