NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Council Meeting HELD ON 21 August 2008

 

PRESENT

 

Cr George Hicks (Mayor)

Cr John Ainsworth

Cr Paula Flack

Cr Barry Duffus

Cr Mike Moran OAM

Cr Rhonda Hoban

Cr Sue Nash

Cr Chris Waller

 

 

ABSENT

 

Cr Ballangarry OAM was absent from the meeting.

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Michael Coulter (General Manager)

Bruce Redman (Director Engineering Services)

Greg Meyers (Director Environment & Planning)

Monika Schuhmacher (Minute Secretary)

 

 

PRAYER

 

Reverend Gill Jones offered a prayer on behalf of the Nambucca Minister's Association.

 

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

SUBJECT:   DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

 

Councillor PF Flack declared a non-pecuniary insignificant conflict of interest in Item 9.6—Report for Determination of DA2004/136 Community Title Rural Residential Subdivision Lot 2 DP548175, under the Local Government Act she is president of the Nambucca Valley Conservation Association (in a voluntary capacity) which has made a submission to this item.  Cr Flack participated in discussion and voting on this item.

 

 

SUBJECT:   CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES of Ordinary Council 7 August 2008

636/08 Resolved:         (Duffus/Nash)

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council of 7 August 2008 be confirmed, subject to the following amendments:

 

Page 2  Item 12.1 of Confidential Meeting minutes, Cr Moran was not in the Chambers for this item.

 

Page 6  Item 9.2 - Cr Flack advised that the Motion should read…”That given that the closing date for the grant regarding the finger wharf is 22 August 2008, this application not be lodged until Council has received a report on the details of the actual project and how it meets the criteria to be included as an environment levy project.”

 

 

 



 

DELEGATIONS

637/08 Resolved:         (Hoban/Ainsworth)

 

That the following delegation be heard:

 

Item 9.6       Determination of DA2004/136 - Community Title Rural Residential Subdivision - Lot 2 DP548175, 346 East West Road Valla

 

Mr Michael Rudder on behalf of Amos & McDonald Surveyors for the Applicant

 

Mr Rudder spoke to a prepared paper which is on file.

 

638/08 Resolved:         (Duffus/Ainsworth)

 

That Mr Rudder be granted an extension of time.

 

 

ITEM 9.6      DA2004/136        210808      Report for Determination of DA2004/136 - Community Title Rural Residential Subdivision - Lot 2 DP548175, 346 East West Road Valla

Motion:      (Flack/Nash)

 

That this item be deferred.

 

The motion was LOST.

 

Note:  Councillors Flack, Hoban and Nash requested that there votes be recorded FOR this lost motion as they wished the matter to be deferred as Council is in caretaker mode.

 

 

639/08 Resolved:         (Duffus/Ainsworth)

 

1        That Development Application 2004/136 be approved subject to changes to the conditions so as to provide for a private internal road as part of the community title.

 

Note:  Cr Flack requested that her vote be recorded as against this resolution as she believes there are flaws in the process..

 

2        Consent for Development Application 2004/136 be granted subject to the conditions of consent attached to this report.

 

3                     That those persons making submissions in respect of the proposal be advised of Council's decision.

 

Amendment:       (Flack/Nash)

 

That the development application be re-exhibited.

 

The amendment was LOST.

 

 

 

 

 

 



General Manager Report

ITEM 8.1      SF959                210808      Outstanding Actions and Reports

640/08 RESOLVED:         (Ainsworth/Moran)

 

That the list of outstanding actions and reports be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

ITEM 8.2      SF770                210808      IPART - Review of the Revenue Framework for Local Government - Issues Paper

641/08 RESOLVED:         (Ainsworth/Waller)

 

That a submission be made to IPART, referring to the research and findings of the Allan Report and the recent Productivity Commission Report, and advising that Council seeks the removal of mandatory rate pegging (option 5) so that it may be acknowledged as a responsible third tier of government consistent with the position of the other Australian States.

 

642/08 Resolved:         (Hoban/Flack)

 

That the submission request IPART give consideration to the LGSA’s request that an increased and guaranteed percentage of total taxation revenue be returned to Local Government.

 

 

ITEM 8.3      SF708                210808      Grant Application Status Report

643/08 RESOLVED:         (Flack/Duffus)

 

That the list of grant programs and their status be received.

