Wrap up of the decisions from the 26 August Council Meeting
Published: 26 Aug 2019 4:30pm
Reconciliation Action Plan adopted unanimously
Wagga Wagga City Council has taken a significant step towards ongoing reconciliation with First Nations Peoples.
The city’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was adopted at the Monday 26 August Ordinary Council Meeting following many years of development in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia and extensive feedback from the local Wiradjuri community.
- RP-8 WAGGA WAGGA RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN 2021
First project in Bolton Park Master Plan moves ahead
Construction of a new million-dollar amenities block at Bolton Park will kick-off the first project to start the redevelopment at Wagga Wagga’s regional sporting hub.
Wagga Wagga City Council approved the new construction at its Ordinary Meeting on 26 August, which signals the implementation of the $66M Bolton Park Master Plan endorsed by Council in June 2019.
The master plan identifies that the amenities block currently located in Bolton Park open space, central to the three cricket grounds, should be relocated to the north of Geoff Lawson Oval and be a multi-purpose facility.
- RP-11 BOLTON PARK AMENITIES
Council supports plans for growth across the region
A number of planning proposals have been presented to Councillors as the city works towards a population of 100,000 over the next 20 years.
A draft planning proposal was supported by all Councillors to make a neighbourhood shopping centre in Estella more feasible.
The northern suburbs of Boorooma, Estella, Gobbagombalin are among the fastest growing areas in the state, and while there are two zoned business sites in the area for private development, both remain vacant.
About 2500swm of land will be rezoned from RE1 Public Recreation to B2 Local Centre and other changes made to facilitate a larger development site.
Meanwhile, increased housing options are on the way for Springvale and Tatton.
A draft planning proposal to reduce minimum lot sizes for various lots on Plumpton Road, Brindabella Drive and Belmore Place was also supported, while a separate planning proposal for land at 53 Plumpton Road and 108 Brindabella Drive was adopted.
In the village of Ladysmith, a draft planning proposal to reduce lot sizes from 200 hectares to two hectares for a site on Tumbarumba Road. Ladysmith has been identified as having the potential for more growth, which will support the existing services within the village.
- RP-1 DRAFT PLANNING PROPOSAL (LEP19/0006) TO REZONE LAND ON THE CORNER OF AVOCET DRIVE AND RAINBOW DRIVE, ESTELLA
- RP-2 PLANNING PROPOSAL (LEP18/0005) TO REZONE LAND AT 53 PLUMPTON ROAD AND 108 BRINDABELLA DRIVE, TATTON
- RP-3 DRAFT PLANNING PROPOSAL (LEP19/0004) TO AMEND THE WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2010 - PLUMPTON ROAD, WAGGA WAGGA
- RP-4 DRAFT PLANNING PROPOSAL (LEP19/0007) TO AMEND THE WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2010 - LADYSMITH
Riverside Stage 2 moves on to detailed design
Stage 2 of the Riverside project will move on to the detailed design phase after extensive community engagement on the concept plans.
Following overall positive feedback on the concepts for the $6.7M Stage 2 works, Council endorsed the project to move forward.
Stage 2 will see the entire precinct from the beach carpark through to St Michael’s Oval rejuvenated, building on the success of the $1M Stage 1 works completed in 2014-15.
The key items identified for Riverside Stage 2 are:
- Car parking upgrade: Trees for shade, CCTV and lighting
- Container food and beverage outlets: modified containers to provide flexible food and beverage opportunities that are removable during flood
- Event spaces: Large, medium and small spaces to cater for a wide range of events, which can be used individually or combined for major events
- Playground and water play: A large ‘destination’ playground with water play elements that will be designed to ensure minimum impact during flood
The development of the Riverside Master Plan began in 2009, with the aim to reactivate the Wagga Beach precinct and develop the area as a focal point and destination for residents and visitors, as well as create linkages to the city’s CBD and existing civic precinct.
The detailed design is expected to be completed by over the next few months with preparation works starting later this year.
The project is due to be completed in late 2020.
Stage 2 is funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Environmental ($5M) and Wagga Wagga City Council ($1.7M).
- RP-6 RIVERSIDE STAGE 2- OUTCOMES OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND FINAL DESIGN
Council extends lease to help KU Children’s Services to grow
Council has extended the lease of KU Children’s Services at the Ashmont preschool premises until 2039, with the opportunity to buy.
KU began a five-year lease last year following an expression of interest process. KU have since been working on an estimated $400,000 refurbishment plan to offer pre-school education, early intervention services and a range of other programs designed to address the specific needs of the Ashmont community.
- RP-9 KU CHILDRENS SERVICES - LEASE EXTENSION - ASHMONT PRESCHOOL
Land consolidated to assist Shaw Street Children’s Centre
Two lots of land have been consolidated to facilitate growth of the Shaw Street Children’s Centre.
The centre and the Wagga Women’s Bowling Club were previously on separate lots of Council-owned community land at Kent Crescent. The consolidation of the lots will alleviate a boundary matter.
- RP-10 CONSOLIDATION OF LAND
Funding flows for community events
Council has provided $2840 in financial support to the community in Section 356 donations:
- $2000 for the Cork & Fork events
- $90 fee waiver for Legion of Mary for a Rosary in the Park at the Victory Memorial Gardens
- $95 fee waiver for PCYC Wagga Wagga Out of School Hours group to use Duke of Kent Oval for children’s sport activities
- $655 fee waiver for the annual Riverina Medical & Surgical Symposium at the Civic Centre
- RP-5 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE REPORT AS AT 31 JULY 2019
Additional motion for LGNSW conference
Council resolved to submit an additional motion to the Local Government NSW annual conference.
The motion is for LGNSW and member councils to advocate for a greater investment of resources by the NSW Government to manage Code of Conduct complains so they can be dealt with quickly, efficiently and effectively.
The Mayor and Councillors Keenan, Kendall and Braid will attend the conference at Warwick Farm from 14 to 16 October.
Council approved three other motions to be submitted to the conference at the 12 August Ordinary meeting.
- MM-1 MAYORAL MINUTE - LGNSW CONFERENCE - ADDITIONAL MOTION
Street sweeper waste to be discussed
Council will receive a further report on options to repurpose and dispose of street sweeper waste.
Approximately 2760 tonnes of street sweeper waste will be transferred from Narrung Street to the Gregadoo Waste Management Centre while options to reuse it are explore.
- RP-7 STREET SWEEPER STOCKPILE - STOCKPILING MATERIAL AT GREGADOO WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE
Friendly donation to help zoo staff
The Friends of the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens Inc have made a donation of $13,800 for an electric cart.
The cart will help the Botanic Gardens Zoo staff transport feed more safely around the zoo.
- RP-12 THE FRIENDS OF THE WAGGA WAGGA BOTANIC GARDENS INC. DONATION OF FUNDS TO COUNCIL FOR THE PURCHASE OF AN ELECTRIC UTILITY VEHICLE FOR THE BOTANIC GARDENS AND ZOO SITES
Parking fine reduction begins from 1 December
A reduction in Level 2 parking fines from $114 to $82 will take place from 1 December 2019.
The NSW Treasurer has been notified of Council’s support for the reduction in parking fines, but due to an administrative error in sending the notification the reduction will commence on 1 December, not 1 September as initially planned.
- RP-13 PARKING FINE CONCESSIONS