Western Plains Regional Council gets down to business

Western Plains Regional Council Administrator Michael Kneipp today advised that day to day Council services would experience no interruptions while Council addresses the structures and procedures in relation to meeting schedules and strategic planning that are required to be implemented following the Proclamation of the Council area last Thursday.

Administrator Michel Kneipp said it is important for the communities of both Dubbo and Wellington to understand Western Plains Regional Council remains committed to implementing a program of services and projects consistent with that undertaken by the previous Councils.

“A top priority is to ensure Council’s due processes continue under the specific actions described in the Proclamation,” Mr Kneipp said.

“All arrangements and contracts with and services provided by the former councils have now transferred to Western Plains Regional Council.This ensures continuity of service and operations.

“Structurally, one of the first actions was to confirm the first meeting of Western Plains Regional Council which is set for Wednesday May 25 in Wellington.  This is in accordance with the provisions of the Proclamation. As with all Ordinary Council meetings this is an open meeting at which reports from staff are considered and formal resolutions made in my capacity as Administrator."

Mr Kneipp said adopting a 2016/2017 Operational Plan and Budget for Western Plains Regional Council is also essential.

“A new Operational Plan for the Western Plains Regional Council will be developed, adopted for exhibition, exhibited and submissions called for, and ultimately be adopted to commence the 2016/2017 financial year,” he said.

“This process will consider the priorities, projects and budgets of the former Dubbo and Wellington councils and create a new Western Plains Regional Council Operational Plan for the coming year.” 

Council meetings

The first meeting of the newly formed Western Plains Regional Council will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 May, 2016 at the Western Plains Regional Council Wellington Chambers.

This is in accordance with Proclamation which directed the code of meeting practice of the former Wellington Council is to be the code of meeting practice of the new council until it is amended or replaced in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.

Committees of the former Dubbo City Council that would have been held on Monday 16 May have been cancelled.

Draft Operational Plan and Budget

The draft 2016/2017 Operational Plan and Budget of the former Dubbo City Council has been removed from exhibition. A new Operational Plan for the Western Plains Regional Council will be developed, adopted for exhibition, exhibited, submissions considered and ultimately adopted by 30 June 2016.

MEDIA CONTACT

Western Plains Regional Council 6801 4552.
 

Last Edited: 18 May 2016

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