Greater Hume Council News December 2018

Published on 21 December 2018

Highlights from Greater Hume Council meeting held on 19 December:

  • Newly elected councillor, Cr Lea Parker, took the affirmation of office following the by-election held in November. 
  •  A presentation was made about the trial on-demand public transport service for Burrumbuttock, Jindera and Walla Walla (into Albury) starting in February 2019.
  •  Subject to a commitment by service or sporting organisations, a Hard Waste Free Collection Day will take place on Sunday, 3 March.All transfer stations and landfills will be open and will provide free access. The initiative will be coordinated by Rotary Club of Holbrook and local football clubs.

  •  In February, Council will exhibit its new Fixed Development Consent Levy Contributions Plan.The levy applies to all developments unless it is an excluded development (which is listed within the plan).

  •  Council endorsed a submission prepared in response to the Department of Primary Industries Important Agricultural Lands Draft Map for the Riverina Murray area.The submission can be viewed on Council’s website under the News tab.

  •  In response to diminishing volunteers, Council will vary the hours of operation of the Greater Hume Visitor Information Centre / Submarine Museum at Holbrook, on a three month trial starting January. The centre will open Tuesday to Sunday and public holiday Mondays.

  •  Visitors, residents, the local economy and the environment will benefit with the installation of an NRMA Charging Station for electric vehicles in the Gallipoli Victoria Rest area, in Albury Street, Holbrook.The charging station will provide universal access for the most popular electric vehicles and will be powered by renewable energy. It is expected that the station will be operational early in 2019.

  •  Culcairn is one of only five towns in NSW to be selected as a challenger for the 2019 Healthy Towns Challenge to improve community health, with initiatives funded by a $15,000 grant.The challenge will run from February to August with the winning town to receive a further $5,000.

  •  Council appointed Haley Constructions to build new skateparks in Culcairn and Jindera.

  •  Council has received funding of $180,000 to undertake feasibility studies for works identified in the floodplain risk management plans prepared for Culcairn, Henty and Holbrook.

  •  A report was submitted on over expenditure on Coppabella, Cummings and Alma Park Roads due to prevailing poor soil conditions.

  •  Council set sale prices for the new residential estate recently completed in Walla Walla. Marketing of the allotments sized from 940 square metres (priced from $56,500) will commence soon. Council is confident that strong sales enquiry will follow.

  •  In response to the closure of child care services provided by Albury Wodonga Community College, Council staff have been very busy responding to this critical community need.

  •  Council continues to negotiate with the Australian Government regarding Greater Hume Children Services undertaking a long day care model in Henty and Walla Walla, if a satisfactory funding model can be worked out.   At present, it is envisaged that the model could operate for a period of two years with the aim that the Henty Preschool expand facilities and transition into long day care.  In relation to child care services for Walla Walla, Council will continue to support the childhood hub building project with Council committing to the ongoing provision of long day care subject to funding and community need.

  • Council has agreed to offer incumbent, Steven Pinnuck, a new two year General Manager’s Contract of Employment (effective 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021).

 

Next Council meeting will be held on 20 February 2019 at Holbrook. 

Meeting agendas and minutes for 19 December Council meeting can be viewed here or in person at any Greater Hume Customer Service Centre.

Cr Doug Meyer, OAM

Acting Mayor