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8. LEADERSHIP FOR THE REGION
8.4 Constitutional referendum question
The constitutional referendum question that will be added to the September
4 Local Government election is:
“Do you support a reduction in the number
of councillors for Armidale Regional Council from eleven to nine?”
The outcome of this constitutional referendum will take effect at the
September 2024 Local Government elections.
8.8 Public exhibition of integrated
planning and reporting – Draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2021 – 2022
The 21/22 Draft Operational Plan and Budget will go on public exhibition from
Friday 28 May until Thursday 24 June 2021. The documents on public exhibition
- Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022
(including the operational and capital budget)
- Draft Revenue Policy 2021-2022
- Draft Fees and Charges 2021-2022
be available to view on Your Say from Friday 28 May 2021 until Thursday 24 June 2021.
The draft Operational Plan and Budget will include the 10.5% permanent Special
Rate Variation determined by IPART and the four year rates harmonisation
9. GROWTH, PROSPERITY AND ECONOMIC
9.1 Update on alterations to parking time limits within the Armidale CBD
An update on the implementation of
resolution No.198/19 to alter the parking time limits within the Armidale CBD
was provided. The implementation of the new time limits is dependent on updated
signage being ordered and delivered and the availability of the contractors to
alter the time limits of the parking sensors.
Council will review the efficacy of the parking strategy and its implementation
twelve months from the commencement of the new time limits in the CBD. The
review will include public consultation.
9.2 Armidale Airside Business Park Stage
Two - cul-de-sac street naming
The names of twelve significant contributors to local aviation and the
Armidale Airport Precinct will be considered for recognition in the street
naming of the Armidale Airside Business Park cul-de-sacs in the Stage Two
development, subject to approval of the Geographical Names Board (GNB).
The names that will be considered are:
1. John Ford
2.Clarence Athol Rice
3. Dick Peter
4. Jan Newby
5. Richard McLean
6. David Patterson
7. Dick McCarthur-Onslow
8. Bruce McSpedden
9. Patrick Creagan
10. Brian Creagan
11. Noel Brown
12. Merve Hyatt
identified their preferences were names 1, 2 and 3.
9.3 Armidale Airside Business Park –
adoption of agreed vision, purpose, objectives and target business profiles
The clear vision, objectives and target market for future developments at
the Armidale Airside Business Park were adopted. This will help to provide a
way forward to achieve increased economic and social prosperity in the region
through the sale of light industrial land in the airport precinct. Councillors
agreed to include the fact that the business park will be a destination as well
as a thoroughfare in the Vision section. To read the vision, objectives and target
market of the development, see page 44 of the agenda.
Council also agreed that all net sale proceeds from Armidale Airside Stage One
Lots be reserved and accounted for separately in order to fund the next stages
9.4 Update on Moore Street decked carpark
Council supported Armidale Plaza Shopping Centre’s application to renew its
existing lease of the Moore Street decked carpark. Council will formally advise
Crown Lands that while the carpark is an integral element of the overall CBD car
parking strategy, Council does not have the capacity to take on the lease or
purchase the property at this time.
9.6 Third quarter budget review 2020/21
The 2020/21 Q3 Budget Review for the period 1 January to 31 March 2021
tabled in the meeting attachments was endorsed by council. The review shows
that while there is still a long way to go, there have been improvements this
9.7 Mayor and councillor remuneration
The Tribunal has determined an increase of 2% to mayoral and councillor
fees for the 2021/22 financial year, with effect from 1 July 2021. This will
mean the fee payable to councillors will be $24,810 and the fee payable to the
Mayor will be $61,280. The Mayor’s fixed payable annual fee is in addition to
the annual fee paid to councillors.
9.8 NSW Country Gymnastics Championship
2021 – 2023
Council will support the NSW Country Gymnastics Championships to the total
9.9 Armidale City Gymnastics Club - Request
for Loan Guarantee
Council will enter into a Deed of Guarantee with Regional Australia Bank on
behalf of Armidale City Gymnastics Club for a $150,000 loan to renew equipment
for planned events. Acting as a guarantor will not cost Council any money.
10. ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
10.1 Approval of Development Application DA-125-2020 at 156-160 and 162 Bradley
Street, Guyra, for a Centre-Based Child Care Facility and associated works
The Development Application was approved for the proposed Guyra
Centre-Based Child Care Facility and associated works subject to conditions.
The adoption of the DA does not commit Council to undertaking the project,
however, it gives Council the option to carry out the project if funding
becomes available in the future.
10.2 DA-116-2018/D - Motel Development -
(Modification Requesting Deletion of Condition 25A)
Council will not waive the Developer Services Plan charges for the hotel
development at 141 Dumaresq Street, Armidale.
10.4 Interim actions on air quality
A number of actions that are being undertaken to improve air quality in Armidale
were presented to council. To read these, view page 164 of the agenda.
10.5 Malpas Dam upgrade assessment report
Council approved the raising of the Malpas Dam spillway by 6.49 metres and
will proceed to commission further design work and a business case.
Council will seek funding for a preliminary concept design and investigation
works from the DPIE Safe and Secure Funding Program or other appropriate NSW
Government funding sources.
It was also noted quotations will be sought in June to develop an Armidale
Regional Council Catchment Water Quality Strategic Plan. This will encompass a
ten year plan to elevate water quality in Council’s storages and will improve
catchment health to enable higher water quality entering and being stored in
To read the full report, see page 169 of the agenda.
10.6 Local Roads and Community
Infrastructure (LRCI) phase one – reallocation of proposed projects
Council will apply to the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development and Communications to reallocate $985,000 of LRCI phase one
funds originally intended to go towards the Guyra Community Precinct project to
the 2021/22 renewal program for Council assets.
