Please note:  These minutes are yet to be confirmed as a true record of proceedings

CITY OF BUSSELTON

MINUTES FOR THE Council MEETING HELD ON 13 November 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM NO.                                        SUBJECT                                                                                                                              PAGE NO.

1....... Declaration of Opening aCKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY / ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF Visitors / DISCLAIMER / NOTICE OF RECORDING OF PROCEEDINGS. 2

2....... Attendance. 2

3....... Prayer. 2

4....... Application for Leave of Absence. 2

5....... Disclosure Of Interests. 2

6....... Announcements Without Discussion.. 2

7....... Question Time For Public. 2

8....... Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes. 2

Previous Council Meetings. 2

8.1          Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 21 October 2019. 2

8.2          Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 23 October 2019. 2

8.3          Minutes of the Council Meeting held 30 October 2019. 2

Committee Meetings. 2

8.4          Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 October 2019. 2

9....... RECEIVING OF Petitions, Presentations AND DEPUTATIONS. 2

10..... QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS OF WHICH DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN (WITHOUT DISCUSSION). 2

11..... Items brought forward.. 2

ADOPTION BY EXCEPTION RESOLUTION.. 2

12.1        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - FINANCIAL ACTIVITY STATEMENTS - PERIOD ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019. 2

12.4        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - ASSET MANAGEMENT UPDATE. 2

12.5        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - MICROSOFT LICENCE AGREEMENT RENEWAL. 2

17.1        COUNCILLORS' INFORMATION BULLETIN.. 2

ADOPTION BY EXCEPTION RESOLUTION ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED.. 2

12.2        Finance Committee – 17/10/2019 – BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - ACCOUNTING FOR NEW LEASING STANDARD.. 2

12.3        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - BRIDGE RESURFACING.. 2

12.6        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT. 2

13.1        MEELUP REGIONAL PARK COMMITTEE - APPOINTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS. 2

ITEMS TO BE DEALT WITH BY SEPARATE RESOLUTION (WITHOUT DEBATE). 2

16.1        ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019. 2

18..... Motions of which Previous Notice has been Given.. 2

19..... urgent business. 2

20..... Confidential Reports. 2

21..... Closure. 2

 


Council                                                                                      3                                                            13 November 2019

MINUTES

 

MINUTES OF A Meeting of the Busselton City Council HELD IN the Council Chambers, Administration Building, Southern Drive, Busselton, ON 13 November 2019 AT 5.30pm.

 

1.               Declaration of Opening aCKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY / ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF Visitors / DISCLAIMER / NOTICE OF RECORDING OF PROCEEDINGS

The Presiding Member opened the meeting at 5.30pm.

2.               Attendance

Presiding Member:

Members:

 

Cr Grant Henley     Mayor

Cr Kelly Hick             Deputy Mayor

Cr Ross Paine

Cr Paul Carter

Cr Lyndon Miles

Cr Kate Cox

Cr Sue Riccelli

Cr Phill Cronin

Cr Jo Barrett-Lennard

 

Officers:

 

Mr Mike Archer, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Oliver Darby, Director, Engineering and Works Services

Mr Paul Needham, Director, Planning and Development Services

Ms Jennifer May, Acting Director, Community and Commercial Services

Mr Tony Nottle, Director, Finance and Corporate Services

Ms Sarah Pierson, Manager, Governance and Corporate Services

Ms Melissa Egan, Governance Officer

 

Apologies:

 

Nil

 

Approved Leave of Absence:

 

Nil

 

Media:

 

0

 

Public:

 

5

3.               Prayer

In recognition of Rememberance Day, the Mayor delivered the Oath of Rememberance.

 

4.               Application for Leave of Absence

Nil

 

5.               Disclosure Of Interests

Nil

 

6.               Announcements Without Discussion

Announcements by the Presiding Member

 

The Mayor was pleased to recognise the finalists and winners of the WA Tourism Awards, including the Busselton Jetty which won the prestigious Sir David Brand Award, the Busselton Jetty Swim, Vasse Virgin, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours and CineFestOZ.

 

7.               Question Time For Public

Nil

 

8.               Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes 

Previous Council Meetings

8.1             Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 21 October 2019

COUNCIL DECISION

C1911/215              Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

That the Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 21 October 2019 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

CARRIED 9/0

8.2             Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 23 October 2019

COUNCIL DECISION

C1911/216              Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Councillor P Cronin

That the Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held 23 October 2019 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

CARRIED 9/0

8.3             Minutes of the Council Meeting held 30 October 2019

COUNCIL DECISION

C1911/217              Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held 30 October 2019 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

CARRIED 9/0

Committee Meetings

8.4             Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 October 2019

COUNCI DECISION

C1911/218              Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held 17 October 2019 be noted.

CARRIED 9/0

9.               RECEIVING OF Petitions, Presentations AND DEPUTATIONS

Petitions

 

Nil

Presentations

 

Nil

Deputations

 

Nil

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

Nil

 


 

11.             Items brought forward

Adoption by Exception Resolution

At this juncture the Mayor advised the meeting that, with the exception of the items identified to be withdrawn for discussion, the remaining reports, including the Committee and Officer Recommendations, will be adopted en bloc, i.e. all together.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

C1911/219       Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

 

That the Committee Recommendations in relation to the Agenda Items 12.1, 12.4 and 12.5 and Officer Recommendation in relation to the Agenda Item 17.1 be carried en bloc:

 

12.1        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - FINANCIAL ACTIVITY STATEMENTS - PERIOD ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

12.4        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - ASSET MANAGEMENT UPDATE

 

12.5        Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - MICROSOFT LICENCE AGREEMENT RENEWAL

 

17.1        COUNCILLORS' INFORMATION BULLETIN

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

 


 

12.             Reports of Committee

12.1           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - FINANCIAL ACTIVITY STATEMENTS - PERIOD ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Budget Planning and Reporting

BUSINESS UNIT

 Financial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Manager Financial Services - Paul Sheridan

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment a   Investment Report September 2019

Attachment b    Financial Activity Statement Period Ended September 2019  

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/220              Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

That the Council receives the statutory financial activity statement reports for the period ending 30 September 2019, pursuant to Regulation 34(4) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations.

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Pursuant to Section 6.4 of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and Regulation 34(4) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996 (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 September 2019.

 

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 31 July 2019, the Council adopted (C1907/131) the following material variance reporting threshold for the 2019/20 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 2019/20 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.”

 

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 hereto:

 

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 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 September 2019

The Statement of Financial Activity for the period ending 30 September 2019 shows an overall Net Current Position of $45.4M as opposed to the amended budget of $34.3M. The following summarises the major variances in accordance with Council’s adopted material variance reporting threshold that collectively make up the above difference:

 

Description

2019/20
Actual

2019/20
Amended
Budget YTD

2019/20
Amended
Budget

2019/20
YTD Bud Variance

2019/20
YTD Bud Variance

 

$

$

$

%

$

Revenue from Ordinary Activities

 

Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions

1,078,531

        826,855

        4,926,958

30.44%

        251,676

Other Revenue

168,709

141,231

551,510

19.46%

27,478

Interest Earnings

618,582

320,520

1,955,000

92.99%

298,062

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from Ordinary Activities

 

 

 

 

Materials & Contracts

(3,009,202)

(4,272,619)

(18,226,504)

29.57%

1,263,417

Utilities (Gas, Electricity, Water etc)

(540,469)

(704,080)

(2,774,257)

23.24%

163,611

Other Expenditure

(690,039)

(808,529)

(4,920,811)

14.66%

118,490

Allocations

304,449

538,054

2,161,452

43.42%

(233,605)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions

1,127,815

1,707,407

32,042,712

-33.95%

(579,592)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Revenue & (Expenditure)

 

 

 

 

Land & Buildings

(492,218)

(4,067,401)

(18,097,358)

87.90%

3,575,183

Plant & Equipment

(26,950)

(925,749)

(4,493,000)

97.09%

898,799

Furniture & Equipment

(29,639)

(286,382)

(1,129,169)

89.65%

256,743

Infrastructure

(2,368,528)

(6,529,530)

(36,851,773)

63.73%

4,161,002

Proceeds from Sale of Assets

209,785

313,000

3,476,580

-32.98%

(103,215)

