GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT ON MATTERS FOR DETERMINATION SUBMITTED TO THE Community Services Committee Meeting TO BE HELD ON Tuesday 11 June, 2013

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   TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

ITEM 1      APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE.................................. 2

ITEM 2      DECLARATIONS FOR POLITICAL DONATIONS.......................... 2

ITEM 3      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST....................................................... 3

ITEM 4      Requests for donations and sponsorship.................. 3

ITEM 5      Lyndon House................................................................................... 6

ITEM 6      Home and Community Care Report..................................... 7

ITEM 7      Request for reimbursement of development application fees ................................................................................................................... 9

ITEM 8      BUSINESS PAPER ITEMS FOR NOTING...................................... 10   

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

ANNEXURE 4.1    Ken Tuckey tractor trek.pdf............................... 12

ANNEXURE 4.2    Western Region Academy Sport - sponsorship for 2013-14.pdf..................................................................................... 14

ANNEXURE 4.3    Canowindra Food Basket - Request for financial assistance.pdf................................................................ 18

ANNEXURE 4.4    Cudal Public School request for funding.pdf  19

ANNEXURE 4.5    Samantha Mills sponsorship NSW Bushranger's Hockey team South African Tour.pdf............................... 21

ANNEXURE 5.1    Lyndon House request for loan.pdf............... 22

ANNEXURE 7.1    Eugowra Murals Committee - request for a full reimbursement of the costs associated with the DA.pdf                                                                                                    23 

 


 

 

ITEM 1 - APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To allow tendering of apologies for Councillors not present.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 4.5.1.f - Code of Meeting Practice adopted and implemented.

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\GOVERNANCE\COUNCIL MEETINGS\COUNCIL - COUNCILLORS LEAVE OF ABSENCE - 474454

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT any apologies tendered be accepted and the necessary leave of absence be granted.

 

General Manager's REPORT

 

A call for apologies is to be made.

 

 

ITEM 2 - DECLARATIONS FOR POLITICAL DONATIONS

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To allow an opportunity for Councillors to declare any Political Donations received.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 4.5.1.f - Code of Meeting Practice adopted and implemented.

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\GOVERNANCE\COUNCIL MEETINGS\COUNCIL - COUNCILLORS DECLARATION OF POLITICAL DONATIONS - 474456

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT any Political Donations be noted.

 

General Manager's REPORT

 

A call for Declarations of any Political Donations.

 

 

ITEM 3 - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To allow an opportunity for Councillors to declare an interest in any items to be determined at this meeting.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 4.5.1.f - Code of Meeting Practice adopted and implemented.

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\GOVERNANCE\COUNCIL MEETINGS\COUNCIL - COUNCILLORS DECLARATION OF INTEREST - 474457

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT the Declarations of Interest be noted.

 

General Manager's REPORT

 

A call for Declarations of Interest.

 

 

ITEM 4 - Requests for donations and sponsorship

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Council has recieved a number of requests for financial assistance

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 4.4.1.c Provide assistance to community groups

Annexures

1.  Ken Tuckey tractor trek.pdf

2.  Western Region Academy Sport - sponsorship for 2013-14.pdf

3.  Canowindra Food Basket - Request for financial assistance.pdf

4.  Cudal Public School request for funding.pdf

5.  Samantha Mills sponsorship NSW Bushranger's Hockey team South African Tour.pdf    

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT\SPONSORSHIP - DONATIONS\2013 - 474939

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council:

 

1.  Donate $200.00 to assist Mr Ken Tuckey in conducting his tractor trek.

2.  Make its annual contribution of $660.00 to the Western Region Academy of Sport in the 2012/2013 financial year.

3.  Donate $200.00 to the Canowindra Food Basket

4.  Donate $200.00 to assist children with special needs at Cudal Public School.

5.  Donate $200.00 to assist Samantha Mills tour South Africa with the NSW Bushrangers Hockey team.

6.  Consider a further donation to the Cabonne/Orange/Blayney Life Education Scheme.

 

Community Services Manager's REPORT

 

Council has received a number of requests for financial assistance as listed below.

 

Mr Ken Tuckey seeks a donation from Council towards his fuel costs in conducting a 9,000km fundraising Tractor trek that will take him from Boorowa up into regional Queensland, and back through NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

 

The trek will be in aid of the Kids Cancer Research Trust and the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Mr Tuckey will be driving an Indian made Sonalika tractor and fundraising in each town he passes through.

 

Mr Tuckey is 75 years old and has regularly conducted fundraising treks throughout Australia since 1995 with Council sponsoring several of these. If sponsored Mr Tuckey has undertaken to put a Cabonne logo on the tractor and promote  Council in the media.

