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Council meeting summary February 1, 2016

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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

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

2. Apologies

None.

3. Confirmation of Minutes

Council confirmed the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on December 7 2015. (6-1).

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

Cr Ermacora declared a conflict of interest in Item 5.3. Cr Askew declared a conflict of interest in Item 6.3.

5.1 Audit & Risk Committee Independent Member Appointment

The Warrnambool City Council Audit & Risk Committee is established pursuant to Section 139 of the Local Government Act 1989 and is an advisory committee to Council.

The Committee has its own Charter which includes the Terms of Reference. In accordance with the Charter and reflecting best practice the Committee has five members of which three are independent members and two are current Councillors.

The tenure of each of the three independent members is staggered to ensure there is continuity in membership. The tenure of independent member, Mr Michael Gunn, expired on 31 December 2015 and as Mr Gunn is moving interstate he did not seek an extension of tenure.

Council supported the following recommendations (7-0):

That Ms Narelle McLean be appointed to the independent member vacancy on Council’s Audit & Risk Committee from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019.

That Mr Michael Gunn be thanked for his service to the Audit & Risk Committee.

5.2 Warrnambool City Centre Funding – National Stronger Regions Fund Round Two

In December 2015 the Australian Government announced $293 million to fund 111 projects to help deliver economic benefits to communities around Australia through Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund was highly competitive with Round Two:

- 4.6 times over-subscribed by number of applications (111 successful projects from 513 applications); and

- 5 times over-subscribed by value of applications ($293 million in successful applications from a total of $1.5 billion in sought funding).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the second round of the program was very competitive and the standard of applications was higher than the previous round.

Securing $5 million funding from the Federal Government is a significant achievement and represents one of the highest value non-recurrent competitive external grants ever received by Council from the Australian Government.

The success reflects the significant amount of work undertaken by Council officers to produce a high quality and detailed application (comprising 23 document attachments).

An application to the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund seeking a further $5 million towards the City Centre Renewal Project was recently submitted. The outcome of this application is expected around March 2016.

Should the State Government funding application be successful, it will represent a total of $15 million partnership funding ($5 million Federal; $5 million State; and $5 million Council) towards Council’s highest priority infrastructure project - the City Centre Renewal Project.

Cr Ermacora moved and Cr Neoh seconded that the motion be moved with an amendment that would see Council also thank our local Federal Member Dan Tehan MP.

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

That Council write to the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss thanking the Minister for the $5 million awarded under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

That Council write to Member for Wannon Dan Tehan thanking him for the $5 million awarded under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

5.3 Amendment C93 - Planning Scheme Rewrite Consideration of Submissions and Refer to Panel

The Amendment implements Stage 1 of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project and includes a complete rewrite of the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF), including the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS). This is the first complete rewrite since 2006 and will implement a planning scheme that is streamlined, contemporary and reflects best practice industry standards.

Following the exhibition period thirteen (13) submissions were received. – Refer Appendix A.

It is recommended that Council refer all submissions to an Independent Panel for consideration.

Council supported the following recommendations (6-0):

That Council:

1. Notes the submissions contained in Appendix A.

2. Pursuant to Section 23(1)(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, request the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent Panel under Section 153 of the Act to consider submissions received to Amendment C93.

3. Refer each of the submissions contained in Appendix A to the independent Panel for its consideration.

5.4 Amendment C99 the Raglan Parade Clinton Baulch Development

Amendment C99 seeks to rezone the land at 53-63 Raglan Parade, 65 Raglan Parade and 69 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool to the Commercial 2 Zone from the General Residential 1 Zone.

The Amendment includes Planning Application PP2015-0150 which proposes to develop the land at 53-63 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool for a car dealership. The rezoning is required to allow the issue of a permit.

Three (3) submissions have been received, two (2) in support of the proposed rezoning and permit, the other objecting to the rezoning and permit - refer Appendix A.

It is recommended that Council request the Minister for Planning appoint an Independent Panel to consider submissions received to the amendment and planning application.

Council supported the following recommendations (7-0):

That Council:

1. Notes the submissions contained in Appendix A

2. Pursuant to Section 23(1)(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, request the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent Panel under Section 153 of the Act to consider submissions received to Amendment C99 and Planning Application PP2015-0150.

3. Refer each of the submissions contained in Appendix A to the independent Panel for its consideration.

5.5 Assembly of Councillors Records

Cr Hulin pointed out a clerical error in Appendix A where Cr Gaston is not referred to as the mayor where she should be. As the Mover of the Motion, Cr Neoh is happy to accept the change.

Council received the report with the clerical error corrected (6-1).

5.6 Mayoral & Chief Executive Council Activities – Summary Report

Council received the report (7-0).

6.1 Notice of Motion No. 2127

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 1 February 2016, I propose to move:-

“That Council reintroduce “General Business" into the agenda of our monthly Ordinary Meeting of Warrnambool City Council”.

Cr Peter Hulin

Council did not support the Notice of Motion (3-4).

Notice of Motion No. 2128

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 1 February 2016, I propose to move:-

“That Councillor only Discussions (COD's) be introduced as part of the regular weekly Councillor Briefings, to commence at the first briefing session immediately following the passing of this resolution.”

Cr Peter Sycopoulis

Council did not support the Notice of Motion (3-4).

Notice of Motion No. 2129

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 1 February 2016, I propose to move:-

“That the Council waive all car parking fees in Parkers Car Park, Ozone Square Car Park, Cramond & Dickson Car Park, Art Gallery Car Park, Off Koroit Street Car Park, Off Kepler Street Car Park and Off Fairy Street Car Park and Grace Avenue Car Park.

That the Coles/Youngers and Centrepoint Car Park be subject to the agreement of the land owners to waive the fees.

That free parking to commence on Thursday 28 January 2016 and continue until the completion of the revitalisation of the C.B.D.

This will not preclude parking infringements for those who overstay time limited car parking areas.”

Cr Brian Kelson

Cr Neoh moved an Amendment to the Motion to the effect that the issue of free off-street parking be referred to Council’s budget process and the City Centre Renewal Parking Strategy in the lead up to the beginning of CBD renewal works.

The Amended Motion was adopted (3-3) with Mayor Kylie Gaston using her casting vote.

Council supported the Amended Motion (3-3) with Mayor Kylie Gaston using her casting vote.
 

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