Summary of Council’s 30 May 2022 Ordinary Meeting
Published: 31 May 2022 9:53am
Be Brave. Make Change
Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Dot Whyman gave a Welcome to Country, referencing the National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, Be Brave. Make Change.
Ownership of Rural Fire Service Assets
Council endorsed the Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga to write to the Riverina Joint Organisation, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation and the Riverina & Murray Joint Organisation regarding the ownership of Rural Fire Service Assets.
The Mayor’s correspondence will note the performance audit currently being undertaken by the NSW Audit Office on bushfire equipment; support Council’s position that Rural Fire Service (RFS) assets are not owned, nor controlled by councils, and should not be accounted for in council’s annual financial statements; and support Council’s position that RFS assets are owned and controlled by RFS, and should be included in RFS annual financial statements.
MM-1 PERFORMANCE AUDIT ON THE PLANNING AND MANAGING OF BUSHFIRE EQUIPMENT - RURAL FIRE SERVICE ASSETS
Council continues support of Wagga Wagga Business Chamber
Council agreed to continue their relationship with the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber, voting to endorse the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 2022-2025 between Council and the Business Chamber, subject to conditions, and supply funding of $68,250 (inclusive of GST) per year over three years.
Council provided funding support to the Business Chamber over the past two years through an earlier MOU, during which time the Business Chamber successfully supported and fostered business activity in Wagga Wagga.
RP-1 WAGGA WAGGA BUSINESS CHAMBER MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) - 2022-2025
Uranquinty Development Application approved
Council agreed to approve a Development Application (DA) for the construction of a four-bedroom dwelling house with attached garage at 4 Connorton Street, Uranquinty.
RP-2 DA22/0128 - DWELLING, LOT 1 SECTION 16 DP 759024, 4 CONNORTON ST, URANQUINTY
Support for 20 Hely Avenue planning proposal
Council resolved to support a planning proposal to amend the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 to rezone land from SP2 Education to R1 General Residential for land located at 20 Hely Avenue, Wagga Wagga.
The planning proposal will facilitate residential development on the large parcel of land close to the city’s centre.
The site was formerly part of the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Campus and is currently occupied by Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges, the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges will be retained, with the remainder of the site proposed to be rezoned.
The proposal will now be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.
RP-3 PLANNING PROPOSAL - LEP21/0003 - 20 HELY AVENUE - AMENDMENT TO LAND ZONING OF THE WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2010
Council resolved to pay the Councillor and Mayoral allowance at the maximum allowable level for its assigned category – the Regional Centre category – as determined by the NSW Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.
The proposed 2022/23 annual allowance is $25,310 for Councillors and $62,510 for the Mayoral allowance.
RP-4 COUNCILLOR REMUNERATION
Sale of land for unpaid rates
Council noted the results of the Sale of Land for Unpaid Rates Auction held on 30 October 2021 and, pursuant to the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 – Regs 131 (3) and 4(b), wrote off rates and charges of $6,804.38 for a property at 27-29 Gresham Street, Tarcutta.
The sale of land for unpaid rates is considered the last remaining avenue available to Council to recover outstanding rates and charges.
RP-5 2021 SALE OF LAND FOR UNPAID RATES - UPDATE ON PUBLIC AUCTION AND SALE PROCESS
Budget variations approved
Council approved the proposed 2021/22 budget variations for the month ended 30 April 2022, and the proposed budget variations to the 2021/22 Long Term Financial Plan Capital Works Program including future year timing adjustments and new projects.
Operating and capital budget variations for 30 April 2022 include:
- Regional Events Acceleration – Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm NRL Match – $100,000
- Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program – $103,000
- 2022 Festival of W – $29,000
- Standalone Library Service – $175,000
- Listen In Public Art Podcast – $13,000
- Scrap Together Project – $10,000
- Oasis – Replace Portable Disabled Lift – $25,000
- Former Wiradjuri Landfill Site Contamination – $52,000
- Road Maintenance Audit – $30,000
- Salinity Pumps Maintenance – $48,000
RP-6 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE REPORT AS AT 30 APRIL 2022
Council agreed to enter a deed of licence giving Transport for NSW access to Wagga Wagga’s Active Transport data.
Transport for NSW have recently launched a bicycle counter information website and have requested access to Council’s electronic counter data so that it can be included on the website.
The deed is for non-identifiable data only.
RP-7 TRANSPORT FOR NSW ACCESS TO WAGGA WAGGA CYCLING COUNTER DATA
Draft Developer Infrastructure Agreements Policy
Council agreed to adopt the Developer Infrastructure Agreements Policy and rescind the POL 003 Works in Kind Policy and POL 096 City of Wagga Wagga Planning Agreement Policy which it replaces.
The Developer Infrastructure Agreements Policy was on public exhibition for 42 days and received no public submissions.
RP-8 DRAFT DEVELOPER INFRASTRUCTURE AGREEMENTS POLICY
Art Gallery policies adopted
Council agreed to adopt both the Art Gallery Collection Management Policy and the Art Gallery Exhibition Policy.
Both policies were on public exhibition for 28 days and received no public submissions.
RP-9 ART GALLERY COLLECTION MANAGEMENT POLICY POL 004
RP-10 ART GALLERY EXHIBITION POLICY POL 005
Local Traffic Committee
Council agreed to approve a number of recommendations from the Local Traffic Committee relating to Avocet Drive, Boorooma Street, Messenger Avenue, and Phar Lap Place.
M-1 LOCAL TRAFFIC COMMITTEE MEETING - 12 MAY 2022
EOI campaign to lease 99 Peter Street, Wagga Wagga
Council agreed to proceed with an Expression of Interest campaign for the lease of premises at 99 Peter Street, Wagga Wagga.
CONF-1 EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR LEASE - 99 PETER STREET, WAGGA WAGGA