Coffs Harbour City Council

16 May 2018

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

The above meeting will be held in the Council Administration Building

Cnr Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour on:

 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

 

The meeting commences at 5.00pm and your attendance is requested.

 

 

AGENDA

 

1.         Opening of Ordinary Meeting

2.         Acknowledgment of Country

3.         Disclosure of Interest

4.         Apologies

5.         Public Addresses / Public Forum

6.         Mayoral Minute

7.         Mayoral Actions under Delegated Authority

8.         Confirmation of Minutes

9.         Rescission Motion

10.      Notices of Motion - General

11.      General Manager’s Reports

12.      Notices of Motion – Business Services

13.      Directorate Reports – Business Services

14.      Notices of Motion – Sustainable Communities

15.      Directorate Reports – Sustainable Communities

16.      Notices of Motion – Sustainable Infrastructure

17.      Directorate Reports – Sustainable Infrastructure

18.      Trust Reports

19.      Requests for Leave of Absence

20.      Questions On Notice

21.      Matters of an Urgent Nature

22.      Consideration of Confidential Items (if any)

23.      Close of Ordinary Meeting.

 

 

Steve  McGrath

General Manager

 

 


Order of Business

 

  

Notices of Motion Business Services

NOM18/06      Water Fund Contribution to Waterway Health..................................... 3

Directorate Reports - Business Services

BS18/29          Monthly Financial Performance Report for the month ended 30 April 2018.................................................................................................................. 4

BS18/30          Bank and Investment Balances for April 2018....................................... 22

BS18/31          Environmental Levy Projects Quarterly Report to 31 March 2018.................................................................................................................................... 43

BS18/32          Rally Australia Events 2018 - 2020............................................................... 51

Notices of Motion Sustainable Communities

NOM18/07      Trial No Charge Entry to Coffs Harbour Regional Museum......... 56

Directorate Reports - Sustainable Communities

SC18/20          Moonee Beach Precinct Planning Project............................................ 57

Directorate Reports - Sustainable Infrastructure

SI18/13           Amendment to Alcohol Prohibited Reserves in the Coffs Harbour CBD............................................................................................................................ 62   


NOM18/06   Water Fund Contribution to Waterway Health

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

Councillor Townley has given notice of her intention to move the following:

"Council staff investigate the feasibility and desirability of significantly increasing the contribution made by CHCC’s Water Fund to waterway health initiatives."

 

Rationale:

“For many years, the CHCC Water Fund has made an annual contribution through the budget process to waterway health, in particular to the Orara River Rehabilitation Project.  The Project has made significant and ongoing advances in stream bank protection and restoration which in turn has led to measurable improvements in the water quality of the Orara River. As this is a major part of Coffs Harbour’s drinking water supply, there is a net benefit for almost all LGA residents.

 

The budget contribution has remained at $50,000 per annum for many years. Considering the environmental services provided by riparian restoration projects, it is timely to consider the possibility of making a significant funding increase from the Water Fund to waterway health initiatives.”

Staff Comment:

The Environmental Levy Program is comprised two funding pools, Major Strategic Programs and Projects and the community based Environmental Levy Grants Program. The Major Strategic Programs and Projects relate to the following seven areas.

 

·    Environmental Levy and ELGP Coordination

·    Bush Regeneration

·    Environmental Weed Management

·    Biodiversity Strategies

·    Waterway Health Initiatives

·    Coastal Initiatives

·    Environmental Education

 

Council, at its meeting held on 10 May 2018, resolved to adopt the new Environmental Levy Policy and associated guidelines and Council staff are currently working to determine the major strategic programs and projects to be included and recommended in a report to be presented to the Council in June 2018.  The adopted programs and projects will then be included in the remaining three years of the Delivery Program and the 2018/19 Operational Plan.

 

As Waterway Health Initiatives is one of the seven Major Strategic Program and Projects streams, the request for consideration of an increased contribution from the water fund will be considered as part of this report.

 

  


BS18/29       Monthly Financial Performance Report for the month ended 30 April 2018

Author:                        Senior Finance Business Partner

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

MyCoffs:                      D.2 We have effective use of public resources.

Attachments:              ATT1  BS18/29   Monthly Financial Performance Report for the month ended 30 April 2018  

 

Executive Summary

This report presents the monthly financial performance report for 30 April 2018. The report provides information on the actual to budget position at the financial statement level and capital expenditure reports for the current financial year. The projected Year to Date surplus is $35.98M with the actual year to date being $43.3M. The explanation of year to date variances is contained within the income statement comments as part of the performance report attachment. Primarily the variances relate to timing issues. As detailed in Council’s Capital Expenditure Status Report considered by Council in April, the capital expenditure target for the current financial year is $46.8M with $34M expended to date to the end of April.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council note the monthly financial performance report for 30 April 2018, including the following Consolidated Income Statement.

