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13 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 


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CITY OF BUSSELTON

MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA – 13 June 2018

 

 

 

TO:                  THE MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS

 

 

NOTICE is given that a meeting of the Council will be held in the Council Chambers, Administration Building, Southern Drive, Busselton on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, commencing at 5.30pm.

 

Your attendance is respectfully requested.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

Statements or decisions made at Council meetings or briefings should not be relied on (or acted upon) by an applicant or any other person or entity until subsequent written notification has been given by or received from the City of Busselton. Without derogating from the generality of the above, approval of planning applications and building permits and acceptance of tenders and quotations will only become effective once written notice to that effect has been given to relevant parties. The City of Busselton expressly disclaims any liability for any loss arising from any person or body relying on any statement or decision made during a Council meeting or briefing.

 

 

 

Mike Archer

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

1 June 2018


CITY OF BUSSELTON

Agenda FOR THE Council MEETING TO BE HELD ON 13 June 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ITEM NO.                                        SUBJECT                                                                                                                             PAGE NO.

1....... DECLARATION OF OPENING/ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY/ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS/DISCLAIMER. 5

2....... Attendance. 5

3....... Prayer. 5

4....... Application for Leave of Absence. 5

5....... Disclosure Of Interests. 5

6....... ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE PRESIDING MEMBER. 5

7....... Question Time For Public. 5

8....... Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes. 5

Previous Council Meetings. 5

8.1          Minutes of the Council Meeting held 23 May 2018. 5

Committee Meetings. 5

8.2          Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 May 2018. 5

8.3          Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 23 May 2018. 5

8.4          Minutes of the Policy and Legislation Committee Meeting held 29 May 2018. 6

9....... RECEIVING OF Petitions, Presentations AND DEPUTATIONS. 6

10..... QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS OF WHICH DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN (WITHOUT DISCUSSION). 6

11..... Items brought forward for the convenience of those in the public gallery. 6

12..... Reports of Committee Meetings. 7

12.1        Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - FINANCIAL ACTIVITY STATEMENTS - PERIOD ENDING 30 APRIL 2018. 7

12.2        Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST. 34

12.3        Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM RATING - LAMP INCORPORATED.. 43

12.4        Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - REPROGRAMMING OF CITY WORKS. 47

12.5        Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST - INTEREST ON R4R FUNDING BUSSELTON FORESHORE PROJECT. 53

12.6        Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - RESCISSION OF STRATEGIC PLANNING POLICY  65

12.7        Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - REVIEW OF CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV) POLICY 028. 92

12.8        Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - SALARY PACKAGING POLICY. 117

12.9        Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - DESIGNATION OF SENIOR EMPLOYEES AND ACTING CEO. 129

 

 

12.10      Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO CEO TO DISPOSE OF PROPERTY BY WAY OF LEASE FOR THE NEW GENERAL AVIATION PRECINCT AT BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT. 135

13..... Planning and Development Services Report. 138

13.1        SECTION 31 RECONSIDERATION : PROPOSED RECEPTION CENTRE, LOT 30 (HSE NO 70) MILLBROOK ROAD, YALLINGUP. 138

14..... Engineering and Works Services Report. 150

15..... Community and Commercial Services Report. 151

15.1        MARKETING AND EVENTS REFERENCE GROUP OUTCOMES. 151

16..... Finance and Corporate Services Report. 156

16.1        CAPES REGION ORGANISATION OF COUNCILS (CAPEROC). 156

17..... Chief Executive Officer's Report. 169

17.1        COUNCILLORS' INFORMATION BULLETIN.. 169

20..... Confidential Matters. 241

21..... Closure. 241

 


Council                                                                                      5                                                                        13 June 2018

 

1.               DECLARATION OF OPENING/ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY/ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS/DISCLAIMER

2.               Attendance 

Apologies

Approved Leave of Absence

3.               Prayer

4.               Application for Leave of Absence

5.               Disclosure Of Interests

6.               ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE PRESIDING MEMBER

7.               Question Time For Public

Response to Previous Questions Taken on Notice 

Public Question Time For Public

8.               Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes 

Previous Council Meetings

8.1             Minutes of the Council Meeting held 23 May 2018

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held 23 May 2018 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

Committee Meetings

8.2             Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 May 2018

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 May 2018 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

 

8.3             Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 23 May 2018

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 23 May 2018 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

 

 

 

8.4             Minutes of the Policy and Legislation Committee Meeting held 29 May 2018

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Minutes of the Policy and Legislation Committee Meeting held 29 May 2018 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

9.               RECEIVING OF Petitions, Presentations AND DEPUTATIONS

Petitions

Presentations

Deputations

10.             QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS OF WHICH DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN (WITHOUT DISCUSSION)

11.             Items brought forward for the convenience of those in the public gallery


Council                                                                                      7                                                                         13 June 2018

12.             Reports of Committee Meetings

12.1           Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - FINANCIAL ACTIVITY STATEMENTS - PERIOD ENDING 30 APRIL 2018

SUBJECT INDEX:

Budget Planning and Reporting

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Finance and Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Financial Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Financial Services - Kim Dolzadelli

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Statement of Financial Activity - Period Ending 30 April 2018

Attachment b   Investment Report - Period Ending 30 April 2018  

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

PRÉCIS

 

Pursuant to Section 6.4 of the Local Government Act (‘the Act’) and Regulation 34(4) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations (‘the Regulations’), a local government is to prepare, on a monthly basis, a statement of financial activity that reports on the City’s financial performance in relation to its adopted/amended budget.

 

This report has been compiled to fulfil the statutory reporting requirements of the Act and associated Regulations, whilst also providing the Council with an overview of the City’s financial performance on a year to date basis for the period ending 30 April 2018.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Regulations detail the form and manner in which financial activity statements are to be presented to the Council on a monthly basis; and are to include the following:

 

§   Annual budget estimates

§   Budget estimates to the end of the month in which the statement relates

§   Actual amounts of revenue and expenditure to the end of the month in which the statement relates

§   Material variances between budget estimates and actual revenue/ expenditure/ (including an explanation of any material variances)

§   The net current assets at the end of the month to which the statement relates (including an explanation of the composition of the net current position)

 

Additionally, and pursuant to Regulation 34(5) of the Regulations, a local government is required to adopt a material variance reporting threshold in each financial year. At its meeting of 26 July 2017, the Council adopted (C1707/163) the following material variance reporting threshold for the 2017/18 financial year:

 


 

“That pursuant to Regulation 34(5) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations, the Council adopts a material variance reporting threshold with respect to financial activity statement reporting for the 2017/18 financial year as follows:

 

·    Variances equal to or greater than 10% of the year to date budget amount as detailed in the Income Statement by Nature and Type/ Statement of Financial Activity report, however variances due to timing differences and/or seasonal adjustments are to be reported on a quarterly basis; and

·    Reporting of variances only applies for amounts greater than $25,000.”

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 6.4 of the Act and Regulation 34 of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations detail the form and manner in which a local government is to prepare financial activity statements.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

Not applicable.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Any financial implications are detailed within the context of this report.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

Any financial implications are detailed within the context of this report.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter principally aligns with Key Goal Area 6 of the Strategic Community Plan 2017 and more specifically Community Objective 6.1 - ‘Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent’.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

Risk assessments have been previously completed in relation to a number of ‘higher level’ financial matters, including timely and accurate financial reporting to enable the Council to make fully informed financial decisions. The completion of the monthly Financial Activity Statement report is a control that assists in addressing this risk.

 

CONSULTATION

 

Not applicable

 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

In order to fulfil statutory reporting requirements, and to provide the Council with a synopsis of the City’s overall financial performance on a full year basis, the following financial reports are attached here to:

 

§   Statement of Financial Activity

This report provides details of the City’s operating revenues and expenditures on a year to date basis, by nature and type (i.e. description). The report has been further extrapolated to include details of non-cash adjustments and capital revenues and expenditures, to identify the City’s net current position; which reconciles with that reflected in the associated Net Current Position report.

 

§   Net Current Position

This report provides details of the composition of the net current asset position on a full year basis, and reconciles with the net current position as per the Statement of Financial Activity.

 

 

§   Capital Acquisition Report

This report provides full year budget performance (by line item) in respect of the following capital expenditure activities: 

·   Land and Buildings

·   Plant and Equipment

·   Furniture and Equipment

·   Infrastructure

 

§   Reserve Movements Report

This report provides summary details of transfers to and from reserve funds, and also associated interest earnings on reserve funds, on a full year basis.

 

Additional reports and/or charts are also provided as required to further supplement the information comprised within the statutory financial reports.

 

COMMENTS ON FINANCIAL ACTIVITY TO 30 April 2018

 

The Statement of Financial Activity for the period ending 30 April 2018 shows a better than expected Net Current Position “Surplus” of $14.24M being $27.75M more than Year to Date Budget.

 


 

The following summarises the major variances in accordance with Council’s adopted material variance reporting threshold that collectively make up the above difference:

 

 

2017/2018
Actual

2017/2018
Amended
Budget YTD

2017/2018
Amended
Budget

2017/18
YTD Bud Variance

2017/18
YTD Bud  Variance

Revenue from Ordinary Activities

64,610,237

63,202,572

66,421,049

2.23%

1,407,665

Expenses from Ordinary Activities

(54,745,726)

(57,365,943)

(68,674,825)

4.57%

2,620,217

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions

12,868,526

21,488,948

43,655,339

-40.12%

(8,620,422)

Profit on Asset Disposals

48,793

16,100

22,400

203.06%

32,693

Loss on Asset Disposals

(640,882)

(5,250)

(6,252)

-12107.28%

(635,632)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Revenue & (Expenditure)

 

 

 

 

 

Land & Buildings

(3,781,813)

(14,675,002)

(16,636,693)

74.23%

10,893,189

Plant & Equipment

(1,486,504)

(4,102,820)

(4,279,400)

63.77%

2,616,316

Furniture & Equipment

(441,989)

(763,581)

(830,212)

42.12%

321,592

Infrastructure

(34,306,344)

(48,316,044)

(60,684,321)

29.00%

14,009,700

Proceeds from Sale of Assets

297,911

612,850

635,150

-51.39%

(314,939)

Proceeds from New Loans

6,960,000

10,110,000

10,110,000

-31.16%

(3,150,000)

Advances to Community Groups

(110,000)

(260,000)

(260,000)

57.69%

150,000

Transfer to Restricted Assets

(2,393,927)

(513,501)

(625,751)

-366.20%

(1,880,426)

Transfer from Restricted Assets

17,701,712

15,354,556

27,808,739

15.29%

2,347,156

Transfer to Reserves

(10,598,281)

(13,372,783)

(16,285,572)

20.75%

2,774,502

Transfer from Reserves

4,185,307

1,146,659

19,921,964

265.00%

3,038,648

 

 

Operating Revenue:

 

Revenue from ordinary activities is $1.4M more than expected when compared to Year to Date (YTD) Budget with the following items meeting the material variance reporting threshold set by Council for the 2017/2018 Financial Year.

 

 

2017/2018
Actual

2017/2018
Amended
Budget YTD

2017/2018
Amended
Budget

2017/18
YTD Bud Variance

2017/18
YTD Bud  Variance

 

$

$

$

%

$

Revenue from Ordinary Activities

 

 

 

Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions

2,967,528

2,436,807

3,637,258

21.78%

530,721

Other Revenue

449,274

328,755

426,167

36.66%

120,519

Interest Earnings

2,134,655

1,885,830

2,262,996

13.19%

248,825

 

The items predominately impacting the above “Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions” are Busselton Jetty contributions of $383K which is offset with YTD Actual spend on Contractors, Financial Services Insurance Recovered $50K which is offset by insurance claim expenses, Environmental Management Operating Grants and Subsidies $51k which is offset by increased project expenditure and Airport Operation Operating Grant for the Airline Engagement Project of  $57K which is offset with project expenditure.

 

The item predominately impacting the above “Other Revenue” performance is Sale of Scrap Materials $104K.

 

Interest earnings on Reserves and Restricted funds are currently ahead of YTD Budget in the amount of $305k with $101k in Rate Instalment and Late Payment interest currently ahead of YTD Budget. Rate Instalment interest is a timing difference only and it is also expected that Interest earnings on Reserves and Restricted funds will reduce in the coming months as funds are further drawn down to finance Capital projects contained within the City’s 2017/2018 Budget.

 

Interest on Municipal Funds are behind YTD Budget by the amount of $158k and it is expected that this variation will become a permanent variation; this will however be offset with other positive Revenue outcomes.

 

The Officer notes that the above positive performance of “Operating Grants and Subsidies“, “Other Revenue” and “Interest Earnings” is added to by a positive collective performance of $507K for Rates, and Fees and Charges; these items fall below the Material Variance reporting thresholds.  These variations are considered to be that of a timing difference with the exception of Rate Revenue ($202K) which is expected to be a permanent variation.

 

Interim Rates:

Officers continue to monitor Interim Rating Income levels and present the following information noting that the YTD Budget has already been achieved;

 

 

 

Operating Expenditure:

 

Expenditure from ordinary activities, excluding depreciation, is $2.26M less than expected when compared to YTD Budget with the following items meeting the material variance reporting threshold set by Council for the 2017/2018 Financial Year.

 

 

2017/2018
Actual

2017/2018
Amended
Budget YTD

2017/2018
Amended
Budget

2017/18
YTD Bud Variance

2017/18
YTD Bud  Variance

 

$

$

$

%

$

Expenses from Ordinary Activities

 

Materials & Contracts

(11,921,643)

(13,964,471)

(16,914,999)

14.63%

2,042,828

Allocations

1,398,541

1,595,436

1,996,270

12.34%

(196,895)

 

Materials and Contracts:

The main items affected are listed below, at this stage these variances are considered to be that of a timing nature:

 

 

Note:  ** These items are offset by savings in employee costs.

 


 

Allocations:

Allocations are running $197k under YTD Budget; these items are an internal allocation of administrative costs from the Finance and Corporate Services division.

 

The Officer further notes that the above combined performance of “Materials and Contracts” and “Allocations” is added to by a positive collective performance of $1.13M for Employee Costs, Utilities, Insurances and Other Expenditure.

 

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions:

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions are less than YTD Budget by $8.62M with the main item impacting on the above result is the timing of the receipt of “Airport Development - Project Grant” with a current negative result of $8.38M; this is a timing difference in nature and effectively Municipal Funds are currently being utilised to offset the level of current expenditure for this project.

