ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OUTCOMES - SEPTEMBER

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OUTCOMES - SEPTEMBER

25 September 2019

Dubbo Regional Council held its Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 23 September 2019.

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

Mayoral Minute – Water Security Strategy

Council endorsed the Mayoral Minute for the Water Security Strategy and agreed to increase water restrictions to level 3, from 1 October. Council also resolved to move to level 4 water restrictions from 1 November, following a motion by Councillor Dayne Gumley.

Council voted in favour of supporting the Water Security Strategy. Following the Water for the Future report to the June 2019 Council meeting, council staff and consultants have been working on developing numerous elements of Council’s overall Water Security Strategy. The strategy looks to reduce potable water usage and develop alternative and ideally additional water supplies.

Report – Dubbo Regional Council Representation to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board

Advice has been received from the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia, seeking the nomination of two people by Council from which the Minister may consider making an appointment to the Board of the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia.

Council nominated the Mayor, Councillor Ben Shields, and Councillor Victoria Etheridge.

Report – Community Services Fund 2019/2020 – community benefit funding in accordance with Section 356 Local Government Act 1993

For the 2019/2020 budget, Council determined that community groups previously receiving funding under former Dubbo City and Wellington Councils to re-apply for funding. Council invited submitted from community based organisations, seeking funds to deliver services for the community.

Council allocated funding for total discretionary donations of $625,636 over the four years of the budget.

The report was noted by Council, and the following funds were allocated in accordance with Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993:

  • Central West Leadership Academy$500

  • Lifeline Central West Dubbo Centre $15,000

  • Dubbo Legacy a Division of Orange Legacy $3,000

  • Dubbo and District Pipe Band $1,500 e) Onelife Community Church $1,000

  • Western Region Academy of Sport Inc (WRAS) $2,924

  • University of the Third Age – Dubbo Chapter $3,000

  • Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services Inc (WINS) $30,000

  • Wellington Country Women’s Association (CWA) $2,240

  • Wellington Connect Inc t/a Wellington Men’s Shed $3,000

  • Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum $7,800

  • Girl Guides Association of NSW Dubbo $2,229

  • Orana Early Childhood Intervention $1,000

  • Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre t/a Connecting Community Services $30,000

Report – 2019/2020 Financial Assistance Program – Round 1

A report was presented to Councillors to consider applications for financial assistance under Council’s Financial Assistance Fund programme.

Councillors have noted a report from the Director of Liveability that funds from Round One of the fund be allocated as follows:

  • Ballimore Progress Association Inc. $4,000

  • St Brigid’s Church ‘wrap with love’ craft group $500

  • Dubbo Legacy $500

  • Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Dubbo and Districts Inc. $500

  • Wellington VIEW Club $300

  • Dubbo Rivercare Group Incorporated $500

  • Wellington Connect Inc – Wellington Men’s Shed $500

  • Dubbo District Concert Band $500

  • Buninyong School as Community Centre $500

  • 1st Dubbo Scout Group $500

  • Wellington Division of Orange Legacy $2,900

  • Dubbo Triathlon Club $1,000

  • Buninyong Preschool $2,000

  • Dubbo Filmmakers Incorporated $800

Schedule of Fees for Aquatic Leisure Centre and DRC Botanic Garden

At the time Dubbo Regional Council Fees and Charges were adopted, some proposed charges associated with Aquatic Leisure Centres operations were omitted. To enable those costs to be formally considered at a later date, Learn to Swim and Aqua Aerobics programs were identified in the Fees and Charges document with the phrase “costs to be determined and adopted by Council” as a line entry, in-lieu of a dollar figure.  Merchandise and café sales for aquatic centres were also identified as “Cost plus margin as adopted by Council”. These have been reviewed in accordance with similar facilities with recommendations provided to provide a level of flexibility in establishing selling prices. The “kiosk” sales have also been extended to include the new café facility that is under construction at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden Adventure Playground. Council agreed to a number of recommendations to adopt certain fees and charges – a full schedule of which can be found on Council’s website.

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre – Winner 2019 Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year

Councillors noted a report from the Director of Culture and Economy about the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre’s (DRTCC) recent win at the Drover Awards. Councillors congratulated DRTCC staff on winning the Drover Award. 

Last Edited: 25 Sep 2019

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