Council ‘carry-ons’- Coffs Harbour Council meeting – 22 March

This is a continuing look at the major decisions made by Councils in the Coffs Coast region at their meetings. 

This week we look at the Coffs Harbour City Council meetings held on 22 March 2018.  Bellingen and Nambucca will be reported on after Easter.

By the Editor.

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GM18/06         Service Partnership with Service NSW
 Executive Summary

This report provides background information and seeks support to enter into a partnership with Service NSW to deliver the Easy to Do Business program within the Coffs Harbour LGA.  The program aims to streamline the processes of opening a new cafe, restaurant or small bar business and requires a resolution of Council to proceed.

2018/54Resolved (Cr Sally Townley / Cr George Cecato)

That Council:

1.        Delegate authority to the General Manager to enter into a contract with Service NSW for the Easy to Do Business program; and

2.        Delegate authority to the General Manager to execute any necessary documents under the Common Seal of Council.

The Motion on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.

Carried

 

 GM18/07         Joint Organisation Membership
 Executive Summary

Council initially considered a report on 8 February 2018 which proposed that Coffs Harbour City Council resolve to join a Joint Organisation (JO) following the passing of enabling legislation in late 2017.  At this time, Council resolved to seek an extension of time to consider this matter further and also resolved that a briefing be held on the subject matter.  Subsequently an extension of time through to 23 March 2018 was granted to all regional NSW councils.  A briefing was held on 19 February 2018.

This report contains much of the information that was presented in report GM18/01 and also provides some further information that has become available since that earlier report was prepared.

This report also sets out the process and a formal recommendation to enable Council to participate in the establishment of a Joint Organisation.  Whilst the recommendation in this report suggests the establishment of a JO based on the area covered by the current MIDROC area, the Options section of the report provides detail of what may be required to enable other options to be pursued by Council should it wish.

2018/55Resolved (Cr Sally Townley / Cr Tegan Swan)

In accordance with Part 7 of Chapter 12 of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act), the Coffs Harbour City Council (Council) resolves:

1.        That the Council inform the Minister for Local Government (Minister) of the Council’s endorsement of the Minister recommending to the Governor the establishment of a Joint Organisation (Joint Organisation) in accordance with this resolution.

2.        To approve the inclusion of the Council’s area in the Joint Organisation area.

3.        That the Joint Organisation be established to cover the Council’s area and any one or more of the following council areas:

3.1      Bellingen Shire Council

3.2      Clarence Valley Council

3.3      Nambucca Shire Council

4.        That, on the expiry of a period of 28 days from the making of this resolution, the General Manager provide the Minister:

4.1      with a copy of this resolution including the date on which Council made this resolution, and

4.2      inform the Minister that this resolution has not been rescinded, for the purpose of the Minister issuing a certificate under section 400P of the Act.

For:         Crs Knight, Adendorff, Amos, Arkan, Rhoades, Swan and Townley

Against:  Crs Cecato and Strom

Carried

 

Notices of Motion – Business Services

 NOM18/02      Qantas Training Academy
 Motion (Cr John Arkan / Cr Paul Amos)

“That a report be brought back to council, as to the viability of attracting the Qantas training academy / school to Coffs Harbour; noting the requirements to put in a bid.”

During debate Cr Adendorff requested the wording be changed to the following:

“That a report be brought back to council, as to the viability and potential social impacts of attracting the Qantas training academy / school to Coffs Harbour; noting the requirements to put in a bid.”

The Mayor asked Councillors if they had any objection to the change to the original motion.

No objections were received.

2018/57Resolved (Cr John Arkan / Cr Paul Amos)

 

“That a report be brought back to council, as to the viability and potential social impacts of attracting the Qantas training academy / school to Coffs Harbour; noting the requirements to put in a bid.”

The Motion on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.

Carried

 

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Editors note:  It is important to note that the CHCC does not appear from the minutes above to have agreed to a Joint Organisation with Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils, as well as those other three Councils named, as was proposed by the NSW State Government.

Yet from what I can ascertain all the other Councils appear to have agreed to Kempsey and Port Macquarie being included in the Mid North Coast JO.   See: this press release from the Kempsey Council.

So where does this leave the CHCC in relation to the MNC JO?  In?  Out?  In and out?  Or potentially a lonely ‘shag on a rock’?

In other words the CHCC appears to have come up with a decision different to the three Councils it wants to be in a JO with as well as not wanting two other councils that those three nevertheless want in the JO.

I wonder how many other Regional NSW Councils have made a decision on their JO like this and if so what the ramifications of that decision have been?

Is anyone else as flummoxed on this one as I am?

See here and also here  and here too for more Outlook stories on this issue.

  • By the way the QANTAS flying school decision is a very good one. A big, well done to Council on this.

It will require a lot of work from here on. Especially in liaison with neighbouring Councils in order to, dare I say, ‘make it fly’ and to appear regionally significant.  There will be hot competition around Australia for hosting this so having as many other neighbouring Councils ‘on board’ the proposal and bid will be very helpful as they stand to gain from it too cost/benefit-wise.

Which kind of makes my point above even more relevant doesn’t it?

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