OUTCOMES OF THE JUNE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 23 June 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.

The Mayor, Mathew Dickerson presented staff with the following National Awards:

Wellington Caves’ Ancient Landscapes exhibit (created by Thylacine Design) has taken out the 'Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout' category at the Museums & Galleries National Awards. The 'MAGNAs' recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. Mayor Mathew Dickerson presented Wellington Caves Manager, Michelle Tonkins with the prestigious award.

The Old Dubbo Gaol (ODG) Stage 1 Redevelopment has won the 2022 National Trust (NSW) award for Education and Interpretation. The Exhibition included the Gallows Gallery along with high level Interpretation and Restoration across the entire Old Dubbo Gaol. Mayor Mathew Dickerson presented ODG’s Chris Anemaat with the esteemed award.

NOTICE OF MOTION: ADVERTISING BANNERS ON THE LH FORD BRIDGE
Council has requested the CEO provide a report to the July Ordinary Council meeting regarding the viability of displaying advertisement banners and/or flags on the lighting infrastructure on the LH Ford Bridge.

NOTICE OF MOTION: EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR THE NSW DESTINATION CHARGING GRANT
Council has requested the CEO provide a report to the July Ordinary Council meeting detailing Council sites most suitable for installation of electric vehicle chargers per the NSW Destination Charging Grant offer.

UPDATE TO DUBBO TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION
Council has requested the CEO provide a report to the September Ordinary Council meeting providing an update on the implementation of the Dubbo Transportation Strategy.

MANAGEMENT OPTIONS OF COUNCIL'S AQUATIC LEISURE CENTRES
Council has noted the report regarding the operations of Councils Aquatic Leisure Centres, including financial performance, benchmarking and management options. Council resolved to hold a Councillor
workshop to discuss the operations of Council’s Aquatic Leisure Centres in more detail.

WRITE OFF OF UNRECOVERABLE DEBTS
Council resolved to write off the Accounts Receivable debts detailed in the report, totalling $410,532.

PURCHASE OF LAND FOR RURAL FIRE SERVICE
Council determined to subdivide Lot 114 DP 750760 to create proposed Lot 10 in the deposited plan contained within the report. Council resolved to purchase proposed Lot 10 on behalf of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service for $8,000. The land is to be maintained by the New South Wales Rural Fire Services, and all costs incurred as part of the subdivision and purchase of proposed Lot 10 be the responsibility of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. The land is to be classified as ‘Operational Land’ in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

COUNCILLOR AND MAYORAL FEES 2022/2023
Council endorsed the annual fee payable to Councillors for the period commencing 1 July 2022 be $25,310 and annual additional fee payable to the Mayor for the period commencing 1 July 2022 be $62,510, as per provisions of Section 248(2) of the Local Government Act 1993.

DUBBO REGIONAL HOUSING ROADMAP
Council adopted the Dubbo Regional Housing Roadmap (provided in Appendix 1). Council requested an updated report be provided to Council for consideration on a six monthly basis detailing achievement towards the actions included in the Roadmap. That Council resolved to continue to facilitate meetings of the Dubbo Housing Supply Reference Group as a key consultation initiative with industry.

2022 COMMUNITY NEEDS AND SATISFACTION SURVEY RESULTS
Council noted the findings from the 2022 Community Needs and Satisfaction Survey Report. The report will be reviewed by staff across the organisation to support service improvement and increase community insight. Council resolved to conduct another Community Satisfaction and Needs Survey in March 2024.

WELLINGTON CBD ON-STREET PARKING MANAGEMENT STATUS
Council resolved to continue with the previously commenced Wellington CBD on-street parking management investigation, taking into consideration:

  • The opportunity to transition the groundwork and outcomes of the previous investigation to further progress the project.
  • The potential to address more recent concerns of long-term parking requirements in the Wellington CBD and additional feedback opportunity with further ongoing business consultation

2022 DUBBO STAMPEDE RUNNING FESTIVAL - TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
Council approved the application of the Dubbo Running Festival Committee Incorporated, for the undertaking of the Dubbo Stampede Running Event on Sunday 28 August 2022, between 6.15 am and 1.00 pm, subject to conditions of the NSW Police, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Dubbo Regional Council.

NRL 2022 - POST EVENT REPORT
Council noted the information regarding delivery of the 2022 NRL event. Council resolved to write to NSW Government and thank them for the $150,000 grant that supported the event. Council will also write to South Sydney Football Club to thank them for their partnership in delivering the 2022 NRL event in the Dubbo region.

DAN ROBINSON MEMORIAL SIGNAGE
Council determined to name the scoreboard at Apex Oval Field 2 the ‘Dan Robinson Scoreboard’ subject to a public exhibition period of no less than 28 days. A further report is to be presented to Council following the public exhibition period.

RENAMING OF THE CROWN RESERVE R520039 TO TONY KELLY RESERVE OR NAMING THE NUMBER ONE OVAL CHANGE ROOM/AMENITY/FUNCTION BUILDING THE TONY KELLY PAVILION
That Council resolved to name the Number One Oval function building the ‘Tony Kelly Pavilion’, subject to a public exhibition period of no less than 28 days. A further report is to be presented to Council following public exhibition period.

RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF MOTION - RELEASE OF RESIDENTIAL LAND
Council resolved to accelerate the release of residential land. Council resolved to investigate the creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle for the delivery of Council’s land developments, with a subsequent report to be presented to Council in September 2022.

NRL CONTRACT RENEWAL
Council is required to fund a shortfall of $67,000 for the 2022 NRL event. Council resolved to consider a multi-year deal with an NRL club. Council resolved that all sponsorship funds secured by DRC staff is to be retained by DRC. Council requests that negotiations with NRL clubs includes improved access to players for the purpose of community engagement. Mayor and CEO are to commence negotiations with an NRL club and provide a report back to Council.

OPPORTUNITY FOR INDUSTRY GROWTH - A COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT FOR DISCUSSION ON 139 DARLING ST (FORMER CARPET COURT BUILDING)
Council resolved to assist in facilitating development of an emerging industry sector to help leverage other circular economy and REZ business developments in the Local Government Area through a six month lease at $100, excluding GST, per week of the vacant building at 139 Darling Street, with all outgoings to be the responsibility of the tenant.

Council insists that there is a genuine intention that this business remains in the Dubbo Local Government Area.

Last Edited: 24 Jun 2022

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