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT as at 30 April 2018:

2017/18 Original Budget

2017/18 Projected Budget

2017/18 Year to Date Budget

2017/18 Year to Date Actuals

Recurrent Revenue

‘000s

  ‘000s

‘000s

‘000s

Rates & Annual Charges

94,845

94,124

94,072

93,324

User Charges & Fees

30,750

30,776

25,674

28,351

Interest & Investment Revenue

5,140

  5,221

4,130

5,639

Other Revenues

15,171

14,383

11,262

7,338

Grants & Contributions provided for Operating Purposes

12,620

10,941

 

7,721

8,913

RECURRENT REVENUE

158,526

155,445

 

142,859

143,565

 

 

 

 

 

Recurrent Expenditure

 

 

Employee Benefits & Oncosts

48,718

 48,313

39,522

42,098

Borrowing Costs

10,621

 10,621

7,913

7,922

Materials & Contracts

117,366

145,363

76,196

67,716

Depreciation & Amortisation

46,170

  38,907

32,423

32,449

Other Expenses

1,667

  12,818

10,693

6,553

Less: Capitalised Expenses

(58,482)

(95,801)

(40,857)

(34,046)

RECURRENT EXPENDITURE

166,060

160,221

 

125,890

122,692

NET OPERATING (DEFICIT) / SURPLUS

(7,534)

  (4,776)

 

16,969

20,873

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Revenue

 

 

 

 

Capital Grants, Subsidies, Contributions and Donations

25,793

36,306

 

19,013

22,447

CAPITAL REVENUE

25,793

36,306

 

19,013

22,447

NET SURPLUS

18,259

31,530

 

35,982

43,320

 

Report

Description of Item:

The monthly financial performance report provides information on Council’s actual to budget performance. The report has been introduced to provide accrual based information to Council on a monthly basis.

 

The reports include:

 

Key Performance Indicators – There is a graphical representation of key performance indicators in order to provide a key summary of financial information. The net surplus at the end of April is $7.3M ahead of budgeted expectations including capital grants of $43.3M against a budget of $35.9M. Total income is within $4M of budgeted expectations with total income to the end of April of $166M versus YTD budget of $162M. Operating expenses is within $3.2M of budgeted expectations with total operating expenditure to the end of April $122.7M against a budget of $125.9M. Capital expenses is behind budgeted expectations by $6.8M with total capital expenditure to the end of April of $34M versus YTD budget of $40.9M and annual targeted expenditure as per the Capital Expenditure Status Report presented to Council in April of $46.8M. Further details are provided in the Capital Expenditure Report comments.

 

Income Statement – This is a comprehensive income statement detailing the monthly performance for April 2018.  This statement compares actual to budget on a monthly and year to date basis at the financial statement level.  In terms of monthly percentages, although some percentages may be large in dollar terms, they have a minor impact on financial performance.  There are individual comments for any YTD variances greater than 20%.

 

Capital Expenditure Detailed and Summary - Capital expenditure by cost centre and then at a more detailed level is also provided in the attachment. Explanations have been provided for any variances greater than $200,000.

 


 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT as at 30 April 2018:

 

2017/18 Original Budget

2017/18 Projected Budget

2017/18 Year to Date Budget

2017/18 Year to Date Actuals

Recurrent Revenue

‘000s

‘000s

‘000s

‘000s

Rates & Annual Charges

94,845

94,124

94,072

93,324

User Charges & Fees

30,750

30,776

25,674

28,351

Interest & Investment Revenue

5,140

  5,221

4,130

5,639

Other Revenues

15,171

14,383

11,262

7,338

Grants & Contributions provided for Operating Purposes

12,620

10,941

 

7,721

8,913

RECURRENT REVENUE

158,526

155,445

 

142,859

143,565

 

 

 

 

 

Recurrent Expenditure

 

 

Employee Benefits & Oncosts

48,718

 48,313

39,522

42,098

Borrowing Costs

10,621

 10,621

7,913

7,922

Materials & Contracts

117,366

145,363

76,196

67,716

Depreciation & Amortisation

46,170

  38,907

32,423

32,449

Other Expenses

1,667

  12,818

10,693

6,553

Less: Capitalised Expenses

(58,482)

