Council News from November Council Meeting

Published on 26 November 2019

Highlights from meeting held on 20 November at Henty.

Council resolved to submit a submission that objects to the exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Walla Walla Solar Farm and the draft submission be amended in accordance with this resolution.

Council resolved to approve a development application for a shed in Beatrice Road, Burrumbuttock subject to 25 conditions of approval.                                                                                                                                             

Council endorsed the Annual Report, which is available to be viewed at greaterhume.nsw.gov.au and agreed that the Office of Local Government be notified of the URL link to the report on the website.

Council agreed to offer the Holbrook Men’s Shed Inc. a loan of $22,000 funded from Loans to Community Groups funding pool, with interest of 3% pa and a term of 10 years.

Council received a report on the quarterly budget review to 30 September 2019. The review indicates a cash surplus of $75,789, an improved position based on the original estimate of $1,411.   The report noted that revenue from investment interest is being severely impacted by record low interest rates, with a review of investment income to be reported in the December quarterly budget review.  Council also expects savings to flow into the budget in the next quarter from workers compensation premium adjustments.

Due to the rollout of the Crown Land Management Act 2016, Council is required to introduce a short term licence fee of $250 (incl of GST) for crown land grazing leases. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, Council resolved to provide public notice of the proposed new fee for a period of 28 days.

A total of $29,534 has been awarded to nine community groups as part of Greater Hume Council’s 2019-2020 Community Development Grant Program.  The final allocations were signed off at the November Council meeting for projects aimed at enhancing the range, availability and quality of community facilities and community programs that benefit a diverse range of residents.

Council will lodge two projects under the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads grant round – 1. Reconstruction of the remaining 6 km of Cummings Road, and 2. Reconstruction of 4 km of Fellows Hills Road. The proposed grant requires Council contribution of 25% of the cost of these projects.

Excell Gray Bruni was appointed successful tenderer for drainage and concrete works on Kywong – Howlong Road, north of Brocklesby.

Council accepted financial assistance of $140,000 through OEH Floodplain Management Program to proceed with the Jindera and Walla Walla Flood Mitigation Works – Investigation and Design Phase.  To undertake the project Council will contribute $35,000.

Council was also notified of the Australian Government’s latest drought funding announcement which will result in funding of $1 Million, to combat the prolonged dry spell and drought’s impact in our area.  Council awaits grant guidelines but has been advised that the funding is to be invested in projects that support jobs and business income.

Council also resolved to consider two matters of urgency at the meeting.  Council resolved to authorise senior management to undertake further negotiations with NEOEN in respect to a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for the proposed Culcairn Solar Farm and the Walla Walla Solar Farm.  Council also agreed that the results of negotiations be reported as an open agenda item at a future meeting and appropriate bodies be advised of the negotiations.

The next Council meeting will be held on 18 December at Holbrook.

Meeting agendas and minutes are available for viewing at any time on Council’s website or in person at any Greater Hume Customer Service Office.

Cr Heather Wilton    

Mayor