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Council meeting summary February 5, 2018

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 6 February 2018

For more information and appendices for each item, view the Council Meeting Agenda.

The below summary is unconfirmed until the Minutes of the December 4 Meeting are accepted by Council.
 
1. Opening Prayer & Original Custodians Statement

2. Apologies

3. Confirmation of Minutes

Council confirmed the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on December 4, 2017 (7-0).

4. Declaration by Councillors and Officers of any Conflict of Interest in any Item on the Agenda

Cr Neoh declared a Conflict of Interest in Items 5.4, 5.7 and 6.

5.1 Monthly Financial Report – December 2017

This Finance Report compares actual financial results budget for the 6 months from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 – refer Appendix A.

The report sets out financial results for Councils recurrent (day to day operations) Projects, Capital Works, Rates and Loan activities.

Year to date budgets are profiled to reflect the timing of cash inflows and outflows.

Overall the 6 month actual results indicate an unfavourable financial position of $2,000 when compared to the YTD Budget.

Council supported the following recommendation (7-0):

That the report be received.

5.2 Community Development Directorate Operations Report

The Community Development Directorate provides a broad range of learning and development, social, health, cultural, recreational, and sporting services and support for people at all ages and stages of life.

This report provides information related to activities undertaken by the Community Development Directorate from July 2017 – December 2017.

Council supported the following recommendation (7-0):

That the report be received.

5.3 Petition – Removal of Mural at the Lighthouse Theatre

Two petitions have been received with 245 signatures in total (154 - 3280 postcode and 91 other postcodes) requesting that Council permanently erase the mural painted by Rolf Harris that is located in the Lighthouse Theatre.

In accordance with Local Law L.1 Governance, the petition should be received and referred to the Chief Executive for a report to a future Council meeting.

Council supported the following recommendation (7-0):

That in accordance with Local Law L1 Governance, the petition be referred to the Chief Executive for a report to a future Council meeting.

5.4 Petition - City Centre Off Street Free Parking

A petition has been received with 37 signatures requesting that Council provide free 90 minute car parking in Parkers and Ozone off-street car parks for the next 2 years up to midday to entice shoppers back to the CBD.

In accordance with Local Law L.1 Governance the petition was received at Council’s 4 December 2017 Ordinary Meeting, and referred to the Chief Executive for a report to a future Council Meeting.

On 2 May 2016 Council adopted its City Centre – Free Parking Strategy which provided shoppers with access to free parking during the Liebig and Koroit Streets City Centre Renewal Project. The strategy included providing free car parks in Parkers Off-Street Car Park from 1 November 2016 to the 31 December 2017, and free car parking in the Ozone Off-Street Car Park from 1 November 2017 to 31 December 2018.

The estimated cost of the free parking strategy was estimated at $490,000.

Council supported the following recommendations (5-1):

That Council

1. Acknowledge the request to provide free 90 minute car parking in Parkers and Ozone Off-Street Car Parking Areas for the next two years up to midday.

2. Note that the Ozone Off-Street Car Park is providing free 90 minute car parking under current arrangements during 2018.

3. That Council retain the metered 4P spaces in the Ozone Off-Street Car Park and instead create approximately 42 free 90 minute spaces in the Cramond & Dickson Off-Street Car Park.

4. Request that officers bring a further report regarding free parking in the Ozone Off-Street Car Park for the 2019 year, later in 2018 as part of the Koroit Street redevelopment proposal.

5. Note that the Parkers Off-Street Car Park has returned to its pre development parking conditions on 1 January 2018.

6. Write to the first petition signatory advising of this resolution.

5.5 Petition – Council Inspection of a Feral Nature Strip Shrub Causing Visual Pollution

A petition has been received with 15 signatures asking that Council inspect a ‘feral nature strip shrub that is causing visual pollution’ in Reginald Grove.

In accordance with Local Law L.1 Governance, the petition should be received and referred to the Chief Executive for consideration and response.

Council supported the following recommendation (7-0):

That in accordance with Local Law L1 Governance, the petition be referred to the Chief Executive for a report to a future Council meeting.

5.6 Consideration of Panel Report and Adoption of Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment c102 678-688 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool

A Panel hearing for Amendment C102 was held on 1 December 2017.

The Panel has recommended that Amendment C102 be adopted as exhibited.

The amendment relates to a rezoning request for land at 678-688 Raglan Parade (the land) to Mixed Use Zone (MUZ) and to apply an Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO).

The land is the former Fire Station located on the corner of Raglan Parade and King Street and is currently zoned Public Use 1 – Service and Utility.

Council supported the following recommendations (7-0):

That Council:

1. Pursuant to Section 29(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, adopt Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C102 without changes.

2. Pursuant to Section 31(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, submit Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C102 to the Minister for Planning for approval.

5.7 City Centre Renewal – Business Support Update

The Warrnambool City Centre Business Support Plan 2017-2018 set out the framework below to support traders during the period of the City Centre Renewal works.

The attached paper shown at Appendix A details the range and effectiveness of initiatives and actions delivered during the Stage 1 works in 2017 and the proposed Business Support program as part of the Stage 2 works to commence shortly through 2018.

Council supported the following recommendations (6-0):

That Council:

1. Note the Business Support activities undertaken as part of the Stage 1 City Centre Renewal Program in 2017; and

2. Endorse the Business Support initiatives proposed as part of the Stage 2 City Centre Renewal Program in 2018.

5.8 Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT) – Annual Report 2016/17 and Visitation Statistics for the Year Ended September 2017

This report contains the 2016/17 Annual Report for the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board and visitation statistics for the Great Ocean Road for the year ended September 2017.

Council supported the following amended recommendation (7-0):

That the report be received.

5.9 Assembly of Councillors Records

Council received the report (7-0).

5.10 Mayoral & Chief Executive Council Activities – Summary Report

Council received the report (7-0).

6. Notice of Motion NO. 2148

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 5 February 32018, I propose to move that

“Council:

As part of Council’s Parking Strategy and ongoing review of Warrnambool CBD parking arrangements refer the following changes for Council’s consideration as part of the 2018-2019 budget estimates and preparations.

For a trial period of twelve months:

1. Reduce timed meter charges in the Warrnambool CBD to 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, with free parking on Saturday; and

2. Continue with 90 minute free parking in Ozone and Parkers carparks.”

CR. PETER HULIN

Council did not support the Notice of Motion (1-5).

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