Recommendations made by the Finance and Policy Committee - November

Dubbo City Council’s Finance and Policy Committee considered the following items at last night’s (16 November) meeting and made recommendations to Council. The meeting was chaired by Councillor John Walkom.

Designs for Cattle Complex Upgrade at Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets:
The design plans for the expansion and upgrade of the cattle facilities at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets (DRLM) have been recommended for approval by Council’s Finance and Policy Committee.

The projected is estimated at $6.6M and is being partly funded by a $3.3M Federal Government grant under the National Stronger Regions Program.

Councillor Walkom said input from the stakeholders and the Dubbo Stock and Station Agents Association has been extremely valuable in the design process.

“The design include a new larger weighbridge, modification to the wagon wheel distribution yards after the weighbridge, 140 additional sale pens and a two-deck loading ramp.

“The DRLM has been the number one cattle selling facility in NSW for the past eight years,” Councillor Walkom said.

“Future projections indicate further growth in numbers of cattle sold and this upgrade will help ensure Dubbo can capitalise on strong cattle sales in the future,” Councillor Walkom said.

The Committee recommended the design plans for the upgrade and that tenders be invited in three parts for the construction of the new facilities.

Presentation from Dubbo’s Minokamo and Wujiang Student Exchange Groups:
Students who participated in the 2015 Sister City Exchange program addressed the Committee.

The students, part of a group of 13 exchange students, and their chaperones spoke of their experiences in Minokamo, Japan and Wujiang China which included attending local schools, staying with a host family and visiting internationally significant tourist sights.

Councillor Walkom said the Committee was impressed with what the students had learnt from their experience.

“An exchange such as this creates a lifetime of memories and is a chance for strong personal for those students,” Councillor Walkom said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to travel overseas, meet new friends and be immersed in another culture. The experience has obviously been very rewarding and the students are to be congratulated for the way they have represented Dubbo and our community,” he said.

Acquisition of right of way for pedestrian access on Council owned land – Macquarie Street:
The Finance and Policy Committee has recommended Council approve the investigation of selling an easement for pedestrian access in an existing Council owned laneway in Macquarie Street.

The easement for pedestrian access is being sought by a developer who is proposing to redevelop land located at the rear of Macquarie Street.

It is recommended a subsequent report be presented to Council in relation to any sale of such easement.

Chair of Finance and Policy Committee Councillor John Walkom 0418 639 053



Last Edited: 20 Nov 2015

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