Today we bring you a summary of important decisions council made last Thursday 22 July at what was supposed to be the last council meeting after five years and before the Minister of Local Government, Shelly Hancock, announced a second postponement of elections last Sunday.
The CCS Loan
Here is the result, as published in the council minutes, of the loan vote for the CCS.
“Motion (Cr George Cecato / Cr Sally Townley);
1. Enter into a fixed interest rate loan agreement to borrow $50.265 million over 30 years with the Westpac Banking Corporation for the Cultural and Civic Space Project.
2. Authorise the General Manager under delegated authority to execute the loan agreement.
Cr Arkan gave notice of a Foreshadowed Motion.
Resolved (Cr Denise Knight) That the motion be put. For: Crs Knight, Adendorff, Cecato and Townley Against: Crs Amos, Arkan, Rhoades and Swan The MOTION on being put to the meeting resulted in a tied vote. The Mayor used her casting vote and the MOTION was declared CARRIED.“
Note: CCO understands Cr John Arkan is trying to arrange a rescission motion in regards to this agenda item.
Waste Management Notices of Motion (NOM’s)
NOM21/17 Summary of Actions Relating to Waste Management in the Coffs Harbour LGA.
Resolved (Cr Tegan Swan / Cr Sally Townley)
From 2018 to present, provide a chronological list of discussions, negotiations, offers, tenders and current contracts between Coffs Harbour City Council and,
d. Tripartite agreement members – Bellingen and Nambucca Councils
e. All other relevant parties including local government areas, government agencies and private operators.
NB: All above mentioned interactions, including those deemed to be “confidential” are to be signed off as accurate representations by all parties involved.
2. Provide details of Council’s total legal costs, including legal fees, advice, contract management, participation in arbitration process and any costs awarded against council. Present a comparison between above costs versus cost of proceeding with the original tender and agreement. This should encompass all elements of the original agreement including curb side collection, container deposit scheme, MWOO and any other component not captured here.
3. Make available to the public and Councillors,
a. A copy of the “Coffs Coast Regional Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy 2015 – 2027” along with Coffs Harbour City Councils Waste Strategy.
b. An analysis of the actions and outcomes from the above documents and their status of achievement.
c. Waste educational campaigns and initiatives undertaken or proposed, including budget allocated to and spent on waste education.
4. Present future waste options currently being investigated including plan for actively engaging the community and relevant stakeholders in opportunities for input in designing our future waste management and education. 5. Provide a report on the performance of the current bulky goods collection process. Including number of vouchers used, number of paid collections used and total tonnages collected.
6. Prepare a list of council resolutions relating to waste in the previous and current terms of council and the status of their implementation. The Motion on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. Carried
NOM21/18 Compensation from the NSW State Government re the Failed Mixed Waste Scheme
Resolved (Cr Paul Amos / Cr John Arkan)
Council enter into negotiations for compensation from the NSW State Government for assurances provided to council that encouraged Coffs Harbour Council to participate in the failed mixed organic waste scheme.
Coffs Harbour Council make representations that State Government lands at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores being relinquished could potentially be considered as part of compensation package to the community of Coffs Harbour.
The Motion on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. Carried
The minutes for the 22 July Council meeting can be found here; https://infocouncil.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Open/2021/07/CO_20210722_MIN_2245_WEB.htm
The Postponed, Yet Again, LGA elections
The following is an interview with Coffs Harbour MP Gurmesh Singh by Noffee of TripleM coffs Coast yesterday primarily to discuss Mr Singh’s discussion with Shelly Hancock about the election postponement. The recent grant to Council for Brelsford park is also discussed.
Click on the URL to hear the interview; https://www.triplem.com.au/shows/moffee-for-breakfast/catch-up/a6d796b2-476a-4362-99b8-ad710167b78d
And here is a Prime7 News clip on regional mayors reactions to the postponed. The first interviewee is Mayor Denise Knight, (in a screenshot from the clip below).
View the news clip here; https://www.facebook.com/Prime7NewsNorthCoast/videos/870320806944699
The Brelsford Park Grant
Here is a Prime 7 News clip from the evening of Monday 26 July on the announcement on a grant to help redevelop Brelsford Park.
View the Prime7 news clip here; https://www.facebook.com/Prime7NewsNorthCoast/videos/417483992855070