 

Other items impacting Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions are as follows:

 

 


 

Capital Expenditure

As at 30 April 2018, there is a variance of -41.03% or -$27.48M in total capital expenditure with YTD Actual at -$40.01M against a YTD Budget of -$67.86M; with the table below showing those categories exceeding the 10% material variance threshold.   The Airport Development makes up for $12.24M or 44% of the overall variance which also assists in explaining the above current YTD shortfall in Non-Operating Grants.

 

Other items impacting Capital Expenditure are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

The attachments to this report include detailed listings of the following capital expenditure (project) items, to assist in reviewing specific variances.

 

Investment Report

Pursuant to the Council’s Investment Policy, a report is to be provided to the Council on a monthly basis, detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance and counterparty percentage exposure of total portfolio. The report is also to provide details of investment income earned against budget, whilst confirming compliance of the portfolio with legislative and policy limits.

 

As at 30th April 2018, the value of the City’s invested funds totalled $77.64M, down from $79.87M as at 31st March. The decrease is attributed to the use of funds on the Airport Redevelopment Project and for general operating purposes.

 

During the month of April five term deposits held with three different institutions totalling $16.0M matured. All were renewed for a further 109 days at 2.50% (on average).

 

Additionally two deposit held with two institutions totalling $7.0M in Airport Redevelopment Funds matured. Funds totalling $4.5M were withdrawn and amount of $2.5M was reinvested for a period of 61 days at a rate of 2.1%.  An amount of $1.0M was repurposed in a funding source exchange necessitated by Investment Policy 218 exposure limit restrictions. The Funds withdrawn are required to meet ongoing Airport project expenses. The remaining funds were only reinvested for a short period as they are likely needed in a time frame shorter than the normal reinvestment period.

 

The balance of the 11am account (an intermediary account which offers immediate access to the funds compared to the term deposits and a higher rate of return compared to the cheque account) decreased by $2.25M with the funds being required for operational purposes. The balance of the Airport Development ANZ cash account increased by $4.51M, as funds were transferred in from the closed fixed term deposits.  The RBA left official rates on hold during April and May. Future movements remain uncertain at this point, although the next movement is likely to be up.


 

 

Chief Executive Officer – Corporate Credit Card

Details of monthly (March-April) transactions made on the Chief Executive Officer’s corporate credit card are provided below to ensure there is appropriate oversight and awareness of credit card transactions made.

 

Date

Amount

Payee

Description

26-Mar-18

$161.60

Citadines

Mayor Accommodation Heritage Awards

09-Apr-18

$413.00

The Manna Hahndorf

Accommodation  LGCOG EAA Meeting C Lombard

 

*Funds debited against CEO Annual Professional Development Allowance as per employment Contract Agreement

+ Allocated against CEO Hospitality Expenses Allowance

 

CONCLUSION

 

As at 30 April 2018, the City’s financial performance is considered satisfactory.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION  AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council receives the statutory financial activity statement reports for the period ending 30 April 2018, pursuant to Regulation 34(4) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations.

 

 


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Attachment a

Statement of Financial Activity - Period Ending 30 April 2018

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Council

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12.1

Attachment a

Statement of Financial Activity - Period Ending 30 April 2018

 


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12.1

Attachment b

Investment Report - Period Ending 30 April 2018

 


Council                                                                                      34                                                                      13 June 2018

12.2           Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST

SUBJECT INDEX:

Budget Planning and Reporting

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Finance and Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Finance and Corporate Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Financial Services - Kim Dolzadelli

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of budget amendments as detailed in this report.  Adoption of the Officers recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current Amended Budgeted Surplus Position of $0.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council adopted its 2017/2018 Municipal Budget on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 with a balanced Budget position.

 

Since this time Council has been advised of certain funding changes that have impacted the original Budget and Council is now being asked to consider Budget Amendments for the following Key Areas/Projects, as outlined in the Officer Comment section of this report:

 

1.    Purchase of Hangar Buildings – Busselton Margaret River Airport

2.    Be Connected: Activation Grant

3.    Marketing and Events Reference Group Outcomes

4.    GLC Gym Equipment Leases

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act refers to expenditure from the municipal fund that is not included in the annual budget. In the context of this report, where no budget allocation exists, expenditure is not to be incurred until such time as it is authorised in advance, by an absolute majority decision of the Council.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

There are multiple plans and policies that support the proposed Budget Amendments.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Budget amendments being sought will result in no change to Council’s Budget Surplus position of $0. 

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

NA.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter principally aligns with Key Goal Area 6 of the Strategic Community Plan 2017 and more specifically Community Objective 6.1 - ‘Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent’.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There is a risk to the City, as there is with all projects undertaken, that the final cost could exceed budget. If this looks to be the case Council will be notified so a suitable offset / project scope back can be identified.

 

CONSULTATION

 

NA.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The Officer recommends the following Budget Amendments to the Finance Committee for consideration and recommendation to Council.

 

1.    Purchase of Hangar Buildings – Busselton Margaret River Airport

 

At its meeting held 28 March 2018 Council considered Item 17.1 with respect to “PURCHASE OF HANGAR BUILDINGS: BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT”.  The purpose of the item was for Council to consider a proposed agreement for the purchase of two hangar buildings and continuing lease arrangements for those buildings between the City of Busselton and hangar owners (and their members) at the Busselton-Margaret River Airport. 

 

The following decision of Council was carried by Absolute Majority:

 

“COUNCIL DECISION AND AMENDED OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

C1803/066              Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Deputy Mayor   McCallum

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

 

That the Council:

 

1.    Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a contract to purchase the Hangar Building from Busselton Hangar Owners Pty Ltd as trustee for the Busselton Hangar Owners’ Unit Trust up to the figure outlined in the officers report on page 6;

 

2.    Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a contract to purchase the Hangar Building from Geographe Hangar Owners’ Group Inc up to the figure outlined in the officers report on page 6;

 

3.    Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to advertise an intended disposition of the disposition of land by way of lease as outlined in this report and invite public submissions in accordance with Section 3.58(3) of the Local Government Act 1995;

 

4.    Delegates to the Chief Executive Officer the power and authority to consider submissions received pursuant to resolution 3 and, subject to not receiving any adverse submissions, to discharge of the Council’s duties under Section 3.58(3) and to complete the land exchange contract;

      5.      The transaction be subject to a budget amendment report following the purchases being                             finalised; and

 

6.      Delegates the CEO the power and authority to vary the existing leases to allow an extension       of the BHO and GHO leases on a monthly basis until 31 March 2019 at the latest.

 

In accordance with point 5 of the above resolution a formal Budget Amendment is now being sought.

 

Planned Expenditure Items

 

Officers propose that the 2017/2018 Adopted Budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Reserve Transfer

Airport Reserve

0

-550,000

-550,000

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

341-B9718-3125-0000

Airport Hangar Purchases

0

550,000

550,000

 

 

 

 

 

Net Total

0

0

0

 

2.            Be Connected: Activation Grant

 

The City was successful in receiving $3,000 in grant funding from Good Things Foundation to help fund the Libraries’ Be Connected Digital Literacy Program for seniors. Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians in using digital technology. With our libraries offering an increasing range of services and resources online and with more and more government services moving online, many seniors are missing out on the benefits of the digital world. This grant will assist our libraries to offer one-on-one and small group training to older Australians who have minimal or no engagement with digital technology, with an aim of increasing functional levels of digital inclusion within our community.

 

Planned Expenditure Items

 

In 2017/18 the City will receive two up-front payments of $1,500, one each for Busselton and Dunsborough Libraries. Funding will be received in May 2018. These grants have a contract start date of 1st May 2018 and will run for 10 months, with acquittal 28th February 2019.  Per library, $500 will be expended in May 2018. The remaining $1,000 per library will be expended in 2018/19, spread evenly over the period July to December 2018.  The 2018/2019 Expenditure items will be carried forward into the 2018/2019 Budget.

 


 

The following amendments shown below in Table 2 are being sought for approval.

 

Table 2:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

233-10380-3280-9821

Busselton Library – Contractors (including Staff)

6,000

1,500

7,500

233-10381-3280-9821

Dunsborough Library - Contractors (including Staff)

0

1,500

1,500

233-10380--9821

Busselton Library - Grant Funding

0

-1,500

-1,500

233-10381-1239-9821

Dunsborough Library - Grant Funding

0

-1,500

-1,500

Net Total

6,000

0

6,000

 

3.            Marketing and Events Reference Group Outcomes

 

At its meeting held 28 March 2018 Council considered Item 13.5 with respect to “MARKETING AND EVENTS REFERENCE GROUP OUTCOMES”. The purpose of the item was for Council to consider Recommendations of the Marketing and Events Reference Group (MERG) held on Wednesday 22 November 2017.  The following decision of Council was carried by Absolute Majority:

 

“COUNCIL DECISION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

C1712/001              Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Deputy Mayor J McCallum

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

That Council;

 

1.            As part of Round 2 of the Events Sponsorship Programme endorses the funding allocation           towards the following events to be funded from the 2017/2018 Differential Rate Events   Budget:

 

Event

Requested

Officer Recommendation

Yallingup Malibu Classic

2017/18 $3,000

2018/19 $3,000

2019/20 $3,000

 

2017/18 $2,500

2018/19 $2,250

2019/20 $2,000

South West Yoga Fest

2017/18 $5,000  

 

2017/18 $2,000

 

Taj’s Small Fries Yallingup

2017/18 $15,000

2018/19 $15,000

2019/20 $15,000

2017/18 $10,000

2018/19 $9,000

2019/20 $8,000

Busselton Junior Open Tennis

2017/18 $3,000

 

2017/18 $1,500

 

Busselton Open Tennis

2017/18 $3,000

 

2017/18 $1,500

 

Busselton Pride

2017/18 $3,000

(+ $500 in-kind traffic management)

 

2017/18 $2,000

(+ $500 in-kind traffic management)

Yalambi Show Jumping Classic

2017/18 $8,000

2017/18 $2,000

 

Wheelbite 2018

2017/18 $3,500

2018/19 $3,500

2019/20 $3,500

2017/18 $3,000

2018/19 $2,750

2019/20 $2,500

British Auto Classic

2017/18 $500

2017/18 $0*

Undalup Djeran Youth Week Event

2017/18 $8,000

2017/18 $3,000

West Cape Classic Car Rally

2017/18 $5,000

 

2017/18 $0

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (Busselton events)

2017/18 $10,000

2017/18 $5,000

Cabin Fever 2018

2018/19 $10,000

2018/19 $10,000

TOTALS

2017/18 $67,500

2018/19 $31,500

2019/20 $21,500 

2017/18 $33,000

2018/19 $24,000

2019/20 $12,500   

 

2.            As part of Round 2 of the Events Sponsorship Programme endorses the funding allocation           towards the following events to be funded from the 2017/18 Municipal Events Budget:

 

Event

Requested

Officer Recommendation

Busselton Fringe Festival

2017/18 $10,000

2018/19 $20,000

2017/18 $10,000

2018/19 $20,000

Busselton Youth & Community Activities Building Opening Event

2017/18 $10,000

2017/18 $10,000

TOTALS               

2017/18 $20,000

2018/19 $20,000

2017/18 $20,000

2018/19 $20,000

 

3.            As part of the Events Sponsorship Programme endorses the funding allocation towards the       following events to be funded from the 2017/18 Differential Rates Marketing Budget:

 

Event

Requested

Officer Recommendation

SuperFoiler Grand Prix

2017/18 $50,000

2017/18 $45,000 (cash)

$5,000 (in kind)

 

Busselton Fringe Festival

2017/18 $10,000

2017/18 $10,000

TOTALS

2017/18 $60,000

2017/18 $55,000 (cash)

$5,000 (in kind)

 

 

 

4.            Endorses the re-allocation of $5,000 funding previously allocated to Port Geographe       Aquatic Sports to the Geographe Bay Yacht Club, for the running of the 2018 Geographe Bay                 Race Week.

 

5.            Allocates up to $75k cash towards See Picture’s Go Karts film proposal to be funded from the     2017/18 Differential Rates Marketing Budget and up to $50k in-kind support to be funded             from existing in-kind event budget allocations contained within the 2017/18 adopted budget.

 

A formal Budget Amendment is now being sought to enact the resolution.

Planned Expenditure Items

 

The following amendments shown below in Table 3 are sought for approval.

 

Table 3:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

541-10556-3280

EWS – Go Karts Film Project

0

50,000

50,000

333-10530-3623

Comm. Services Administration Marketing & Promotion

0

130,000

130,000

333-10530-3641

Comm. Services Administration Events Sponsorship (Muni)

0

20,000

20,000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Transfer to Reserve

Airport Marketing Reserve

-300,000

200,000

-100,000

Net Total

-300,000

400,000

100,000

 

4.            GLC Gym Equipment Leases

 

In December 2014 Geographe Leisure Centre (GLC) was extended and the gym was relocated into a purpose built much larger area at the front of the centre. The relocation of the gym included a fit out of fixtures, audio and some extra fitness equipment over the next 15 months.  This equipment and fit out was procured by entering into 3 separate lease agreements with All Leasing. The below table illustrates the details of each of the 3 lease agreements  together with the current termination costs as well as the current cost to buy out some minor pieces of equipment and items that will not be returned at the end of the lease periods.

 

Lease

Description

Start Date

End Date

Termination cost (ex GST)

Equipment buyout cost (ex GST)

E6N0157842

Main Cardio & Some Pin Loaded Equipment

3/12/2014

1/01/2019

$14,438.54

      N/A

E6N0158174

Strength - Mainly Plates, Bars and other Light Free Weight Equipment

10/03/2015

1/07/2020

$5,537.84

$1,865.45

E6N0158066

Fit out of Mirrors, Flooring and Audio Equipment & some Cardio

6/02/2015

1/04/2020

$32,838.37

$1,775.37

 

Planned Expenditure Items

 

Payout of the 3 leases at a total cost of $52,814.75 is proposed. All of the cardio equipment and some pin loaded machines on lease will be returned and a number of items will be retained such as the flooring, mirrors, audio equipment and minor weights equipment at a payout cost of $3,640.82. Total planned expenditure will be $56,455.57.

