Council News 20 February 2019

Published on 22 February 2019

Highlights from meeting held on 20 February:

  • Council refused a development application for a primitive camping ground adjacent to the Billabong Creek north of Holbrook. 


  • In the event that the Glenellen Solar Farm development is approved by NSW Planning (Council is not the consent authority), and in response a request by the developers, Council resolved to respond that it will agree to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA), to receive a 1% contribution of the capital investment value of the proposed solar farm.  Note that the VPA will only come into effect should approval for the Glenellen Solar Farm be granted by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.


  • Council approved two lot subdivisions on Hueske Road, Jindera and Dunwandren Lane, Jindera. Both approvals are subject to a range of conditions of consent.


  • With the support of Rotary Club of Holbrook and football club volunteers, Council endorsed the initiative to conduct free hard waste collections within town boundaries of Henty, Walla Walla and Jindera on Sunday, 3 March, noting that pre-registration for the hard waste free kerb side collection are essential.


  • Council also endorsed free open days at waste facilities in the shire:
    • on Sunday 3 March at Henty (open 9am to 3pm) and at Jindera Transfer Station, and Culcairn and Holbrook Landfills (open 9am to 5pm).
    • on Sunday 7 April at Burrumbuttock, Gerogery, Mullengandra and Brocklesby (open 9am to 3pm).


  • Council endorsed the second quarter progress report of the Operational Plan and Delivery Program. Highlight achievements in the quarter included


    • Attracting additional road funding of $6.4 M in the first six months of the year
    • Negotiating a solution and funding with Federal and State Governments to continue long day care children services in Henty and Walla Walla
    • Greater Hume Children Services announced winner of the NSW/ACT Service Excellent Award
    • Completion of a number of road projects


  • Council will undertake a customer satisfaction survey of residents during the first two weeks of April. 


  • Council will apply to NSW Government to allocate $107,451 for a purpose built men’s shed in the Holbrook Industrial Estate and an amount of $5,970 will be allocated to a project in Culcairn. The funding opportunity is via remaining funds from the NSW State Government’s Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Community Assistance Program, and the decision followed community consultation with the Holbrook community in February.


  • Council’s quarterly budget review to 31 December 2018, reported that the projected 2018/2019 cash surplus will be $15,976 which represents movement of $34,756 on the budget surplus of $50,732 as at 30 September. 


  • Following a request from the Old School House Committee seeking support from Council, Council officers will explore other opportunities to develop a sustainable financial model whereby the old school house buildings in Walla Walla can be secured and preserved.


  • Council has received funding of $285,950 for heavy patching repair works on Walbundrie Road under the Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program. Works on the road will commence during March 2019.


  • Council received a report that landowners in Urana Street, Jindera between Pioneer Drive and the Jindera Recreation Ground will be notified shortly regarding their contributions to the new kerb and channel works.  

Residents’ contributions are required under Council’s Administration of Contributory Footpath and Kerb and Gutter Schemes Policy which can be read on Council’s website.

The construction of the final sections of kerb and channel will provide continuous kerb and channel from Pioneer Drive to the creek at the recreation reserve and will improve liveability and amenity at this major entrance to town.

Next Council meeting will be held on 20 March 2019 at Carabost.

Meeting agendas and minutes are available for viewing at any time online here or in person at any Greater Hume Customer Service Officer.

Cr Heather Wilton


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