Summary of Council’s 22 March 2021 Ordinary Meeting

Flood plans and studies to go on exhibition

Council has tonight endorsed placing two draft documents which address floodplain risk management in Wagga Wagga and three of the villages on public exhibition for community comment.

The draft Major Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (MOFFS) and the draft Village Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management (VOFFS) Studies and Plans relate to Wagga Wagga and the villages of Tarcutta, Ladysmith and Uranquinty.

Both studies assess the impacts of floods on the existing and future community and allows the identification of management measures to treat flood risk.

The plans outline a range of measures, for future implementation, to manage existing, future and residual flood risk effectively and efficiently.

The MOFFS and VOFFS drafts will now be placed on public exhibition for a period of 40 days from 26 March 2021 with the public invited to make submissions until 5 May 2021.

  • RP-6 DRAFT WAGGA WAGGA MAJOR OVERLAND FLOW FLOODPLAIN STUDY (MOFFS) & THE TARCUTTA, LADYSMITH AND URANQUINTY FLOODPLAIN STUDY (VOFFS)

Springvale planning proposal

Council has supported a planning proposal (LEP20/0006) to rezone land and reduce the minimum lot size from 200ha to 2ha for 39 Currawang Drive, Springvale.

It has also endorsed preparing an addendum to expand the reduction of minimum lot size to a broader precinct to acknowledge the existing lot size pattern.

The planning proposal, with Council’s addendum, will now be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.

  • RP-2 PLANNING PROPOSAL – LEP20/0006 – CURRAWANG DRIVE – AMENDMENT TO LAND ZONING AND MINIMUM LOT SIZE OF THE WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2010

Lake Albert land lot sizes approved

Council has adopted a planning proposal to amend the minimum lot size provisions of the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 for land bound by Silverwood, Birch, Mitchell and Brunskill roads in Lake Albert.

The amendment allows the reduction of the minimum lot size provisions for lots from 2ha to a combination of lot sizes including 0.15ha, 0.2ha, 0.3ha and 0.4ha.

During the public exhibition period, nine submissions were received.

  • RP-3 PLANNING PROPOSAL – LEP19/0010 TO AMEND WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2010 MINIMUM LOT SIZE PROVISIONS FOR LAND BOUND BY SILVERWOOD, BIRCH, MITCHELL AND BRUNSKILL ROADS, LAKE ALBERT

· CBD building height proposal

Council has resolved to support a planning proposal (LEP20/0010) to increase the height of building control for a CBD block at 63-65 Johnston Street.

The amendment to the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 would allow new or refitted buildings up to 25 metres tall, up from the current 16-metre limit.

The proposal will now be submitted for a Gateway Determination from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Council will receive a further report after a public exhibition period addressing any submissions made in respect of the planning proposal.

  • RP-4 PLANNING PROPOSAL – LEP20/0010 – AMEND WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN HEIGHT OF BUILDING CONTROL AT 63-65 JOHNSTON STREET, WAGGA WAGGA

Friday night shopping trial report

Council received a report detailing the outcomes and summary of key findings on the Friday night shopping and footpath activation trial, which was held on 4, 11 and 18 December 2020 and extended the full length of the main street.

  • RP-5 FRIDAY NIGHT SHOPPING AND FOOTPATH ACTIVATION TRIAL

Financial Performance Report update

A number of updates to projects have been provided in the latest Financial Performance Report budget variations. These include:

– Lost Lanes 2021

Lost Lanes 2021 is scheduled for Saturday 26 June 2021 and will be reformatted to include a larger footprint in order to meet the public health orders around mass gatherings.

Savings from the New Year’s Eve ($28,000) and Artstate 2020 ($ 7,000) events will be used to cover the costs associated with cleaning and sanitisation, crowd management, fencing, COVID-19 marshalling and contact tracing.

– Safe and Healthy Community Projects

Council has been successful in securing NSW Government grant funds for several projects benefiting the community, including:

  • renewal of the Flowerdale Footbridge on the Wiradjuri Trail in the Silvalite Reserve;
  • replacement and upgrade of the existing boundary fencing and removal of rubbish on a reserve used by the Wagga Bidgee and District Pony Club;
  • the upgrade of the Cabarita Park facility, including the walls, roof, kitchen, bathroom and the erection of an awning; and
  • the installation of a rainwater tank and pump system and improvements to access roads and car parks at the Collingullie Oval and Cross Roads Oval.
  • RP-7 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE REPORT AS AT 28 FEBRUARY 2021

Financial assistance for Country Hope

Council has provided financial assistance to Country Hope, waiving the $700 booking fee for use of the Cross Street car park for the Country Hope Wheels of Wagga events.

  • RP-8 SECTION 356 REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Council sponsorship approved

Council has agreed to support the 2021 MerinoLink Conference being held in Wagga Wagga from 16-18 June to the tune of $10,000 through the COVID-19 Fast Track Event Sponsorship Program. Council has also approved the extension of the COVID-19 Fast Track Event Sponsorship Program for one month to 30 April 2021 for events held until 31 July 2021.

  • RP-9 COVID-19 FAST TRACK EVENT SPONSORSHIP

Mayor to attend Murray Darling Association AGM

Council has endorsed the Mayor to attend The Murray Darling Association National Conference and Annual General Meeting to be held in Wentworth on the 16-19 May 2021.

  • RP-10 COUNCILLOR CONFERENCE – MURRAY DARLING ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • RP-1 DA20/0774 – CHANGE OF USE TO CENTRE BASED CHILDCARE FACILITY (60 PLACES) INCLUDING ASSOCIATED ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS, SIGNAGE, LANDSCAPING AND BOUNDARY FENCING AT 133 PETER STREET, WAGGA WAGGA.
  • Report deferred

Rates payment deferred

Council has agreed to defer the payment of a portion of rates at a Wagga Wagga property after receiving an application for financial hardship relief. Payment will now be due at the end of May 2022.

  • CONF-1 PROPERTY RATES MATTER

Envirosonic purchase approved

The purchase of the Envirosonic Ultrasound System installed at Lake Albert to manage blue green algae levels has been approved by Council tonight.

The current 16-month extended trial of the system being used in the lake will end on 13 April 2021.

  • CONF-2 LAKE ALBERT BLUE GREEN ALGAE REMEDIATION (UPDATE ON EXTENDED TRIAL OF ULTRASOUND UNITS)

Trade services accepted

Council has accepted the offers of four businesses to provide trade services.

The businesses are: AC Electrics Pty Ltd, Engie Mechanical Services Australia Pty Ltd, Grant Roberson Communications and Total Ventilation and Hygiene Pty Ltd.

  • CONF-3 RFT2018-16 PROVISION OF TRADE SERVICES (REFRESH)

Contract for memorial plaques

Council has agreed to enter into a contract with two businesses for the supply of memorial plaques, vases and other supplies.

The offers accepted for a two-year term were from Phoenix Foundry Pty Ltd and Arrow Bronze.

  • CONF-4 RFT2021-16 SUPPLY OF MEMORIAL PLAQUES, VASES AND OTHER SUPPLIES

Airport hangar sub-lease

Council has agreed to assign a sub-lease for hangar site 18 at Wagga Wagga Airport.

  • CONF-5 PROPOSED ASSIGNMENT OF AIRPORT SUB-LEASE – LIGHT AIRCRAFT PRECINCT HANGAR SITE 18

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