Cardiovascular equipment (e.g. treadmills, bikes, cross trainers), particularly with the amount of usage at the GLC, typically last between four and five years before the cost of maintenance and machines out of order due to maintenance increases dramatically. As technology improves and customer expectations increase, machines that are four to five years old are considered outdated. Constantly out of order and outdated equipment (as is the situation with some current equipment) leads to customer dissatisfaction along with increased maintenance costs and inhibits our ability to attract and retain members.

 

This action will enable the GLC to increase retention levels, maintain customer satisfaction levels, and keep up with the competition in a competitive market leading to increased membership revenue and a more sustainable centre.

 

The GLC net operating position to the end of March is $250,534 below budget due to well performing revenue streams totalling approximately $110,988 above budget, of which $98,914 is from memberships revenue. Out of service and out dated gym equipment has the ability to compromise this performance into the future in an increasingly competitive market. 

 

Well controlled expenses are currently at $139,546 below budget. This net operating position is likely to decrease with the commencement of some plant maintenance and some equipment purchases and the unbudgeted effect of the outdoor pool closure. We are expecting our EOFY closing position to still be significantly below budget estimated at between $60k and $80k below forecast net operating.

 

The following amendments shown below in Table 4 are being sought for approval.

 

Table 4:

 

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

336-10591-3381

GLC - Lease of Equipment

60,750

56,500

117,250

Revenue

 

 

 

 

336-10591-1641

GLC – Membership Income

-627,001

-56,500

-683,501

Net Total

566,251

0

566,251

 

CONCLUSION

 

Council’s approval is sought to amend the budget as per the details contained in this report. Upon approval the proposed works will be planned, organised and completed.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council could decide not to go ahead with any or all of the proposed budget amendment requests.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

Should the Officer Recommendation be endorsed, the associated budget amendment will be processed within a month of being approved.

 


 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

 

That Council endorse the Budget Amendments outlined in tables 1 through 4 below, resulting in no change to an Amended Budgeted Surplus Position of $0:

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Reserve Transfer

Airport Reserve

0

-550,000

-550,000

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

341-B9718-3125-0000

Airport Hangar Purchases

0

550,000

550,000

 

 

 

 

 

Net Total

0

0

0

 

Table 2:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

233-10380-3280-9821

Busselton Library – Contractors (including Staff)

6,000

1,500

7,500

233-10381-3280-9821

Dunsborough Library - Contractors (including Staff)

0

1,500

1,500

233-10380--9821

Busselton Library - Grant Funding

0

-1,500

-1,500

233-10381-1239-9821

Dunsborough Library - Grant Funding

0

-1,500

-1,500

Net Total

6,000

0

6,000

 

Table 3:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

541-10556-3280

EWS – Go Karts Film Project

0

50,000

50,000

333-10530-3623

Comm. Services Administration Marketing & Promotion

0

130,000

130,000

333-10530-3641

Comm. Services Administration Events Sponsorship (Muni)

0

20,000

20,000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Transfer to Reserve

Airport Marketing Reserve

-300,000

200,000

-100,000

Net Total

-300,000

400,000

100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 4:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

336-10591-3381

GLC - Lease of Equipment

60,750

56,500

117,250

Revenue

 

 

 

 

336-10591-1641

GLC – Membership Income

-627,001

-56,500

-683,501

Net Total

566,251

0

566,251

 


Council                                                                                      43                                                                      13 June 2018

12.3           Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM RATING - LAMP INCORPORATED

SUBJECT INDEX:

Exemptions and Appeals (Rates)

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Financial Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Rates

REPORTING OFFICER:

Rates Coordinator - David Whitfield

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

An application for an exemption from rating has been received from Lamp Incorporated. On the basis of the application this report recommends that the request for exemption be granted.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Lamp Incorporated organisation is a not for profit/charitable group using their leased premises at 226 Bussell Highway West Busselton for the purposes of delivering psychological group support, one on one counselling, youth outreach and in-home services for people suffering from mental health issues.

 

The Annual Information Statement 2017 as lodged with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) details the organisations activities and outcomes as:

 

“A community support service for people with Mental Health issues, their families and carers. Lamp activities cover a diverse range of community settings including supporting people with severe and persistent mental illness to live independently, to live in their homes, provide education, training and advocacy for carers and families, work with youth in crisis, self-harm and suicide prevention, homelessness, indigenous and family mental health support, work with school and juvenile justice systems providing early intervention for young people at risk. Lamp works with an individualised recovery model and the supports services it offers allows people with mental illness to optimise their lifestyle choices and become active and welcome members of communities.”

 

Documentation provided as part of the application includes:

 

·    Application for Rate Exemption (Standard Application Form)

·    Constitution and Rules for Lamp Inc

·    Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) Registration Summary

·    ACNC Annual Information Statement 2017

·    Australian Tax Office Notice of Endorsement for Charity Tax Concessions

·    Lamp Inc Financial Report Year Ending 30 June 2017


 

Principal funding is provided by grants through such organisations as:

 

·    Disability Services Commission

·    Department of Child Protection

·    Mental Health Commission

·    Department of Health D2D Living Community Program

·    Department of Social Services

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 6.26 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides broad definitions for rateable and non-rateable land. Moreover, Section 6.26 (2) (g) states that land is not rateable if it is “used exclusively for charitable purposes”.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

NA.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The rates levied for 226 Bussell Hwy, West Busselton, totalled $3,572 for the 2017/18 financial year. Approving the application for rate exemption from the date of application (28th March 2018) would equate to a reduction of approximately $900 for 2017/2018 period, and the loss of the full years equivalent in future years.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

As per the above, noting the amount to be forgone, this will not have a significant implication on the City’s Long Term Financial Plan.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter principally aligns with Key Goal Area 6 of the Strategic Community Plan 2017 and more specifically Community Objective 6.1 - ‘Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent’. Ensure the City's long term financial planning delivers the community goals and aspirations in a sustainable and affordable manner.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There are no risks identified of a medium or greater level associated with the Officers recommendation. If Council chose to not approve the application for rate exemption there is a risk that it may be required to defend its decision if the matter were to be appealed by the applicant to the State Administrative Tribunal and, potentially as a result, incurring legal costs.

 

CONSULTATION

 

NA.

 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

In accordance with Section 6.26 (2) (g) of the Local Government Act, which states that land is not rateable if it is land used exclusively for charitable purposes, the application need only be considered in two parts – these being firstly; is the use itself “charitable”?, and secondly if the use is considered to indeed be charitable then; is the property being used exclusively for such use?

 

In considering the first part i.e. is the operations of Lamp Incorporated considered to be a charitable use, legal opinions have been consistent in defining a charitable purpose; as follows:

 

“The expression “charitable purposes” may be satisfied if the land is exclusively for one of the following purposes:

 

1.            The relief of poverty;

2.            The advancement of education;

3.            The advancement of religion; and

4.            Other purposes beneficial to the community.”

 

The services provided by Lamp Incorporated are, apart from a small once off membership fee of $60.00 for insurance purposes, provided free of charge and the provision of those services to those suffering from mental health issues within the community would meet the requirements of the legal definition #4 “other purposes beneficial to the community”.

 

In considering the second part i.e. ‘is the property being exclusively used for a charitable purpose’ then firstly, it is recognised that the property is being leased by Lamp Incorporated from the Department of Housing. This is a common situation for a number of charitable organisations both here in the City of Busselton and with other local governments in WA. Legal advice has previously confirmed that this does not jeopardise the application with respect to exemption from rating.

 

Further, at this point attention is drawn to the findings of a 2002 Land Valuation Tribunal hearing (Southern Cross Aged Care Inc v The City of Fremantle) in which the following was stated:

 

“11. The statutory provision (Section 6.26 (2) (g) - Local Government Act 1995) does not make it necessary to decide by whom the use of the land is made. The question is for what purpose is the land used.

 

12. Accordingly the correct approach when determining exemption applications is to focus upon the actual use of the land. In other words whether a use is charitable will depend on essentially upon the nature of the activities that are being conducted upon the land in question.”

 

The property has been inspected and together with the application documentation is confirmed as being solely being used by Lamp Incorporated for purposes related to providing services for mental health. In this light the property is being used exclusively for a charitable purpose.

 

In terms of the current usage of the property there are no known compliance issues.

 

Should this application for exemption from rating be successful, the applicant will subsequently be advised that if the usage of the property should alter such that the requirements for eligibility for rate exemption are no longer met, then the rate exemption will be cancelled and rates and charges will become applicable from the date of such change.

 


 

CONCLUSION

 

The details provided by Lamp Incorporated, including application documentation and an onsite inspection, together with reference to previous legal advice and similar rate exemption applications to Council, it is considered that the use of the property located at 226 Bussell Highway West Busselton by Lamp Incorporated is an exclusive charitable use.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council may decline the application for rate exemption on the basis that it considers that Lamp Incorporated is not providing a charitable purpose to the community or that such charitable use is not considered an exclusive use of the property.

 

Should the application be declined for either of the above reasons Lamp Incorporated has the option to appeal the matter via the State Administrative Tribunal. This action result will require Council to defend its position and may incur further legal costs as a result.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The proposed effective date for the commencement of the exemption from rating, if approved, would be the lodgement date of the application, being 28th March 2018.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council in accordance with Section 6.26 (2)(g) of the Local Government Act 1995 declare 226 Bussell Hwy, West Busselton, as leased by the Lamp Incorporation be declared exempt from rating on the basis that the property is used exclusively for a charitable purpose, with the effective date being the date of application, namely, 28th March 2018.

 

 


Council                                                                                      47                                                                      13 June 2018

12.4           Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - REPROGRAMMING OF CITY WORKS

SUBJECT INDEX:

Budget Planning & Reporting

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Engineering and Facilities Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

 Engineering & Works Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Design and Survey Coordinator - Justin Smith

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director, Engineering and Works Services - Oliver Darby

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of budget amendments as detailed in this report.  Adoption of the Officers recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current Amended Budgeted Surplus Position of $0.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council adopted its 2017/2018 Municipal Budget on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 with a balanced Budget position.

 

Since this time Council has been advised of certain funding changes that have impacted the original Budget and Council is now being asked to consider Budget Amendments as outlined in the Officer Comment section of this report.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act refers to expenditure from the municipal fund that is not included in the annual budget. In the context of this report, where no budget allocation exists, expenditure is not to be incurred until such time as it is authorised in advance, by an absolute majority decision of the Council.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

There are multiple Plans and Policies that support the proposed Budget Amendments.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Budget amendments being sought will result in no change to Council’s Budget Surplus position of $0. 

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

Nil.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter principally aligns with Key Goal Area 6 – ‘Leadership’ and more specifically Community Objective 6.1 - ‘Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent’.

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There is a risk to the City, as there is with all projects undertaken, that the final cost could exceed budget. If this looks to be the case Council will be notified so a suitable offset / project scope back can be identified.

 

CONSULTATION

 

N/A

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

A0022 Yallingup Beach Road Bridge 3347

This project is being undertaken by Main Roads WA who will not have completed the full project scope.

 

C1024 Dunsborough Road Access Improvements

Due to extensive consultation and increased project scope, the commencement date of this project has been delayed.  There is a potential that this project may not be fully completed and invoiced prior to the end of the financial year.

 

C1513 Port Geographe Boat Trailer Parking Layout Redevelopment

This carpark project has been developed and is ready for staged construction. The delivery of this project internally prior to 30 June 2018 is not achievable primarily due to the allocation of resources to other capital projects.

 

C3044 Meelup Coastal Nodes

Works have been completed at the point Picquet carpark with no negative feedback being received.

A preliminary design for the carpark on the opposite side of the roadway has been completed, being approximately 140m further north. The design utilised the existing area to negate the need for clearing and subsequent clearing permit application/vegetation impacts. The confines of this clearing limited the project to a small, one way in/out design which does not satisfy the desires of the Meelup Committee who seek an in-out arrangement. A subsequent preliminary design has been complete which yields less bays and which will require further discussions to progress this to a deliverable project.

 

A preliminary design has been completed for the Gannet Rock carpark. This design has been presented to representatives from the South West Boojarah #2 WC2006/004 Native Title Claimant Group. The Group have supported the City’s design subject to conditions. A Section 18 application is currently being prepared for this project to allow for future construction.

 

C3122 Rails to Trails

This project has been delayed primarily due to the complexity of the environmental approvals associated with the clearing and construction methodology. It is anticipated that works may commence shortly however it unlikely that they will be fully achievable prior to the end of the financial year.

 

C3131 Elijah Circle Public Open Space

This project has been completed in line with the original scope. An additional shade structure and algae prevention technology is also to be provided.

 

C3146 Dunsborough Town Centre

Refer to comments provided at C1024 Dunsborough Road Access Improvements.

 

 

C3166 Vasse River Foreshore – Bridge to Bridge project Stage 1

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the conservation values of the land whilst providing managed access for pedestrians.

 

The path construction and bridge/boardwalk construction within the area identified as Aboriginal Heritage Site ID 16807 and Unallocated Crown Land is critical to the overall project. The support and approval from both the State Government and the South West Boojarah #2 WC2006/004 Native Title Claimant Group is required to progress this project in its current form. The support for the works in relation to the dealing with the Aboriginal Heritage Act component has not been forth coming and is considered unlikely to be provided due to concerns with the potentially detrimental impacts of people walking dogs.

 

An alternative proposal is currently being prepared to achieve the primary objective with the support of the Aboriginal community and land tenure issue. Further weed control will be undertaken this financial year however this will not full expend the budget allocation.

 

D0017 Chain Avenue

This project was to remove/relocate a Water Corporation drain which runs parallel to Chain Avenue and has been identified as an area of concern due to its proximity to the road edge.

 

The 1st stage of the State Black Spot funding, was to undertake the feature survey, preliminary design, land acquisition and fencing.  This however cannot be fully expended by the end of the financial year largely due to the need to undertake appropriate flood modelling and resolve the final asset ownership.

 

The Water Corporation have now listed the project for the 2018/19 budget with an intention to address flood modelling, and resolve land tenure and fencing issues.  This will result in the final asset being retained as the responsibility of the Water Corporation.

 

Due to the above it is requested to carry these funds into the 2018/19 financial year and include them with the 2nd stage.