Transfer to Restricted Assets

(65,505)

(15,027)

(60,100)

-335.92%

(50,478)

 

Revenue from Ordinary Activities

Year to date (YTD) actual income from ordinary activities is $772K more than expected when compared to year to date amended budget with the following items meeting the material variance reporting threshold being:

1.    Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions are $252K (net) better than amended budget. This variance is mainly due to the following:

a.    Grants Commission (10152) -$46K – local roads grant, special grants for bridges.  This variance arose as we did not receive the quarterly grants for the Kaloorup and Boallia roads bridges.  It should be noted that as this is a pass through to Main Roads, the related capital expenditure items have not occurred either, so it is a neutral position on cash basis.  The Director of EWS advises that should work on these particular bridges actually go ahead, Main Roads may hold the grants directly themselves;

b.    Reimbursements (10200) $43K – Insurance recoveries not yet allocated to correct section and contributions credit (1st instalment), received earlier than expected;

c.     Contributions (10380) -$39K – South West Library Consortia employee contribution not received due to the invoices not being sent out to the 13 other LGA’s.  This was due to staffing changes both in administration and at the library consortia group;

d.    Protective burning and firebreaks reserve (10931) $165.7K. This variance relates to receiving 50% grant awarded to the City under the mitigation activity fund (emergency services levy) and will be subject to a Council report requesting that the 2019/20 budget be amended to reflect this additional income.  Details of the cost codes for this amendment are being finalised;

e.    Bushfire risk management planning (10942) DFES $130K. This variance relates to the payment of grant in full for the bushfire risk planning coordinator position within the City of Busselton. This represents a timing difference between budget allocations (over 12 months), and actual funds received;

2.    Other Revenue is $27K above amended budget YTD.  This variance is due mainly to the following:

a.    LSL contribution from other LGA’s (10100) -$26K – to be recouped once employee actually takes LSL;

b.    Scrap Metal (G0030) $41K – budget of $35K YTD exceeded due to significantly higher unit prices achieved.

3.    Interest earnings is $298K better than amended budget.  This variance is mainly due to the following:

a.    Late payment interest (NA1203) -$33K

b.    Instalment plan interest (NA1204) $279K budgeted to be received in period 4

c.     Interest on municipal funds (NA1760) $29K

d.    Interest on reserve funds (NA1761) $2K

e.    Interest on restricted funds (NA1762) $22K

 

Expenses from Ordinary Activities

Expenditure from ordinary activities is $1.64M less than expected when compared to amended YTD budget, with the following items meeting the material variance reporting threshold:

 

1.    Materials and Contracts $1.263M

The main contributing items are listed below:

Cost Code

Cost Code Description / GL Activity

Variance
YTD
$

Finance and Corporate Services

 

10000

Members of Council

(36,058)

10250

Information & Communication Technology Services

65,933

Community and Commercial Services

 

10380

Busselton Library

25,887

10591

Geographe Leisure Centre

25,986

10600

Busselton Jetty Tourist Park

66,083

Planning and Development Services

 

10820

Strategic Planning

59,014

10830

Environmental Management Administration

80,447

11170

Meelup Regional Park

42,774

Engineering and Works Services

 

Various

Busselton Jetty Maintenance

85,150

12620

Rural-Tree Pruning

(131,192)

Various

Bridge Maintenance

49,339

Various

Building Maintenance

54,402

Various

Other Infrastructure Maintenance

33,380

Various

Waste services

280,893

Various

Road Maintenance

(30,404)

Various

Reserve Maintenance

215,572

 


 

2.    Utilities $164K better than amended YTD budget:

This relates mainly to a total underspend YTD in the 140 electricity accounts of $114K, and $41K in water.  Anecdotally this relates to timing differences of when the various invoices are received and processed, which, based on previous years, usually resolves itself closer to budget by year end. The accounts are monitored and reviewed with any major anomalies investigated.

 

3.    Other Expenditure $118K better than amended YTD budget due to:

a.      Public Relations (10700) $29K – an underspend on Sister City Involvements of $15K, Advertising in the Council Pages of $5K and Catering of $6K;

b.      Members of Council (10000) $79K – sitting fees of $33K being a month behind and only being caught up at year end, nothing being spent from the Council Contingency Holding Account budget of $16K and Mayor & Deputy Allowances underspent by $8K;

c.      Community and Commercial Services -$17K – timing differences on various accounts giving rise to and overspend against budget;

d.      Planning and Development Services $14K – timing differences on various accounts giving rise to and underspend against budget;

e.      Engineering and Works Services $5K – timing differences on various accounts giving rise to and underspend against budget.

 

4.    Allocations

In addition to administration based allocations which clear each month, this category also includes plant and overhead related allocations. Due to the nature of these line items, the activity reflects as a net offset against operating expenditure, in recognition of those expenses that are of a capital nature (and need to be recognised accordingly). It should be noted that performance in the category has no direct impact on the closing position.  

 

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions

Non-Operating Grants, Subsidies and Contributions are less than budget by $580K with the main items impacting on the above result being the timing of the receipt of funding which is also offset with less than anticipated capital expenditure at this time.

 

Cost Code

Cost Code Description

Variance
YTD

Finance and Corporate Services

 

10239

Contributions - Community Facilities

(182,584)

R0288/R0228

Contributions - Capital Activities

52,000

Engineering and Works Services

 

C1512

Port Geographe Boat Ramp Renewal Works Capital Grants - Other (State)

(41,250)

C3113

Busselton Tennis Club – Infrastructure

80,000

C3168

Busselton Foreshore Jetty Precinct Capital Grants - Other

(77,055)

S0035

Strelly Street / Barlee Street Roundabout

40,508

S0051

Causeway Road/ Rosemary Drive Roundabout Capital Grant (Main Roads)

(200,001)

S0064

Peel Terrace Capital Grant Department of Main Roads

(50,001)

S0069

Peel Terrace (Brown Street Intersection Upgrades)

(24,999)

S0070

Peel & Queen Street Roundabout Service Relocation Capital Grant (Main Roads)

74,999

S0071

Ludlow-Hithergreen Road Safety Improvements

230,600

S0072

Kaloorup Road - Reconstruct and Seal Shoulders

100,000

T0019

Wonnerup South Road Capital Grants (Roads to Recovery)

(156,135)

T0085

Yoongarillup Road Capital Grants (Roads to Recovery)

(52,500)

T0086

Yoongarillup Road Capital Grants (Roads to Recovery)

(369,525)

Capital Expenditure

As at 30 September 2019, there is a variance of 75.3% or $8.9M in total capital expenditure with YTD actual at $2.9M against YTD amended budget of $11.8M.

 

The attachments to this report include detailed listings of all capital expenditure (project) items, however the main areas of variance are summarised as follows:

 

1.    Buildings on the whole are $3.6M below budget with the main variance attributable to the Airport Terminal Stage 2 yet to commence pending funding approvals;

2.    Plant and equipment is $899K below budget, however at this stage this is mainly related to budget timing differences;

3.    Information & Communication Technology is $257K below budget;

4.    Busselton foreshore is $416K below budget, mainly due to underspend compared to budget for the Busselton Tennis Club Infrastructure;

5.    Administration building carpark $25K below budget;

6.    Lou Western Oval Courts $150K below budget;

7.    Various footpaths construction $92K below budget;

8.    Various car parking construction $51K below budget;

9.    Townscape works $170K below budget;

10.  Beach restoration works $236K over budget;

11.  Parks and gardens works $511K below budget;

12.  Sanitation infrastructure works $805K below budget;

13.  Airport development works (not included in 1. above) $449K below budget;

14.  Main Roads road construction works $585K below budget;

15.  Roads to Recovery road works $575K below budget;

16.  Black spot works $65K over budget;

17.  Council road initiatives road works $582K below budget.

 

Many of these items of under expenditure e.g. Main Roads construction works, also assists in explaining the above current YTD shortfall in Non-Operating Grants.

 

Proceeds from Sale of Assets

There is a variance for the proceeds from sale of assets of -$103K, due to delays in the changeover of vehicles.

 

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 September 2019 the value of the City’s invested funds totalled $84.47M, up from $70.47M as at 31st August. The increase is due to the receipt of the first instalments of the annual rating period.