(95,801)

 

(40,857)

(34,046)

RECURRENT EXPENDITURE

166,060

160,221

 

125,890

122,692

NET OPERATING (DEFICIT) / SURPLUS

(7,534)

  (4,776)

 

16,969

20,873

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Revenue

 

 

 

 

Capital Grants, Subsidies, Contributions and Donations

25,793

36,306

 

19,013

22,447

CAPITAL REVENUE

25,793

36,306

 

19,013

22,447

NET SURPLUS

18,259

31,530

 

35,982

43,320

Issues:

The report attached is for April 2018 and includes an Income Statement, Key Performance Indicators and capital expenditure progress reporting. Council is behind in delivery of its capital expenditure with $12.8M to be expended in the last two months of the financial year to meet the capital expenditure target presented to Council in the Capital Expenditure Status Report in April 2018.

 

Options:

An options analysis is not provided as the report is for noting only.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

There are no perceived short or long term environmental impacts for the information contained within the report.

•     Social

There are no perceived short or long term social impacts for the information contained within the report.

•     Civic Leadership

Council supports the delivery of high quality, sustainable outcomes for Coffs Harbour and invests surplus funds to maximise investment income and preserve capital to assist with funding requirements for projects listed under the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

This report assesses the current year’s budget position only. Any variations approved by Council are subsequently reflected in Council’s Delivery Plan and may affect future economic sustainability.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The year to date operating surplus is estimated to be $43.3M as at 30 April 2018. This is higher than the end of year predicted surplus as the whole amount of the Rates Levy is recognised in the month of July.

Risk Analysis:

Not applicable.

Consultation:

Group Leaders and their relevant staff have been provided with electronic budget reports for each cost centre on a monthly basis for review. Any variations adopted by Council have been incorporated into the report.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Local government regulations require the Responsible Accounting Officer to submit a quarterly budget review to Council. There is no obligation to provide monthly financial performance reports but as part of prudent financial management we have opted to do so.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Not applicable.

Conclusion:

This monthly financial performance report provides information on the actual to budget results at the financial statement level along with capital expenditure reports for the current financial year.

 

 


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BS18/30       Bank and Investment Balances for April 2018

Author:                        Section Leader Financial Planning

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

MyCoffs:                      D.2 We have effective use of public resources.

Attachments:              ATT1  BS18/30   Monthly Investment Performance Report for the Month Ended 30 April 2018  

 

Executive Summary

Council’s Bank Balances and Investments as at 30 April 2018 totalled $200,643,931.54. Council receives independent advice and invests surplus funds in accordance with Council’s Investment Policy to maximise investment income and preserve capital to assist with funding requirements for projects listed under the My Coffs Community Strategic Plan.

 

Also included in the monthly report is a summary of Council’s Socially Responsible Investment Performance (refer Attachment 1).

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council note the bank balances and investments totalling $200,643,931.54 (including from loans, Developer Contributions and other avenues that form the restricted accounts and are committed for future works) as at 30 April 2018.

 

Report

Description of Item:

A copy of the state of Bank Balances and Investments as at 30 April 2018 is attached. Also included is a summary of Council’s Socially Responsible Investment Performance.

 

It should be noted that Council is required to account for investments in accordance with the Australian International Financial Reporting Standards. Term deposits are shown at face value and all other investment balances at the end of each month reflect market value movements which would be inclusive of accrued interest.

 

Interest when paid, say quarterly, would result in reductions in the market value of the investments.  The Investment Report reflects the above requirements and reflects the interest earned (or accrued) on each investment, based on the acquisition price.

 

Reports written by Laminar Group Pty Ltd (Council’s investment portfolio advisors), which examine economic and financial markets data for April 2018 are available in the Councillors’ Resource Centre.

Issues:

There are no issues associated with the report.

Options:

As the report is for noting only, an options analysis is not required.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

There are no perceived current or future environmental impacts from the information contained in this report.

•     Social

There are no perceived current or future social impacts from the information contained in this report.

•     Civic Leadership

Council invests surplus funds to maximise investment income and preserve capital to assist with funding requirements for projects listed under the My Coffs Community Strategic Plan.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Council’s investments are held according to the requirements stated within Council’s Investment Policy and the returns are acceptable in relation thereto. In the long term, earnings from investments can vary due to economic conditions and financial markets. Council constructs its investment portfolio with consideration of current conditions and to comply with the Office of Local Government investment policy guidelines.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

As at 30 April 2018 it is noted that the total bank and investment balance was $200,643,931.54 comprising restricted and unrestricted General, Trust, Water and Sewerage Fund cash and investments.