 

D0019 Johnston Avenue

This project largely involves the replacement of a failed drainage system which has been in place for a significant time. The proximity of other services has impacted on the delivery timelines. The presence of Western Power infrastructure, namely power poles, immediately adjacent to the pipeline has necessitated the need for additional approvals. These approvals are yet to be received which will delay the project beyond the end of the financial year.

 

F0075 Armitage Drive Footpath

This footpath project links Navigation Way to Avocet Boulevard (Busselton Primary) and was proposed to be constructed on the Western side of the road. This proposal impacted on an aboriginal heritage site (Site ID 767). Consultation with representatives of the South West Boojarah #2 WC2006/004 Native Title Claimant Group clarified that although supportive of the project there was a strong desire for construction on the opposite side of the road.

 

The opposite side would not require a Section 18 application under the Aboriginal Heritage Act as it would be outside of the heritage area. There is however the potential that some skeletal remains are within the general area.

 


 

Construction on the opposite side of the road would unfortunately have a greater impact on two houses between Navigation Way and Jabiru Place as the verge area is steeper and has a large (non-native) tree which would require removal, as well asthe installation of a retaining wall. Information has been sent to the property owners seeking comment on/support for this project.

 

The Design & Survey Team are working to achieve a deliverable project which addresses the community needs whilst minimising impacts on residents and heritage. It is unlikely that this project will be delivered prior to the end of the financial year.

 

S0068 Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Bus Bay Facilities

This project has been subject to three (3) separate briefings to Council and several subsequent meetings the GMAS representatives and the City, including the Mayor.

 

A concept design has been agreed to in principal with notification to be sent to previous respondents and adjacent property owners in the near future. Co-funding agreement will need to be in-place prior to physical construction. GMAS have been advised that this project will not be carried over for the 2018/19 budget, should agreement not be reached the City intends to undertake partial construction.

 

T0084 & W0108 Yelverton Road

The physical construction has been completed with some minor works to be initialled prior to the closure of this project. The minor works include the installation of a road centreline, awaiting approval from Main Roads WA – (City to provide traffic volumes).

 

This project is currently shown at an under expenditure with an expectation of $384,250 however the current commitments will need to be finalised. A critical part of this project is the inclusion of a second coat seal, usually 12 months after the initial seal, however his can be managed if conditions are favourable for an earlier application.

 

It is recommended to carry over $150,000 from this project into the 2018/19 budget to allow for these works. Further to this, the distribution of $100,000 to Dunsborough Road Access Improvements, $50,000 to Marine Terrace, $50,000 to Koorabin Drive and $25,300 to Carter Road. The remaining allocation of $8,950 is requested to be distributed in the 2018/19 budget for Miamup Road as a second coat seal.

 

W0136 DAIP Project

The projects focus for the 2017/18 budget is the construction of a beach access ramp at the Old Dunsborough Beach. Preliminary costs have been received with concerns with the Structural engineering being addressed. It is anticipated that these works will be completed prior to 30th June.

 

W0150 Roe Terrace

This project is within the aboriginal heritage area (Site ID 16807) however this section of the site is heavily disturbed. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has been approached to ascertain if a Regulation 10 application will suffice in this instance. In the interim the material has been purchased and stockpiled offsite.

 

The City is currently working to secure a clearing permit for the Frederick Street, Roe Terrace area from the Department of Water and Environment Regulation (DWER). A response has been sent to DWER addressing their initial interpretation of the impacts (prepared by Strategen). It is likely that an additional spring survey will be required prior to securing this permit.

 


 

W0190 Valley Road

This project requires the completion of the Valley Road Drainage which has been delayed pending Aboriginal Heritage approval. The drainage project has been relisted for 2018/19 in line with an earlier council resolution.

 

W0204 Greenfields Road

Significant progress had been made towards securing the necessary approvals for the conversion to a one-way roadway had been made however as previously identified, no direction for this was provided by Council who previously instructed that the roadway be constructed as a two-way ‘Mews’ styled road.

 

It is unlikely that the consultation, approvals and works will be completed this financial year.

 

Summary

 

Based on anticipated savings of $384,250 from W0108 Yelverton Road within the 2017/18 capital budget, Officers propose that the 2017/2018 Adopted Budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1.

 

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

W0108

Yelverton Road

1,080,376

(384,250)

696,126

W0019

Marine Terrace

500,000

50,000

550,000

C1024

Dunsborough Road Access Improvements

591,155

100,000

691,155

S0314

Koorabin Drive Reseal

0

50,000

50,000

W0183

Carter Road Second Coat Seal

0

25,300

25,300

Net Total

2,171,531

0

2,171,531

 

Additionally it is proposed that the following new projects are created within the 2018/19 capital budget:

 

1.    Miamup Road Second Coat Seal $8,950;

2.    Yelverton Road Second Coat Seal $150,000.

 

The following projects are likely to require their existing budget allocation (partly or in whole) to be carried over into the 2018/19 capital budget or will be required to be relisted:

 

Carried Over:

1.    C0044 Meelup Coastal Nodes Carpark Upgrade;

2.    C1513 Port Geographe Boat Trailer Parking Layout Redevelopment;

3.    C3122 Rails To Trails;

4.    D0019 Johnson Avenue Drainage Upgrade Stage 2;

5.    C1024 Dunsborough Road Access Improvements;

6.    C3146 Dunsborough Town Centre.


 

Relisted:

1.    C3131 Elijah Circle POS;

2.    A0022 Yallingup Beach Road Bridge 3347;

3.    D0017 Chain Avenue Drainage;

4.    F0075 Armitage Drive Footpath Navigation Way to Avocet Boulevard;

5.    W0204 Greenfield Road (Loop) One Way Layout;

6.    W0192 Valley Road.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Council’s approval is sought to amend the budget as per the details contained in this report. Upon approval the proposed works will be planned, organised and completed.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council could decide not to go ahead with any or all of the proposed budget amendment requests.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

Should the Officer Recommendation be endorsed, the associated budget amendment will be processed within a month of being approved.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

 

That the Finance Committee recommends to Council endorsement of the Budget Amendments as outlined in the table below , resulting in no change to an Amended Budgeted Surplus Position of $0.

 

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

W0108

Yelverton Road

1,080,376

(384,250)

696,126

W0019

Marine Terrace

500,000

50,000

550,000

C1024

Dunsborough Road Access Improvements

591,155

100,000

691,155

S0314

Koorabin Drive Reseal

0

50,000

50,000

W0183

Carter Road Second Coat Seal

0

25,300

25,300

Net Total

2,171,531

0

2,171,531

 


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12.5           Finance Committee - 17/05/2018 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST - INTEREST ON R4R FUNDING BUSSELTON FORESHORE PROJECT

SUBJECT INDEX:

Budget Planning and Reporting

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Finance and Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Finance and Corporate Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Financial Services - Kim Dolzadelli

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   City of Busselton Request for Use of Interest Accumulated

Attachment b   Response from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Attachment c   Draft Agreement Variation  

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

PRÉCIS

 

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of budget amendments as detailed in this report.  Adoption of the Officers recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current Amended Budgeted Surplus Position of $0.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council adopted its 2017/2018 Municipal Budget on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 with a balanced Budget position.

 

Since this time Council has been advised of certain funding changes that have impacted the original Budget and Council is now being asked to consider a Budget Amendment for the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment and Tourism Accommodation Precinct.

 

The City was previously successful in securing $4,500,000 in funding for the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment Tourism Accommodation Precinct Project, with the Financial Assistance Agreement signed 13 June 2016.

 

The City wrote to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development on 8 January 2018, (copy attached), requesting that the accumulated interest on the grant funds be attributed to further works within the project area.  The request was for the City of Busselton to be allowed to utilise the accumulated interest towards a Toddler Play Space which is located centrally within the project area.

 

On the 21 March 2018 the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development responded to the City of Busselton’s request stating in part the following (copy attached):

 

 “In light of significant pressures on the State Budget, the Department is unable to support the requested expenditure of interest on the playground facility.

 

Rather, as discussed when you met with the Minister for Regional Development on 3 February 2018, an alternate use for the interest is supported which would see funding provided to Busselton Jetty Incorporated’s (BJI) proposal to construct a safe swimming area at Busselton Jetty.

 

The Minister for Regional Development has advised of her support for the provision of financial assistance subject to BJI being successful in their application for Building Better Regions funding. As such, and in order to help facilitate delivery, it is requested that the City of Busselton grant $50,000 of the interest accrued on the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment project to BJI.”

 

The response from the Department further stated:

 

“The remaining interest earned on the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment project will need to be returned to the State to assist with budget repair”

 

Further to the above, City officers have spoken with the Department and it is evident that should the City of Busselton not agree to facilitating granting $50,000 of the interest accrued on the Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment project to BJI, all interest will be required to be returned to the State Government.

 

The City has since received, 1 May 2018, a Draft Agreement Variation (copy attached) which will allow the City of Busselton to grant BJI $50,000 from accrued interest, subject to BJI being successful in their application for funding through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) made in December 2017.  If BJI are unsuccessful in their application all accrued interest is required to be returned to the State Government.

 

The officer notes that the 2017/2018 Municipal Budget included $80,000 for the “Old Busselton Lighthouse” project which was to be funded utilising portion of the accrued interest from the “Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment project”; it is further noted that this project has been included in the Draft 2018/2019 Municipal Budget with alternative funding sources.

 

Proposed Expenditure Items

 

It is proposed that Council grant BJI $50,000 from accrued interest, subject to BJI being successful in their application for funding through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) made in December 2017.

 

As at 1 May 2018 the amount of $102,888 has been accrued in interest on the project, meaning $52,888 will need to be returned to the State of Western Australia.  If BJI are unsuccessful in their application all accrued interest is required to be returned to the State Government.

 

Officers propose that the 2017/2018 Adopted Budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Equity Transfer

Restricted Asset – Interest On Government Grants

(80,000)

(22,888)

(102,888)

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

B9600

Old Busselton Lighthouse

80,000

(80,000)

0

Grant/Donations

Busselton Jetty Incorporated

0

50,000

50,000

Reimbursement

State of Western Australia – Balance of accumulated Interest Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment Tourism Accommodation Precinct Project

0

52,888

52,888

Net Total

0

0

0

Proposed Outcome

 

In granting BJI $50,000 from accrued interest, the City of Busselton will be able to redirect funds within the general foreshore precinct, albeit not for the purpose the City had first envisaged.

 

In the event that BJI are successful in their application the amount of $52,888 will need to be returned to the State of Western Australia; if unsuccessful in their application all accrued interest is required to be returned to the State Government.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act refers to expenditure from the municipal fund that is not included in the annual budget. In the context of this report, where no budget allocation exists, expenditure is not to be incurred until such time as it is authorised in advance, by an absolute majority decision of the Council.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

There are multiple Plans and Policies that support the proposed Budget Amendments.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Budget amendments being sought will result in no change to Council’s Budget Surplus position of $0. 

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

NA.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter principally aligns with Key Goal Area 6 –Leadership and more specifically Community Objective 6.1 - ‘Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent’.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There is a risk to the City, as there is with all projects undertaken, that the final cost could exceed budget. If this looks to be the case Council will be notified so a suitable offset / project scope back can be identified.

 

CONSULTATION

 

NA.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The Officer commends the requested Budget Amendment to the Finance Committee for consideration and recommendation to Council.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Council’s approval is sought to amend the budget as per the details contained in this report. Upon approval the proposed works will be planned, organised and completed.

 


 

OPTIONS

 

The Council could decide not to go ahead with any or all of the proposed budget amendment requests, this would result in all accrued interest is required to be returned to the State Government, which would total (as at 1 May 2018) $102,888.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

Should the Officer Recommendation be endorsed, the associated budget amendment will be processed within a month of being approved and the Draft Agreement Variation being progressed.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

 

That Council endorse the requested Budget amendments as per the following table, resulting in no change to an amended budgeted surplus position of $0.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Proposed Amended Budget

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Equity Transfer

Restricted Asset – Interest On Government Grants

(80,000)

(22,888)

(102,888)

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

B9600

Old Busselton Lighthouse

80,000

(80,000)

0

Grant/Donations

Busselton Jetty Incorporated

0

50,000

50,000

Reimbursement

State of Western Australia – Balance of accumulated Interest Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment Tourism Accommodation Precinct Project

0

52,888

52,888

Net Total

0

0

0

 


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Attachment a

City of Busselton Request for Use of Interest Accumulated

 


 


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Attachment b

Response from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

 


 


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Attachment c

Draft Agreement Variation

 


 


 


 


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12.6           Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - RESCISSION OF STRATEGIC PLANNING POLICY

SUBJECT INDEX:

Strategic Planning

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Governance Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Governance and Corporate Services - Sarah Pierson

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Council Policy 242 Strategic Planning

Attachment b   Advisory Standard  

 

This item was considered by the Policy and Legislation Committee at its meeting on 29 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

The purpose of this report is to recommend rescission of Council Policy 242 Strategic Planning (Attachment A), which outlines Council’s approach to planning for the future, as required by the Local Government Act 1995. 

 

In 2012 the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (then the Department of Local Government) introduced regulations, contained within the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 which established more detailed and prescriptive requirements in relation to planning for the future.    The Council has established strategic planning processes which meet these requirements minimum requirements and it is therefore not considered necessary for Council to maintain a separate policy in relation to Strategic Planning.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The current Strategic Planning policy (the Policy) was adopted in June 2010.  The Policy outlines the City’s (then Shire’s) commitment and approach to (integrated) strategic planning processes and development of a Strategic Plan, defined in the Policy as the “Plan for the future” required by the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) . 

 

At that time, while there was the requirement to plan for the future under the Act, there were no regulations or other prescriptive / detailed guidance as to how that should be done.  Hence Council developed a policy to guide its community planning.

 

On 26 August 2012 the Minister for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (the DLG) (the then Department of Local Government) introduced regulations, contained within the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 (the Regulations) to establish new requirements for planning for the future under the Act. Under these regulations, all local governments in Western Australia were required to develop and adopt (by absolute majority) two key documents (by 30 June 2013): a Strategic Community Plan (SCP) and a Corporate Business Plan (CBP). These documents are required to be supported and informed by resourcing and delivery strategies, namely Asset Management Plans (AMP), a Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and a Workforce Plan (WP). This framework is commonly referred to as the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IPRF).