 

During the month of September three term deposits held with two different institutions totalling $10.0M matured. All were renewed for a further 171 days at 1.61% (on average). Seven new term deposits were opened during the month totalling $23M. Spread between three institutions, they were opened for 221 days at 1.68% (on average).

 

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 $9.0M with the funds being converted to Term Deposits during September to increase investment return.

The balance of the Airport Development ANZ and WATC cash accounts remained steady, other than a small increase due to interest earnings. The Airport Development term deposit held at the WATC was closed with the funds transferred to the cash account.

 

The RBA left official rates steady during August after two earlier 0.25% reductions, however a further 0.25% decrease was announced in September. Rates being offered on term deposit renewals are now noticeably lower. Further official drops are possible in coming months.

 

Chief Executive Officer – Corporate Credit Card

Details of monthly (August to September) 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

04-Sep-19

 $181.34

Autorent Hertz

National LG Awards Hobart Vehicle Hire (50% reimbursed by CEO)

06-Sep-19

-$70.00

Brolga Theatre - Fraser Coast Council

*Refund of 1 Partner Conference Ticket

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

+ Allocated against CEO Hospitality Expenses Allowance

Statutory Environment

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

Relevant Plans and Policies

There are no relevant plans or policies to consider in relation to this matter.

Financial Implications

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

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.

Options

The Statements of Financial Activity are presented in accordance with Section 6.4 of the Act and Regulation 34 of the Regulations and are to be received. Council may wish to make additional resolutions as a result of having received these reports.

 

CONCLUSION

As at 30 September 2019, the City’s financial performance is considered satisfactory.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

Not applicable.


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Attachment a

Investment Report September 2019

 


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Financial Activity Statement Period Ended September 2019

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



Council                                                                                      41                                                          13 November 2019

12.4           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - ASSET MANAGEMENT UPDATE

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

6.4 Assets are well maintained and responsibly managed.

SUBJECT INDEX

Asset Management

BUSINESS UNIT

Engineering and Facilities Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Asset Coordinator - Daniel Hall

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director, Engineering and Works Services - Oliver Darby

NATURE OF DECISION

Noting: the item does not require a decision of Council and is simply for information purposes and noting

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/221              Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

That the Council note the Asset Management update for October 2019.

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This update provides an overview of the City’s current asset management priorities, how they can be addressed through policy principles and gives an example of how the principles can be put into practice. All of the examples given with this update will form part of the overall asset management plan review and update. They have been provided as a summary to suit the purpose of this update, however more detail will be provided as the update progresses.

 

The formal adoption of an updated Asset Management Policy will provide guidance for the finalisation of the review and update of the overall asset management plan.  If the Council supports the proposed policy principles, an updated Asset Management Policy will be presented back to Council for adoption through the Policy and Legislation Committee.

 

BACKGROUND

Asset management staff are reviewing the current Asset Management Policy in preparation for re-adoption by the Council. The purpose of this update is to present the proposed underpinning policy principles and provide examples as justification for how each principle reflects current asset management priorities for the City.

The examples provided for each principle will form part of future asset management planning updates to be presented to the Council following adoption of a revised policy. These examples are not intended as a definitive list of what the principles may drive, but rather the best example to illustrate how the principle can be implemented through the asset management plans.

OFFICER COMMENT

Asset management is a broad subject area covering a range of elements. All of these elements have a purpose, however, some will be more important for the City to address than others, at any given point in time. Adoption of the most important elements as policy principles ensures organisational understanding of what the current priorities are and allows for a targeted approach to asset management planning. Below are the five priority areas proposed to be addressed by aligned policy principles, justification for why they have been chosen and examples to illustrate their practical application.

 

1.    Growth of the Infrastructure Asset Base

The estimated replacement value of the City’s infrastructure assets (as per asset management calculations) has increased to a total value of $920,758,934 (an increase of $386,758,934 from the 2013 calculation of $534,000,000). A breakdown of the current value is shown in Table 1 below.

The 2013 calculations in Table 1 are an extract from the original Overall Asset Management Plan. Assets such as Car Parks, Airport, Bridges, Busselton Jetty, Signage and Waste Sites would have carried a value in 2013, however had not received an asset management valuation at that point in time. This demonstrates that a significant amount of work has been undertaken since 2013 to improve the knowledge of the asset base.

Table 1 Current Replacement Value of Infrastructure Assets

Asset Type

Value 2013 $

Value 2019 $

Variance

Roads

284,000,000

370,419,378

86,419,378

Car Parks

0

11,959,466

11,959,466

Airport 

0

64,350,789

64,350,789

Bridges

0

69,028,840

69,028,840

Footpaths

30,000,000

47,118,362

17,118,362

Coastal Infrastructure (Excluding Busselton Jetty)

8,000,000

19,279,000

11,279,000

Busselton Jetty

0

33,658,187

33,658,187

Buildings

104,000,000

126,907,523

22,907,523

Drainage

69,000,000

101,497,452

32,497,452

Signage

0

3,045,626

3,045,626

Public Open Space and Lighting

34,000,000

70,024,377

36,024,377

Waste Sites

0

3,469,934

3,469,934

Other (now valued above)

5,000,000

0

-5,000,000

Total

534,000,000

920,758,934

386,758,934

An overview of the key elements within this increase are provided below.

1.1  Improved Valuation Processes

Since the 2013 overall Asset Management Plan was adopted, knowledge about the extent of the asset base has improved considerably, with data collection and valuation processes being refined each time they are undertaken. The calculation process is now more thorough than it was and completion of numerous plans since 2013 and the three yearly fair value cycle have created more accurate valuation data.

 

The calculation of fair value for all infrastructure (other than buildings) is undertaken in-house by asset management staff and presented to Council’s financial auditors on a three yearly cycle. This is now a requirement in accordance with regulation 17A(2) of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations which requires property, plant and equipment to be shown at fair value.

 

AASB 13 defines “fair value” as “the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date”. Fair value for infrastructure (other than buildings) is essentially the current replacement value of an asset, taking into account factors such as age and condition.

Undertaking this calculation in-house every three years requires a significant effort from the asset team. The trade-off for this however is that each cycle builds more in-house expertise and improves the City’s overall knowledge of the quantity and value of the infrastructure to be managed.

 

1.2 City Construction Program

The City is actively catering for the demand for growth with larger projects such as the Busselton foreshore, airport, waste site, traffic study implementation as well as upgrades to smaller coastal recreation nodes, narrow seal rural roads etc. All of these activities will improve the condition of these areas and will also add to the value of the assets to be managed into the future. The ongoing management of these assets includes maintenance as well as renewal planning.

 

1.3 Donated Assets

The growth of the City also generates an annual amount of donated assets which are constructed by property developers and handed to the City to manage after a set maintenance period. These donated assets include Public Open Space (POS) and associated assets, roads, stormwater drainage, footpaths and cycleways. Once they are donated to the City, they are included in the relevant asset registers to form part of calculations for ongoing maintenance and renewal planning.

 

1.4 Implications of This Growth

As a general rule, as the value of the asset portfolio increases, so does the funding required to maintain it at an acceptable standard. What this means in terms of actual cost and an annual impact on the Councils bottom-line is complex, requiring the consideration of many variables for each asset class. This includes life of the asset and its components, complexity of components, required appearance, intended functionality etc. Adopting a principle targeting the impacts of growth is essential to ensure these impacts can be fully understood, communicated to the Council and planned for.

 

An example of the immediate impact of growth occurs in POS and associated assets. POS areas contain many components that require maintenance and management from the time they are constructed. Within the overall increase in value of $36M (incorporating all of the factors detailed above) is an increase in maintainable areas such as gardens, turf, playgrounds and bushlands (natural areas).

 

The actual impact of this in terms of resourcing and budget expenditure is currently being compiled and will be presented to the Council as a separate, more detailed item. Preliminary work undertaken however, indicates that this increase in maintainable areas for POS has increased by in excess of 52 hectares (520,000 m2) between 2013 and 2019. Targeting the impacts of growth as a policy principle ensures the Council is kept informed of the true cost of operating and maintaining new assets such as POS.

