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Eleven questions Councillors should ask at tonight’s meeting

Tonight CHCC Councillors are being asked to give delegated powers to the General Manager to negotiate the sale of Rigby House, the Castle Street Chambers, the CHCC property in Rose Avenue and the Museum site, with prospective buyers after the tender process failed to raise the amounts Council wanted for the four properties.

By Rob Steurmann and Grant Cairncross (CCO Editor)

The sale of these properties is being sought so as to proceed with the proposed CCC in Gordon Street.

It is time for Councillors to ask some very pertinant questions tonight in our opinion. Photo; Trevor Veale, Coffs Coast Advocate

Given the failure of the tender process and the extremely precarious overall economic conditions and headwinds we are all facing we believe it is cognisant on Councillors to get answers to the following questions before voting on this recommendation;

“Given the Mayor has said our financial position is sound can we have further details on this.

Was the Mayor referring to only to the Civic and Cultural Space project or, was the statement to cover our wider financial position?

Specifically, for the Civic and Cultural Space project:

  1.  Is there any provision to cover any future liabilities council may incur such as, for example, legal disputes? and
  2. What amount is in the provision (by category) and how was the amount determined?

Then, in the wider accounts:

  1. Is there any provision to cover any future liabilities council may incur such as, for example, legal disputes? and
  2. What amount is in the provision (by category) and how was the amount determined?

Covid 19 has made an impact on our residents so is an estimate of the reduction in council revenue available?

  1. How much of the reduction is attributable to applications to defer or extend payment of rates?
  2. How much of the reduction will see further action by council to provide other forms of relief including the waiving of charges?
  3. How much of the reduction relates to “write-offs” of rate receipts?
  4. Has the provision for write-offs been increased?
  5. What are the assumptions used by council to arrive at the above figures?
  6. Is there a need to adjust any previously agreed allocations in the area of continuing day-to-day functions such as roads or waste collection?
  7. Will Council be able to maintain all existing levels of service for recurrent costs?”

3 Comments

  1. Catherine Peck

    Another question would be: has the NSW Department of Planning approved the project and if not how can any funds be allocated for lane upgrades etc before approval is granted?

  2. 40cmPedestalFan

    These are good questions.

    It is beholden on the Councillors hurrying to proceed with the development to prove they are cognisant of the CHANGED economic situation we, and the world, are now in, to the extent that includes worldwide conditions filtering into the area, as well as of course locally, in detail, and such that their grasp of these conditions are bankable and justify their voiced confidence. Give us details.

    In other words: “Being so confident, Councillor, would you be prepared to personally underwrite the development to the full extent of your own financial position?”

    Or: “Would you put your house on it?” And even, “How different would you feel, how more, or less, confident, if it were your money and your financial position you were putting at risk?”

  3. Richard McDermott

    Having listened to Cr Adendorf for the length of the time he has be on our council I am just so glad I wasn’t part of a minority group with ideas opposed to his in the country he lived before leaving and coming to our country.

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