 


 

The DLG uses three standards for measuring a local government’s performance, as set out in its Advisory Standard (Attachment B), level 1 – achieving standard, level 2 – intermediate standard and level 3 – advanced standard. The legislation requires that only level 1 standards are met, with intermediate and advanced standards demonstrating the higher levels to which local governments should aspire as they mature and improve their planning practices.

 

Perhaps pleasingly for the City at the time, the new IPRF reflected the same intent and many aspects of the planning regime adopted through the Strategic Planning Policy.  The new regulations necessitated however the development of a new set of documents in order to meet all of the minimum regulatory requirements. As a result, officers focused their efforts on achieving and furthering the planning framework and have not until now reviewed in detail the Policy.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

In accordance with Section 2.7(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995 it is the role of the Council to determine the local government’s policies.  The Council does this on the recommendation of a Committee it has established in accordance with Section 5.8 of that Act.

 

Section 5.56 of the Local Government Act 1995 requires local governments to Plan for the Future, ensuring that plans made are in accordance with any regulations made about planning for the future of the district. Regulation 19C of the Local Government Administration Regulations 1996 requires the creation of a Strategic Community Plan in accordance with the following:

1.    A local government is to ensure that a strategic community plan is made for its district in accordance with this regulation in respect of each financial year after the financial year ending 30 June 2013.

2.    A strategic community plan for a district is to cover the period specified in the plan, which is to be at least 10 financial years.

3.    A strategic community plan for a district is to set out the vision, aspirations and objectives of the community in the district.

4.    A local government is to review the current strategic community plan for its district at least once every 4 years.

5.    In making or reviewing a strategic community plan, a local government is to have regard to —

(a)  the capacity of its current resources and the anticipated capacity of its future resources; and

(b)  strategic performance indicators and the ways of measuring its strategic performance by the application of those indicators; and

(c)   demographic trends.

6.    Subject to subregulation (9), a local government may modify its strategic community plan, including extending the period the plan is made in respect of.

7.    A council is to consider a strategic community plan, or modifications of such a plan, submitted to it and is to determine* whether or not to adopt the plan or the modifications.

        *Absolute majority required.

8.    If a strategic community plan is, or modifications of a strategic community plan are, adopted by the council, the plan or modified plan applies to the district for the period specified in the plan.

9.    A local government is to ensure that the electors and ratepayers of its district are consulted during the development of a strategic community plan and when preparing modifications of a strategic community plan.

10.  A strategic community plan for a district is to contain a description of the involvement of the electors and ratepayers of the district in the development of the plan or the preparation of modifications of the plan.

Regulation 19DA requires that a corporate plan is made for the district covering at least 4 years and setting out, consistent with any relevant priorities set out in the SCP for the district, a local government’s priorities for dealing with the objectives and aspirations of the community in the district.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

The City’s current SCP, the Strategic Community Plan 2017, was adopted on 12 April 2017 (C1704/076).  The CBP and informing documents, the AMP, the LTFP and the WP, are all current and reviewed regularly.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The recommendation to rescind the policy has no financial implications. 

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

Nil

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

The Officers Recommendation will not impact adversely on the achievement of any of the community objectives contained within the Strategic Community Plan 2017 and will instead serve to meet the objectives of Key Goal Area 6, specifically community objective 6.1 - Governance systems, processes and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent, by streamlining the City’s governance approach with respect to strategic planning.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

Council’s current strategic community planning practices have been established since 2012 and align to the requirements of the Act and the Regulations.  Therefore there are no identified risks of a medium or greater level associated with the Officers Recommendation

 

CONSULTATION

 

Nil

 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The Policy outlines the various plans considered part of the then integrated planning framework, and then describes in some detail about the process by which the overarching Strategic Plan will be developed and reviewed including the collection and review of data, the engagement with stakeholders, and the establishment of performance criteria and standards.  It also outlines in detail the roles and responsibilities of elected members and of the senior management and other staff.

 

While the Policy was necessary at the time it was adopted, it has since been superseded by the introduction of more prescriptive regulations setting out the approach that all local governments must take to their planning for the future.  Given the existence of fairly extensive Regulations and documentation such as the Advisory Standard and the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines available from the DLG, it is not considered that maintaining a policy in relation to strategic community planning would add any significant value.   

 

Further it is considered that the Policy is quite operational in its focus and, where aspects are considered to be usefully documented, they can be more appropriately done so through the development of an operational document.  This is in line with the recommendations of the Governance System Review carried out by Mr John Woodhouse August – November 2017, as outlined below:

 

1.    There should be a review of the Council Policies with the intent that a Council Policy:

a.    Should deal with higher level objectives and strategies;

b.    Should not deal with operational matters, employee matters, or other matters which are the responsibility if the CEO; and

c.     Should, where appropriate provide sufficient direction to the CEO to develop OPPs which deal with the implementation of the Council Policy or other detailed matters.

2.    As part of that review, any existing Council Policy should be deleted where it could, more sensibly, be dealt with by an OPP adopted by the CEO

For these reasons it is recommended that the Policy be rescinded and that Council rely on the provisions of the Act, the Regulations, the Advisory Standard and other DLG information to guide its approach to strategic (community) planning.

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is recommended that the policy 242 Strategic Planning be rescinded, as the Regulations now prescribe the approach local governments must take to strategic community planning, the subject matter of the policy.

 

OPTIONS

 

Council could instead require that the Strategic Planning Policy is reviewed and updated to reflect their commitment to the objectives of the Regulations. 

 


 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The Policy will be rescinded immediately upon adoption of the Officers Recommendation.

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council rescinds Council Policy 242 – Strategic Planning.

 

 


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Council Policy 242 Strategic Planning

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Advisory Standard

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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12.7           Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - REVIEW OF CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV) POLICY 028

SUBJECT INDEX:

Policy Review

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Assets are well maintained and responsibly managed.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Information Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Information Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager, Information Services - Hendrik Boshoff

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Current Policy - Closed Circuit Television

Attachment b   Proposed Policy - Closed Circuit Television

Attachment c   MOU - Closed Circuit Television - WA Police  

 

This item was considered by the Policy and Legislation Committee at its meeting on 29 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

The purpose of this report is to present a revised Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy (the Policy) in order to bring the current policy up to date with changes that have occurred in recent years. The Policy is also written in accordance with the new Policy Template.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Policy was first implemented on the 9 October 2013 and has not been reviewed since. The focus of the Policy at the time of implementation was the management of CCTV on and around the Busselton Jetty. Since then, the City has progressed with a number of major projects and other items which brought to bear a significant increase in the use of CCTV across the City. Current sites with some form of video surveillance installed include:

 

·    Busselton Jetty;

·    Youth and Community Activities building and Skate Park on Foreshore Parade;

·    Civic and Administration Building and surrounds on Southern Drive;

·    Margaret River Busselton Airport on Neville Hyder Drive;

·    Busselton Library and surrounds at Camilleri Street;

·    Naturaliste Community Centre in Dunsborough; and

·    Busselton Waste Transfer Station on Rendezvous Road.

 

Included in these implementations was a direct link for the Busselton Police station into selected public open space cameras, which was well received and has been well used by the Busselton Police.

 

During 2015, the City entered into an agreement with the Western Australia (WA) Police in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for the sharing and management of CCTV Systems and resulting data. The MOU was jointly developed by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Minister of Police in accordance with the WA Police State CCTV Strategy. The MOU formed the base of cooperation during the implementation of the direct link into the Busselton Police station as noted above.

 


 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

In accordance with Section 2.7(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995 it is the role of the Council to determine the local government’s policies.  The Council does this on the recommendation of a Committee it has established in accordance with Section 5.8 of that Act.

 

Other legislation relevant to the management of CCTV Systems include:

·    Surveillance Devices Act 1998;

·    State Records Act 2000; and

·    MoU – Between City of Busselton and WA Police for the State CCTV Strategy

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

This report recommends the update of Policy 028 – Close Circuit Television. A copy of the current Policy is attached and revised Attachment B.

 

Also included please find a copy of the MOU (Attachment C) between the City of Busselton and the WA Police.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications in relation to this item.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

There are no Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) implications in relation to this item.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This policy aligns with and supports the Council’s Key Goal Area 6 – ‘Leadership’ and more specifically Community Objective 6.3 ‘Assets are well maintained and responsibly managed.’

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There are no risks associated with the Officer Recommendation identified as being of a medium or greater level.

 

CONSULTATION

 

No external consultation is required in relation to this policy review. The City will ensure its CCTV Systems management and information release is consistent with the Policy and the MOU in place with the WA Police.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

To date the main reasons for the installation of CCTV Systems included:

1.    Increased asset protection;

2.    Reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour; and

3.    Improving public safety.

 

In particular the installation of the CCTV system at the Busselton Foreshore has resulted in a reduction of general vandalism, asset damage and anti-social behaviour in and around the Skate Park. Therefore it is anticipated the use of CCTV systems across other open public spaces will increase.


The availability of new and more affordable technologies will also see a change in the diversity of video surveillance devices and systems. For example the City might elect to utilise a temporary deployment on a vehicle or similar to assist with managing large events like the annual school leavers etc.

 

With these predicted changes it is advantageous for the City to implement a more high level policy position as a guiding principle and enable the CEO to develop the necessary executive and operational practises to ensure the principles are sustained.

 

Thus the policy has been updated to include:

·    The five surveillance categories which are governed by the Policy;

·    Acknowledge that the City may enable live stream of camera feeds, where it is in public interest and legal to do so;

·    That there exists a separate agreement in the form of a MOU between the City and the WA Police for the internal management of CCTV system and resulting evidence;

·    That the City is not to release any recorded CCTV media, other than to the WA Police or where legally obligated to do so; and

·    That the CEO is to ensure the City complies with statutory requirements as it relates to CCTV systems.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Changing the Policy to include more high level principles will ensure the City can readily implement surveillance systems where the need arises. These might range from temporary, short term or long-term surveillance solutions as required by situations or opportunities.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council could choose not to endorse the new Policy, or make additional changes to the Policy.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The revised Policy would be effective immediately upon endorsement by Council.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council endorse the revised Policy 028 – Closed Circuit Television as shown in Attachment B.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council endorse the revised Policy 028 – Closed Circuit Television as shown in Attachment B subject to the following amendments:

 

Item 3 Definitions:  definitions for public area and MOU to be included

Item 5.4 Policy Statement:  “directed” is amended to “required”

 

 


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Current Policy - Closed Circuit Television

 


 


 


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Proposed Policy - Closed Circuit Television

 


 


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MOU - Closed Circuit Television - WA Police

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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12.8           Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - SALARY PACKAGING POLICY

SUBJECT INDEX:

Remuneration and Benefits

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Accountable leadership that is supported by a skilled and professional workforce.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Human Resources

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Governance and Corporate Services - Sarah Pierson

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Proposed Salary Packaging Policy

Attachment b   Current Salary Packaging Policy  

 

This item was considered by the Policy and Legislation Committee at its meeting on 29 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

This report presents a revised Salary Packaging Policy (Attachment A) for Council approval, with the policy having been amended to reflect the function and purpose of a Council Policy as recommended by the Governance System Review carried out by Mr John Woodhouse in 2017.

 

Salary packaging is considered an effective attraction and retention tool. Continuing to support the offering of these benefits will assist the City in meetings its Workforce Planning strategy of “Retaining our staff through attractive remuneration, benefits and innovative practices”.

 

BACKGROUND

 

In April 2012 Council endorsed (C1204/095) a new Salary Packaging Policy which allowed City employees to salary package a number of benefits in addition to those that were available at the time (Superannuation, City uniforms and recreational facility fees).  These additional benefits were Remote Area Rent, Living Away From Home Allowance and Novated Leasing of Vehicles.  The policy provided that an external provider specialised in packaging arrangements administer these benefits.  To this end the City has been working with Pay Plan for approximately five (5) years.

 

As part of the 2013 Enterprise Agreement negotiations staff requested that the City further look into the possibility of providing additional benefits that would allow them to access greater tax savings through a legitimate avenue.  In particular employees with mortgages were seeking the ability to access remote area housing assistance. As a result of this Officers identified a number of additional benefits that could be offered, namely:

·    Airline Lounge Membership

·    Remote Area Housing Mortgage Interest

·    Remote Area Domestic Energy

 

In August 2014 Council endorsed a revised Salary Packaging policy which included the provision of these additional benefits (C1408/197).   

 

In March 2017 Council endorsed (C1703/039) a further revision of the policy as part of its ongoing review of Council policies, with the policy simplified and more operational aspects moved into a new operational level practice and procedure (Attachment B). 


 

The current policy is however still considered to be too operational in nature when considered against the recommendations of the Governance System Review conducted by Mr John Woodhouse in August – November 2017, namely:

 

1.    There should be a review of the Council Policies with the intent that a Council Policy:

a.    Should deal with higher level objectives and strategies;

b.    Should not deal with operational matters, employee matters, or other matters which are the responsibility if the CEO; and

c.     Should, where appropriate provide sufficient direction to the CEO to develop OPPs which deal with the implementation of the Council Policy or other detailed matters.

2.    As part of that review, any existing Council Policy should be deleted where it could, more sensibly, be dealt with by an OPP adopted by the CEO

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

In accordance with Section 2.7(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995 it is the role of the Council to determine the local government’s policies.  The Council does this on the recommendation of a Committee it has established in accordance with Section 5.8 of that Act.

 

Salary packaging is a complex area of remuneration management and the Council must comply with the requirements of the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) and relevant State and Federal taxation legislation and regulations associated with FBT and salary packaging.

 

Remote Area Benefits

 

The remote area benefits provided within the Policy are available to employees by virtue of a portion of the City of Busselton and surrounding localities being considered a ‘remote area’ by the ATO.  Under the ATO’s definition of ‘remote area’ a locality is considered remote if it is one of the following:

·    At least 40 kms from an urban centre with a population of 14,000 or more

·    At least 100 kms from an urban centre with a population of 130,000 or more 

(Remote Area)

 

Fringe Benefits Tax

 

Legally FBT is payable by the employer for any non-cash benefits provided to employees. There are however certain benefits which are classified as concessional or FBT exempt benefits.  With the exception of novated lease motor vehicles, remote area housing for mortgages and remote area domestic energy, the benefits offered under the policy are FBT exempt.  Remote area housing for mortgages and remote area domestic energy attract FBT on 50% of the value packaged.  Any FBT costs and / or related costs associated with the benefits are borne by the employee and factored into the packaging arrangement. 