 

 

 

 


Director Environment and Planning Report

ITEM 9.1      SF691                210808      Environment and Planning Applications Progress and Statistical Reports July 2008

644/08 RESOLVED:         (Flack/Nash)

 

1          That Council note development application statistics and processing times for July 2008 compared with July 2007.

 

2          That Council note development application statistics and processing times for the years 2002 to 2008.

 

3          That Council note the statistical breakdown of development applications thus far for the financial year 1 July 2008-30 June 2009.

 

4          That Council note the statistical information for Certificates received by Council for 2004-2008.


 

ITEM 9.2      SF1148              210808      Contract Regulatory Officer's Report July 2008

645/08 RESOLVED:         (Flack/Duffus)

 

That the report from the Contract Regulatory Officer July 2008 be received and noted by Council.

 

 

 

 


ITEM 9.3      SF669                210808      Report on Improving the NSW Planning System

646/08 RESOLVED:         (Nash/Waller)

 

That Council note the report and not make a submission to the proposed SEPP; but write to the Department of Planning expressing dissatisfaction with the limited time to respond.

 

 

 

 


ITEM 9.4      SF691                210808      Development and Complying Development Applications Received 26 July 2008 to 11 August 2008 and Applications where Submissions have been received

647/08 RESOLVED:         (Duffus/Moran)

 

That the development applications received for the period 26 July to 11 August 2008, be noted and received for information by Council.

 

 

 

 


ITEM 9.5      SF612                210808      Minutes from the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting held on 23 July 2008

648/08 RESOLVED:         (Duffus/Moran)

 

That the minutes of the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee meeting held on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 be endorsed.

 

 

 

 


Item 9.6 was dealt with under Delegations.

 

 

 

 


 


Director Engineering Services Report

ITEM 10.1    SF450                210808      Waste Management - Climate Change

649/08 RESOLVED:         (Flack/Nash)

 

That Council note the extract from the Waste Management Association “A Climate Change” South Australian Conference on waste management landfills.

 

 

 

 


ITEM 10.2    SF452                210808      Greenwaste Agreement - Termination

650/08 RESOLVED:         (Flack/Waller)

 

That Council accept the notice of termination of the “Greenwaste Agreement” as submitted by Mr J Thynne effective on the 23 October 2008.

 

 

 

 


ITEM 10.3    sf86                    210808      State Emergency Services Annual Report

651/08 RESOLVED:         (Duffus/Nash)

 

That Council provide a letter of appreciation to the Nambucca SES volunteers for their services to the community during 2007/2008.

 

 

 


    

 

ASKING OF QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

 

QWN181/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - Nambucca Heads Bridge Club (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran enquired as to what progress has been made towards finding land for the Bridge Club Nambucca Heads?

 

The Director Environment and Planning advised Cr Moran that discussions had taken place with the staff and the Committee of Management.  A meeting with the Bridge Club will also be arranged.

 

 

 

 


QWN182/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - South Congarinni Bridge (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran enquired as to why Council is building another bridge along side of the old bridge and asked if pipes could be put in.

 

The Director Engineering Services advised Cr Moran that it was in fact a new bridge being built not a by-track and that it was not cheaper to install pipes and that a bridge provides a larger waterway capacity.

 

 

 

 


QWN183/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - Wilson Bridge (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran requested the Director Engineering Services to investigate the need for hotmix on the bridge approaches on  the Kings Point side as it is sinking at the abutment.

 

 

 

QWN184/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - Gutter on Shed in Star Street Carpark, Macksville (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran requested the Director Engineering Services to investigate the leaking gutter on the old shed in the Star Street carpark as it is leaking over the gardens.

 

The Director Engineering Services informed Cr Moran that he would investigate this matter.

 

 

QWN185/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - Lighting - Macksville Aquatic Centre (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran enquired of the Director Engineering Services if a light could be fitted on the outside of the Gym wall rather than placing a new light pole and wires.

 

The Director Engineering Services advised that quote of $15,000 - $20,000 was to install new streetlighting.  External lights on the Acquatic Centre building is possible and would be cheaper.

 

 

 

QWN186/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - North Arm Road, Corrugation near Argents Hill Hall (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran requested the Director Engineering Services to attend to the corrugation on North Arm Road – on the gravel part before Argents Hill Hall.