This is due to the fact that the Guyra Early Childhood Learning Centre
has not been fully scoped, which presents a risk of losing the funding as it
must be spent by 30 June 2021.
Council will seek an extension to complete the alternative projects by 31
The renewal program for Council assets will include kerb and guttering,
footpaths, urban road reseals, rural road reseals, gravel road re-sheeting,
stormwater drainage improvements and building renewals.
10.7 Policy for food vans
Following the Notice of Motion at last month’s council meeting to develop a
food vans policy, council adopted the following recommendations:
a) Note the current legislative framework relating to Food Vans (Mobile Food
and Drink Outlets), which permit them opening and operating either without
approval in certain circumstances or with approval, subject to owners consent;
b) Include a fee for the operation of Food Vans (Mobile Food and Drink Outlets)
on Council land in the 2021/22 fees and charges;
c) Undertake community consultation on the introduction of a new fee in the
2021/22 fees and charges; and
d) Allow its consent as the property owner for the operation of Food Vans
(Mobile Food and Drink Outlets) on land that Council owns.
10.11 Public exhibition of road closure of
As the first stage of the industrial subdivision near the airport is
nearing completion, the Mills Road connection with the New England Highway will
need to be closed. Mills Road will subsequently need to be redirected to
connect with the airport roundabout.
This road closure will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days.
11. OUR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY
11.1 Community Connectivity Grants
Council approved the successful applicants for the Community Connectivity
Grants program. These grants are designed to assist community groups in their
recovery from the isolation and devastation of drought, bushfires and COVID-19.
A total of $24,283 has been distributed.
For a full list of successful applicants see page 210 of the agenda.
11.2 Arts and Culture Small Grants 2020/21
Council approved seven nominated projects for the $20,000 Arts and Culture
Small Grants program. Each nominated project has been allocated a maximum of
$3000 and are all aligned to the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan objectives.
To view the list of successful applicants see page 213 of the agenda.
11.3 Anaiwan language revival program
office accommodation – lease of Kent House office.
Council will enter into a twelve month lease agreement with the Nēwara
Aboriginal Corporation for office space at Armidale’s Kent House. The group
will lease the facility for $557.70 per annum, based on the amounts set by
11.4 Reimbursement of petrol costs for
carting hay to flood affected Mid-North Coast communities
Council will reimburse a local carrier for the
petrol costs involved in carting hay to flood affected Mid-North Coast
communities via the mayoral allowance.
12. COMMITTEE REPORTS
12.1 Community Wellbeing Committee – minutes of meeting held 29 April 2021
Council recognised and endorsed the demands in the March for Justice
Petition and will write a letter to State and Federal members.
Council will also provide an update to the Committee as to the status of
the Crime Prevention Plan and Working Group.
12.2 Traffic Advisory Committee – minutes
of meeting held 4 May 2021
- The installation of one half an hour parking
space on Barney Street at the intersection with Markham Street to provide a
safe place for elderly residents attending the U3AA facility who require to
time to unload and make drop offs.
- The 15 tonne load limit on the Kempsey Armidale
Rd will be maintained.
12.3 Economic Development Committee –
minutes of meeting held 21 April 2021
- The draft Tourism Strategy, the Economic
Development Strategy and Council’s water policy will be circularised for
consideration by the Committee and will be put on the agenda for the next
- In recognition of concerns raised regarding the
adequacy of electricity supply and distribution networks within the Armidale
LGA, council will identify emerging supply-demand deficits in the region, with
a view to informing stakeholder groups and effectively advocating for
improvements where council deems this necessary.
12.4 Sports Council – minutes of meeting
held 5 May
A number of changes were made to priority lists and the order of priority projects.
These changes can be viewed on page 232 of the agenda.
Council also noted the following Sports Council grant application preferences
to be considered for the Stronger Country Communities Fund:
Armidale District Cricket Association to apply for:
- $110,000 for stage 4 of
the Armidale Cricket Indoor Training Facility project.
Armidale Regional Council to apply for:
- Newling Oval field lighting installation -
- Jack Vallance Oval upgrade including field
lighting installation and field surface renovation - $400,000
Road Netball Courts lighting installation - $380,000
For public exhibition:
A number of draft policies will be placed on public exhibition. These are:
- 8.3 Feedback and complaints management policy
and unreasonable customer conduct policy
- 8.5 Private works policy
- 8.6 Management of road reserves policy
- 9.10 Procurement policy
- 9.11 Debt recovery and hardship policies
- 10.8 Events on public roads policy
- 10.9 Mall market operations policy
- 10.10 Grazing permits on road reserves policy
- 10.12 Planning proposal (LEP amendments) policy
- 10.13 Water supply policy
- 10.14 Reduction of water consumption charges due
to undetectable leakage policy
- 10.15 Urban watercourse revegetation policy
- 10.16 Aquatic centres patron code of conduct
- 11.5 Community engagement policy
policies will be available to view on Your Say.
A number of policies were adopted following a public exhibition period.
- 8.7 Property addressing and naming our roads
- 9.12 Investment policy
- 10.17 Gates and stock grids on Council roads
- 11.6 Library collection development policy
- 11.7 Library community information display policy
- 11.8 Library use and user code of conduct policy
13 policies that have been identified as being no longer relevant have been
rescinded from the policy register. To view the full list of rescinded policies,
visit page 19 of the agenda.
Minor policy updates:
12 policies that required small, administrative amendments have been
updated. To see the full list, visit page 22 of the agenda or view the
Published on 26 May 2021