Council News from September 2020 Meeting

Published on 25 September 2020

News from the September 2020 Meeting

COVID-19 restrictions have changed the way Council can run its monthly meeting.  Councillors attended the September meeting held at Holbrook, observing social distance rules.

You can view the recording of the meeting at  Members of the public were not able to attend the meeting in person but the meeting was live streamed.

Cr Heather Wilton was elected to the position of Mayor for the next 12 months until the next local government elections in September 2021.  Cr Doug Meyer OAM was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Council will continue to hold the monthly meetings at Holbrook Library Complex while COVID restrictions are enforced. Residents can bring forward issues to the council by providing a written statement, which is distributed to councillors and read out prior to the commencement of the meeting.  Statements should be provided by 5pm on the day preceding the meeting.  

Business dealt with at the meeting included:

Council resolved to seek quotations from real estate agents active in Culcairn, Henty and Holbrook to list four vacant land parcels, with funds generated from the sale of land to fund the shortfall to progress the upgrade of recreational sportsground playing fields in Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook and Jindera, with the overall project valued at $1,585,333.  Later in the meeting Council appointed two tenderers to undertake the rehabilitation of playing fields. 

Council received a report on the review of ward boundaries. Council has redrawn its ward boundaries to ensure compliance with the Local Government Act 1993 to ensure that the variance in electors does not vary more than 10% between wards. 

Council resolved to hold a constitutional referendum at the next local government elections for electors to consider whether the Greater Hume Council area should continue to be divided into wards, or that wards be abolished.

A report on the draft financial statements was presented. In response to auditor’s advice, a revised snapshot was supplied at the meeting which has meant that a one off provision for remediation of landfills and quarries has resulted in a net operating result of -$3,470,000.  This extraordinary item will not materially impact on future budgets.  Later in the meeting, Council received a detailed report on the requirement that it must make provision for the rehabilitation of four landfills and four gravel pits in their financial statements.   Council will be required to create a cash reserve for the future cost of rehabilitation in forward budgets.

Regrettably, Council will take over control of the running of three community facilities.  Local communities have struggled in recent times to recruit volunteers to fill vacancies of these section 355 committees. Carabost and Walbundrie Halls and the Morven Tennis Club grounds will return to be operated and managed by Council. 

Council received an update report of Council’s response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on operations.

Council accepted offers for the sale of two allotments in the Holbrook Industrial Estate.

Council also resolved to undertake a range of measures to rehabilitate the Funks Pit, near Jindera.

Council resolved to appoint Hutchinson Civil to undertake the Coppabella Road Reconstruction Stage 2 project at a value of $4,769,891 (excl GST).  Council received $7M funding for its share of the project from the Restart NSW Fund. Works include realignment and reconstruction of 7.7km section of Coppabella Road.  In July, Council appointed Nelmac Pty Ltd to construct a new bridge over Back Creek which also forms part of the project.  To expedite the works, Coppabella Road will be closed to through traffic between Maginnity’s Gap Road and Short Cut Road from early October through to March 2021.  Residents in the area are being informed of the road closure.

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