13 May Ordinary Council Meeting notes

Business papers: https://meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au/

Emergency services levy changes

Council has supported Local Government NSW’s call for the State Government to cover the initial increases to the Emergency Services Levy in 2019/20.

Each year, the state collects payments from councils and insurers to fund emergency services in NSW. From 1 July 2019, the NSW Government plans to collect an additional $160M to provide better workers’ compensation for volunteer and career firefighters.

Council supports the purpose behind the change, however, there is little time to incorporate the $86,000 increase into the 2019/20 budget due to the late notice given.

The Mayor will write to the NSW Premier, Interim Opposition Leader and relevant ministers regarding the issue.

  • MM1 MAYORAL MINUTE – EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY

Camping ground near Wagga Boat Club to be investigated

Council will receive a report on the process, timeframe costings, and grant opportunities to facilitate a primitive camping ground near the Wagga Boat Club.

The potential camping ground would be on Crown land bordered by the club, Nelson Drive and Plumpton Road.

In a Notice of Motion, Councillor Paul Funnell said the club was supportive of the concept. The campground could cater for “grey nomads” and for those travelling to Wagga Wagga for specific cultural or sporting events.

  • NOM-1 NOTICE OF MOTION - POTENTIAL PRIMITIVE CAMPING GROUND

Fenced section of Explorer Park to be dog off-leash area, part of Wiradjuri Reserve to undergo 12-month trial

A fenced 0.34 hectare section of Explorer Park in Booroma will be a dog off-leash area, while a part of Wiradjuri Reserve will be subject to a 12-month trial.

Following a petition, Council placed the two sites as potential off-leash areas on public exhibition earlier this year.

Following submissions made regarding Wiradjuri Reserve, a 12-month trial will be undertaken to assess the usage and compliance of the eastern end of the reserve as an off-leash area.

Community members are reminded they are required to still have control over their dogs in an off-leash area and to clean up after their pets.

  • RP-4 DOG OFF-LEASH AREAS

Gravesites will not be reused in Wagga Wagga

Council has clarified it will continue to operate under perpetual internment rights and is not introducing renewable internment.

The NSW Government made amendments to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013 that allowed the reuse of gravesites to be introduced in the state.

Council’s cemeteries will continue to operate under perpetual interment rights, which means the remains are to be left undisturbed forever.

Council’s cemeteries have sufficient land available to provide for continued cemetery and crematoria operations and interments for a number of years.

  • RP-5 RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF MOTION - NSW LEGISLATION ALLOWING CEMETERY OPERATORS TO REUSE GRAVES

Subdivision development approved in Uranquinty

A 14-lot residential subdivision in Uranquinty has been approved.

The $400,000 development includes lot sizes ranging from 1014sqpm to 2132sqm and is located at Best Street.

The development has been redesigned from the previous 24-lot and 20-lot proposals to take into account the adopted legislative controls and also the concerns of the local community.

  • RP-2 DA16/0595 - 14 LOT RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION (MODIFIED LAYOUT) INCLUDING TREE REMOVAL -BEST ST URANQUINTY, LOT 1 SECTION 7 DP759024