May Council Meeting Outcomes

Dubbo Regional Council held its Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 27 May in Dubbo.

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

Mayoral Minute: Emergency Services Levy  

Council has voted to support Local Government NSW’s calls for the NSW Government to cover the initial additional $19 million increase to local governments for the first year. Council would like to see the NSW Government work with NSW local governments to redesign the funding mechanism for the scheme to ensure fairness into the future.

Council requests the Chief Executive Officer liaise with Local Government NSW to provide information on the impact of the emergency services levy increase on Council’s budgets.

Council has agreed to make representations to the NSW Premier and NSW Interim Opposition Leader, NSW Minister for Customer Services, NSW Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Local Government and Shadow Minister for Local Government, and local state members to call upon the NSW Government to fund the 12 months of this extra cost rather than requiring councils to find the funds at short notice when budgets have already been allocated.

Council is disappointed with the lack of planning around this increase and would like explanation of how this sudden increase will impact Council services/the local community.

Council would like to highlight that it was not warned of the increased cost until May 2019, despite the new laws being passed in November 2018. Council asks the Government to work with local governments to redesign the implementation of the scheme to ensure it is fairer for councils and communities into the future.

Mayoral Minute: Minokamo 30th Anniversary Celebrations

On 7 June 2019, Dubbo and Minokamo will celebrate 30 years as sister city partners. A variety of activities have been planned to celebrate this milestone including a delegation visit of 20 Dubbo residents to Minokamo and a reciprocated visit from the Minokamo Mayor and a group of residents.

Additionally it has been suggested through the Sister City Advisory Panel that Council should consider naming the private road that runs from Coronation Drive past the entrance of the Shoyoen Gardens as “Minokamo Way”. 

Council endorsed this idea and resolved that signs be installed in English and Japanese to indicate the name of the private road, with an official unveiling by the Mayors of Dubbo and Minokamo during the Minokamo delegation’s visit in November 2019.

Mayoral Minute: Creation of a Coat Arms for Dubbo Regional Council

Council has noted the Mayoral minute introducing a new coat of arms for the Mayor’s office.

Due to the merger of the former Dubbo City and Wellington Councils to form Dubbo Regional Council, the coats of arms for both councils became redundant.

The new design features elements of both Dubbo and Wellington, with a strong focus on geographical, historical and Aboriginal symbolism.

Mayoral Minute: Conversation of Dubbo Street Lights to LED

Council noted a Mayoral minute regarding the upgrade of street lights throughout the Dubbo Regional Council LGA to LED.

Council noted the minute and request the CEO be authorised to enter into an agreement with Essential Energy for the upgrade noting a saving of up to $700,000 per annum following a 5 – 6 year payback period.

Council also determined to make representations to the relevant Ministers and Local Member for reimbursement of Council’s project cost should the NSW Government fund these replacement programs across NSW Councils.

Mayoral Minute: Proposed Water Restrictions

Council noted a Mayoral minute to introduce Level 2 water restrictions across the local government area to commence 1 June 2019 in a response to the ongoing drought.

Although Water NSW have not reduced Council’s allocation, this measure is proactive and a timely reminder for the whole community to be water wise.

Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre Change of Management – Petition

Council noted the petition regarding the objection to the change of management at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Notice of Motion: Wellington CBD Upgrade

Councillor Grant raised a notice of motion to pause the Wellington CBD Masterplan to enable a complete review of tree planting and caravan parking availability in Nanima Crescent in Wellington.

Council voted not to endorse this motion given that Council is in the last stage of the planning process.

Notice of Motion: Water Security Master Plan

Council endorsed the notice of motion from Councillor Gumley that requests the Chief Executive Officer prepare a report for the June 2019 Ordinary meeting of Council regarding Council's existing and proposed water infrastructure and its ability to reduce the impact of drought on the LGA and associated cost to work towards long term water security for the LGA.

Council also requests that the Chief Executive Officer prepare a water security master plan for the consideration of Council by September 2019.

Councillor and Mayoral fees

Council agreed to adopt the provisions of Section 248(2) of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual fee payable to Councillors for the period commencing 1 July 2019 be $20,280.

Council also endorsed the provisions of Section 249(3) of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual fee payable to the Mayor for the period commencing 1 July 2019 be $44,250.

Code of Meeting Practice

Council adopted the draft Code of Meeting Practice for the purpose of public exhibition for 28 days with a further report being presented to Council for consideration following the submission period of 42 days.

Rural Land Planning and draft Rural Issues Paper

Council noted the report of the Manager Strategic Planning Services dated 29 April 2019. Council adopted the draft Rural Issues Paper for the purpose of public exhibition and stakeholder consultation only.

The draft Rural Issues Paper will be placed on public display for a period of not less than 28 days

Following the completion of the public exhibition process, a further report is to be presented to Council for consideration addressing the outcomes of the public exhibition period and any submissions received in respect of the draft Issues Paper

Council endorsed the process for the preparation of a Rural Strategy for land within the former Wellington Local Government Area and for the preparation of a review of the Dubbo Rural Areas Development Strategy, as included in the report.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement development process will be considered by Council at a Councillor Workshop.

Acceptance of Bridges Renewal Program Offer of Funding for Burrendong N2 and Terrabella Bridges

Council voted to accept the Australian Government BRP offer of funding to financially assist with the replacement and upgrade of Burrendong Number 2 and Terrabella Bridges.

Council determined to pursue additional funding from the NSW Government under the Fixing Country Bridges program or other applicable program.

That Council will commit to funding both Bridges through reserves and existing road funds if State Government funding cannot be secured.

Dubbo Showground Master Plan

Council noted the report of the Manager Visitor Experience and Services, dated 9 May 2019.

The Dubbo Showground Master Plan 2019 will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days commencing 28 May 2019 and the community invited to make submissions on its content through consultant’s @leisure.

 Council requests that following the end of the public exhibition period a further report to Council be submitted identifying any amendments to the draft document resulting from community feedback.

Draft Debt Recovery and Hardship Policy Public Submissions

Council adopted the draft Debt Recovery and Hardship Policy, dated 13 May 2019.

Council determined to revoke Council’s previous Debt Recovery and Financial Hardship Policies.

Tender for Broker Services and Insurance placement

Council has accepted the tender of CivicRisk Mutual under delegated authority for broker services and insurance placement for a period of three (3) with an option of further two (2) years extension based on performance.

Documents in regard to this matter will remain confidential.

Media Contact:
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields           Phone 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 30 May 2019

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