 

2. Lifecycle Management of Assets

In order to understand and quantify the bottom-line impact of growth, it is necessary to first understand the lifecycle management requirements for each asset class. Lifecycle management of infrastructure involves many activities throughout its life including planning, design, construction, acquisition, operation, maintenance, renewal and disposal costs.

 

Initial asset management plans undertaken have focussed on the renewal portion of the lifecycle in determining the funds required to replace the asset at the end of its life. Improved asset management knowledge has highlighted the need for a more comprehensive approach within asset planning activities.  This would address maintenance related works also, and in particular, preventative maintenance activities.

 

Preventative (or scheduled) work involves pre-planned activities designed to avoid wear and tear, more expensive structural issues in the future and reduce mobilisation costs through undertaking works in a structured manner. Other maintenance is defined as corrective (or reactive) work; that is tasks undertaken in response to an event or general wear and tear of the elements. This includes work such as storm damage clean-up, pothole repair and removal of drain blockages.

 

Renewal work is required either when corrective and /or preventive works have not been undertaken when required, are ineffective or the element has simply reached the end of its useful life. This end of useful life can be triggered by either very poor condition or increased demand (i.e. size and amount of traffic) that the asset is no longer able to meet.

 

All elements of the lifecycle are linked, and therefore must be considered together when determining the financial requirements for infrastructure. Levels of preventive and corrective maintenance undertaken can have a bearing on required renewal (i.e. may cause it to be undertaken sooner if not adequate) and conversely, timing of renewals can impact maintenance and operating costs if assets remain in a poor condition for too long.

 

Taking a broader view of asset management to include more of the lifecycle activities also highlights items that are sometimes overlooked as part of renewal planning. An example of this occurs for assets located within a road reserve. Table 2 provides an overview of all of the maintainable elements located within road reserves throughout the City. This information has been compiled as part of a criticality analysis and includes both urban and rural road reserves and illustrates all the possible road reserve elements. For the purpose of this exercise, car parks have been included as road reserve assets.

 

Table 2 Maintainable Road Elements

No.

Maintainable Element

No.

Maintainable Element

1

Barriers

19

Pedestrian Hoops

2

Batter / Roadside

20

Pram Ramps

3

Bridges

21

Rain Gardens

4

Bus Shelters

22

Road Reflectors

5

Culverts

23

Road Shoulder

6

Drainage Outlets

24

Road Surface - Unsealed

7

Drainage Swales

25

Roundabouts

8

Fencing

26

Roundabouts - Gardens

9

Footpath - Asphalt

27

Seal

10

Footpath - Concrete

28

Signs

11

Footpath - Paving

29

Stormwater Pipes

12

Gross Pollutant Traps

30

Stormwater Pits

13

Guide Posts

31

Street Lights

14

Kerbs

32

Street Trees

15

Line Marking

33

Table Drains

16

Medians - Gardens

34

Tactile Pavers

17

Medians Concrete

35

Traffic Management Devices - Other

18

Parking

 

 

 

The table lists 35 possible elements located within a road reserve dependant on the location of the road. The road surface is generally considered the main component to be maintained within the reserve, however there are many elements over and above the road surface that require inspection, maintenance and renewal.

 

 

Improved organisational understanding of lifecycle management activities will facilitate a broader view of asset management considering all maintainable elements, such as those outlined in table 2. This will include implementation of preventive maintenance plans as part of ongoing asset management planning.

 

3. Community Expectations and Setting of Service Standards

Initial asset management planning undertaken has been based around industry best practice and staff knowledge and experience when determining parameters for asset maintenance and renewal. This is a sound methodology which can deliver effective outcomes, however would benefit from improved knowledge of community expectations.

Community engagement should be undertaken in order to fully understand what the community values, and in turn what they are prepared to pay for. Community engagement provides guidance on standards for operating, maintenance and renewal activities to determine asset appearance, functionality and performance.

This principle can be addressed by quantifying community expectations through the development of service standards which can be costed, tested for affordability and discussed with the community. These discussions can also inform the community on how the city plans to balance the required renewal against the need for new and upgraded assets.

 

4. Ongoing Improvement of the City’s Asset Management Capability

Asset Management Capability is defined as the combined concepts of the capacity and ability of a system to meet a specified objective in all its aspects. This includes all the assets and associated personnel, resources and services which are required to meet the objective (i.e. required service standards for infrastructure). A system relies on all its elements to work effectively together, so if one is missing or insufficient, it can affect the whole system.

 

In order to meet statutory obligations and reporting requirements the City must implement systems and practices enabling effective storage, sharing and evaluation of asset data, knowledge and information.

 

The capability is all the elements required to be in place to ensure that the City can undertake effective asset management.  Adopting a capability-based principle acknowledges the importance of a strong foundation for asset management.

Asset staff are currently improving the building asset management capability through improvements to the collection of as-constructed information for buildings. A standardised specification is now in place for all new building projects to ensure the City receives as-constructed information in a format consistent with current data management practices. The aim of this standardisation is to transfer the data received straight into the asset register, as opposed to having to first reconfigure it to make it fit. This reconfiguration takes time and creates unnecessary double-handling of information – which in turn leads to increased cost of managing the assets. It is envisaged that the time saved by this initiative will lead to improvements for capability for condition assessment, long-term renewal planning and preventative maintenance planning.

The proposed principle will give priority to capability improvements across all infrastructure assets and the required asset management systems and practices. 

 


 

5. Maintaining Asset with Minimal Backlog of Maintenance and Renewal Works

Consideration should be given to existing assets for their operation, maintenance and renewal in conjunction with provision of new assets. This is to ensure a balance between expenditure on new and upgraded assets and required renewal expenditure on existing assets. This approach will assist in the long-term stainability of the City’s infrastructure assets.

The principle aims to ensure that all infrastructure assets are maintained adequately and passed on to future generations in a good condition (i.e. no major backlog of maintenance or renewal works). The focus of this principle is the ongoing ‘like for like’ maintenance and renewal of an asset and its components. Items such as replacement, expansion or major upgrade are considered separate to the normal ‘like for like’ renewal incumbent on the current users of the assets.

Replacement, expansion or major upgrade of assets should be subject to separate discussions with the community at the time the works are planned, to agree on the best course of action. An example of this differentiation in practice is outlined below within the building funding methodology.

5.1 Building Funding Methodology

In 2018 asset staff undertook a modelling exercise for the purpose of allocating renewal funds for buildings into Reserve Accounts. The purpose of this being to fund major and minor renewal works, such as replacement of components and larger-scale maintenance that require a capital budget allocation.

The methodology allocates an annual percentage of the replacement value of buildings into reserves based on building criticality (Service Level Hierarchy), replacement value and apportioning a percentage of replacement value annually into a reserve account.

The percentage to be allocated is based on the Buildings Asset Management Plan (2013) which recommended a minimum benchmark for yearly renewal expenditure for buildings at 1.5% p.a. of the replacement cost of the building. This figure was obtained from IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia) and undertaken by TEFMA (Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association).  Modelling activities undertaken since 2013 by the asset management team have pointed to between 1.5% and 2.5% p.a. being an appropriate minimum range to cater for different types and criticality of buildings. In terms of the maximum percentage to be applied, High criticality (SLH 1) buildings are capped at 4% and all other buildings are capped at 2.5%. The percentage currently allocated for the 2019/20 financial year is 1.75%.

The annual increments to be applied between the minimum and the capped percentage, and the annual funds this will generate, are tested for affordability with the LTFP. This ensures that it is affordable within the context of all other competing organisational priorities.

The ultimate intention of the funding plan is to maintain these buildings at an acceptable standard until such time as they require replacement, refurbishment or significant upgrade. The reserve may have a balance of funds at this point (i.e. from holding off certain works due just before these major works) to contribute, however, first and foremost, the funds should be used as the buildings age in order to maintain them at the required standard.

Buildings as a whole will generally have an anticipated useful life of around fifty years, however buildings have many and varied components with a range of useful lives from ten years to fifty years. On this basis, maintenance and renewal expenditure for buildings is required to be available from the time it’s constructed to ensure it can be adequately maintained. Below is an example of how building annual maintenance and renewal requirements differ from the longer term requirement of eventual building replacement.