 

Fringe benefits provided to staff (whether salary packaged or not) are, unless exempt, required to be reported on a staff member's Payment Summary where the aggregate taxable value exceeds $2,000 per FBT year. Further it is the grossed-up value that is required to be shown on the Payment Summary.  Whilst this amount will not be taxable income, it will be taken into account for the purposes of determining the application of certain surcharges, levies and Government entitlements, such as the additional Medicare levy and Family Tax Benefits.  Employees are advised to seek their own financial advice prior to entering into any salary packaging arrangement.

 


 

Australian Taxation Office Requirements – Tax Compliance

 

Employees cannot claim a tax deduction on packaged benefits and are required to observe all standards set by the ATO regarding salary packaging. The standards require complete proof of expenditure and adherence to the employees nominated flexible remuneration. Regular requests for proof of expenditure are undertaken by the City’s external salary packaging provider. Failure to observe these standards can result in ATO penalties for the employee.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

The Salary Packaging Policy provides for improved employee benefits, and aids the City in achieving its Workforce Plan strategy of “Retaining our staff through attractive remuneration, benefits and innovative practices.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The revised policy has no additional financial implications.  The cost of any associated fees and charges for each package arrangement (administrative or FBT) will continue to be borne by the employee.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

Nil

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

The Officers recommendation aligns with and supports the Council’s Strategic Community Plan 2017, specifically Key Goal 6– Leadership and Community Objective 6.3 – Accountable leadership that is supported by a skilled and professional workforce.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

The revised policy does not materially change the City’s position or offering in relation to salary packaging, and hence poses no risk.

 

A risk assessment was previously undertaken to assess potential risks associated with offering salary packaging benefits to employees, with the overall risk being assessed as low.  In introducing the current range of benefits the City sought and received Tax Rulings from the ATO on various aspects and liaised extensively with its tax advisers.

 

The City, through its external administrator Pay-Plan, conducts a thorough assessment of eligibility prior to packaging benefits, with employees having to provide documentary evidence related to the benefit being claimed, for instance rental agreements in relation to remote area rent and mortgage settlement documents and loan statements in relation to remote area mortgage interest. 

 

A Salary Packaging Agreement is also entered into between the City, Pay-Plan and the employee which contains obligations for the employee to comply with all ATO and declaration requirements.

 

CONSULTATION

 

Nil

 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The revised policy presented does not materially change the City’s position or offering in relation to salary packaging.  The policy is simply being streamlined to align with the City’s new Policy Framework and converted into the City’s new policy template.      

 

There are currently 29 employees who take advantage of the benefits offered through the policy.  

A brief overview of the salary packaging benefits available is provided below.

 

Work Related Items

 

The following items where used for work purposes only and not provided by the City:

·    portable electronic devices (laptops, mobile phones and PDA’s)

·    protective clothing

·    briefcase

·    calculator

·    computer software

 

Airline Lounge Membership

 

Airline lounge membership joining fees and airline membership annual renewal fees are “tax free” when provided to an employee as part of a salary packaging arrangement. 

 

Novated Leasing of Vehicles

 

Novated car leases for new or used cars may be packaged by employees.  The employee owns the vehicle and has the right to take the vehicle with them should they leave employment of the City, with full responsibility for the vehicle passed on to the employee. 

 

Remote Area Housing Rent

 

Rent - Employer Provided Housing

 

Eligible employees may be provided with a Council owned or leased rental property within a Remote Area as part of their package, and the employee may apply to salary package 100% of the rental value tax free. 

 

Rent - Private Rentals 

 

Employees renting privately (i.e. employees who have a rental agreement with a landlord or agency), within a Remote Area can apply to salary package 50% of their rental value tax free.

 

Remote Area Housing Mortgage Interest

 

Subject to qualifying criteria, employees with a mortgage on their home which is in a Remote Area can apply to salary package their interest expenses on the mortgage.  The home must be their usual place of residence.

 

Remote Area Domestic Energy

 

Subject to qualifying criteria, employees who package remote area housing benefits can apply to salary package 100% of the value of the cost of their residential electricity and gas expenses.  50% of the reimbursement does however attract FBT, which is payable by the employee. 

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is recommended that Council continue to support salary packaging as a useful staff attraction and retention tool.  In accordance with the recommendations of the Governance Systems Review, it is however recommended that the current policy be amended to reflect Council’s support of salary packaging as opposed to outlining more operational aspects.  A Staff Management Procedure is in place to ensure salary packaging is provided within appropriate operational parameters and in accordance with the parameters of the policy.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council may not agree with the revisions to the policy and may seek for the policy to be re-endorsed in its current format.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The new policy will be effective as of its adoption by Council.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council adopts the Salary Packaging Policy as per Attachment A, to replace the current Salary Packaging Policy (Attachment B).

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council rescinds Council Policy 042 – Salary Packaging.

 

Reason:               The Committee determined that this policy was of an operational nature and therefore should be resinded.

 


Council

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Attachment a

Proposed Salary Packaging Policy

 


 


Council

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Attachment b

Current Salary Packaging Policy

 


 


 


 


 


Council                                                                                      129                                                                    13 June 2018

12.9           Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - DESIGNATION OF SENIOR EMPLOYEES AND ACTING CEO.

SUBJECT INDEX:

Human Resources

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Accountable leadership that is supported by a skilled and professional workforce.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Corporate Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Human Resources

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Governance and Corporate Services - Sarah Pierson

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services  - Tony Nottle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Proposed Policy - Designation of Senior Employees and Acting CEO

Attachment b   Current Policy - Senior Employee  

 

This item was considered by the Policy and Legislation Committee at its meeting on 29 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

This report presents a new policy with respect to the designation of senior employees and the appointment of an Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during periods of leave by the Chief Executive Officer for periods of up to six continuous weeks. 

 

Council policy 149 – Senior Employees currently deals with the designation of senior employees however there is currently no formal policy in place with respect to the appointment of an Acting CEO.  It is recommended that Council adopt the new policy as attached (Attachment A).  

 

BACKGROUND

 

Section 5.37(1) of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) provides for a local government to designate employees or persons belonging to a class of employees to be Senior Employees.  Section 5.37(2) of the Act requires the CEO to inform the Council of each proposal to employ or dismiss a Senior Employee.  The current Council policy 149 – Senior Employees, last reviewed in April 2015, designates the following positions as Senior Employees:

 

·    Director, Planning and Development Services;

·    Director, Community and Commercial Services;

·    Director, Engineering and Works Services; and

·    Director, Finance and Corporate Services            

The proposed policy does not amend the designation of senior employees but converts the current policy into the new Council policy template and adds to it with respect to the appointment of an Acting CEO.

 

Section 5.36 of the Act establishes that a person is not to be employed in the position of CEO unless the council believes that the person is suitably qualified for the position.  Council does not currently have a formal policy with respect to the appointment of an Acting CEO, with the CEO having responsibility under his contract of employment for all staffing matters, including the appointment of an Acting CEO for periods when he is on leave. 


 

While this has worked effectively since his commencement in 2010, recent reviews of the City’s governance system has identified a potential gap in the City’s policy framework.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 5.37 of the Act provides for a local government to designate employees or persons belonging to a class of employees to be Senior Employees and outlines the requirement for the CEO to inform the Council or each proposal to employ or dismiss a Senior Employee.

 

In accordance with Section 2.7(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1995 it is the role of the Council to determine the local government’s policies.  The Council does this on the recommendation of a Committee it has established in accordance with Section 5.8 of that Act.

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

NA.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

NA.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

NA.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

The Officers recommendation aligns with and supports the Council’s Strategic Community Plan 2017, specifically Key Goal 6– Leadership and Community Objective 6.1 – Governance systems, processes and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent, and 6.3 – Accountable leadership that is supported by a skilled and professional workforce.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

There are no risks identified of a medium or greater level associated with the Officers recommendation with the policy serving to secure the operational effectiveness of the organisation.

 

CONSULTATION

 

Officers sought advice from the Western Australian Local Government Association who confirmed that a Council policy outlining the person/s and / or the incumbents of position/s considered to be suitably qualified to act as CEO was recommended.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The proposed policy does not seek to change the designation of Senior Employees.  It does however seek to formalise Council’s policy position with respect to who is a suitably qualified person for the position of Acting CEO.  To this end the policy proposes that incumbent Senior Employees will be appointed as Acting CEO for periods of leave at the discretion of the CEO, subject to performance and dependant on availability and operational requirements.  Leave is defined as annual or personal leave (that is sick or carers leave) with the policy limiting this discretion to a period of six continuous weeks.   Beyond this a formal decision of Council will be required to appoint an Acting CEO.

 

Since commencing employment in August 2010, the CEO has effectively managed the appointment of an Acting CEO for his periods of leave, ensuring that each Senior Employee is given the opportunity to act, while at the same time ensuring timing is appropriate to each person and their role requirements.  This has enabled all four Senior Employees to develop their skills and gain experience in the role of CEO, and minimises the risk of the organisation not having a suitably capable person to act as CEO. 

 

The proposed policy does not therefore seek to change the current practice with respect to the appointment of an Acting CEO, but seeks to formally endorse it and ensure there is a supporting policy background. 

 

CONCLUSION

 

The proposed policy updates the current Senior Employees policy and introduces a policy background for the appointment of an Acting CEO.  Current practices with respect to the designation of Senior Employees and the appointment of an Acting CEO are considered to be effective and the policy is not designed or expected to change these.

 

OPTIONS

 

Council could decide not to adopt the proposed policy and instead require a different approach to be taken to either the designation of Senior Employees or to the appointment of an Acting CEO.  For reasons outlined in this report this is not recommended.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The new policy will be effective as of its adoption by Council.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council adopts the Designation of Senior Employees and Acting CEO Policy as per Attachment A, to replace the current Senior Employees Policy (Attachment B).

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council adopts the Designation of Senior Employees and Acting CEO Policy as per Attachment A, to replace the current Senior Employees Policy (Attachment B) subject to the following amendments:

 

Item 5 Policy Statement:

5.4          remove “in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995  section                 5.36(2)(a)”

5.4          remove “the persons’” and replace with” those”

5.6          amend “Appointments for any periods” …. to “Appointments of Acting CEO for any periods”

 

 


Council

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Attachment a

Proposed Policy - Designation of Senior Employees and Acting CEO

 


 


Council

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Attachment b

Current Policy - Senior Employee

 


Council                                                                                      135                                                                    13 June 2018

12.10        Policy and Legislation Committee - 29/05/2018 - DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO CEO TO DISPOSE OF PROPERTY BY WAY OF LEASE FOR THE NEW GENERAL AVIATION PRECINCT AT BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT

SUBJECT INDEX:

BMRRA 001

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

A community where local business is supported and in turn drives our economy

BUSINESS UNIT:

Community and Commercial Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Community and Commercial Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Project Manager - Business Development - Emma Heys

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director, Community and Commercial Services - Naomi Searle

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Policy and Legislation Committee at its meeting on 29 May 2018, the recommendations from which have been included in this report. 

 

PRÉCIS

 

Officers are seeking a Delegation of Authority or authorisation from Council to the CEO to enter into new lease agreements for land lots at the Busselton Margaret River Airport new General Aviation Precinct.

 

BACKGROUND

 

As part of the Busselton Margaret River Airport (BMRA) Development Project, the City is constructing a new General Aviation Precinct. Up to 36 new land lots will be available for lease and development.

 

Initially the leasable lots will be made available through two Expression of Interest programs; Program A – available only to the current tenants of the existing hangars; and Program B –allocation of remaining lots made available to the general public. Any remaining lots will be open to the public until all lots have been taken up.

 

Due to the high volume of potential new lease agreements (36) expected from the General Aviation Precinct and the similar nature of each lease agreement, Officers are seeking approval to delegate authority to the CEO to enter into the new lease agreements.

 

A Delegated Authority or authorisation to the CEO will negate the need to present each individual lease agreement to Council and expedite the timeline for the Expression of Interest program. This will ensure the completion of the construction of the General Aviation Precinct aligns with the ability of new tenants to commence construction of hangars and the generation of revenue for the City.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Section 3.58 of the Local Government Act 1995 requires the Local Government to advertise for public comment the proposed disposition of property (by way of lease) for a minimum of 14 days and include details of the parties, the consideration of the disposal and consider any public comment prior to entering into the proposed lease agreement.

 


 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

The current Instrument of Delegation (LG3C) only allows for the CEO to approve subsequent leases, renewals or options to exercise to a value not exceeding $25,000. An approval or delegated authority to enter into new lease agreements for the land lots at the BMRA General Aviation Precinct only is being requested.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The potential revenue from each new lease agreement over 20 years, based on a conservative $9 per square meter rate, has been estimated:

 

# of Lots

Lot Size

Potential Revenue per lot

(over 20 years)

Total potential revenue

15

18 x 10m (180sqm)

$32,400

$486,000

5

18 x 15m (270sqm)

$48,600

$243,000

3

20 x 25m (500sqm)

$90,000

$270,000

8

25 x 25m (625sqm)

$112,500

$900,000

3

35 x 25m (875sqm)

$157,500

$472,500

Total

$2,371,500

 

Costs associated with the execution of the new lease agreements will be borne by the tenant.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

Key Goal Area 4 - Economy: Diverse, robust and prosperous.

4.1 An innovative and diversified economy that provides a variety of business and employment opportunities as well as consumer choice.

4.2 A community where local business is supported and in turn drives our economy.

 

Key Goal Area 6 – Leadership: Visionary, collaborative and accountable.

6.1 Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

6.3 Accountable leadership that is supported by a skilled and professional workforce.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

A risk assessment was undertaken and following risk mitigation, no residual risks were rated as medium or high and as such a formal risk assessment is not provided.

 

CONSULTATION

 

Officers provided a briefing to Council 9th May 2018 regarding the proposed delegation request.  Following this Officers present the request to the Airport Advisory Committee (23rd May) and the Policy and Legalisation Committee (29th May) for consideration.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

Officers are seeking a Delegation of Authority or authorisation from Council to the CEO to enter into new lease agreements for land lots at the BMRA new General Aviation Precinct.

