Recommendations made by the Works and Services Committee - December 2015
Dubbo City Council’s Works and Services Committee considered the following items at last night’s (14 December) meeting and made recommendations to Council. The meeting was chaired by Councillor Kevin Parker.
State of the Environment Report:
A Regional 2014/2015 State of the Environment Report and a Snap Shot for Dubbo have been prepared in cooperation with the Councils of the Greater Central West region and presented to the Works and Services Committee for information.
The Dubbo Snap Shot includes a range of measures in relation to land, biodiversity, water and waterways, people and communities, and sustainability.
Councillor Parker said it is notable that Dubbo remains the second biggest installer of small-scale, renewable solar energy in NSW. Also in 2014/2015 for the first time, methane flaring at the Whylandra landfill has been included in the calculations of Council’s total operational green house gas emissions, subsequently reducing Council’s emissions to 36,679 tCO2-e/year compared to 54,726 in 2013/2014.
Water Supply and Sewerage Services Customer Survey Results:
The results of the 2015 customer survey were noted by the Works and Services Committee and draft Customer Service Standards have been recommended to be prepared for Public Exhibition.
Councillor Parker said the survey conducted every two years is used to revise the Customer Service Standards for Water and Sewerage Services.
“Council has committed to responding within two hours for any water or sewerage service failures,” Councillor Parker said. “Of the 400 people surveyed 94% were happy with this response time and it is recommended to continue the same level of service.
Once endorsed by Council the survey results will be publically available and Council will prepare the draft Water/Sewerage Customer Service Standards for Public Exhibition.
Proposed upgrade of Cobra Street and Fitzroy Street intersection by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS):
The Works and Services Committee has recommended Council endorse a proposal from RMS to install traffic signals at the intersection of Cobra Street and Fitzroy Street.
Councillor Parker said the proposed upgrade is being considered by RMS to improve traffic flow recognising the limited capacity of the existing roundabout.
“This intersection experiences heavy congestion and it is recommended that Council endorse the proposal to install traffic lights which will better manage the traffic flow,” Councillor Parker said.
The Committee also recommended a preferred option to develop an avenue of Jacaranda trees along the eastern and southern frontages of Elston Park to offset trees identified for removal in the proposed changes to the intersection and approach lanes.
“Under the preferred option 20 super advanced Jacaranda trees would be planted which retains the historical connection between Jacarandas and Fitzroy Street,” Councillor Parker said.
The Committee has also recommended RMS be requested to undertake community consultation with the residents and business owners in the surrounding area affected by the proposal.
The intersection upgrade is subject to approval and adopted funding from RMS.
Results of Public Meeting concerning rubbish in 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.
The Action Plan is the result of a community workshop held in October and has been recommended to be put on public display for broader community consultation.
Councillor Parker said 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 requires a whole of community approach.
Last Edited: 11 Jan 2016