 

The like for like replacement of the City’s Administration Building in 50 years’ time would cost an estimated $52.7M (based on base cost of $20M plus 2% p.a. Building Cost Indexation). In basic terms this equates to an annual amount of $1.05M required to be saved over the fifty years in order to fund the replacement. This would be in addition to the annual amount required to be spent on maintenance and renewal of components, currently allocated through the methodology.

If the eventual like for like replacement of the Administration Building in 50 years’ time was required to be contributed towards within the current LTFP, it could mean another $10.5M being allocated to the Administration Building reserve over the next ten years if the above example was to be followed. This is not the intention of the methodology as it would not be affordable within the current LTFP.

Below is a snapshot of the items that the methodology is intended to cover in the short-medium term for the Administration Building. This list assumes that all required servicing and minor maintenance activities will be undertaken as required, if they are not, then some additional items may be replaced within this timeframe also.

·    External components subject to the elements such as external wall finishes, windows and doors.

·    Internal components subject to wear and tear such as stairs, cabinet work, door hardware, internal wall finishes, floor finishes, ceiling finishes, window treatments, operable walls and pin boards etc.

·    Components relating to service items such as lifts, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, plumbing, hydraulic and electrical services (including emergency lighting and security systems).

·    Feature elements of the building such as feature timber, feature lighting, internal glazing and Solar Panels and associated components.

·    Renewal of spaces such as toilets, change rooms, meeting rooms, common areas and kitchens, particularly in areas which are open to both the public and also City staff (reception, Undalup Room and Council Chambers).

To further illustrate this, Rawlinson’s Australian Construction Handbook estimates that items such as those outlined above (fittings, finishes, fitments and services) equate to around 45% of the buildings total value, based on elemental costs of administration office buildings. This provides some context around the likely cost of maintaining the Administration Building in the short–medium term if some or all of these elements require major maintenance and renewal over this period.

Whilst the methodology does consider each generations required contributions to these buildings, it is also very mindful of the importance of avoiding situations such as the narrow seal country roads. The narrow seal country roads program is currently dealing with a backlog of renewal as a result of works undertaken in the late sixties without a structured renewal program attached. Had a funding and renewal methodology been implemented at the time of construction, the current backlog of renewal works could have largely been avoided.

How the actual expenditure tracks against what has been predicted, should be monitored and annual allocations adjusted if necessary. This should be a living process that is reviewed and updated to inform each iteration of the Long Term Financial Plan.

 


 

5.2 Research Undertaken

Research undertaken of other regional local governments in Western Australia (Albany, Bunbury and Mandurah) highlighted that there is not a standard approach being used to predict future renewal requirements for buildings. Each Council had a slightly different method based on the best available asset data and their capacity to fund. The research also indicated that all were undertaking this at a high level as opposed to detailed asset information for each and every building. The City’s building funding methodology follows a similar high level approach, but is taking it a step further by placing funds into reserves, to be used as the buildings age.

 

Asset Management Policy Principles

Based on the points noted above, the following principles are proposed to be included in an update of the Asset Management Policy.  These principles outline the City’s approach to asset management and provide staff with an understanding of Council expectations for the development of strategies and plans. The policy defines what the Council considers important with respect to Asset Management.

The proposed policy principles are as follows:

·    Assets are to be acquired, maintained and renewed to adequately meet present-day community expectations and pass to future generations with minimal backlog of maintenance and renewal works.

·    Community expectations will be quantified through the implementation of service standards informed by asset lifecycle costing and incorporated into the asset management and Long Term Financial Plans.

·    Decisions on implementation of new assets, major upgrades or acceptance of donated assets is to be informed by lifecycle costing analysis to determine the true cost of operating and maintaining the asset.

·    Ensure that the City has the Asset Management capability to meet statutory obligations and reporting requirements through the implementation of systems and practices enabling effective storage, sharing and evaluation of asset data, knowledge and information.

The desired outcomes and actions required to implement these principles are to be further expanded upon within the Asset Management Strategy.  This will then provide guidance in the day to day asset management as well as with the development of asset management plans.

The principles cover the main asset management priorities at the City of Busselton, which are maintaining the existing portfolio, understanding, quantifying and implementing community expectations, catering for the financial and operational impacts of new and upgraded assets and understanding key asset management capabilities required for effective asset management.

Statutory Environment

The officer recommendation supports the general function of a local government under the Local Government Act 1995 to provide for the good government of persons in its district.

 

Relevant Plans and Policies

The proposed principles will be incorporated into a revised Asset Management Policy, to be presented to Council through the Policy and Legislation Committee.

 

Financial Implications

There are no direct financial implications associated with officer recommendation.

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.  No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.

Options

As an alternative to the proposed recommendation the Council could identify alternative policy principles to underpin asset management priorities for the City.

CONCLUSION

This update provides an overview of the City’s current asset management priorities, how they can be addressed through policy principles and gives an example of how the principles can be put into practice. The formal adoption of an updated Asset Management Policy will provide guidance for the finalisation of the review and update of the overall asset management plan.

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

If the Council is in agreement with the proposed policy principles, an updated Asset Management Policy will be presented for adoption through the Policy and Legislation Committee as soon as practicable.

 


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12.5           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - MICROSOFT LICENCE AGREEMENT RENEWAL

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Licencing

BUSINESS UNIT:

Information Services

REPORTING OFFICER:

Manager Information Services - Kris Davis

AUTHORISING OFFICER:

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

PRIMARY NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT:

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS:

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/222              Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

That the Council:

1.         Accepts Data #3 Ltd Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Renewal (Contract) totaling $265,749 (excluding GST) annualised over a three (3) year term. The total procurement is estimated to be $797,248 (excluding GST).

2.         Authorise the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to enter on behalf of the City into the Contract outlined in paragraph (2) above.

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The City of Busselton (City) wishes to procure the renewal and ‘true-up’ of the City’s existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Volume Licensing Program (Contract) that is expiring 31 October 2019.

 

The projected total value of the Contract equals $797,248 (excluding GST) over three (3) years. The outputs of the Contract will allow the perpetual and continued use of Microsoft software, device and cloud products as a core element of the City’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, business systems environment and delivery of services.

 

The recommendation of this Report is to award the Contract to Data #3 Ltd (WALGA approved Microsoft Licensing Partner and Reseller and ‘Whole of Australian Government Microsoft Licensing Solutions Provider’). 

 

BACKGROUND

The City uses a range Microsoft software products for technology and application services. The City is therefore obliged to correctly license these software products to meet the Terms of Use. The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Volume Licencing Program is a 3-year licencing and subscription arrangement. The three-year agreement allows the City to forecast costs and the option to pay in three instalments instead of an upfront payment.

The program offers significant savings compared to the other lower volume licensing programs and allows the City flexibility to buy cloud services and additional software licenses under a single agreement.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

Microsoft’s business model requires Government organisations to engage through a Licensing Partner (Reseller) to procure and maintain product licensing. Data #3 Ltd holds the ‘Whole of Australian Government Microsoft Licensing Solutions Provider’ contract and WA State Government CUA and has intimate knowledge of the City licensing setup and requirements. Data #3 Ltd therefore provides the best value proposition to be the sole reseller of Microsoft Product Licenses in accordance with the City’s requirements.

 

Officers, in consultation with the Microsoft Account Manager and Data #3 Ltd licencing specialist, reviewed the City’s licensing requirements for the ‘true-up’ (i.e. to allow for increases and decreases in subscription counts of hardware devices and user licences) and renewal of the Enterprise Agreement for the next three-year term, due to start 1 November 2019.

Statutory Environment

The Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 (WA) (Regulations) and the City's Purchasing Policy 239 (Purchasing Policy) provide the statutory procurement framework.  In terms of Regulation 11(1) of the Regulations, unless an exemption applies, tenders are to be publicly invited before a local government enters into a contract for another person to supply goods or services if the consideration under the contact is, or is expected to be, more, or worth more, than $150,000.

 

Regulation 11(2)(b) stipulates that tenders do not have to be publicly invited if the supply of the goods or services is to be obtained through the WALGA Preferred Supplier Program. Data #3 Ltd is a preferred supplier of WALGA for Microsoft licencing solutions including the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Program and who manages all the business transactions for all license purchases. Therefore, should the City wish to procure the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, it would be exempt from inviting tenders as that service will be obtained through the WALGA Preferred Supplier Program.

