GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Ordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 17 May, 2010

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

ITEM 34    BYNG / EMU SWAMP RURAL FIRE BRIGADE STATION........... 2

ITEM 35    CANOWINDRA RETIREMENT VILLAGE PROJECT..................... 2

ITEM 36    Cumnock Water Supply - Emergency Drought Works  3  

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

ANNEXURE 35.1  Previous Report to the October 2008 Council meeting on the Canowindra Retirement Village Project 6

ANNEXURE 36.1  Financial Assistance for Construction of a Bore for Cumnock.pdf....................................................................... 8 

 


 

 

ITEM 34 - BYNG / EMU SWAMP RURAL FIRE BRIGADE STATION

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Further report on the Byng/Emu Swamp Rural Fire Brigade Station

Policy Implications

Could be funded from section 94 funds and surplus Rural Fire Service funds.

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Emergency Services

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2010 - 184699

 

Director of Finance and Corporate Services' REPORT

 

Council at its February 2010 meeting resolved:

 

 ‘THAT Council enter into a lease with Talbri Pty Ltd for a 99 year lease to enable construction of the new Byng Emu Swamp Fire Brigade.’

 

At the time of reporting it was indicated that costs incurred by Council would involve the drafting of the lease document but no other costs were mentioned. Following discussions with Council’s solicitor it was determined that to enable a 99 year lease, or any lease in excess of 5 years, the piece of land to be leased must first be subdivided. Subdivision costs which would also involve the survey of the land and associated legal fees costing in the vicinity of $2,000.

 

The property owner has indicated that while willing to lease the area at minimal charge he did not wish to incur any costs. Should Council wish to proceed with the lease, funding could be supplied from section 94 funds for Byng/Emu Swamp and surplus funds from within the Rural Fire Service area.

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council cover the cost of sub division of the piece of land owned by Talbri Pty Ltd at full cost to Council.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 35 - CANOWINDRA RETIREMENT VILLAGE PROJECT

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Report on request for a loan of further $20,000 for the Canowindra Retirement Village Association

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Possible $20,000 loan

Area of Responsibility

Community Services

Annexures

1.  Previous Report to the October 2008 Council meeting on the Canowindra Retirement Village Project    

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2010 - 184712

 

Director of Finance and Corporate Services' REPORT

 

The Canowindra Retirement Village Association has written to Council requesting a loan of a further $20,000 to enable it to complete the Development Application and begin the development.

 

In October 2008 Council considered a report on the Canowindra Retirement Village Project with a summary of decisions to date (copy attached).

 

The Association have indicated that delays were experienced for a number of reasons including the Australian Rail Track Corporation opposing the development because it was too close to the line and may cause noise. As a result of the delays costs of the project have increased.

 

The Association are a volunteer group and therefore have no funding of their own other than that provided by fundraising. Council provided an initial grant of $20,000 in 2008 and the loan that was raised of $80,180.90 being the value of the land transferred to the Association by Council.

 

In addition the Association have indicated that they have sold one unit to date with two further very interested parties and expect that once they can provide a public showing of the project interest will grow further.

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council increase its loan to the Canowindra Retirement Village Association by a further $20,000 and that authority be granted for Council’s seal to be attached to the loan document and mortgage if required.

 

 

 

ITEM 36 - Cumnock Water Supply - Emergency Drought Works

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Advise Council of the NSW Government offer for financial assistance for emergency dought works in Cumnock and Council agreement to accept the offer.

Policy Implications

nil

Budget Implications

20% of project cost funded from the Cabonne Water Fund up to $80,000.

Area of Responsibility

Water Supply

Annexures

1.  Financial Assistance for Construction of a Bore for Cumnock.pdf    

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2010 - 184636

 

Director of Engineering and Technical Services' REPORT

 

The Minister For Water the Hon Phillip Costa MP has advised approval for the funding of emergency drought works for Cumnock water supply.

 

Council sought funding assistance from the Sate Government for emergency drought assistance for Cumnock water supply late last year following severe water restrictions being in place for Cumnock.

 

As Council would be aware, Cumnock water supply has been under stress in recent times as a result of the drought. In the peak summer demand late last year Cumnock residents experienced poor water quality with odour and clarity issues. This was a direct result of a fall in water level and flow in the Bell River. Extraction from the Bell River has had work to adjust to the low flows and this provided some improvement to the quality of water to the reservoir. At one time water level and quality in the storage dam reached a point where carting of water needed to be considered.

 

Cumnock water supply is via extraction from the Bell River, pump to a “turkey” nest dam and then gravitate to a reservoir at Cumnock and reticulated to the residences. The water is un-filtered.

 

The Proposed emergency drought works includes the investigation and construction of groundwater bore and associated work to reduce the risk of failure of the Bell River system.

 

Normally emergency drought assistance is based on a 50/50 funding agreement. However the Government has agreed to an 80/20 funding arrangement based on the limited base rate.

 

Acceptance of the Minister’s offer will require agreement to the standard conditions for financial assistance.

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Accept the Minister for Water’s offer for financial assistance for emergency drought works for Cumnock Water Supply

 

2.   Sign the standard conditions of agreement under seal of Council.

 

3.   Approve funding from the Cabonne Water Fund up to $80,000 as Council’s 20% contribution to the proposed drought works.

 

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

GLP Fleming

GENERAL MANAGER 


Item 35 Ordinary Meeting 17 May 2010

Item 35 - Annexure 1

 



Item 36 Ordinary Meeting 17 May 2010

Item 36 - Annexure 1