News from the May 2019 Council Meeting

Published on 28 May 2019

Highlights from meeting held on 15 May at Holbrook:

  • In NSW Councils and insurers fund emergency services agencies in NSW, with councils required to pay 11.7 per cent of the budget required by NSW Emergency Services. These charges are embedded in council rates and insurance premiums.Greater Hume Council only recently received an invoice for $510,068.70 for its 2019/2020 levy, an increase of $97,689.70 more than last year’s levy, representing an increase of 23.69%. Council resolved to write to the NSW Premier, and key Ministers to object to this unplanned increase.Council has asked the NSW Government to fund the first twelve months of this extra cost, and to work with councils to ensure a fairer implementation into the future.
  • Council agreed to refund development application fees of $786 to the Walla Walla Motoring Club.


  • In relation to a further request from the developer of the proposed Glenellen Solar Farm, Council did not accede to the developer’s request that an amount of $500,000 of the development contribution levy be allocated to the Jindera Multi-purpose Hall project.


    Effectively this means that in the event that the Glenellen Solar Farm development is approved by NSW Planning (Council is not the consent authority), Council’s earlier decision taken at the February 2019 meeting applies and Council agrees 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 resolved to exhibit the Draft Waste Management Strategy. Residents can view the document here or at any council office, and have a say until 27 June 2019.


  • Highlights of the third quarter delivery plan performance report included:


    • Achievement of additional funding of $3.1m to enable the Henty Rail Crossing Relocation and Intersection project to proceed.
    • Commencement of centre based of Long Day Care services at Henty and Walla Walla.
    • Completion and replacement of stairs and viewing platform at Morgans Lookout
    • Project management of a large number of projects funded under Rounds 1 and 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
    • Free waste facility access day at all waste depots across the shire
    • Hard Waste collection at Henty, Jindera and Walla Walla in conjunction with Holbrook Rotary and local football clubs.


      A full list of achievements is included within the report.


  • Residents can view the Community Satisfaction Survey 2019 here.


  • Council also resolved to amend its Code of Meeting Practice and place the amended document on the website.


  • Council resolved to lobby and work with the Member for Farrer and mobile network operators to support the applications for funding for mobile base stations to eliminate black spot issues across the Greater Hume local government area.


  • Council received a report which provided an overview of the establishment of the new Riverina Joint Organisation (known as RivJO) which will in time replace the existing REROC (Riverina Eastern Organisations of Councils) structure.A draft strategic plan has been prepared for the RivJO.


  • Council’s budget as at 31 March 2019 indicated a projected 2018/2019 cash surplus of $22,048, an improvement of $6,072 on the previous quarter.


  • Council resolved to prepare the necessary documents in preparation for the sale of land for unpaid rates.


  • Council accepted an offer of $62,000 for Lot 109 Jarick Way Jindera Industrial Estate.


  • Finally the council authorised the General Manager to negotiate an offer to purchase land suitable for residential development at Culcairn, with a future report to come back to Council on the matter.


Next Council meeting will be held on 19 June at Culcairn.


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

Cr Heather Wilton