 

In terms of Section 5.27 of the City’s Purchasing Policy the City can make purchases from WALGA preferred suppliers for amounts over $150,000 in reliance on the exemption to the requirement for a public tender, provided that three quotes must be sought. However Section 5.27 is subject in all cases to sections 5.14 and 5.15 of the Purchasing Policy.

 

Section 5.14 of the Purchasing Policy recognises that from time to time there will be circumstances where it is not appropriate or not reasonably practicable to adhere to the requirements to obtain quotations as set out in the Purchasing Policy. Section 5.15 specifies that, under such circumstances, the Chief Executive Officer (or such other employee of the City to whom such power has been delegated) may waive the requirements to obtain quotations as set out in the Purchasing Policy.

 

Given there are no other suppliers who could provide the required service, it is in this instance not reasonably practicable to adhere to the requirement under Section 5.27 of the Purchasing Policy to obtain at least three quotes. Therefore pursuant to Section 5.15 of that policy it is considered appropriate for the CEO to waive the requirement to obtain further quotations.

 


 

In terms of Section 9.49B of the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (Act) a person acting under the authority of a local government may make, vary or discharge a contract in the name of or on behalf of the local government in the same manner as if that contract was made, varied or discharged by a natural person. Section 5.43(b) of the Act requires City to determine the amount which the CEO’s purchasing authority must not exceed. Currently, under Delegation LG3J, the CEO is authorised to enter into contracts and accept of tenders where the contract value does not exceed $500,000.

 

The estimated contract value for the proposed Contract renewal is $797,248, therefore the CEO requires the power and authority to procure the renewal of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Microsoft Volume Licensing Program in which the City will engage Data #3 Ltd as the sole Microsoft Reseller.

Relevant Plans and Policies

There are no relevant plans or policies to consider in relation to this matter.

Financial Implications

There is currently no requirement for the City to review or consider alternative software and cloud products which underpins ICT infrastructure and information technology services. 

 

The structure of the Enterprise Agreement consists of (1) an Enterprise Enrolment, and (2) Server and Cloud Enrolment. The Enterprise Agreement is a three-year agreement in which the City has the option to make three annual payments instead of one single payment upfront.

 

The total value of the Contract for the renewal over three year term is estimated to be $797,248 (excluding GST). The annual payments are extrapolated in the table below.

 

Year

Financial year

Amount Excl. GST

Notes

Year 1

2019 -2020

$ 265,749

Data#3, Quotation

Year 2

2020-2021

$ 265,749

Estimate, subject to true-up

Year 3

2021-2022

$ 265,749

Estimate, subject to true-up

Total

 

$ 797,248

Estimate

 

 

The Contract is funded from the Information Technology Services operational budget for Computer Licencing (Account String 220-10250-3291-0000) and is within planned parameters.

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

The City is obliged to correctly license software applications used by the organisation to meet the terms of use for these products. Data #3 Ltd provides technical expertise in volume licencing to mitigate risks that may lead to financial loss or have a negative impact on the City’s reputation. 

Options

As an alternative to the proposed recommendation the Council could consider to not use the Microsoft range of products, but this is not a practicable solution for the operation of the City.

CONCLUSION

It is recommended that Council approve Data #3 Ltd to renew the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for software and cloud services licences and subscriptions. The recommendation is based on ‘whole of business’ outcome for the provision of ICT services in accordance with corporate objectives and the application of procurement rules as determined in the City’s purchasing policy.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

The Contract between City and Data #3 Ltd and Microsoft will be executed as soon as practicable following the approval and adoption of the recommendation of this Report i.e. the new Microsoft contract will officially commence on 1 November 2019 for a term of three years.

 

Contract documentation will be prepared and forwarded to Data #3 Ltd for execution. City staff will work with Data #3 Ltd to ensure all relevant documentation required by Microsoft is completed and submitted with time for processing by both Data #3 Ltd and Microsoft. 

 

  


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13.             COUNCILLORS INFORMATION BULLETIN

17.1           COUNCILLORS' INFORMATION BULLETIN

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Governance Services

BUSINESS UNIT

Executive Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Reporting Officers - Various

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Chief Executive Officer - Mike Archer

NATURE OF DECISION

Noting: the item does not require a decision of Council and is simply for information purposes and noting

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment a   Current Running SAT Reviews  

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

C1911/223              Moved Councillor J Barrett-Lennard, seconded Deputy Mayor K Hick

 

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

·    17.1.1              State Administrative Tribunal Reviews

·   17.1.2              Recent Correspondence

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                      

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 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    State Administrative Tribunal Reviews

 

Information is provided in Attachment A.

17.1.2    Recent Correspondence

 

                Nil

 


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ADOPTION BY EXCEPTION RESOLUTION ABSOLUTE MAJORITY DECISION OF COUNCIL REQUIRED

At this juncture, the Mayor sought and Council agreed that the remaining reports, all of which require an absolute majority of Council, including the Committee and Officer Recommendations, will be adopted en bloc, i.e. all together.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

C1911/224              Moved Councillor P Cronin, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

 

That the Committee Recommendations in relation to the Agenda Items 12.2, 12.3 and 12.6 and the Officer Recommendation in relation to the Agenda Item 13.1 be carried en bloc:

 

12.2           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW – ACCOUNTING FOR NEW LEASING STANDARD

 

12.3           Finance Committee – 17/10/2019 – BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW – BRIDGE RESURFACING

 

12.6           Finance Committee – 17/10/2019 – BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW – AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

 

13.1           Finance Committee – 17/10/2019 – BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW – MEELUP REGIONAL PARK COMMITTEE – APPOINTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS

CARRIED 9/0

EN BLOC

by absolute majority

 


 

12.2           Finance Committee – 17/10/2019 – BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - ACCOUNTING FOR NEW LEASING STANDARD

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Budget Planning and Reporting

BUSINESS UNIT

Financial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Manager Financial Services - Paul Sheridan

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which are included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/225              Moved Councillor P Cronin, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Council endorse the requested budget amendment outlined in Table 1 below resulting in no change to the budgeted cash position:

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

336.10591.3381.0000

Lease of Equipment (GLC)

$0

Increase by $82,480

$82,480

220.10250.3381.0000

Lease of Equipment (IT)

$0

Increase by $676,820

$676,820

Liability

 

 

 

 

9000.8050

Lease Liability Account

$0

Increase by  -$759,300

-$759,300

 Net Total 

$0

$0

$0

 

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

by absolute majority

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of a budget amendment as detailed in this report.  Adoption of the officer recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current amended budgeted position of $0.


 

BACKGROUND

Council adopted its 2019/2020 municipal budget on Wednesday 31 July 2019 with a balanced budget position. Since this time, Council has been advised of certain expense changes that have impacted the original budget and the Finance Committee is now being asked to recommend to Council a budget amendment for the following item:

·    Adjustment of budget items initially included in the original budget to account for the adoption of new accounting standard AASB 16 – Lease Accounting.

OFFICER COMMENT

This budget amendment seeks to amend the existing budget entries catering for the adoption of the new lease accounting standard AASB 16 – Lease Accounting, by including a lease expenditure line item and increasing an existing liability line item.

 

The effect of the initial budget in relation to this was an increase in Right of Use Assets and a decrease in cash.

 

Subsequent to the proposed amendment, the impact is to leave the Right of Use Asset item intact, include a Lease Expense line in the Statement of Comprehensive Income, increase the Lease Liability line in the Statement of Financial Position, and leave the original reduction in Cash at bank the same, hence no effect on the budgeted cash position.

 

Planned Expenditure Item

Officers propose that the 2019/2020 adopted budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

336.10591.3381.0000

Lease of Equipment (GLC)

$0

Increase by $82,480

$82,480

220.10250.3381.0000

Lease of Equipment (IT)

$0

Increase by $676,820

$676,820

Liability

9000.8050

Lease Liability Account

$0

Increase by

-$759,300

-$759,300

 Net Total 

$0

$0

$0

Statutory Environment

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 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

Practical adoption of new accounting standard AASB 16, effect from 1 July 2019.

