Council Meeting Outcomes – July 2019

Dubbo Regional Council held its Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 22 July in Dubbo.

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

Mayoral Minute – Nomination of Mathew Dickerson as Emeritus Mayor.

Council considered a Mayoral minute regarding the request from Mathew Dickerson former Mayor of Dubbo City Council to approach Local Government NSW (LGNSW) to nominate him for the award of the title of Emeritus Mayor for his service as Mayor.

Although Mr Dickerson’s time of service does not meet the LGNSW prerequisite of six (6) years, Dubbo Regional Council has endorsed his nomination to LGNSW.

Mayoral Minute – Sale of vacant Council land in Wellington  

Council considered a Mayoral minute regarding the sale of vacant Council land in Wellington located at 20 Amaroo Drive Wellington.

Council adopted the Mayoral Minute and determined to offer for sale the parcel of land that has been identified as excess to Council’s requirements in Wellington.

Mayoral Minute – Councillor observer to the Local Government NSW Annual Conference

Mayor Ben Shields has recommended that Councillor Kevin Parker attend the Local Government NSW Annual Conference as an observer to be held in Sydney at the William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 October 2019 inclusive.

At Council’s Economic Development, Business and Corporate Committee meeting held 8 July 2019, the Committee determined “that Councillors V Etheridge, S Lawrence, G Mohr and J Ryan be the nominated delegates and Councillor A Jones be the alternative voting Councillor to attend the Local Government NSW Conference.”

Notice of Motion – Proposed River Street Bridge

Council considered a notice of motion from Councillor John Ryan regarding the Proposed River Street Bridge.

Councillor Ryan has requested that Council notes the widespread community opposition to the proposed construction of the River Street Bridge.

That Council notes the widespread community view that major highways be diverted around the city of Dubbo in a way that boosts economic activity and ensures the liveability and amenity of Dubbo.

That Council formally express its opposition to the proposed construction of the River Street Bridge.

Council amended Councillor Ryan’s motion and requested that the matter be deferred to an Extraordinary meeting of Council at a date to be determined. This deferment will allow the Mayor and CEO to meet with the NSW Deputy Premier to discuss this matter further.

2019 Community Needs and Satisfaction Survey Results

The 2019 Community Needs and Satisfaction Survey was completed in May 2019 and the final result, analysis and recommendations have been completed by IRIS Research.

The purpose of the Community Needs and Satisfaction Survey is to track Council’s performance in service delivery, identify priority areas and community needs and evaluate Council’s customer services and communication.

Summary of key findings of the 2019 Community Needs Survey include:

· Overall satisfaction with the performance of Dubbo Regional Council is performing in line with comparable regional councils in NSW.

· 89% of residents agree that, overall, Dubbo Regional Council area is a good place to live.

· 96% of residents are proud to live in the Dubbo Regional Council area.

· 55% of residents have contacted DRC in the past 12 months, of which 74% are satisfied.

· 62% of residents are satisfied with the appearance of Dubbo and Wellington CBD’s and surrounding areas.

· 83% of residents agree that Council positively promotes its activities and achievements.

The most valued aspects of living in Dubbo Regional Council are:

1. Community

2. Good quality facilities

3. Accessibility

4. Convenience

Council noted the report from the Chief Executive Officer dated 9 July 2019 and resolved to share the results from the Community Needs and Satisfaction Survey Report with the community, through Council’s website, Council Column and Mayoral Column.

For a copy of the full report please visit www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Code of Meeting Practice

Section 360 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to adopt a code of meeting practice that incorporates the requirements of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 for the conduct of Council meetings.

At its Ordinary meeting held 27 May 2019, Council resolved:

That the draft Code of Meeting Practice and Meeting Procedures as appended to this report be placed on public exhibition for 28 days with a further report being presented to Council following the submission period of 42 days.”

During the public exhibition period no submissions were received.

Upon further review of the Code of Meeting Practice, it is recommended that additional sections be added to clause (vii) of the Code of Meeting Practice to allow Information Only Reports and Procedural Reports to be addressed early in the meeting for a more efficient running of Council and Committee meetings. This is in accordance with section 362(2) of the Local Government Act 1993 that states that if amendments are in the opinion of Council to be not substantial, the amendments can be made without public exhibition prior to adoption.

Council adopted the Code of Meeting Practice as appended to the report of the Executive Manager Governance and Internal Control, dated 3 July 2019.

Aquatic Leisure Centre Open and Close Dates and Daily Operating Hours

With the transition to internal management of the three Aquatic Centres of Council being the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre, the new Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre and Geurie Swimming Pool a review of season dates and daily operating hours was undertaken.

Council endorsed the report and recommendations made by the Recreation Coordinator.

For the full report of the operating hours for the three aquatic centres please visit www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Road closure & disposal agreement, part Goonoo Street in village of Wongarbon

Council determined to execute the closure of the road (Goonoo Street) between Lot 184 and 186 DP 754321 in the Village of Wongarbon into one (1) lot of approximately 3,223.3m² and that upon closure of the subject road, the land be classified operational.

Council will dispose of the closed road lot to the adjoining owner of Lot 184 DP 754321 Mr Ben Braithwaite, for a sale price of $11,500 excluding GST.

Council request that the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to complete any documentation under delegated Power of Attorney.

Confidential Report: Progress report on the Dubbo Indoor Sports Facility

Council has considered a confidential report from the Chief Executive Officer dated 11 July 2019.

Council requests that the Chief Executive Officer continue negotiations and resolve outstanding land tenure and licensing agreement matters.

Council has agreed to support the development of the Dubbo Indoor Sports Facility through indirect contributions to a maximum of $1,000,000 with Stage 1 limited to a maximum of $300,000.

Council determined that any further contributions be proportionate to other funding received to a maximum indirect project contribution of $1,000,000.

The documents and considerations regarding this matter are to remain confidential.

Confidential Report: Proposed land swap arrangement

Council has endorsed the initial draft land swap arrangement as detailed in the body of the report from the Chief Executive Officer.

A further report is to be considered by Council when all details are finalised.

The documents and considerations regarding this matter are to remain confidential.

Confidential Report: Dubbo City Regional Airport – Centre of Aeromedical and Emergency Services – Large Air Tanker (LAT) Base Project

Council has considered the report from Director of Culture and Economy.

Council resolved that the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to establish a project partnership agreement and future lease with the Rural Fire Service including a three (3) year interest free advance for $4,578,332 to be repaid over a three (3) year period by three (3) equal annual payments of $1,526,110.67 to support proposed capital project at the Dubbo City Regional Airport.

Last Edited: 23 Jul 2019

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