 

As part of the BMRA Development Project, the City is constructing a new General Aviation Precinct. Up to 36 new land lots will be available for lease and development.


 

The lease agreements will be made available through two Expression of Interest programs; Program A – available only to the current tenants of the existing hangars; and Program B –allocation of remaining lots made available to the general public. Any remaining lots will be open to the public until all lots have been taken up.

 

Due to the high volume of potential new lease agreements (36) expected from the General Aviation Precinct and the similar nature of each lease agreement, Officers are seeking approval or authority to delegate authority to the CEO to:

 

·    Negotiate the terms and conditions of the lease agreements;

·    Advertise as per the requirements of section 3.58 of the Act; and

·    Provided there are no adverse public comments, enter into a lease agreement.

 

The current Instrument of Delegation (LG3C) only allows for the CEO to approve subsequent leases, renewals or options to exercise to a value not exceeding $25,000.

 

CONCLUSION

 

A Delegated Authority or authorisation to the CEO will negate the need to present each individual lease agreement to Council and expedite the timeline for the Expression of Interest program. This will ensure the completion of the construction of the General Aviation Precinct aligns with the ability of new tenants to commence construction of hangars and the generation of revenue for the City.

 

OPTIONS

 

Should Council choose not to accept the Officers Recommendation, Council could choose to consider each new lease agreement, requiring Officers to present each new lease agreement through individual Council Reports.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The Officer Recommendation will be presented to the Policy and Legislation Committee at the 29th May 2018 meeting and to Council at the Ordinary meeting on 13th June 2018.  Following Council endorsement the Officer recommendation will be implemented immediately.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

 

That the Council delegates authority to the CEO to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the local government under Sections 3.58 of the Local Government Act 1995 to:

 

1.    Negotiate the terms and conditions of new lease agreements relating to land lots at the new Busselton Margaret River Airport General Aviation Precinct;

 

2.    Advertise the proposed disposition of property (by way of lease) as per the requirements of Section 3.58 of the Local Government Act 1995; and

 

3.    Provided there are no adverse public comments received of a significant nature, authorize the CEO to enter into individual lease agreements.

 

 

  


Council                                                                                      138                                                                    13 June 2018

13.             Planning and Development Services Report

13.1           SECTION 31 RECONSIDERATION : PROPOSED RECEPTION CENTRE, LOT 30 (HSE NO 70) MILLBROOK ROAD, YALLINGUP

SUBJECT INDEX:

Development/Planning Applications

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Planning strategies that foster the development of healthy neighbourhoods that meet our needs as we grow.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Development Services and Policy

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Statutory Planning

REPORTING OFFICER:

Statutory Planning Coordinator - Joanna Wilson

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director, Planning and Development Services - Paul Needham

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Location Plan

Attachment b   Existing Development Approval

Attachment c   Development Guide Plan  

  

PRÉCIS

 

At its meeting of 28 March 2018, Council considered a development application for a Reception Centre at Lot 30 Millbrook Road, Yallingup.  Council approved the application with a number of conditions. The applicant has lodged an application for review with the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) with respect to condition 8 of the approval, which states

 

 “should the lot be reduced in size to 20 hectares or less, the approved use shall cease”.

 

Pursuant to S.31 of the State Administrative Tribunal Act 2004 the Tribunal has invited the City to reconsider its decision, with respect to condition 8 only. Having considered the issues, officers are recommending that the Council agree to the removal of condition 8.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Lot 30 (70) Millbrook Road, Yallingup is a Rural Residential zoned property listed on the City’s Municipal Heritage Inventory and Heritage List as well as the State Heritage Register.  A location plan is provided as Attachment A. The subject lot is a remaining large landholding (24.3 ha) surrounded by rural residential properties ranging in size between 1-4 hectares.

 

A copy of the approval is provided as Attachment B, which can be briefly summarised as follows-

 

·    A reception centre to be provided as a marquee.  It is indicated that the functions are to be largely contained within the marquee and furniture, decorations, etc. will be hired and brought to the site for each function.

 

·    The number of patrons expected is within the range of 100-150 persons.  The proposed hours of operation would be during the day with a noise reduction to 80dB(A) from 7pm and a total shutdown of operation at 11pm (midnight was originally proposed). As already indicated modifications/conditions are now proposed that would restrict events operating after 7pm, although clean up and similar could still occur after that time.

 

·    A number of gravel car parking bays are to be provided on-site, though the applicant proposes that the primary form of transport to and from the site will be via bus.

 


 

A Reception Centre in the Rural Residential Zone is an ‘X’ use, meaning that it would not normally be permissible under Local Planning Scheme No. 21 (‘the Scheme’). Since 1999 and now reflected in cl.4.5.2 of the Scheme, however, land-use controls for lots greater than 20 hectares in area in the Rural Residential Zone are the same that would apply as if the land was instead located in the Agriculture Zone (the subject lot has an area of approximately 24ha). The purpose of these provisions is thought to be to recognise that it is desirable to retain some larger lots within rural residential areas to maintain some rural character and amenity, but also recognise that such large lots do need some broader economic potential and impetus.

 

The property does have the potential to be subdivided in the future as per an existing Development Guide Plan (see Attachment C). If subdivided the result of this would render the lot size less than 20ha. Should that potential be realised, and if the proposed development were approved and operating, it would ordinarily have what is known as ‘non-conforming use rights’.  The development application was approved subject to condition 8; “should the lot be reduced in size to 20 hectares or less, the approved use shall cease”.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

As the decision the Council is asked to make is limited to condition 8 only, on the statutory environment relevant to that matter is outlined.

 

In regard to Non-conforming Use Rights, Clause 3.13 of the Scheme refers and provides the mechanism to terminate a Non-Conforming Use.

 

3.13 TERMINATION OF A NON-CONFORMING

 

The local government may effect the discontinuance of a non-conforming use by the purchase of the land, or by the payment of compensation to the owner or occupier or to both the owner and occupier of that land, and may enter into an agreement with the owner for that purpose.

 

Note:  Sections 190 and 191 of the Planning and Development Act enables the local government to purchase or, with the consent of the Governor, compulsorily acquire land for the purpose of a town planning scheme, subject to Part 9 of the Land Administration Act 1997 (as amended), those sections and the Scheme. 

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

Development Guide Plan 50 - Millbrook Road, Yallingup

Development Guide Plan (DGP) 50 provides overarching development controls applicable to the lot relating to subdivision, heritage and portions of shared access. The DGP does not provide any development controls or measures specifically applicable to the proposed development but does provide for subdivision of the site.  A copy is provided in Attachment C.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The application is currently within the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT); if Councillors decided to retain the Condition, it is likely the matter would be determined by SAT in Formal Hearings.  Costs including potentially external costs, would be incurred, but would not be substantial.

 

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

Nil.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

The Officer Recommendation is consistent with community objective 2.2 of the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2017, which is – ‘Planning strategies that foster the development of healthy neighbourhoods that meet our needs as we grow’.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the Officer Recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk assessment framework. The assessment identifies ‘downside’ risks only, rather than ‘upside’ risks as well. Risks are only identified where the individual risk, once controls are identified, is medium or greater.  No such risks have been identified.

 

CONSULTATION

 

The 28 March 2018 Council report outlines the consultation that was undertaken and the responses that were received from the community and relevant government agencies.  

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

Officers understand the concerns of Councilors that the proposed use could only be considered as the subdivision of the parent lot is yet to be fully realised and the condition would ensure that the use ceases when any future subdivision takes place.

 

The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), and other appeal bodies in Australia have adopted the approach taken in Newbury DC v Secretary of State for the Environment (1981) AC578 when considering the validity of planning conditions. That decision held that, in order to be valid, a condition must:

 

·         be imposed for a planning purpose;

·         fairly and reasonably relate to the development for which permission is given; and

·         be reasonable, that is, be a condition which a reasonable planning authority, properly advised, might impose.

 

These principles have been adopted and generally applied in relation to development and subdivision approval in Western Australia.

 

It is considered that Condition 8 would not meet the tests of validity, in particular the condition does not fairly and reasonably relate to the development for which permission is granted.  In this particular instance, the conditions imposed must relate to the use of the site as a reception centre, but Condition 8 goes beyond that, as it refers to subdivision and the discontinuance of what would otherwise be a non-conforming use. 

 

The Newbury case considers the issue of imposing conditions to prevent non-conforming use rights, the case is clear that this should not be carried out through imposing conditions on development approvals but other methods available to the Local Government (Clause 3.13 of the Scheme refers).


 

Whilst the relevant planning framework is not the same, the underlying principles are very similar. Clause 3.13 of the Scheme provides the Local Government to discontinue a non-conforming use by the purchase of the land, or by the payment of compensation to the owner or the occupier of the land.  Further to this,

 

In regard to subdividing the site in the future; if the layout of the current DGP was to be implemented, the car parking for the reception centre would be located on a separate lot.  When the subdivision application is submitted this would need to be addressed either by easements ensuring reciprocal rights of access and parking, or the car parking would have to be relocated.  Note that the approved plans do not show the car parking location, those details are required to be approved subject to conditions, but it is understood would be on a separate lot if subdivision occurred as per the DGP.

 

The impact on any future occupiers from noise and disturbance from the use would also be considered by the City, the Western Australian Planning Commission and the applicant.  This could result in either notifications being placed on Titles or the reception centre use complying with the noise regulations.  Notwithstanding, the City and ultimately the Western Australian Planning Commission would consider the most appropriate means at the time.

 

It is considered that in light of the above case, condition 8 should be deleted from the development approval and an advice note included which explains, that should subdivision occur which resulted in the bisecting of the reception centre use (i.e car parking/access separated from the other elements), then appropriate easements would need to be in place or the subdivision area revised to ensure the operation of the reception centre is not affected.

 

Councillors should note that officers have has some informal discussions with the landowners, separate to the matter subject of this report, around rationalising the planning frameworks relating to the land.  That framework currently would allow for around 30 chalets to be developed on the land and/or a micro-brewery, potentially at a substantially larger scale and closer to nearby residents, than the proposed reception centre.  Those discussions have involved potentially restricting the scale and location of non-residential development, but allowing some further subdivision.

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is considered that removal of Condition 8 would be appropriate and the use would still comply with the objectives and policies of the Scheme.

 

OPTIONS

 

The Council could consider retaining the condition or modifying the wording of the condition.   Should any Councillor require assistance in drafting an alternative motion, officers can provide assistance if requested to do so.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

The applicant will be notified within of the Council’s decision within two days and prior to the scheduled SAT directions hearing, scheduled for 22 June 2018.

 


 

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council, pursuant to Section 31 of the State Administrative Tribunal Act 2004, having reconsidered its decision in respect to condition 8 of DA17/0651, for the development of a Reception Centre at Lot 30 (70), Millbrook Road, Yallingup, agree to its removal, and that the following advice note shall be included on the Development Approval:

 

6.                Should subdivision occur which resulted in the bisecting of the reception centre (i.e. car parking/access on a separate lot from the other aspects of the development), then easements would need to be in place or the subdivision revised to ensure the operation of the reception centre is not affected.

 

 

 


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Attachment a

Location Plan

 


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Attachment b

Existing Development Approval

 


 


 


 


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Existing Development Approval

 


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Attachment c

Development Guide Plan

 

 


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14.             Engineering and Works Services Report

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15.             Community and Commercial Services Report

15.1           MARKETING AND EVENTS REFERENCE GROUP OUTCOMES

SUBJECT INDEX:

Events

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Commercial Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

 Commercial Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Events Coordinator - Peta Tuck

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director, Community and Commercial Services - Cliff Frewing

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

  

PRÉCIS

 

A meeting of the Marketing and Events Reference Group (MERG) was held on Friday 18 May 2018.  This report presents the recommendations from this meeting.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Council, at its meeting of 13 April 2011 (C1104/114), resolved to endorse the implementation of a differential rating system whereby properties rated Industrial and Commercial across the City would directly contribute toward the City’s continued support of tourism, marketing and event activities.  The City also established a ‘Key Stakeholders Reference Group’ (now known as the MERG) to make recommendations to Council with respect to the marketing and events budget allocations.

 

At its meeting of 22 June 2011 (C1106/201), Council resolved to introduce a 3% Differential Rate on the Industrial and Commercial properties which has increased to 10% from 2016/2017. The proceeds from the differential rate are allocated towards events and marketing.

 

The total estimated marketing and events budget for 2018/2019 is $925,000 (subject to confirmation when the final budget figures are known). This excludes a budget allocation for the locally based events, such as Leavers Week, Busselton festival, Christmas carols etc, administration, and events staffing.

 

Since the last MERG meeting held on 7 March 2018, 35 events have been held. Some of the major events of that period include Busselton Pride, King of Concrete, South West Harmony Festival, Relay For Life, Wheelbite, Delirium 24 hour cycle, X-Adventure Dunsborough, Forest Rally, The Beerfarm Rodeo, Margaret River Region Open Studios and the Busselton Festival of Triathlon (inc. Ironman 70.3), as well as the filming of the Go Karts movie.


A meeting of the MERG was held on Friday 18 May 2018, with the following key matters presented at the meeting;

 

·    Update on events held since the last meeting and upcoming major events;

·    Applications from the 2018/2019 Round 1 Event Sponsorship Program ;

·    Discussion of updated KPI’s for the extension of Ironman WA contract to 2020

·    Discussion of funding application received from the BCCI for the Taste the Region Harvest Markets

 

This report provides recommendations on the proposed funding allocations for the above points.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 

Nil  

 

RELEVANT PLANS AND POLICIES

 

The recommendations are in line with Council policies.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

At the end of 2016/17 an allocation of $9,036 was unspent from the Differential Rates marketing & events budget, which was carried forward to the 2017/18 financial year.

 

At the 26 July 2017 Council meeting, Council resolved (C1707/163) to include a budget allocation from the 2017/18 Differential Rates marketing & events budget of $300,000 for marketing (with the balance towards events).

 

Funds unspent from the 2017/18 marketing & events budget equal $12,261 and the Officer’s recommendation, consistent with normal practice is that this amount is rolled over into the 2018/19 budget.