 

The Western Region Academy of Sport has written to Council requesting a donation towards their work of 5c per capita with this coming to $660.00. A contribution to the academy is included in Council’s budget for 2013/14.

 

The Academy has forwarded Council details of its achievements over the past year including that of several talented young sports people from the Cabonne area.

 

The Academy’s major focus is on working to identify, develop and provide pathways for talented sports people in the Western Region.

 

Further details of their local successes and details of their operation are attached.

 

The Canowindra Food Basket has requested a donation from Council to assist them in providing affordable groceries to people on low incomes in Canowindra.

 

The Canowindra Food Basket has been in operation for the last 3 ½ years and assists an average of 30 people each Friday morning. They source most of their food items from FoodBank NSW, and also have support from some local businesses  who provide food items at cost.

 

The Food Basket makes a big difference to the lives of many people on low incomes by making nutritious and affordable food available to them. They seek a donation to help with increasing transport costs and to make up for withdrawn subsidies from the NSW Government.

 

Mrs Margaret Ellis has written to Council seeking a donation towards running special classes for children with learning difficulties at Cudal Public School.

 

Mrs Ellis is a teacher trained in specialized methods to assist children with learning difficulties and has conducted tutoring sessions for a group of six students at Cudal Public School.

 

The costs of this have come from the school budget and now alternative sources of funding are sought. Mrs Ellis proposes that Council contribute half the cost of running the sessions at the school with the balance to be funded by parents at the school.

 

Whilst there is considerable merit in the programs run by Mrs Ellis the ongoing funding of special tutoring sessions are the Department of Education’s responsibility. There are 19 schools in Cabonne and all have children with special needs. Because of this a small one off donation is recommended in this instance.

 

Samantha Mills has requested Council’s assistance in meeting some of the costs of Touring South Africa in July 2013 with the NSW Bushrangers Hockey Team.

 

Samantha is a 15 year old young lady resident who lives in and has strong connections to Molong. Samantha has been invited to be a part of the Bushrangers Team which will be playing at the International Hockey Festival in Cape Town, South Africa against 20 teams from around the world.

 

The tour of South Africa will take 21 days and for 9 of these days Samantha will be playing hockey. The tour of South Africa will provide Samantha with good opportunities to develop her game and experience competing at an international level.

 

Should Council wish to make donations, these could be funded from part of the s.356 budget for donations which has an unexpended balance of $3,920.00 from a total budget of $7,000.00.

 

Donations made so far this year are:

 

$850.00     Life Education NSW

$200.00    Memorial at St Joseph’s School Manildra to Mrs J Farr

$500.00     Eugowra Show Society Regional Showgirl Finals

$630.00    Cabonne Schools Presentation Day Prizes

$200.00     Sponsorship Youth off The Streets fundraiser

$200.00     NAIDOC Week School Initiatives

$200.00    CWA Public speaking Competition

$100.00     Leukaemia Foundation (Geddes Family fundraiser)

$200.00    Arthritis Foundation (Sally Wallace fundraiser)

 

Should the above requests for donations be approved there will remain $3120.00 in the donations budget. The request from the Academy of Sport is not included as this is budgeted separately.

 

In July 2012 Council resolved to ‘make a donation of $850.00 to the Cabonne /Orange/Blayney Life Education Committee and consider a further donation in June 2013 subject to surplus funds being available then.’

 

Other worthy causes that Council may wish to consider donating to include Carewest Lodge.

 

ITEM 5 - Lyndon House

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

The Lyndon House Committee has requested a loan from Council.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 3.2.3.b Advocate on behalf of Health Services in Cabonne as identified

Annexures

1.  Lyndon House request for loan.pdf    

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\COMMUNITY SERVICES\SERVICE PROVISION\LYNDON HOUSE DRUG REHABILITATION - BLATCHFORD STREET CANOWINDRA - 475081

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council not provide a loan to the Lyndon Community

 

Community Services Manager's REPORT

 

As previously reported the Lyndon Community needs to upgrade the Lyndon House building at Canowindra to bring it up to a safe and acceptable standard to meet regulations.

 

The board has been unsuccessful in accessing funding to carry out the renovations at Canowindra and are now looking to secure short term finance to carry out the upgrading of the fire systems and kitchen. This will entail the installation of a roof mounted fire extinguishing system and refurbishment of the kitchen to meet current health standards.

 

They hope that by carrying out these basic renovations they will be able to buy time to secure alternative funding.

 

They request that Council consider an interest free loan of up to $250,000.00 so that they can progress with the renovations and reduce the cost of securing commercial funding.

 

They have offered the building as surety and are happy to meet with Council to discuss their proposals.

