DECEMBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OUTCOMES

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) hosted its Ordinary December Council meeting, the last one for 2020, with the below outcomes:

MAYORAL MINUTE – VALE ANTHONY (TONY) KELLY – Councillors acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the late Tony Kelly, who was employed at Dubbo City Council from 26 June 1968, until his retirement in November 2004. He was the Town Clerk/ General Manager for 30 of the 36 years he was employed by the Council. He passed away on Thursday 26 November, 2020 at the age of 77. The motion also asked that DRC take all appropriate steps to name Victoria Park Oval No. 1 “Tony Kelly Oval” to acknowledge his long-standing contributions to the Dubbo region.

MAYORAL MINUTE – DUBBO AQUATIC LEISURE CENTRE MASTERPLAN – Councillors accepted the recommendation of a Mayoral Minute to investigate designing a Masterplan for the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre (DALC). The Mayoral Minute notes that it’s important for the Dubbo region’s facilities to have a point-of-difference, and the Masterplan should include designs for a lap pool, and other fun recreational activities to attract more people to the DALC.

MAYORAL MINUTE – REQUEST FOR GREATER POWERS FOR COUNCILS TO ENFORCE COMMERCIAL LAND CLEAN UP – Councillors, via a Mayoral Minute, have requested that a letter be written to Minister for Planning Rob Stokes, to request Local Government be given more power ensure commercial properties make a greater effort to keep their properties neat and tidy. The Mayoral Minute indicated that it is in everybody’s best interests to have the entire Dubbo region looking presentable.   

MAYORAL MINUTE – SHADE FOR RYGATE PARK MULTIPURPOSE COURTS – The Mayor expressed concerns about the lack of shade coverage at the multipurpose courts in Rygate Park. Despite major upgrades to the park in 2018, a petition was presented to the Mayor, carrying 235 signatures from locals who are calling for Council to install appropriate shade sails for the basketball courts. Councillors agreed that the matter be part of the 2021/2022 Operational Plan and Budget Review process in May 2021.

MAYORAL MINUTE – SOUTH DUBBO BRIDGE – ORIGINAL OPTIONS – Councillors agreed to a Mayoral Minute, requesting that all original four options of the South Dubbo Bridge be made available for public submissions via DRC’s website, and a further report be provided to the March 2021 Council meeting.

REPORT – NOVEMBER BUILDING SUMMARY – For the month of November, there were 20 single dwellings approved, and three other residential developments approved. There were 54 Development Applications (DAs) valued at more than $13 million. This is compared to 91 DAs worth $18 million for the same period last year.

REPORT – EVENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – 2020/2021 ROUND ONE – 15 community groups have applied for funding under DRC’s Event Assistance Program (EAP), totaling $80,435, with all applications assessed via Smarty Grants by a panel comprised of Council staff. A total of seven applications were successful in receiving funding, totaling $31,667. The remaining money which was not allocated with be held over for EAP round two. (Refer to Matters of Urgency for further information).

REPORT – COUNCILLOR AND MAYORAL FEES – The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal has determined that there was no increase to Mayoral/ Councillor fees for 202/2021 Financial Year, but indicated that due to a reclassification from a Regional Rural Council, to a Regional Central Council, the Councillors and Mayor are entitled to a pay increase. The CEO recommended the maximum pay increase be applied, which is $24,320 for Councillors, and $60,000 for the Mayor – which was adopted by Councillors.

REPORT – DRAFT CODE OF CONDUCT AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT – FOLLOWING PUBLIC EXHIBITION – Following a public exhibition period, which ran from 23 October – 15 November 2020, a new Code of Conduct and Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct will be implemented. Council did not receive any public submissions during the exhibition period.

REPORT – PROPOSED PLANNING POLICY FOR SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY FARMS – A report from the Senior Growth Planner was presented to Councillors, which highlighted the need to extend the existing Planning Agreement Policy for Solar Energy Farms to include wind farms. Given how much growth the region has seen in the renewable energy space, it was identified that the policy be revised to include Wind Energy Farms to enter into a Planning Agreement with Council for $3,350 per year, per turbine, and an additional $3,500 per Mega Watt of Alternating Current (AC) installed capacity.

REPORT – DRAFT MOBILE FOOD VENDOR POLICY -  There are currently nine mobile food vendors approved to work in the Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Area. These include coffee vans and ice cream trucks. Councillors voted in favour of adopting the new Mobile Food Vendor Policy.

REPORT – WELLINGTON AERODROME AND RECREATION PARK OPERATIONS UPDATE – A report was noted by Councillors, which outlined the current operations and economic value of those operations at the Wellington Aerodrome. The report highlighted that there is a requirement to upgrade the facility. It’s estimated the Wellington Aerodrome will operate at a loss of $1.29 million over the next ten years. Any decisions around the upgrades required at the airport will need to be made following extensive community consultation.

REPORT – DRTCC COVID-19 RECOVERY OFFER – Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) and Wellington Civic Convention Centre (WCC) will extend its flat 60% discount on venue hire to 31 March, 2021, and the percentage discount be reflective of the restrictions imposed upon venue owners. The Recovery Offer was to encourage hirers to continue booking the venue.

REPORT – WELLINGTON SHOWGROUND INTERNAL REVIEW – A review into the operations at the Wellington Showground precinct has been conducted, which found that some work needs to be done to upgrade the facility to brought into line with modern-day requirements. Councillors noted the report into the Wellington Showground, and agreed that consideration be given for a Wellington Showground strategic masterplan be considered in the 2021/2022 forward budget.

REPORT – STREET TREE ADVISORY PANEL – CALL FOR EOIs – There is one vacant position on Council’s Street Tree Advisory Panel. As such, Council is now calling for expressions of interest from people interested in being considered for a position on the panel.

REPORT – JOIRA ROAD PLAYSPACE – DRAFT PLAN – A draft Concept Master Plan for Joira Road Oval has been developed, to allow for the expansion of residential amenities in West Dubbo. Councillors voted to put the draft plan on public exhibition for 28 days to allow community feedback.

REPORT – SOUTH DUBBO TAVERN EXTENDED TRADING AUTHORISATION APPLICATION – Councillors noted a report that recommended Council object to an application from the South Dubbo Tavern to extend its trading hours to 2am Monday-Saturday, and to 12am on Sundays. This recommendation was made on the basis that the Dubbo region has a higher rate of alcohol-related domestic assault than the state’s average, and having extended trading hours would not be conducive to reducing that figure. Council will now write to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to object to the application.

MATTER OF URGENCY – A Matter of Urgency was raised by Councillor Ryan, requesting the CEO provide an additional $2,500 to the Dubbo Motor Bike rally, to further extend marketing activities in consultation with Council’s Regional Events Branch, and that such marketing target inter-state travellers.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE – PROPOSED RIVER STREET BRIDGE – The recommendation was that the Council authorise the CEO to implement the decisions of report CW20/28 in relation to seeking changes associated with the design of the new River Street Bridge.

Last Edited: 07 Dec 2020

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