 

The 2018/19 draft budget includes an allocation of $925,000 (being an estimate of a 10% levy on the Industrial and Commercial rates yield) for marketing & events. This will be subject to further adjustment when the rates are struck (and the carried forward figure referred to earlier). Of this amount, a sum of $97,245 has been allocated for airport marketing, leaving an amount of $827,755 for other marketing & events.

 

Funds have already been committed in the current and past years from the 2018/2019 marketing & events budget for Multi Year Agreements leaving a total of $115,675 to be allocated to Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2018/2019 marketing & events program.

 

It is noted that it is no longer considered necessary to provide ‘top-up’ funding from the Municipal funds and as a consequence the full estimated amount of $925,000, being 10% on the Industrial and Commercial rates levied will be included in the budget for events purposes.

 

As in previous years, this amount excludes budgetary allocations for the locally based events, administration, and events staffing.

Long-term Financial Plan Implications

 

The marketing and events budget utilises funds generated through the Differential Rate, in line with the City’s Long Term Financial Plan.

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

 

This matter aligns with the City of Busselton’s endorsed Strategic Community Plan 2017, and principally with the following Strategic Goal:

 

Economy

Diverse, resilient, prosperous;

 

4.3  Events and unique tourism experiences that aid in attracting visitors and investment.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

 

The recommendations contained within this report are considered low risk and as such a formal risk assessment is not provided.

 

CONSULTATION

 

Consultation has been undertaken with members of the MERG, consisting of representatives from the Busselton and Dunsborough Yallingup Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Busselton Jetty Inc. and the City of Busselton.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

The MERG has been established with representatives from the City of Busselton, local Chambers of Commerce, the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, and the Busselton Jetty Inc.  A Terms of Reference guides the operations of the Group and an Events Sponsorship Programme has been developed. 

 

Supporting the development and attraction of new events throughout the year, the Events Sponsorship Programme promotes the City of Busselton as an attractive event tourism destination for a range of events.

 

Round 1 Event Sponsorship Programme 2018/19

 

Round 1 of the 2018/19 Event Sponsorship Programme was advertised from 1 March 2018 to 30 March 2018. A total of eight (8) applications were received, requesting a total of $102,850 in funding. Of these, three (3) requests were for multi-year agreements and five (5) were for single year agreements.

 

The events team evaluated all funding applications, applying the strategic funding guidelines of economic impact, strategic alliance to off-peak and cultural events, destination tourism, social benefits and environmental impact.

 

MERG members discussed each application and recommend a total of $43,650 be allocated in Round 1 from the 2018/19 events budget as per the following table.  This leaves $72,025 remaining in the budget for Round 2.

 

Event

Requested

MERG Recommendation

South West Wellness Festival

2018/19 $1,150

2019/20 $1,150

2020/21 $1,150

2018/19 $1,150

2019/20 $1,150

2020/21 $1,150

South West Yoga Fest

2018/19 $5,000

2018/19 $5,000

Geographe Bay Race Week

2018/19 $23,000

2019/20 $23,000

2020/21 $23,000

2018/19 $10,000

 

Busselton Ukelele Strummaganza

2018/19 $5,000

2018/19 $2,000

Taste the Region Harvest Markets

2018/19 $25,700

Special Meeting to be held in June to discuss further

FACET 2018 Food & Wine Tourism Conference

2018/19 $8,000

2018/19 $3,500
(cash - notionally up to $5k)

+ in-kind venue hire (Undalup Room, YCAB, Railway House)

World Surf League Cape Naturaliste Pro

2018/19 $25,000

2018/19 $15,000

Busselton Chevron City to Surf

2018/19 $10,000

2019/20 $15,000

2020/21 $20,000

2018/19 $10,000

2019/20 $9,000

2020/21 $8,000

TOTALS

2018/19 $102,850

2019/20 $39,150

2020/21 $44,150 

2018/19 $43,650

2019/20 $10,150

2020/21 $9,150   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following conditions are to be included in the funding agreement for the Geographe Bay Race Week:

·    single year to be offered,

·    KPI’s on 25% increase in participation, good proposals – indicators/goals.

·    Buy/shop local vouchers (demonstrate local spend).

 

CONCLUSION

 

The MERG has been assigned by Council to make recommendations on the way in which funds raised through the Industrial and Commercial Differential Rate for the purposes of events and marketing are allocated.  This report contains the recommendations made at the 18 May 2018 meeting, which if endorsed by Council, will result in the continuation of high quality events being held within the region, supported by successful marketing promotions.  All recommendations support Council’s vision of being recognised as the ‘Events Capital WA.’

 

OPTIONS

 

Council may choose not to support the recommendations made by the MERG and resolve not to endorse part or all of the recommendations.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

Following Council’s decision, the outcomes will be communicated to all members of the MERG and relevant event organisers for their information and implemented where required.

 

 

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council as part of Round 1 of the 2018/19 Events Sponsorship Programme endorses the funding allocation towards the following events, to be funded from the 2018/19 and subsequent years events budgets:

 

Event

Requested

MERG Recommendation

South West Wellness Festival

2018/19 $1,150

2019/20 $1,150

2020/21 $1,150

2018/19 $1,150

2019/20 $1,150

2020/21 $1,150

South West Yoga Fest

2018/19 $5,000

2018/19 $5,000

Geographe Bay Race Week

2018/19 $23,000

2019/20 $23,000

2020/21 $23,000

2018/19 $10,000

 

Busselton Ukelele Strummaganza

2018/19 $5,000

2018/19 $2,000

FACET 2018 Food & Wine Tourism Conference

2018/19 $8,000

2018/19 $3,500
(cash - notionally up to $5k)

+ in-kind venue hire (Undalup Room, YCAB, Railway House)

World Surf League Cape Naturaliste Pro

2018/19 $25,000

2018/19 $15,000

Busselton Chevron City to Surf

2018/19 $10,000

2019/20 $15,000

2020/21 $20,000

2018/19 $10,000

2019/20 $9,000

2020/21 $8,000

TOTALS

2018/19 $102,850

2019/20 $39,150

2020/21 $44,150 

2018/19 $43,650

2019/20 $10,150

2020/21 $9,150   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


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16.             Finance and Corporate Services Report

16.1           CAPES REGION ORGANISATION OF COUNCILS (CAPEROC)

SUBJECT INDEX:

CapeROC Committee

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Governance Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Governance Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Strategic Projects Officer - Tracey King

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Chief Executive Officer - Mike Archer

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   CapeROC Minutes  

  

PRÉCIS

 

The following is provided to Council as information on the outcomes of the Cape Region Organisation of Councils (CapeROC) meeting held in Busselton, Friday 11 May 2018. Minutes are also available on the City of Busselton Hub and external website.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

 

Action items as an outcome of this meeting include –

 

CAPEROC DECISION CAP1805/016

That:     

1.            CapeROC receives the information provided in the 2017/18 budget allocation report.

2.            The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Busselton each allocate $50,000of their individual budgets 2018/19 towards a total CapeROC  budget of up to $100,0000 to progress regional economic development  initiatives; and

3.            CapeROC identifies the following projects and provisional allocations to be included in the 2018/19 CapeROC budget:

i. Calendar of Events, $21,700; 

ii. Joint Trail Strategy Development,  $30,000; and

iii. Tourism Signage Strategy, $30,000.

 

A further action item relates to the Capes Region Tourism Directional Signage project, whereby the committee:

 

CAPEROC DECISION CAP1805/017

That:

1.            Notes the preferred proponent status of GHD Pty Ltd to undertake the scope of works outlined within RFQ 32/17 Cape Region Tourist Directional Signage and Roadside Visitor Information: Supply of audit, condition and cost report;

2.            Notes the City of Busselton and Shire of Augusta Margaret River to act as Principal in Joint and the City of Busselton to act as Project Lead for the Project; and

3.            That CapeROC roll the allocated budget of $30,000 into the 2018/2019 financial year.

 

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council notes the outcome of the Capes Region Organisation of Councils Meeting held on 11 May 2018 as shown in Attachment A.

 

 


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CapeROC Minutes

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


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17.             Chief Executive Officer's Report

17.1           COUNCILLORS' INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUBJECT INDEX:

Councillors' Information

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE:

Governance systems, process and practices are responsible, ethical and transparent.

BUSINESS UNIT:

Governance Services

ACTIVITY UNIT:

Governance Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Administration Officer - Governance - Katie Dudley

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Chief Executive Officer - Mike Archer

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment a   Planning Applications received by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018

Attachment b   Planning Applications determined by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018

Attachment c   MERG Minutes

Attachment d   Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Minutes

Attachment e    WALGA Summary April/May 2018  

  

PRÉCIS

 

This report provides an overview of a range of information that is considered appropriate to be formally presented to the Council for its receipt and noting. The information is provided in order to ensure that each Councillor, and the Council, is being kept fully informed, while also acknowledging that these are matters that will also be of interest to the community.

 

Any matter that is raised in this report as a result of incoming correspondence is to be dealt with as normal business correspondence, but is presented in this bulletin for the information of the Council and the community.

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

17.1.1    Planning & Development Services Statistics

 

Planning Applications

 

Attachment A is a report detailing all Planning Applications received by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018. A total of 44 formal applications were received during this period.

 

Attachment B is a report detailing all Planning Applications determined by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018. A total of 42 applications (including subdivision referrals) were determined by the City during this period with 42 approved / supported and 0 refused / not supported.

17.1.2    MERG Minutes 

 

Attachment C is a copy of the MERG Minutes for the meeting held on 18 May 2018.

 

17.1.3    Meelup Regional Park Management Committee

 

Attachment D is a copy of the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Informal Minutes for the meeting held on 28 May 2018.

17.1.4    WALGA Summary

 

Attachment E is a copy of the WALGA Summary for the meetings held in April/May 2018.

17.1.5    2017/18 TENDERS

 

RFT24/17 PROVISION OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SERVICES

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for the provision of traffic management services within the City of Busselton.  The tender was advertised on 16 December 2017 with a closing date of 16 January 2018.  A total of 7 tenders were received and evaluated.

 

Council resolved on 11 April 2018 to decline to accept any tender on the basis that the tenders received did not present best value for money. Council requested the CEO establish a panel of pre-qualified suppliers for the provision of traffic management services to the City pursuant to Part 4 Division 3 of the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 and the City’s Purchasing Policy.

 

On 16 May 2018 Council was briefed regarding potential issues relating to the operation of panels of pre-qualified suppliers. Following further information received from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the CEO is proceeding with the establishment of a panel of pre-qualified suppliers for the provision of traffic management services to the City.

 

RFT03/18 CRUSHING SERVICES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION MATERIAL WITHIN CITY OF BUSSELTON

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for crushing services for construction and demolition material within the City of Busselton.  The tender was advertised on 3 February 2018, with a closing date of 27 February 2018.  A total of 2 tenders were received.  The evaluation has been completed and a recommendation report will be presented to the CEO in June 2018 as the value of the contract is not expected to exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.

 

RFT04/18 SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF IRRIGATION COMPONENTS

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for the supply and delivery of irrigation components to the City.  The tender was advertised on 24 February 2018, with a closing date of 20 March 2018.  A total of 2 tenders were received.  The evaluation has been completed and a recommendation report has been presented to the CEO in June 2018 awarding the contract to Total Eden Pty Ltd. Note the value of the contract did not exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.

 

RFT05/18 CONSTRUCTION OF DUNSBOROUGH TOWNSCAPE STAGE 4

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for the construction of Dunsborough Townscape Stage 4.  The tender was advertised on 7 April 2018 with a closing date of 1 May 2018.  A total of 2 tenders were received. The value of the contract is expected to exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.  Council resolved on 28 March 2018 to delegate authority to the CEO to negotiate and agree final terms and conditions and to award a contract for a finalised lump sum price, provided that the contract value for the accepted tender does not exceed $680,000.  It is expected that the evaluation will be completed and a recommendation report presented to the CEO in June 2018.

 


 

RFT06/18 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF AMBERGATE FIRE STATION

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for the design, fabrication and installation of a fire station and amenities facility to be located at Apex Reserve, Ambergate.  The tender was advertised on 14 April 2018, with a closing date of 3 May 2018. Earthworks that had already commenced on site prior to agenda publication are being undertaken pursuant to a separate contract, which was awarded following a request for quote process consistent with the Purchasing Policy. A total of 5 tenders were received. The evaluation has been completed and a recommendation report will be presented to the CEO in June 2018 as the value of the contract is not expected to exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.

 

RFT07/18 LANDSCAPING FOR PUBLIC OPEN SPACES AT LAYMAN ROAD AND BURGEE COVE, BUSSELTON

 

The City of Busselton invited tenders for the landscaping of land comprising the public open space at Layman Road and Burgee Cove, Port Geographe.  The tender was advertised on 21 April 2018, with a closing date of 10 May 2018.  A total of 4 tenders were received. The evaluation has been completed and a recommendation report will be presented to the CEO in June 2018 as the value of the contract is not expected to exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.

 

PQS01/18 SUPPLY OF QUARRY PRODUCTS – REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS TO JOIN A PANEL OF PRE- QUALIFIED SUPPLIERS

 

The City of Busselton requested applications to join a panel of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the provision of quarry products to the City. Pursuant to Council Resolution C1704/091, the power to establish a panel of pre-qualified suppliers has been delegated to the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Busselton (Delegation reference number LG3M).The PQS was advertised on 21 April 2018 with a closing date of 8 May 2018.  A total of 7 applications were received. It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed in early June and a recommendation report presented to the Council in late June 2018, as the value of the contract is expected to exceed the CEO’s delegated authority.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the items from the Councillors’ Information Bulletin be noted:

·    17.1.1              Planning & Development Services Statistics

·    17.1.2              MERG Minutes

·    17.1.3              Meelup Regional Park Management Committee

·    17.1.4              WALGA Summary

·    17.1.5              2017/18 TENDERS

 

 

 


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Planning Applications received by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018

 


 


 


 


 


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Planning Applications determined by the City between 1 May, 2018 and 15 May, 2018

 


 


 


 


 


 


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Attachment c

MERG Minutes

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Attachment d

Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Minutes

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Attachment d

Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Minutes

 


 


 


 


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Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Minutes

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Attachment d

Meelup Regional Park Management Committee Minutes

 


 


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WALGA Summary April/May 2018

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


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18.             Motions of which Previous Notice has been Given

19.             urgent business

20.             Confidential Matters

21.             Closure