Crescent Head foreshore and Kempsey Airport on Council’s March agenda

Kempsey Shire Council

Council meeting in chambers

The next Ordinary Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers from 9am on Tuesday 15 March.

The meeting will be live streamed via Council’s YouTube page and on the Kempsey Shire Council website.

For a full outline of the meeting and the discussion points, please refer to the Agenda and Business Papers.

Some of the significant items on the agenda include:

Crescent Head Foreshore Carpark

Council are being asked to confirm the boundaries of the potential area for the Foreshore Carpark component of the Crescent Head Public Domain Project and proceed with the next steps of hte engagement plan adopted at the August meeting.

The recommendation is based on the report of the project scope audit completed following a comprehensive review of council reports, community engagement, business reports and stakeholder interviews.

The balance between car parking and green space in the oceanfront precinct of the foreshore has been identified as the key contention in the Crescent Head foreshore plans.

Taking into consideration the community perspective, along with environmental factors and council obligations as a manager of crown land, the recommended geographical footprint for the future community engagement and design is defined by the following boundaries:

  • Western boundary: just past the footbridge where the path narrows towards Killick Creek
  • Southern boundary: bounded by the existing holiday park boundary
  • Eastern boundary: where the path narrows and meets the golf course boundary
  • Excludes the Surf Club, holiday park and golf course existing boundaries.

Kempsey Airport pilot training proposal

Council are being asked to approve Sportfly Aviation, a local operator, to undertake pilot training activities at Kempsey Airport under a commercial agreement with council for a period of one (1) year with a further one (1) year option.

The proposed Sportfly Aviation flight training operations whilst commercial, are primarily intended to provide opportunities for residents and visitors to the shire for recreational purposes, as opposed to training for those seeking to be a commercial pilot.

The localised nature of the proposed operations, potential positive community benefits, relatively small number of proposed aircraft movements and the use of recreational aircraft only, makes this proposal a suitable operation for Kempsey Airport. As such, it is recommended that council authorise the general manager to enter into a commercial agreement with Sportfly Aviation based on the terms and conditions set out within this report.

South West Rocks Seascape Grove Estate planning proposal

The site at Lot 801 DP1270742 (and the adjoining Lot 800 to the south west) located at Rosedale Avenue South, South West Rocks is owned by Auspaddy Developments Pty Ltd and forms part of the residential subdivision known as Seascape Grove Estate.

Lot 801 has an area of some 18.1ha, principally comprises R1 General Residential zone while Lot 800 principally comprises C3 Environmental Management zone.

The planning proposal will correct anomalies between the applicable KLEP2013 mapping layers and the boundary of the site to facilitate an approved residential subdivision.

Rental Assessment and Rebate

Council provides a wide range of community facilities which help meet the diverse needs of its residents. It also owns or manages land upon which community facilities have been built and owns buildings which it leases out to provide a commercial return to council.

Council is proposing to update the procedure by which community facilities, commercial buildings and residential properties may be leased and licenced by individuals by simplifying the rebate mechanism.

The procedure has been updated to align with the rental assessment and rebate procedure principles utilised by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment when granting financial concessions in respect to crown land holdings and will ensure an appropriate level of rental for council owned and managed properties

Exhibition of the revised procedure will enable feedback to be incorporated prior to council recommending adoption at a future council meeting.

Agribusiness Industry Plan

The Agribusiness Industry Plan is a strategic planning document to guide the overall vision for agribusiness in the Macleay Valley and is a key component of the overarching Horizon 2030: Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

The Agribusiness Industry Plan maps out a future plan for the development of agriculture in the Macleay Valley that can guide economic development and meet the needs of our community.

Council adopted the Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy ‘Horizon 2030’ at its October 2019 council meeting. Horizon 2030 provides a blueprint for enhancing the vibrancy, diversity, and sustainability of the Macleay Valley economy.

The presentation of the Agribusiness Industry Plan brings to fruition theme 2 of the Horizon 2030 – Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy: “Support the Development of the Macleay Valley as a Location for Smart and Sustainable Agribusiness.”

Order of Business considered in open session includes:

7.1. 2022 Federal Election Campaign

8.1. Australia Day Committee

8.2. Local Traffic Committee – 1st March 2022

9.1. Crescent Head Public Domain Plan – Foreshore Car Park

9.2. Kempsey Airport – Commercial Agreement for Pilot Training Proposal

9.3. Planning Proposal PP-2021-7403 – Rosedale Avenue, South West Rocks

9.4. Procedure 1.2.7 – Rental Assessment and Rebate

9.5. Agribusiness Industry Plan

9.6. Internal Audit Charters

9.7. Northern Regional Planning Panel Council Nominations

9.8. Statement of Cash and Investments – February 2022

11.1. Legal Matters

11.2. Sale of Land for Unpaid Rates

11.3. Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee – February 2022 Meeting Minutes and Annual Activity Report

11.4. Rehabilitation of Apron & Taxiways at Kempsey Airport – TQE22/1

Speak about items on the agenda

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