Council Meeting Outcomes – June 2019

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

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

Mayoral Minute – Sale of vacant Council land in Wellington.

Council heard a Mayoral minute regarding the sale of vacant Council land in Wellington in the Montefiores Estate.

Council noted the Mayoral Minute and determined to offer the two (2) parcels of land that has been identified as excess to Council’s requirements in Wellington.

Council resolved to offer a first home buyers rebate of $10,000 to eligible first home buyers on the purchase of Lot 191 or 192, Montefiores.

Mayoral Minute – Provision of AEDs for villages in the Dubbo Region.

Clr Shields acknowledged the work of Mr George Chapman of the Red Cross in making Dubbo a ‘Heart Safe City’ with the support from Council, local businesses and individuals who have contributed to the cause.

The attention is now on the rest of region. Council resolved to allocate $12,000 to install AEDs in six hotels across the region on the condition the hotels contribute $500 towards the device and the ongoing maintenance of the device.

Mayoral Minute – Illegal Dumping of Asbestos at Council Waste Facilities

Clr Shields tabled his concerns with the prevalence of illegal dumping of asbestos in particular the recent dumping at Euchareena waste facility that forced the facility to close while the removal takes place. 

Council noted the Mayoral minute and is requesting increased action and initiatives be introduced by the State Government to prevent this incidences in the future.

In particular calling on the Minister for Energy and Environment, the Honourable Matthew John Kean MP requesting additional resources to detect and enforce the activities in relation to asbestos related offences.

Notice of Motion – Application for grant funding for silo art in the region.

Council heard a notice of motion from Councillor Dayne Gumley regarding the application for grant funding for silo art across the local government area.

Council strongly supported the motion and has requested the CEO seek grant funding for the undertaking of this art on silos across the region.

Notice of Motion – Wellington CBD – Line marking of car parking spaces.

Councillor Mohr presented a notice of motion to Council regarding line marking car spaces in the Wellington CBD.

Council endorsed the motion and requested the CEO undertake this line marking on the eastern side of Nanima Crescent from Warne Street to Maughan Street, Wellington.

2019/2020 Delivery Program, Operation Plan, Council Budget and Associated Documents

Council’s Draft Delivery Program, Operation Plan, Council Budget and Associated Documents was placed on public exhibition period from 3 May until 31 May 2019. Council received 81 written submission representing a significant level

of engagement across the local government area.

Council resolved to adopt the Delivery Program, Operation Plan, Council Budget and Associated Documents with amendments to some items as a result of the community consultation for example:

Water and sewage rates will increase by 2.7% on the rates and charges for 2018/2019.

In respect to fees and charges of lane hire charges at all three aquatic centres ‘Not for Profit-Paid Coach – per hour’ charge was adjusted to reflect the 2.7% increase on Council’s adopted 2018/2019 lane hire charge noting charges will

be reviewed on a yearly basis with a view for the charges to be increased by 10% per annum and that all other lane hire users be charged as per adopted policy.

A discount Book of 10 tickets for pensioner, concession and senior card holders will be included in Council’s fees and charges for 2019/2020 as follows:

(a) Dubbo and Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre $32.40; and

(b) Geurie Aquatic Leisure Centre $22.50.

Council adopted free admission into Aquatic Leisure Centres throughout the region for individuals with companion cards who accompany those being cared for in the Aquatic Leisure Centres.

Fees and charges for the Dubbo Regional Sports Council – Affiliation Fee be adopted at the rate of $55.00 per club.

Fees and charges relating to the Western Plains Culture Centre as included in the Revenue Policy that they remain at the current 2018/2019 financial year level and a review of these fees and charges be undertaken by Council and a

further report be provided to Council for consideration.

Water for the Future

Council noted the report of the Director of Infrastructure and Operation dated 13 June 2019.

Council requested the CEO provide as a matter of priority the necessary resources to develop and deliver the ‘Water for the Future’ program as Council’s long term water security masterplan.

The CEO is to provide a comprehensive outline of the ‘Water for Future’ program for consideration at Council’s September 2019 Council meeting.

Review of Chief Executive Officer’s Sponsorship Fund

Council resolved to make the following amendments to the conditions of approval to the Chief Executive Officer’s Sponsorship Fund.  Applications may now include multiple bookings throughout the year but funding cannot exceed an aggregate of more than $1,000 per organisation during the year.

The Chief Executive Officer may provide approval, in principle, prior to the payment of fees however reimbursement may only occur after evidence is provided of payment.

Reimbursement of services provided will only apply to services directly provided by Council to an event located on Council property.

Draft Dubbo Health Education and well-being precinct Master Plan Report


Council adopted the Dubbo Health, Education and Well-being Precinct Master Plan Report for the purposes of consultation with the public and stakeholders and to undertake preparation of a specific Infrastructure Strategy for the Precinct.

The draft Master Plan is to be placed on public display for a period of no less than 28 days and for specific consultation to be undertaken with Precinct and other stakeholders.

Council has agreed to the preparation of an Infrastructure and Servicing Strategy for the project and that the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to negotiate an appropriate level of financial input on Council’s behalf, noting the written confirmation from Charles Sturt University to enter into a joint funding arrangement with Council and the Western NSW Local Health District.

Bodangora Community Benefit Fund Round 4

Council noted the report from Community and Recreation Administration Coordinator dated 30 May 2019

Council endorsed the recommendation that the following projects be allocated funding from the Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund:

· Wellington Historical Society Inc $2,250

· Wellington AED Programme $3,020

· Wellington Arts Centre Inc $2,400

· Wellington District Cricket Association $2,550

· Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum $2,500

· Wellington Golf Club $2,500

· Macquarie Poultry Club $2,000

· Mumbil Parents and Citizens Association Inc $2,780

· Geurie Bowling Club $5,000

Proposed School Bus Zone - Skill Set Senior College and Central West Leadership Academy Bultje Street Dubbo

Council endorsed a recommendation that a School Bus Zone be implemented in George Street to facilitate the new Skillset Senior College and Central West Leadership Academy within the Fitzroy Street TAFE between the periods of 8.00am – 9.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm school days in accordance with Council’s Plan TM 7295.

Council also determined that the existing School Bus Zone in Wingewarra Street adjacent the Community Arts Centre of the Western Plains Cultural Centre be removed and reinstated as parallel parking.

Sale of Council owned land 154 Talbragar Street

Council determined to offer an option agreement to Verde Property (Aust) Pty Ltd and also Stirloch Developments for their purchase of up to 6,000m2 of Council owned Lot 7 DP 1249927 under the terms as detailed in the report.

That the option agreement only be exercised by either Verde or Stirloch if they are awarded the tender to construct the NSW Government office building.

All document in relation to this matter is to be executed under Power of Attorney and all matters in relation to this matter are to remain confidential to Council.

Last Edited: 26 Jun 2019

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