Council Committee Meeting Outcomes – August 2019

Dubbo Regional Council held meetings of the Planning, Development and Environment Committee, and the Infrastructure, Community and Recreation Committee on Monday 12 August 2019.

The meetings were chaired by Councillor Lawrence.

Dubbo Regional Council held the meeting of Economic Development, Business and Corporate Committee chaired by Councillor Mohr.

PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Building Summary – June 2019

Council approved a total of 37 Development Applications (including Complying Development Certificates) for June 2019 at a value of $9,731,650

Building Summary – July 2019

Council approved a total of 52 Development Applications (including Complying Development Certificates) for July 2019 at a value of $19,315,252

Wellington Renewable Energy Developments - Proposed Planning Policy for Solar Energy Farms

Council adopted the draft Policy with the exception of point (f) regarding the establishment of a community consultation group that shall be deferred and considered by Council in October 2019.

An advertisement will be placed in local print media advising of Council’s adoption of the Planning Agreement Policy for Solar Energy Farms. Council endorsed the Planning Agreement Policy for Solar Energy Farms to commence operation from the date it is advertised in the local print media.

The Committee requests that those who made submissions during the public exhibition period be acknowledged and advised of Council’s determination in this matter.

Planning Proposal - Additional Permitted Use (Manufactured Home), Warrie Road, Dubbo - Results of Public Exhibition

The Planning Proposal was placed on public exhibition from 28 November 2018 until 16 January 2019. Council received two (2) submissions from the public in respect to the Planning Proposal. Council also received one (1) submission from a State Public Agency.

The Committee endorsed the subject Planning Proposal to undertake amendments to the Dubbo Local Environmental Plan 2011, in respect of Lots 147 and 148 DP 754331, Warrie Road Dubbo.

The Committee requests the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to prepare the draft amendment to the Dubbo Local Environmental Plan 2011 and provide Council with an opinion that the Plan can be made.

The Committee requests Parliamentary Counsel to prepare the draft amendment to the Dubbo Local Environmental Plan 2011 under Section 3.36(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

The Committee requests the people who made a submission be advised of Council’s determination in this matter.

Development Application - Car Wash (Light Industry) Property: 94 Victoria Street, Dubbo

The Committee deferred this item to the Ordinary Council meeting, 26 August 2019.

INFRASTRUCTURE, COMMUNITY AND RECREATION COMMITTEE

Dubbo Regional Council maintains a Significant Tree Register identifying trees within the local government area that have been nominated and assessed as having a level of significance. This significance may be derived from a number of factors including historical, cultural, environmental, rarity, part of a remnant landscape, or connection to a famous person/event, etc. In accordance with the former Dubbo City Council’s resolution of 23 June 1995 (Clause 95/64) a review has been conducted of the Significant Tree Register and the Tree Preservation Order.

The Committee noted the report from the Horticulture and Landcare Coordinator, dated 22 July 2019 and adopted the  reviewed Tree Preservation Order and the Significant Tree Register for 2019, dated 23 July 2019.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS AND CORPORATE COMMITTEE

Updates to the Local Government Act

The Committee noted at its Ordinary Council meeting held 25 February 2019 that subject to Council’s approval of the estimate provided by the State Electoral Commissioner, Dubbo Regional Council
(“the Council”) resolves:

  • Pursuant to sections 296(2) and (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (“the Act”) and subject to confirmation of estimates as provided by the Electoral Commissioner that an election arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all elections of the Council.

  • Pursuant to sections 296(2) and (3) of the Act, as applied and modified by section 18, that a council poll arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all council polls of the Council.

  • Pursuant to sections 296(2) and (3) of the Act, as applied and modified by section 18, that a constitutional referendum arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all constitutional referenda of the Council, if required.

The Committee noted that Dubbo Regional Council, as a Council formed in 2016, will have its rate path freeze extended until 1 July 2021, unless it resolves to apply to the Minister to vary the existing rates path freeze determination and the determination is varied.

The Committee determined not apply to the Minister for a variation in the rate path freeze away from 1 July 2021.

Draft - Internal Ombudsman Policy

On 18 December 2017 Council carried a motion to establish an Internal Ombudsman position within Dubbo Regional Council. Upon the position being filled in 2018, an Internal Ombudsman Policy was drafted. The policy is due for review every three years, or on commencement of a new Internal Ombudsman; the new incumbent commenced in March 2019.

The Committee adopted the revised Internal Ombudsman Policy and Internal Ombudsman Fact Sheet.

Recognition of Regional Tourism Awards to Dubbo Regional Council

Council would like to congratulate staff on the awarding of the two Gold Awards at the recent Regional Tourism Awards.

The Old Dubbo Gaol was awarded Gold in the Cultural Tourism category. This category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.

The Dubbo and Great Western Plains destination marketing campaign delivered through Council’s Economic Development and Marketing branch was awarded Gold in the Destination Marketing category. Both of these awards will now progress to the NSW Tourism Awards automatically finalising. The NSW State Awards will be held in Sydney on 14 November 2019.

Dubbo Showground Master Plan

A Master Plan will set the long term strategic direction for the Dubbo Showground. Council engaged @Leisure consultants to take a well-considered and consultative approach to developing a draft Master Plan with showground users. Further input was then sought from the broader community through a public exhibition. The Final Report - Dubbo Showground Master Plan - July 2019

Based on stakeholder input, a draft plan was presented to the May 2019 Council Meeting. The draft plan was then placed on public exhibition from 28 May 2019 and the community was invited to make submissions. 18 formal submissions were received during the public exhibition period.

The Committee resolved to adopt the Dubbo Showground Master Plan and would like to thank stakeholders and community members for their contribution.

The Committee determined that the Master Plan activities be implemented in accordance with budget allocations, grant opportunities and partnerships with community groups.

Dubbo City Car Club surrender of Development Consent for Drag Strip

In November 2014 Development consent was issued to the Dubbo City Car Club for the construction and operation of a ‘drag strip’ on a parcel of land that Council sold to the Car Club, providing ‘vendor finance’ over a 20 year period. The Car Club have decided not to pursue the construction and operation of a drag strip on this land parcel and instead are seeking to enter into a licence agreement with Council to continue to conduct drag racing events at Bodangora Aerodrome.

Media Contact:

Councillor Stephen Lawrence 0498 882 269
Councillor Greg Mohr
0429 477 919

Last Edited: 14 Aug 2019

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