 

Council has had mixed success in supporting community groups with loans and currently has outstanding loans to another group that does not appear able to make loan repayments.

 

Council officers suggest that it would be better not to become involved in this instance.

 

ITEM 6 - Home and Community Care Report

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To update Council on its Home and Community Care Service

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 3.2.1.b Facilitate Retirement and Aged Care Projects

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\COMMUNITY SERVICES\SERVICE PROVISION\HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE - NEIGHBOUR AID - 475908

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT The HACC Service follow-up obtaining a freezer room.

 

Community Services Manager's REPORT

 

Council’s HACC Coordinator has reported that National Volunteers Week was celebrated Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May. All of the HACC volunteers were invited to a free lunch or morning tea in their area. Throughout the week over 60 volunteers attended the planned activities. All volunteers received a Certificate of Appreciation and a National Volunteers Week 2013 lapel pin.

 

The service is currently making enquiries with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) about using our funding for the installation of a walk in freezer room. At present the service has five stand alone freezers. Due to breakdowns and a significant increase in frozen meals on wheels clients, the service is unable to maintain adequate stock levels and is continually running out of stock. A walk in freezer room will alleviate these problems and also allow an increase in the client base for the frozen meals and achieve outputs as per the funding agreement.

 

The service is funded for 6,000 hours of social support and 13,000 units for meals on wheels per financial year. Its current outputs for the financial year are:

 

Quarter

Social Support (hrs)

Centre Based Meals

Meals in Home

1/7/12 - 30/9/12

1173

233

2406

1/10/12 - 30/12/12

2394

547

2522

1/1/13 - 30/3/13  

1758

389

1047

1/4/13 - 30/5/13

 

 

 

Social Support

Combined Meals

Totals:

5325

7144

Total remaining:

675

5856

 

Recent social support outings include:

 

·    The Wizard of Oz at the Orange Civic Theatre

·    Kyona Alpaca Farm at Forest Reefs

·    Lunch at the Lady Bushranger, Eugowra

·    Phosphate Mine at Wellington

·    Lunch at Freemasons Hotel at Molong

 

A trip to Sydney is being organised with Community Transport for March 2014. Attractions will include seeing the Lion King at the Capitol Theatre, Taronga Zoo, Madame Tussauds and shopping.

 

 

 

ITEM 7 - Request for reimbursement of development application fees

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

To request reimbursment of all fees associated with Development Application 2012/160 for Advertising Signage (Murals) in Eugowra.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Donation to be facilitated from Council's s356 budget

IPR Linkage

 4.5.3a Provide efficient and effective development assessment

Annexures

1.  Eugowra Murals Committee - request for a full reimbursement of the costs associated with the DA.pdf    

File Number

\Development Applications\DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION\2012\03-2012-0160 - 473734

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT Council donate $356.00 from its s356 budget to Eugowra Promotions and Progress Association, being the amount equivalent to Development Application fees paid in association with 2012/160 for Advertising Signage (murals) in Eugowra.

 

TOWN PLANNERS REPORT

 

Council has received correspondence from Eugowra Promotions and Progress Association seeking reimbursement of all fees paid for Development Application 2012/160 Advertising Signage (Murals). The Development Application, lodged 27th April 2012, is for a series of interpretive murals at various locations throughout the village of Eugowra. The murals which feature bushrangers, historic scenes and old fashioned signage, are painted by volunteer artists onto existing buildings. Paint and other equipment is funded by donations and the community event ‘Mothers Day luncheon’ which coincides with the mural weekend.  The murals have been well received by the community and are considered to be an asset to the area.

 

The Development Application fee of $356 comprised the following:

 

·    $285 Minimum DA fee

·    $71 Modification of Consent

 

The above fees were paid by the Eugowra Promotions and Progress Association who have subsequently written to Council seeking re-imbursement of all fees associated with the development application in accordance with Council’s Donations Policy (17 December 2012). The subject application was approved on 10th May 2012 and modification approved 19th April 2013. The request complies with Council’s Donations Policy therefore it is recommended Council make a contribution of $356 to the Eugowra Promotions and Progress Association for reimbursement of the full amount of DA fees paid, that being a total of $356.

 

 

ITEM 8 - BUSINESS PAPER ITEMS FOR NOTING

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

Provides an opportunity for Councillors to call items for noting for discussion and recommends remainder to be noted.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 4.5.1.f - Code of Meeting Practice adopted and implemented.

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\GOVERNANCE\COUNCIL MEETINGS\PROCEDURES - 474460

 

 

Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.   Councillors call any items they wish to further consider.

2.   The balance of the items be noted.

 

 

General Manager's REPORT

 

In the second part of the Committee Business Paper are items included for the Committee’s information.

