GENERAL MANAGER’S TABLED REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Extraordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 6 June, 2011

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ITEM 4      2011/2012 DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN - SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED   2

ITEM 6      MAYORAL MINUTE - AMALGAMATION MEDIA REPORTS....... 3   

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

 


GENERAL MANAGER’S TABLED REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Extraordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 6 June, 2011

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ITEM 4 - 2011/2012 DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN - SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To advise Council of submissions received relating to the advertised Draft Management Plan

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Corporate Management  - Management Plan

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 240018

 

Administration Manager's REPORT

 

As previously advised Council’s Draft 2011/2012 Management Plan was placed on public exhibition for 28 days. 

 

At the time of writing the initial report no submissions had been received.  A submission has since been received as follows:

 

There are two communities within Cabonne that have Childcare/Preschool facilities in Council owned buildings paying almost no rent.  It would be fairer to all the other communities if these centres paid some rent to bring them up to the same running costs as other centres.  This money could then be spent on other small projects in all centres in Cabonne.”

 

Council’s Fees and Charges at section 4.04 Property Rentals lists the Cudal Community Children’s Centre as paying “$1 on demand”.  No other such centre is listed.

 

The centres occupying Council owned properties and their occupation conditions include:

 

Organisation

Agreement and Fee (if any)

Canowindra Pre-School Kindergarten

S355

Cudal Community Children’s Centre Committee

s355

Eugowra Community Children’s Centre and Preschool Committee

s355

Cumnock preschool – Occupies the Cumnock War Memorial Hall

Lease applies (expires 31 December 2012) – no rent payable, Council bears costs of rates and building insurance.  At the December 2001 Council meeting at which this agreement as approved there was a provision for Council to contribute an annual amount towards works and maintenance ($500.00 pa – CPI indexed)

 

It should be noted that with an intention to bring equity to charges faced by preschools Council’s “Donations under Section 356 to Offset Rate Levies and Charges Policy” allows, inter alia, the following donations [annually upon application]:

 

Organisation

Donation

Yeoval preschool

General Rate Equivalent

Manildra preschool

General Rate Equivalent

Eugowra preschool

General Rate Equivalent

Canowindra preschool

Insurance (ISR) Policy

Molong preschool

Full cost of rates

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council consider the submission.

 

 

 

ITEM 6 - MAYORAL MINUTE - AMALGAMATION MEDIA REPORTS

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

For the determination of Council

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Governance

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 240684

 

 

I refer to recent media reports about a move by some residents of the Shire to amalgamate a yet unidentified eastern section of the Shire with Orange City Council. I wish to address this matter with Council.

 

I can understand that some ratepayers at times believe they should be getting more in the way of services – I am sure this happens in every Council in Australia.

 

I believe the people leading the current call for amalgamation have been well meaning in their actions, but I also believe they may be acting on misinformation in relation to some key areas.

 

Council has always been happy to sit down with any ratepayers to discuss any concerns they may have and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the situation with this group and the concerns they may have.

 

This particularly applies to blanket statements that their rates would be cheaper if they were part of Orange City. I’m sure they are not fully aware of how the different rating structures of Orange City and Cabonne Councils are applied, and how this makes comparisons very difficult.

 

This Council tries as hard as possible to provide the best level of service to all its ratepayers whether they be in the eastern, northern, western or southern areas of our shire.

 

It is well documented that $4.6 million has been allocated to road upgrades in the eastern area alone over the past two years – an amount that does not include road maintenance. Council also provides a range of other services such as weed control, Rural Fire Service, town planning, development, building, environmental and pollution monitoring, promotion and tourism and family links.

 

And I can confirm today that following my discussions with NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay at the NSW Shires Conference, he has re-affirmed the Government’s commitment, obtained by this Council, to provide $1.4 million to upgrade Nashdale Bridge and its approaches and that this amount will be included in the upcoming State Budget.

 

In October last year when media speculation arose about an amalgamation of Cabonne and Orange City Councils, this Council was asked by the Cargo Progress Association whether any Cabonne Councillors were “pushing amalgamation.”

 

In a Mayoral minute at the time I asked that if any Councillors were promoting such an amalgamation that they advise Council.

 

No Councillor responded and Council resolved to inform the Cargo Progress Association that no Cabonne Councillors were pushing amalgamation.

 

Following media reports in the past three weeks of a renewed push for amalgamation, I believe it is time once again for any Councillors to declare to their fellow Councillors whether they are promoting amalgamation.

 

I would be extremely disappointed if any Cabonne Councillors have been encouraging residents to call for amalgamation without first informing their fellow Councillors in this chamber of their agenda.

 

I would be angry, and I’m certain fellow Councillors would feel betrayed, if any Cabonne Councillors have provided misinformation or incomplete information to residents or ratepayers, particularly if this was motivated by a personal agenda.

 

I would consider this to be a major betrayal of trust.

 

 We were elected to this Council to represent all the people in Cabonne.

 

It is distressing that this issue has the potential to distract the community, Councillors and staff from the job at hand – and that job is to work for all the people of Cabonne to the best of our ability.

 

As a Council we will need to respond to the amalgamation actions that have been initiated and I will be seeking your support to authorise the Deputy Mayor and me to do so.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT the Mayor and Deputy mayor be authorised to take all appropriate action in relation to any amalgamation issues facing Cabonne Council.