OUTCOMES OF THE OCTOBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 27 October 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes:

CENTRAL WEST AND ORANA RENEWABLE ENERGY ZONE PROJECT UPDATE
Representatives from EnergyCo provided Council with a presentation and update for the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.

ADOPTION OF STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Council adopted reports of the Infrastructure, Planning and Environment Committee, the Culture and Community Committee, and the Corporate Services Committee.

ADOPTION OF AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - MEETING 27 SEPTEMBER 2022
Council adopted the report of the Audit and Risk Management committee who reviewed and noted the 2021/2022 Financial Statements.

SAXA ROAD - TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AND ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
Council resolved the implementation of a temporary road closure with ‘Local Traffic Only’ and a ‘No Truck Entry’ with the exception of local deliveries to  rural properties on Saxa Road between the Golden Highway and Gollan Road and Muronbung Road to the Mitchell Highway. Adequate signage including ‘Road Closed’, ‘Local Traffic Only’, ‘No Truck Entry’ and ‘4.5 tonne GVM’ and a widespread communications program will be implemented.

PREPARATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFIT FRAMEWORK
Council endorsed the preparation of a Renewable Energy Benefit Framework, with a future report to be provided at the December 2022 Council meeting. The framework is to ensure that community benefits are realised from renewable energy projects in the Region. The Planning Agreement Policy for Solar and Wind Farms be substituted with renewable energy benefit framework.

DRAFT PLANNING PROPOSAL POLICY - RESULTS OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Council resolved to adopt the Planning Proposal Policy following a public exhibition period held 31 August 2022 to 30 September 2022. The Policy provides advice to the community on Planning Proposal categories, the application of Council’s tiered fee structure, and the requirement for pre-lodgement/scoping meetings to be undertaken.

EVENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - 2022/2023 - ROUND 1 COMMUNITY EVENTS FUND AND DESTINATION EVENTS FUND
Council have endorsed the below events to receive funding from Council’s Round 1 Community Events Fund, the fund is to assist not-for-profit events that deliver social and cultural benefits to the Dubbo Region LGA. Organisers must demonstrate that the events are to be attended or appeal to a broad section of the community and provide an entertainment or engagement value. Events that provide a specific cultural or social outcome aligned with the 2040 Community Strategic Plan are also considered highly. 

  • Wellington Show $3,000.00
  • Global Fusion $2,500.00
  • Stuart Town Carols by Candlelight $1,000.00
  • Man from Ironbark Festival $2,500.00
  • NSW Production Sedan Titles $1,000.00

Council have endorsed the below events to receive funding from Council’s Destination Events Fund, this fund assists events that deliver significant economic or reputational benefits to the Dubbo Region LGA. 

  • Dubbo MotorFest $2,000.00
  • Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic $5,000.00
  • Western District Ladies Golf Tournament $2,030.00
  • Dubbo Winter Whisky Festival $4,000.00
  • Wellington Rotary Vintage Fair $5,000.00
  • Easter Showdown $1,000.00
  • City of Dubbo Eisteddfod $10,000.00
  • PSSA Boys Cricket* $4,327.57
  • RSNCA National Finals $5,000.00

* PSSA application has been moved from community events to destination Events Fund (which was applied for in error).

RESULTS OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION - DRAFT SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Council resolved to adopt the Social Media Policy following a public exhibition period held 29 July 2022 to 26 August 2022. The Policy provides Council will a robust framework for the administration and management of their social media platforms as well as setting standards of conduct for all council officials who use social media in their official capacity.

ANNUAL REPORT ON COMPLAINT STATISTICS UNDER COUNCIL'S CODE OF CONDUCT
Council endorsed the report that covers complaints received during the period 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022 as per requirements under Part 11.1 of the Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct, issued by the NSW Office of Local Government. A total of 9 complaints were received in the 12 month reporting period, with expenditure of $61.392.60 during that time.

CHANGE OF JANUARY 2023 COUNCIL MEETING DATE
Council resolved to move the Ordinary Council meeting scheduled for January 2023 to be held on Thursday 9 February 2023 in the Wellington Chamber as previously resolved.

PRESENTATION OF COUNCIL’S 2021/2022 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Council endorsed the General Purpose Financial Statements and the Special Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2022.

ACCEPTANCE OF EASEMENT AT 252 MYALL STREET, DUBBO AS PART OF DEVELOPMENT BY NSW LAND AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Council endorsed to accept the storm water easement over 252 Myall Street, Dubbo, properly described as Lot 191 on DP 251858. All documents relating to the resolution are to be executed under the Common Seal of Council.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM - EVENT ATTRACTION
Council endorsed the Corporate Partnership Program – Event Attraction Packages following amendments regarding suitable sponsorship.

AMENDMENT OF COUNCIL RESOLUTION REGARDING EXECUTION OF LEASE TO THE CROWN AS PART OF DUBBO AIRPORT PRECINCT
Council endorsed the amendment to the lease to the Crown (in the right of the Sate of NSW represented by the NSW Police Force) in accordance with the detail as outlined within the confidential report.

EXERCISE OF THE MAYOR'S POWERS UNDER S226 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT RELATING TO THE RESERVE PRICES FOR KESWICK ESTATE STAGE 5, RELEASE 2
Council endorsed that the properties not sold by auction by close of business 28 October 2022, be sold by private treaty at a minimum of the square metre rate as resolved under s226(d) of the Local Government Act 1993.

Last Edited: 31 Oct 2022

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