GENERAL MANAGER’S TABLED REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Ordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 27 June, 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

ITEM 49    MAYORAL MINUTE - 24 HOUR HELICOPTER RETRIEVAL SERVICE    2

ITEM 50    Regional Relocation Grants................................................ 3

ITEM 51    Questions For Next Meeting................................................... 4   

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

 


GENERAL MANAGER’S TABLED REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Ordinary Council Meeting TO BE HELD ON Monday 27 June, 2011

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ITEM 49 - MAYORAL MINUTE - 24 HOUR HELICOPTER RETRIEVAL SERVICE

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Seeking Council's support of the continuation of the service.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Emergency Services

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 243879

 

 

I refer to recent announcements, that following the NSW Ambulance review, which found that there is no need to commit to a 24 hour emergency helicopter service located at Orange and I wish to seek Council’s endorsement for further action in relation to this matter.

 

Council’s Management Plan has indentified Rural Health Services as one of its major priorities for the current term, with goals to protect the health and safety of the community and equitable access to health and medical services for Cabonne residents.  Although Council is not responsible for the actual provision of health services, we do have a role to play in advocacy, facilitation and lobbying.

 

Councillors would be aware that accidents happen 24 hours a day and are not just limited to the hours when the medical retrieval service is in operation.  The benefit of speedy medical retrievals and specialist treatment in the event of an accident or injury is obvious.

 

For many years Central West residents raised funds for the Care Flight Emergency Retrieval Operation and there is still a strong degree of “ownership” and commitment to a regional service.

 

I understand that an external review of all NSW helicopter services will be conducted in 2012.  It will be important that Council lobby strongly on behalf of Cabonne and all Central West residents to ensure that the views and concerns of Council and residents are known.  As a first step however Council should be lobbying for an interim service.

 

Cabonne Council, in conjunction with other CENTROC Councils, the medical fraternity and the community should be supporting any push to have a 24 hour service implemented without delay.  This support could be through letters, delegation, lobbying campaigns, etc.

 

Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.   Cabonne Council lend its support for a 24 hour helicopter retrieval service located out of Orange.

 

2.   Council notify surrounding Councils and CENTROC of this support.

 

3.   Council support any lobbying or delegation in relation to the proposal.

 

 

 

ITEM 50 - Regional Relocation Grants

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Advising Council on Regional Relocation Grants Program

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Economic Development

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 244063

 

Director of Finance and Corporate Services' REPORT

 

Verbal advice was received on Friday 24th June 2011 that legislation has passed through Parliament this week to introduce the Regional Relocation Grants Scheme which will provide one off grants of $7,000 to individuals or families who sell their homes in Sydney and buy a home worth up to $600,000 in regional NSW.

 

Although full details of the Regional Relocation Grants Scheme are not yet available, verbal advice has indicated that Councils will be able to opt in or opt out of the proposal. It has been indicated that with the Scheme to be introduced from July 1, that early indications from individual Councils could prove advantageous.

 

Such a scheme could provide substantial benefits to Cabonne with individuals and families able to receive an incentive to relocate to a rural community with a far more affordable lifestyle at no cost to Council.


 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council give in principle support to participating in the Regional Relocation Grants Scheme.

 

 

ITEM 51 - Questions For Next Meeting

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To provide Councillors with an opportunity to ask questions/raise matters which can be provided/addressed at the next Council Meeting.

Policy Implications

Consistent with Council's Meetings Practice Policy

Budget Implications

Nil

Area of Responsibility

Council Meetings

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\My Workspace\Business Paper Report Directory\Working Reports InfoCouncil 2011 - 244069

 

Administration Manager's REPORT

 

A call for questions for which an answer is to be provided if possible or a report submitted to the next Council meeting.

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council receive a report at the next Council meeting in relation to questions asked / matters raised where necessary.