 

In accordance with Council’s format for it Business Paper, Councillors wishing to discuss any item are requested to call that item.

  


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GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT ON MATTERS FOR NOTATION SUBMITTED TO THE Community Services Committee Meeting TO BE HELD ON Tuesday 11 June, 2013

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ITEM 1      Western NSW Local Health District Health Needs Assessment................................................................................................................... 1

ITEM 2      Education Services in Cabonne........................................... 2  

 

ANNEXURE ITEMS

 

ANNEXURE 2.1    School summary.............................................................. 4 

 


 

 

ITEM 1 - Western NSW Local Health District Health Needs Assessment

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

The Western NSW Local Health District has released its needs assessment for 2013.

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 3.2.3.a Undertake review of health services

Annexures

Nil   

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\GOVERNMENT RELATIONS\LOCAL AND REGIONAL LIAISON\GREATER WESTERN AREA HEALTH SERVICE - GWAHS - 475923

 

Community Services Manager's REPORT

 

The Western NSW Local Health District is currently finalising its Western NSW Health needs assessment 2013. The draft document is available at http://www.wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/UserFiles/files/About%20Us%20(Western%20NSW%20LHD)/WNSW_HNA_final_draft_17May13.pdf

 

The document will influence the allocation of Health Resources and this is particularly pertinent at the present time with closures and transfers of beds at hospitals within the region. The ability of people to access health services is largely dependant of their location, transport to services, availability of after hours care and waiting times to access services. Programs to reduce disease were identified as a key means of assisting to address health needs in the region.

 

The health district covers a wide geographic area stretching from Bathurst to Nyngan and Coonamble with around a third of the population resident in the Orange, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Weddin, Parkes and Forbes districts.

 

Key areas identified where actions by health care organisations are likely to give the greatest benefits are:

 

1.   Smoking prevention and cessation

2.   Nutrition and physical activity interventions, including obesity prevention

3.   Diabetes prevention and management

4.   Well child care, particularly for Aboriginal children – the first 1000 days

5.   Mental health – continuing and strengthening the current community services.

 

Of note was a slightly lower life expectancy and increased rates of hospitalization particularly for people residing further west compared to all other areas of NSW. Factors in this relate to lifestyle and also a decreased ability to access health services as needed.

 

The causes of premature mortality in WNSW reflect those of NSW as a whole with around one-third being due to cancer, a quarter to circulatory diseases such as heart attacks, 10% to injuries, and 7% to respiratory disorders.

 

Overall, these causes listed make up about 80% of all premature mortality. With 8% being due to lung cancer, and a proportion of ‘other cancers’ and much circulatory and respiratory disease being due to tobacco. Smoking remains the single largest risk factor for the health of people of WNSW.

 

Within Cabonne residents for the most part have a good range of services available to them within a short drive.

 

Health services in Cabonne have been proactive in conducting programs to assist those with medical conditions and those at risk of developing disease. These preventative programs have a significant effect on improving the health of many residents.

 

Further reports will be presented to Council on the range of health services available to the residents of Cabonne at a future Community Services Committee.

 

ITEM 2 - Education Services in Cabonne

REPORT IN BRIEF

 

Reason For Report

This report is presented to Council as requested in its Operational Plan

Policy Implications

Nil

Budget Implications

Nil

IPR Linkage

 3.4.1.a Monitor level of education services provided in Cabonne

Annexures

1.  School summary    

File Number

\OFFICIAL RECORDS LIBRARY\COMMUNITY SERVICES\SERVICE PROVIDERS\MOLONG CENTRAL SCHOOL - 475851

 

Community Services Manager's REPORT

 

There are 19 Public Schools within Cabonne all of which are providing a high standard of education for their students.

 

Students from this area perform well academically and in sport with Canowindra High and Molong Central School both having students recognised as ‘Distinguished Achievers’ amongst their HSC graduates in 2012.

 

Reforms to the education system in the past 18 months have included empowering school principals with more decision making authority over the financial management of their schools and support for students with disabilities including those with learning and behavioural needs.

 

The NAPLAN tests have been effective in identifying schools where extra resources are needed and to direct initiatives to address learning needs.

 

A summary or enrolments and classes at each school in Cabonne is attached to this report.

 

A concern of some schools has been the timing and direction of bus routes in Cabonne which sometimes makes it easier for families to send their children to schools in Orange than to attend local schools.

 

Council’s Family Links Service has worked closely with many schools in Cabonne including, Cumnock, Clergate, Cargo, Borenore, Cudal, and Eugowra and this has included breakfast club, special events, reading days, Playgroups to facilitate a transition to school and support through visiting professionals or shows.

 

Council has also provided support to many schools through funding some special events or excursions.

  


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