OUTCOMES OF THE SEPTEMBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Wednesday 21 September, 5:30pm in the Wellington Council Chambers with the following outcomes:

REGAND PARK PETITION
Council noted a petition regarding Regand Park from community members against the proposal by St John’s Junior Rugby League Club to develop 10ha of Regand Park as football fields and other infrastructure; and community members who want the 2018 Regand Park Masterplan reinstated.

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

NOTICE OF MOTION: PASSIVE OPEN SPACE AND SPORTING FIELDS
Council noted that Dubbo Regional Council strategic documents predict a shortfall of passive open space and a lesser shortfall in sporting fields in Dubbo.

That the Chief Executive Officer produce a report at the same Ordinary Meeting of Council at which the Draft Master Plan for Macquarie River Corridor North and South Precincts are considered, detailing all available Council owned or administered land that could be used for passive open space and for sporting fields, and where both could be provided, in order to best inform Councillors and the community in respect of the latest predictions in relation to the current and future need for public open space and sporting fields, given population projections and future subdivision developments.

That Council noted in respect of the Landscape Master Plan for Macquarie River’s North and South Precincts that council is committed to achieving the best outcome based on the most accurate data and is not working to a rigid or predetermined timeframe.

NOTICE OF MOTION: LAND USE CONSENT IN GRANT APPLICATIONS
Council noted that State and Commonwealth Government grant processes are the responsibility of the relevant State and Commonwealth authorities. That Council noted that Council does properly and regularly provide letters in support or the like in respect of third-party grant applications.

Council resolved that the CEO to develop and provide a frequently asked questions fact sheet to provide the community clarity on council’s processes. That the specific location/site of any such proposal/s be noted.

Council noted that the Mayoral Minute carried on 22 February 2021 stated "That Council welcomes the proposal for the St John’s Junior Rugby League Football Club proponents to potentially develop up to 10 hectares of Regand Park, comprising playing fields and ancillary infrastructure, contingent upon Council endorsement of site drawings, technical plans, relevant supporting documentation and approvals."

Council requested that the Chief Executive Officer provide a report to the October Ordinary Meeting of Council advising whether the above resolution constitutes Council’s consent to the St John’s Junior Rugby League Football Club proposal being developed at Regand Park, or any other site/location, and whether Council has subsequently endorsed, “site drawings, technical plans, relevant supporting documentation and approvals”.

NOTICE OF MOTION: RIVER REPAIR BUS
Council resolved that the Chief Executive Officer provide a report detailing how the work previously carried out by the ‘River Repair Bus’ organisation under council’s previous funding arrangements is now being done, and the current costs to council for that work.

NOTICE OF MOTION: LIGHTING AUDIT OF CAMERON PARK, WELLINGTON
Council resolved to undertake a lighting audit of Cameron Park, Wellington, to improve public safety and encourage greater pedestrian activity.

REPORTS FROM STAFF:

DRTCC – PROCUREMENT OF STAGE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
Council approved the engagement of local company Audio Plus as the supplier of choice for the procurement of stage lighting for Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC).

3D PRINTED HOUSING
Council noted a report from the Development and Environment Division regarding Regulatory Issues Pertaining to 3D Printed Housing in NSW and Australia. The report confirms that a suitable pathway exists for consideration, on an individual project basis, under the Performance Solutions provisions of the Building Code of Conduct.

SMART REGION STRATEGY AND SMART COUNCIL STRATEGY
Council has resolved to adopt the Smart Region and Smart Council strategies following a public exhibition period held from 3 August to 5 September 2022. The strategies aim to ensure the region has an appropriate level of innovative technologies and smart infrastructure that can best meet the current and long-term requirements of the community and Council. An advertisement will be placed in local media advising the community of Council’s adoption of the strategies.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO DUBBO REGIONAL LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2022
Council endorsed a Planning Proposal to amend the Dubbo Regional Local Environmental Plan 2022 by realigning the zoning and minimum lot size boundaries of 13L Narromine Rd, Dubbo. Council will now submit the planning proposal to the NSW Department Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination. Subject to the conditions of the Gateway Determination, the Planning Proposal will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days. Council will request the CEO (or delegate) be authorised as the Local Plan Making Authority under Section 3.36 of the Local Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

DRAFT PRECINCT PLAN FOR NORTH-WEST URBAN RELEASE AREA
Council resolved to adopt the Draft Precinct Plan for the North-West Urban Release Area for the purpose of a 28-day public exhibition period. Council will also undertake targeted consultation with landowners in the precinct and relevant State Government agencies. Council also resolved to submit a grant application under the NSW Government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (Round 3) for the construction of River Street West from its connection with the Newell Highway extension (to be constructed) to Bunglegumbie Road. The identified 25% or $3,075,000 Council contribution for the construction of River Street West will be sourced from unrestricted reserves generated by savings from the 2021/2022 financial year.

DRAFT COUNCIL POLICY: PAYMENT OF EXPENSES AND PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS
Following a public exhibition period from 2-29 August 2022, Council has adopted the draft Council Policy, Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors. The initial budget allocation was $30,000 annually, however with the increase to the travel allowance for councillors and the mayor, this has increased to $46,000 annually.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE POLICY REVIEW
Council has adopted an annual review of the Financial Assistance Policy, with the Chief Executive Officer’s Sponsorship Fund replaced with a Community Venue Hire Program – providing greater flexibility for facility owners that was not provided under the Sponsorship Fund.

TRANSITION TO ZERO EMISSIONS FLEET
Council resolved to adopt an incentive that allows a higher purchase price for electronic vehicles (EVs) when the total cost of ownership over a four-year period is no more than the approved range of internal Combustion engine vehicle options. Council also determined to modify the Draft Zero Emissions Fleet Strategy to reflect Council’s strategy on the implementation of EVs into the fleet, and to place it on public exhibition for 28 days.

2022 DREAM FESTIVAL LANTERN PARADE
Council granted approval for a temporary road closure of Talbragar St, between Bligh St and Memorial Drive (Victoria Park), on Saturday 22 October 2022 for the Dream Festival Lantern Parade between 8pm and 8.45pm - subject to 12 conditions. The Festival’s Lantern Parade has been running since 2013 and initially the procession was under police escort only, however with the growth in participation, consideration was given to providing additional traffic management support for the rolling road closure.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO DUBBO REGIONAL LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2022
Council endorsed a Planning Proposal to amend the Dubbo Regional Local Environmental Plan 2022 by realigning the zoning and minimum lot size boundaries of 13L Narromine Rd, Dubbo. Council will now submit the planning proposal to the NSW Department Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination. Subject to the conditions of the Gateway Determination, the Planning Proposal will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days. Council will request the CEO (or delegate) be authorised as the Local Plan Making Authority under Section 3.36 of the Local Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Last Edited: 17 Oct 2022

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