Council Meeting Outcomes – September 2018

Dubbo Regional Council held its Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 24 September 2018 in Dubbo.

The meeting, chaired by Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields made resolutions in respect of the following matters:

Mayoral Minute: 12 months as a Council

Council noted a Mayoral minute on Council’s achievements and improvements. The Mayoral minute contained details of projects this Council has accomplished and highlighted specific items Councillors have been working on. Also mentioned was the cohesiveness of this current Council and its approach to business development as well as matters for improvement such as the Wellington Town Assemblies.

Draft Major Sporting Event Attraction Package.

Following a notice of motion from Councillor Kevin Parker, Council requested the CEO draft a major sporting event attraction package.

The package to be prepared will aim to attract major sporting events such as women’s AFL, women’s Big Bash cricket, A League, NRL fixtures, Super Rugby and various national championships utilising Council’s existing and future sports infrastructure. The draft package is to return to Council for review in December 2018.

Assistance for farmland rate payers

Councillor Dayne Gumley put forward a notice of motion requesting the CEO seek advice from both Office of Local Government and the Local Government NSW in relation to options available for Council to assist farmland categorised ratepayers. Council moved this motion and requested a report for the November Ordinary Council meeting.

Community Solar Revolving fund

Following a notice of motion from Councillor J Diffey, Council requested the CEO undertake an investigation into a community focussed Solar Revolving Fund similar in framework to the City of Darebin and Adelaide City Council’s where by local residents and community groups backed by Council can apply for interest free loans to invest in solar panels. A report is to be prepared for Council to consider as part of the draft 2019/2020 Operational Plan and Budget.

Financial Assistance Policy

Council has reviewed the current Financial and In-kind Assistance Policy to ensure Council is adhering to ICAC and the department of Local Government probity requirements.

Council resolved to place the draft Financial and In-kind Assistance Policy on public exhibition and return to Council following this period for further consideration.

Uungula Wind Farm Project - Community Consultative Committee - Council Representative

Council have nominated the Director Community and Recreation to represent Dubbo Regional Council on the Uungula wind farm project - community consultative committee.

Uungula Wind Farm is a proposed development of up to 127 wind turbines and associated infrastructure on agricultural land approximately 14 kilometres from Wellington, NSW.

Draft Employment Land Strategy

Council adopted the Dubbo Employment Land Strategy for the purpose of public exhibition and stakeholder consultation. The strategy will be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

The role of the Employment Land Strategy is to integrate commercial, industrial and institutional strategies into a combined document, facilitating a succinct breakdown and consideration of all Employment Lands in the Dubbo urban area with an aim to keep pace with land use planning trends.

Planning Agreement Policy (no value capture) - Results of Public Exhibition

Council has adopted the Policy for Planning Agreement, without a value capture clause.

The resolution came from the motion at the July Ordinary Council Meeting when resolved to undertake a comprehensive review of all developer contributions following public exhibition of a draft Planning Agreement Policy.

A report on the comprehensive review of development contributions will be presented to the February 2019 Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Council assisted clean-up at Nanima Village

Council resolved to provide the use of the equipment and work crews to assist with clean up at Nanima Village.

The provision of bollards and the waiving of tip dumping fees were also endorsed with an estimated cost of $27,118.

Tender – Construction of Wellington Memorial Pool

Tenders were called for the construction of Wellington Memorial Pool and closed on 4 September 2018. Five companies provided tender prices. Council has resolved to award the tender for the construction of Wellington Memorial Pool to Hines Construction.

Last Edited: 26 Sep 2018

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