Financial Implications

The financial implications of this recommendation are contained within the report.

 

Stakeholder Consultation

The City’s auditors were consulted during their most recent on-site engagement, whereby they confirmed that provided the year end statutory treatment complied with the new standard, the City’s practical month to month accounting practice can remain as is, in the interests of facilitating more transparent reporting of the net cash position.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

 

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.

Options

The Council could decide not to go ahead with the proposed budget amendment request.

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.

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.

 


Council                                                                                      57                                                          13 November 2019

12.3           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - BRIDGE RESURFACING

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Budget Planning and Reporting

BUSINESS UNIT

Financial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Manager Financial Services - Paul Sheridan

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/226              Moved Councillor P Cronin, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Council endorse the requested budget amendment outlined in Table 1 below resulting in no change to the budgeted cash position:

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

541.W0084.3280.0000

Contractors – Vasse Yallingup Siding Road

$0

Increase by $13,978

$13,978

Revenue

 

 

 

 

541.W0084.1280.0000

Reimbursement Other (Water Corporation)

$0

Increase by  -$13,978

-$13,978

 Net Total 

$0

$0

$0

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

by absolute majority

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of budget amendments as detailed in this report. Adoption of the officer recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current amended budgeted position of $0.


 

BACKGROUND

Council adopted its 2019/2020 municipal budget on Wednesday 31 July 2019 with a balanced budget position. Since this time, Council has been advised of certain expense changes that have impacted the original budget. The Finance Committee is now being asked to consider recommending to Council a budget amendment for the following item:

·    Addition of a bridge resurfacing capital project onto the 2019/2020 budget.

OFFICER COMMENT

Approximately two years ago the Water Corporation replaced bridge 3370A on the Vasse Yallingup Siding Road where the surface (concrete) was given its initial asphalt prima-seal.  A second coat seal is now required to complete the resurfacing of the bridge.  The Water Corporation has requested that the City arrange these final works to be completed in the warmer months of the year, packaged together with other similar types of works.  The estimated cost to complete these works is $13,978. To this end, the Water Corporation will provide the City with a reimbursement to this value. This amendment seeks to bring this arrangement onto the 2019/2020 budget.

 

Planned Expenditure Item

Officers propose that the 2019/2020 adopted budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

541.W0084.3280.0000

Contractors – Vasse Yallingup Siding Road

$0

Increase by $13,978

$13,978

Revenue

 

 

 

 

541.W0084.1280.0000

Reimbursement Other (Water Corporation)

$0

Increase by

-$13,978

-$13,978

 Net Total 

$0

$0

$0

Statutory Environment

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 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

The financial implications of this recommendation are contained within the report.

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

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.

Options

The Council could decide not to go ahead with the proposed budget amendment request.

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.

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.

 


 

12.6           Finance Committee - 17/10/2019 - BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUEST / REVIEW - AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Budget Planning and Reporting

BUSINESS UNIT

Financial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Manager Financial Services - Paul Sheridan

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Finance Committee at its meeting on 17 October 2019, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/227              Moved Councillor P Cronin, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Council endorse the requested budget amendment outlined in Tables 1 below resulting in no change to the budgeted cash position:

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

345.B9716.3280.0000

Contractors – Airport Terminal Stage 2

$12,500,000

Decrease by

-$12,308,532

$191,468

345.B9717.3280.0000

Contractors – Airport Construction, Existing Terminal Upgrade

$500,000

Increase by

$4,048,532

$4,548,532

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

345.C6099.1215.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (State)

-$9,500,000

Decrease by

$9,500,000

$0

345.C6099.1215.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (State – Additional RFR)

$0

Increase by

-$1,740,000

-$1,740,000

345.C6099.1221.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (Federal)

-$977,978

Decrease by

$500,000

-$477,978

 Net Total 

$2,522,022

$0

$2,522,022

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

by absolute majority

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report seeks recommendation of the Finance Committee to Council for the approval of budget amendments as detailed in this report. Adoption of the officer recommendation will result in no change to the City’s current amended budgeted cash position of $0.

BACKGROUND

Council adopted its 2019/2020 municipal budget on Wednesday 31 July 2019 with a balanced budget position. Since this time, Council has been advised of changes to the timing and contractual arrangements regarding the Airport Development project that have impacted the original budget. The Finance Committee is now being asked to consider recommending to Council a budget amendment for this.

OFFICER COMMENT

Through ongoing discussions with the State Government, the City was formally notified that funding would not be released to construct the new terminal.  As such, cost estimates were sought for the required upgrade works to the existing terminal, incorporating a separate arrivals hall, in order to facilitate Regular Public Transport (RPT) Services.  As part of these discussions, the State Government advised that an additional $1,740,000 would be made available to facilitate this, in addition to the release of $1,525,000 in existing Royalties for Regions funding currently held in the Western Australian Treasury Corporation account.  The total project budget for the upgrade works is $3,265,000 which includes furniture and equipment that will be repurposed when the new terminal is constructed and operational.

 

Planned Expenditure Item

Officers propose that the 2019/2020 adopted budget be amended to reflect the following funding changes, shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:

Cost Code

Description

Current Budget

Change

Resulting Proposed Amended Budget

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

345.B9716.3280.0000

Contractors – Airport Terminal Stage 2

$12,500,000

Decrease by

-$12,308,532

$191,468

345.B9717.3280.0000

Contractors – Airport Construction, Existing Terminal Upgrade

$500,000

Increase by

$4,048,532

$4,548,532

Revenue

 

 

0

 

0

345.C6099.1215.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (State)

-$9,500,000

Decrease by

$9,500,000

$0

345.C6099.1215.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (State – Additional RFR)

$0

Increase by

-$1,740,000

-$1,740,000

345.C6099.1221.0000

Airport Development Capital Grants (Federal)

-$977,978

Decrease by

$500,000

-$477,978

 Net Total 

$2,522,022

$0

$2,522,022

Statutory Environment

Section 6.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 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

The financial implications of this recommendation are contained within the report.

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

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.

Options

The Council could decide not to go ahead with the proposed budget amendment request.

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.

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.

  


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14.             Planning and Development Services Report

13.1           MEELUP REGIONAL PARK COMMITTEE - APPOINTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Council and Committee Appointment

BUSINESS UNIT:

Environmental Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Environmental Management Coordinator - Greg Simpson

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director, Planning and Development Services - Paul Needham

PRIMARY NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

C1911/228              Moved Councillor P Cronin, seconded Councillor S Riccelli

That the Council appoints the following persons as members of the Meelup Regional Park Committee:

Mr Peter Randerson

Dr Bob Jarvis

Mrs Shirley Fisher

Mr Albert Haak

Mr Tony Smurthwaite

Mr Damien Jones

Ms Roslyn Hamdorf

Ms Kerry Grist

CARRIED 9/0

En Bloc

by absolute majority

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Further to the formal re-formation of the Meelup Regional Park Committee (the Committee) and appointment of Councillor members (Cr Miles and Cr Barrett-Lennard, with Cr Hick as a deputy) at the Special Council Meeting on 21 October 2019, this report recommends the reappointment of community members that have expressed an interest in their continued involvement on the Committee.

 

In accordance with the Council’s August 2019, review of the governance arrangements and terms of reference for the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee, this report also recommends the appointment to the Committee of two nominees from the Friends of Meelup Regional Park Incorporated Association.

 

BACKGROUND

On 27 August 2019, Council adopted revised governance arrangements for the City’s management of Meelup Regional Park, including setting out revised terms of reference for the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee and the appointment process for community members.

Membership of the Committee shall comprise between six and eight community members with up to three of these members to be representatives of the Friends of Meelup Regional Park Incorporated Association.

OFFICER COMMENT

The procedure for appointment of community members to re-form the Meelup Regional Park Committee follows the ordinary Council election. The following six Committee members have expressed an interest in continuing their involvement on the Committee:

 

Mr Peter Randerson

Dr Bob Jarvis

Mrs Shirley Fisher

Mr Albert Haak

Mr Tony Smurthwaite

Mr Damien Jones

 

The reappointment of the six previous Committee members will ensure continuity of the current work and projects that are being undertaken within Meelup National Park.

