Summary of November Council Meeting

DA 84/14 Development Application long term trading (footpath dining) and portable A-Fame signage – 51 Murray Street, Tooleybuc

Council approved the placement of outdoor dining furniture and portable A-Frame signage to be placed on the footpath adjacent to the Tooleybuc Hotel.

The area will seat 30 portable chairs and seven tables, which will be removed after each day of trading. An A-Frame blackboard will also be placed on the grass nature strip advertising the hotel’s meals.

Partnering agreement with TAFE Riverina Institute

Council will enter into a Partnering Agreement with TAFE Riverina Institute, to roll out a pilot program delivering training into Barham and Moulamein through video conference facilities. The partnership agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of Wakool Shire Council and TAFE Riverina Institute to deliver this training. This includes providing the Institute with access to Library facilities or meeting rooms at agreed times and promotion of training options.

Training courses are expected to start in early 2015.

Donation of surplus computer to Barham Consolidated

Council will donate a surplus desk top computer to Barham Consolidated for use in the Visitor Information Centre, located in the Barham Newsagency. Barham Consolidated is responsible for the machine’s operation, ongoing maintenance and internet connection.

The Barham Koondrook Tourism Group (BKTG), a sub-committee of Barham Consolidated, in consultation with the business community, have proposed the Barham Newsagency as the preferred location of the Visitor Information Centre.

The newsagency, together with BKTG, will also maintain visitor information displays at the Barham Bakery, Riverside Café, Barham IGA and Barham Services Club. The displays and brochures have been relocated from Council’s Barham office to the newsagency.

As part of providing visitor information, the BKTG requested Council donate a surplus or obsolete desk top computer so visitors to the information centre can access online information.

Small Business Friendly Council Program

Council resolved to join the Small Business Friendly Council Program and will sign the Small Business Friendly Council Charter.

By joining the program, Council will report on small business improvement processes and on-time payment policies in its operational plan. It will also encourage existing organisations in communities throughout the Shire, such as Barham Consolidated and Moulamein Heritage and Tourism Committee, to undertake a business advisory role. Council will also implement new initiatives such as streamlining procurement or establishing online DA lodgement, inspection requests or tracking.

To date, more than 40 councils are participating in the program, including Deniliquin and Hay.

Backroads Trail Touring Packages Marketing Plan

Council will contribute $1000 in the 2014/2015 year and $1000 in the 2015/2016 year to the Backroads Trail Touring Packages Marketing Plan Project. The contribution is dependent on the successful application to the Diversification Fund by the Backroads Trail Committee.

The Backroads Trail tourism route, which is located in the Murray and Wakool Shires, takes in a region north of the Murray River roughly between the towns of Barham, Moama and Deniliquin. It supports eight local businesses, six in Barham and district and two in Koondrook.

Council has been a supporter of the Backroads Trail since its formation in 2009.

Gonn Street gravity stormwater project

Council accepted the tender submitted by Bell Environmental for the Gonn Street gravity stormwater project in Barham. The project’s works include the decommissioning and supply of pump stations, concrete piping and concrete rising main, non-return valve, junction pit and reinstatement of pavements and nature strips.

Road naming – Nullabooma Road, Wakool

Council will start the process to name the unnamed lane off Nullabooma Road - Majella Lane, including notifying all relevant government bodies as per the Roads Act 1993. If no objections are received, Council will then advertise the proposed name for public comment.

Moulamein Football and Netball Club – contribution towards costs for concept and design for redevelopment of netball courts

Council will contribute $1000 towards the cost of concept and design plans by MH Consulting for the redevelopment of the Moulamein South Recreation Reserve Netball Courts.

The Moulamein Football and Netball Club has applied for a $147,000 grant to the office of Liquor and Gaming under the Club Grants Category 3 program to redevelop the netball courts.

The proposed redevelopment will bring the courts up to Netball Victoria safety standards. It will include resurfacing two netball courts, new lighting, electronic scoreboards for both football and netball, and a new shed for Court 2.

Complaints Management Policy, Customer Service Policy and Recruitment and Selection Policy

Following public exhibition for 28 days and with no submissions received, Council adopted the Complaints Management Policy, the Customer Service Policy and the Recruitment and Selection Policy. These three policies will be placed in Council’s Policy Register.

Engineering operations

Council noted an information report regarding works carried out or planned in the Shire. These works include:

• Earthworks at Nacurrie North Bridge are to be completed and the approach rail guard erected. Drill holes in the underside of the concrete decks are to be attached to cleats, while stream name signs, width marker signs and delineation will be erected. The side track and traffic control will be removed once the bridge is open to traffic. Dirt will be placed on approach batters.

• Installation of bridge girders and bracing are complete on Marunda Bridge, with work on bridge approaches in progress. The bridge is on track for completion by the end of November 2014.

• Barham Cemetery’s access road has been constructed and access to the old section closed.

• Wakool Shire Council’s application under the NSW Fixing Country Roads program for 50% of three bridge replacements has made the shortlist. Full applications are due on the 5th of December, with the funding announcement by the end of January 2015. Council has also applied for the Federal Bridge Replacement Program, which is being assessed.

• Final preparation grading has finished at East Barham Road. The road is being sealed.

• MR 94 road reconstruction has progressed. The road is being graded and preparation for sealing by the end of the month.

• A tender for kerbing and concrete works has been advertised.

• Initial discussion with the Office of Water regarding the Murray Downs dual water system and the approval process for recycled water system has commenced.

 

Holiday closure 2014 Christmas period

Following are the closures of Council offices and services during the Christmas/New Year period:

• The Moulamein Council office will close from 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 (doors will be closed to the public from 12.30 pm), and re-open on Monday, 5 January 2015.

• The Barham office will close from 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 (doors will be closed to the public from 12.30 pm), and re-open on Monday, 5 January 2015.

The Barham office will open during the break on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 and Friday, 2 January 2015 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, for RMS and V-Line transactions.

• The Moulamein Business Centre will be closed from 1.00 pm on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 and will re-open on Monday, 5 January.

The business centre will be open for normal hours on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 and Friday, 2 January 2015.

• The Moulamein Library will close from 6.30 pm on Tuesday, 23 December and resume normal hours on Tuesday, 6 January.

• The Barham Library will be closed from 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 23 December and will re-open on Tuesday, 6 January.

• The Tooleybuc and Moulamein and Barham HACC offices will close from 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 and re-open on Monday, 5 January.

• Council depots will close for the Christmas break from 5.00 pm on Thursday, 18 December 2014 and re-open on Tuesday, 6 January 2015.

 

Wakool Shire Council Citizenship Awards

Recommendation to close meeting

In accordance with Section 10A (2) (a) of the Local Government Act 1993, Council closed the meeting to the public and press during consideration of the “Wakool Shire Council Citizenship Awards 2014”.

Recipients of the Wakool Shire Council Citizenship Awards will be announced shortly with the presentation of awards to occur on Australia Day, 26th January 2015.

To view the reports presented at the November Ordinary Meeting, visit www.wakool.nsw.gov.au and click on Council meetings from the Quicklinks menu.

The next Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10 December in Barham at 9.30am.