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Council meeting summary April 4, 2016

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 5 April 2016

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

The below summary is unconfirmed until the Minutes of the April 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 March 7 2016 and the Special Meeting of Council held on March 15 2016 (5-2).

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 5.1 and Cr Gaston declared a conflict of interest in Item 6.2.

5.1 Gillin Park Retirement Village Development Plan

Development Plan Overlay Schedule 1 applies to the land and requires the approval of a Development Plan prior to any works, the construction of any building or subdivision of land for which a permit is triggered by the zone.

A Development Plan relating to the extension of the Gillin Park retirement village has been submitted to Council for consideration.

The Development Plan was exhibited for a two week period and no submissions have been received.

The Development Plan appropriately responds to the Development Plan Overlay requirements and is suitable for endorsement by Council.

Council supported the following recommendation (7-0):

That Council endorse the Gillin Park Development Plan (January 2016) in accordance with the requirements of Clause 43.04 (Schedule to DPO1) of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme (as attached in Appendix A).

5.2 Revegetation Policy (2016) and Revegetation Guidelines

Cr Ermacora moved and Cr Hulin seconded that the item be deferred.

Council supported the deferral of the item (7-0).

5.3 City Growth Operations Report

This report provides information on activities undertaken by the Directorate of City Growth, including the Economic Development, City Centre Renewal, Tourism Services, Building Services and City Strategy & Development branches.

Council received the report (7-0).

5.4 Assembly of Councillors Records

Council received the report (6-1).

5.5 Advisory Committee Reports

This report contains the record of two Advisory Committee meetings: the Warrnambool Livestock Exchange Advisory Committee of Friday March 11 2016 and the International Relations Advisory Committee on March 17 2016.

Council received the report (7-0).

5.6 Mayoral & Chief Executive Council Activities – Summary Report

Council received the report (7-0).

Council received a petition regarding restricting unauthorised vehicles entering areas set aside for recreational activities via Price St.

Cr Ermacora moved and Cr Sycopoulis seconded that that the petition “lay on the table” ahead of a report to be included in the agenda of a future Council meeting. Council received the petition (7-0).

6.1 Notice of Motion No. 2133 – Cr Peter Sycopoulis

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 4 April 2016, I proposed to move:-

“That Warrnambool City Council immediately apply to the Minister for Local Government to seek Ministerial dispensation for all Councillors from the pecuniary interest provisions of the Local Government Act 1989, as they currently apply to the Council deliberations regarding the Warrnambool Central Business area upgrading requirements. That this dispensation be sought to enable all Councillors to be able to actively participate in the discussions and voting on resolutions associated with the planned $15 million of upgrading works that are currently being planned and scheduled over the next three financial years.”

Council supported the Notice of Motion (4-3).

Cr Ermacora nominated Cr Neoh as temporary chair. Cr Neoh was appointed temporary chair (4-3).

Notice of Motion No. 2134 – Cr Brian Kelson

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 4 April 2016, I proposed to move:-

“That Warrnambool City Council fully supports the retention of a university campus in Warrnambool to ensure access to tertiary education is maintained in Warrnambool and the region.

That Council’s preferred position is for Deakin University to retain and expand its course offering at its Warrnambool campus.

That, in the event of Deakin University withdrawing from the Warrnambool Campus;

- The Federal and State Governments and Deakin University facilitate the transition to the Warrnambool campus to the successful University.

- The Marine Science course be retained at the Warrnambool campus.

- The Warrnambool campus and associated assets of Deakin University be transferred to the State Government and then transferred or leased to the successful University.

- The current students of Deakin University be permitted to complete their course.

- The introduction of the successful University must not be to the detriment of other Warrnambool based institutions.”

Council supported the Notice of Motion (6-0).

Notice of Motion No. 2135 – Cr Peter Hulin

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 4 April 2016, I proposed to move:-

“1. That all councillors receive a full list of the attendees at last year’s 2015 Warrnambool City Council sponsored May Race Tent and the benefits for our city in their invitations.

2. Unless overwhelming benefits for the citizens of Warrnambool are forthcoming to Councillors, that the May Race Tent be abandoned after the 2016 event due to the unjustified expenses to our citizens in light of imminent rate capping.”

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

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