 

Additionally, the following two nominees from the Friends of Meelup Regional Park Incorporated Association have expressed an interest in the being members of the Committee:

               

Ms Roslyn Hamdorf

Ms Kerry Grist

Statutory Environment

The Meelup Regional Park Committee is created pursuant to the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act), specifically via a resolution of the Council pursuant to sections 5.8, 5.9(2) (c) and 5.17(1) (c) of the Act.

 

Section 5.9 (2) (c) and Section 5.9 (2) (d) of the Act set out that, inter alia, a committee may comprise; “council members (i.e. Councillors), employees and other persons; or Council members and other persons”.

Relevant Plans and Policies

Meelup Regional Park is Reserve 21629, and is Crown Land over which the City has a management order. There is a formal management plan for the Park, which has been adopted by both the Council and the Minister for Lands, pursuant to section 49 of the Land Administration Act 1997. Where a management plan has been adopted pursuant to s49, the management body is required to manage the land in accordance with the plan.

 

On 27 August 2019, Council adopted Council Policy ‘Governance of Meelup Regional Park’, to outline the governance arrangements for Meelup Regional Park, ensuring that the Park is managed in an effective and inclusive manner consistent with the Meelup Regional Park Management Plan.

Financial Implications

There are no financial implications associated with the officer recommendation.

Stakeholder Consultation

In accordance with the adopted governance arrangements for the Committee, those community members of the Committee immediately prior to that time with an interest in a continuing involvement are generally expected to be reappointed by the Council. 

Expressions of interest for continuing involvement and reappointment to the Committee as a member were sought and received from the six members indicated and nominations were invited from Friends of Meelup Regional Park Incorporated.


Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.

No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.

Options

As an alternative to the proposed recommendation the Council could:

1.    Review nominations for reappointment on the Committee and advertise some or all the community positions on the Committee.

CONCLUSION

In order to continue the valuable contribution to the City made by the Meelup Regional Park Committee, it is considered that community members with an interest in a continuing involvement plus the additional two Friends of Meelup Regional Park nominees be appointed to allow the work of the Committee to continue.

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

Any decision of the Council in relation to this matter would be effective immediately.  

 


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15.             ENGINEERING AND WORKS REPORT

Nil


 

16.             COMMUNITY AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES REPORT

Nil

 


 

ITEMS TO BE DEALT WITH BY SEPARATE RESOLUTION (WITHOUT DEBATE)

17.             finance and corporate SERVICES REPORT

16.1           ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019

STRATEGIC GOAL

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

6. LEADERSHIP Visionary, collaborative, accountable

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

SUBJECT INDEX

Annual Report

BUSINESS UNIT

Corporate Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Corporate Planning Officer - Cathy Burton

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director Finance and Corporate Services - Tony Nottle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: substantial direction setting, including adopting strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies), tenders, setting and amending budgets, funding, donations and sponsorships, reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Absolute Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment a   Annual Report 2018-2019

Attachment b    Financial Report  

 

COUNCIL DECISION AND OFFICE RECOMMENDATION

C1911/229              Moved Deputy Mayor K Hick, seconded Councillor P Carter

That the Council:

1.         Accepts the 2018-2019 Annual Report as per Attachment A and Attachment B.

2.         Determines that the annual general electors’ meeting is to be held at 2 Southern Drive Busselton on 2 December 2019.

CARRIED 9/0

by absolute majority

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report presents the City of Busselton 2018-2019 Annual Report (Annual Report) for Council acceptance in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and seeks endorsement of a date for the holding of the annual general electors’ meeting.

 

BACKGROUND

The City produces an annual report of activities at the conclusion of each financial year, in accordance with the requirements of the Act, as outlined in the Statutory Environment section of this report.  The City’s Annual Report provides information about the City’s progress over the financial year in respect of its priorities, as outlined in the Corporate Business Plan; which contribute to achievement of the goals and aspirations contained in the Strategic Community Plan 2017 (Review 2019).

 

A draft Annual Report 2018-2019 (exclusive of financials) was provided to Council members at a briefing session on 9 October 2019 for feedback.  Councillor feedback has been incorporated into the final production of the report. 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

The Annual Report 2018-2019 documents the City’s priority activities over the course of the 2018-2019 financial year.  The report also records the other required statutory information, including a letter from an independent auditor in relation to the auditor’s examination of the City’s financial statements.  Unlike previous years, a summary statement of the City’s financial position is not provided by the Auditors and so does not form part of the printed content of the Annual Report. 

The full suite of the City’s financial statements will be included however in the form of an inserted booklet / supplementary attachment. 

 

The Audit Committee discussed the need for the inclusion of specific wording to address the Current Ratio trend for the City of Busselton. In response an additional footnote has been placed in the Annual Report to be published online. This includes the following wording:

 

“As a result of a Council decision (C1303/074), the City transfers any surplus at the end of the financial year into its reserves. As a result this has an impact on the Current Ratio reported. It is noted however, that Council’s cash backed reserves are significant, therefore rendering the current ratio to be not an accurate depiction of the City’s liquidity.”

 

50 full colour copies of the Report will be printed. The Annual Report along with the Financial Report will be posted to the City’s website together to form a complete year-end report.  Availability of the Report will also be promoted on the City’s Your Say Busselton website and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

 

The Annual Report has been prepared such that the annual general electors’ meeting can be held before the end of the 2019 calendar year with the date of Monday 2 December 2019 proposed; to be held in the Undalup Room.

Statutory Environment

Sections 5.53, 5.54, 5.55, and 5.55A of the Local Government Act 1995 describe the required content of a local government’s annual report and how to prepare, accept, give notice of and publish the report. 

 

In accordance with Section 5.53 the annual report is to contain:

·    a report from the mayor or president; and

·    a report from the CEO; and

·    an overview of the plan for the future of the district made in accordance with section 5.56, including major initiatives that are proposed to commence or to continue in the next financial year; and

·    the financial report for the financial year; and

·    such information as may be prescribed in relation to the payments made to employees; and

·    the auditor’s report prepared under section 7.9(1) or 7.12AD(1) for the financial year; and

·    a matter on which a report must be made under section 29(2) of the Disability Services Act 1993; and

·    details of entries made under section 5.121 during the financial year in the register of complaints, including:

·    the number of complaints recorded in the register of complaints; and

·    how the recorded complaints were dealt with; and

·    any other details that the regulations may require; and

·    such other information as may be prescribed.

 

Under Section 5.54, it is a statutory requirement that the Annual Report is accepted by an absolute majority of Council before 31 December each year.  The report must be published on the City’s website within 14 days of acceptance.

Section 5.29 of the Act requires that the annual general electors’ meeting be held within 56 days of acceptance of the Annual Report, upon the provision of 14 days’ notice.

Relevant Plans and Policies

There are no relevant plans or policies to consider in relation to this matter.

 

Financial Implications

There are no financial implications associated with the officer recommendation with the cost of producing the Annual Report factored into the City’s 2019-2020 annual budget.

Stakeholder Consultation

No external stakeholder consultation was required or undertaken in relation to this matter.

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place.  No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.

Options

Council may choose:

1.            Not to accept the Annual Report or to request changes to be made to the Annual Report, noting that Council are required to accept an Annual Report no later than 31 December and to hold an electors’ meeting no later than 56 days after this acceptance.

2.            To select an alternative preferred date for the annual general electors’ meeting, within the 56 day window.

CONCLUSION

The City of Busselton Annual Report 2018-2019 requires acceptance by an absolute majority of Council before being publicly released.  Council is also requested to endorse the proposed date for the annual general electors’ meeting.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

A two week statutory advertising period of the annual general electors’ meeting is required and will take place from Friday 15 November to Friday 29 November.  The annual general electors’ meeting will be held on Monday 2 December 2019.

 


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Attachment a

Annual Report 2018-2019

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Financial Report

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 


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18.             Motions of which Previous Notice has been Given

Nil  

 

19.             urgent business

Nil

 

20.             Confidential Reports  

Nil

 

21.             Closure

The Presiding Member closed the meeting at 5.40pm.

 

 

 

 

THESE MINUTES CONSISTING OF PAGES 1 TO 183 WERE CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD ON Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

 

 

DATE:_________________  PRESIDING MEMBER:         _________________________