 

 

 

QWN187/08 - Cr. Michael Moran - Grant Funding for Bridges (Ref SF1195)

Cr Moran requested the Director Engineering Services to look into applying for grant funding for bridges from Minister Kelly’s Department as there are supposedly funds left from the last grant applications. 

 

The Director Engineering Services advised if the funding was for bridges or Regional Roads then Council already has three more applications outstanding.

 

 

 

 


QWN188/08 - Cr. Barry Duffus - Dead Tree at Peter Trisley's & at Gravel Dump on Valla Road (Ref SF1195)

Cr Duffus requested that the dead trees at both Peter Trisley’s and at the gravel dump on Valla Road be investigated for removal.

 

 

 

 


 


QWN189/08 - Cr. Barry Duffus - Rodeo Drive -- New Sealed Patching Breaking Up (Ref SF1195)

Cr Duffus enquired why the newly sealed section of Rodeo Drive is already breaking up.

 

The Director Engineering Services advised Cr Duffus that he will be approaching the design contractor to provide a report to Council on this matter.

 

 

 

 


QWN190/08 - Cr. Barry Duffus - Roads – Ad hoc Approach to Patching (Ref SF1195)

Cr Duffus enquired as to why Council has an ad hoc approach to road patching.

 

The Director Engineering Services advised Cr Duffus that there is a program to be followed however it is often interrupted by special requests for urgent patching.

 

 

 

 

 


QWN191/08 - Cr. Rhonda Hoban - IPART – North Arm Road - Corrugation (Ref SF1195)

Cr Hoban enquired whether tungsten teeth, which Council already has, be put on the grader to attend to the corrugations on North Arm Road.

 

The Director Engineering Services informed Cr Hoban that the staff were not satisfied with the tungsten teeth, however, he will ask them to test them again on this road.

 

 

 

QWN192/08 - Cr. Rhonda Hoban - Playground Equipment - Upper Taylors Arm (Ref SF1195)

Cr Hoban enquired as to why the playground equipment at Upper Taylors Arm village had been removed and not replaced?

 

The Director Engineering Services advised Cr Hoban that the playground equipment was old and unsafe and it was not planned to be replaced but rather there would be a playground established in Lower Taylors Arm village.  However, the Director Engineering Services will investigate placing a new playground at Upper Taylors Arm village as an alternative.

 

 

 

 

 


QWN193/08 - Cr. Rhonda Hoban - Pothole - Salamanda Parade - Nambucca Heads (Ref SF1195)

Cr Hoban enquired as to when the pothole in Salamanda Parade Nambucca Heads would be fixed as it has four star pickets surrounding joined by safety tape.

 

The Director Engineering Services informed Cr Hoban that he will have this investigated.

 

 

 

 


 


QWN194/08 - Cr. Paula Flack - Lions Club of Bowraville - Request to Clean up Litter at Town Entrances (Ref SF1195)

Cr Flack enquired if the Lions Club of Bowraville had received a response to its request to be responsible for the cleaning up of litter from the roadside of both major entrances to the town?

 

The Director Engineering Services advised Cr Flack that no response had been provided as yet because risks such as traffic control had yet to be addressed.

 

 

 

 

 


QWN195/08 - Cr. Paula Flack - Bowra Street, Nambucca Heads - Public Seating (Ref SF1195)

Cr Flack enquired as to why was the public seat situated in the open sun on the north eastern side of the Bowra Street pedestrian crossing when there is a shade sail situated 5m away on the south eastern side of the same pedestrian crossing?

 

The Director Engineering Services advised that this had been the wish of the shop owners, however, he would approach the shop owners again.

 

 

 

 

 


QWN196/08 - Cr. Paula Flack - Modified Development Consent - Hyland Park Subdivision (Ref SF1195)

Cr Flack enquired as to who authorised the deletion of conditions of consent 7, 8 and 47 and will they be coming back to Council for a decision.

 

The Director Environment and Planning advised Cr Flack that yes, they will be coming back to Council for a decision, however, he would need to check with his staff as to who authorised the deletion of these conditions in the first instance.

 

Cr Flack also enquired as to whom authorised the modification seeking the deletion of the requirement for an ecologist to check for koalas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CLOSURE

 

There being no further business the Mayor then closed the meeting the time being 7.00 pm. 

 

Confirmed and signed by the Mayor on 4 September 2008.

 

 

 

 

CR GEORGE HICKS

MAYOR

(CHAIRPERSON)