Risk Analysis:

The likelihood of risks associated with New South Wales Local Government’s investing funds is now remote due to the conservative nature of investments permitted under statutory requirements. The risk of capital not being returned in relation to each individual investment Council owns is indicated in the attachment.

 

The main risks for Council’s investment portfolio are liquidity and credit risk, both of which are being managed under the advice of Laminar Group Pty Ltd. Liquidity risk is the risk that the Council is unable to redeem the investment at a fair price within a timely period and thereby incurs additional costs (or in the worst case is unable to execute its spending plans). Credit risk is the risk of loss of principal stemming from a financial institutions failure to repay that principal when that principal is due. Council is compensated for assuming credit risk by way of interest payments from the financial institutions issuing the investment security.

 

Credit risk is rated by various rating agencies. Investment securities in Council’s current portfolio are rated by either Standard and Poors or Fitch, with the majority of the portfolio rated by Standard and Poors. Standard and Poors credit ratings and an explanation of their ratings are as follows:

 


 

 

Rating

Ratings Explanation

AAA

Extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments.  Highest Rating.

AA

Very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

A

Strong capacity to meet financial commitments, but somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions and changes in circumstances.

BBB

Adequate capacity to meet financial commitments, but more subject to adverse economic conditions.

BBB-

Considered lowest investment grade by market participants.

BB+

Considered highest speculative grade by market participants.

BB

Less vulnerable in the near term but faces major ongoing uncertainties to adverse business, financial and economic conditions.

B

More vulnerable to adverse business, financial and economic conditions but currently has the capacity to meet financial commitments.

CCC

Currently vulnerable and dependent on favourable business, financial and economic conditions to meet financial commitments.

CC

Currently highly vulnerable.

C

Currently highly vulnerable obligations and other defined circumstances.

D

Payment default on financial commitments.

 

Ratings from ‘AA’ to ‘CCC’ may be modified by the addition of a plus (+) or minus (-) sign to show relative standing within the major rating categories.

 

Types of investment securities by credit risk ranking from highest to lowest are as follows:

 

·    Deposits/Covered Bonds – these share first ranking

·    Senior debt – Floating Rate Notes/Fixed Coupon Bonds.

·    Subordinated debt

·    Hybrids

·    Preference shares

·    Equity shares (common shares).

 

Subordinated debt, hybrids, preference and equity shares are not a permitted investment under the current Ministerial Order. Term deposits of $250,000 or less per financial institution are covered under the Commonwealth Government Deposit Guarantee Scheme and therefore by default have the same credit rating as the Commonwealth Government, ie AAA.

 

All credit unions, building societies and mutual banks are Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) and are regulated in the same way as all other Australian banks. ADIs are regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission under the Corporations Act 2001, and by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority under the Banking Act 1959.

Consultation:

Council’s investment advisors, Laminar Group Pty Ltd have been consulted in the preparation of this report.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Council funds have been invested in accordance with Council’s Investment Policy (POL‑049), which was adopted on 24 August 2017.

Local Government Act 1993 – Section 625

Local Government Act 1993 – Investment Order (dated 12 January 2011)

Local Government General Regulation 2005

The Trustee Amendment (Discretionary Investments) Act 1997 – Sections 14A(2), 14C(1) and 14C(2)

Implementation Date / Priority:

Nil.

Conclusion:

Council should consider the information provided in the report and the Councillors’ Resource Centre and the recommendation provided.

 


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BS18/31       Environmental Levy Projects Quarterly Report to 31 March 2018

Author:                        Grant Administration Officer

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

MyCoffs:                      C.2 A natural environment sustained for the future

Attachments:              ATT1  BS18/31   Environmental Levy Projects Quarterly Report to 31 March 2018  

 

Executive Summary

Of the 26 Environmental Levy Projects being managed in 2017/18, 20 are progressing and tracking well to be completed by the end of this financial year, with no issues identified. Six projects have been highlighted with minor issues. These projects have been identified as having delays in the either the overall project delivery and/or budget related issues. All project managers have addressed these minor issues and are working towards best resolving these issues before the end of this financial year. The attached report provides Council with a detailed quarterly status update to 31 March 2018 on the projects funded under the Environmental Levy (EL) Program.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council notes the status of the Environmental Levy Program projects as at 31 March 2018 as outlined in Attachment 1.

 

Report

Description of Item:

This report provides an update on the status of the EL Program projects as at 31 March 2018 and a project status report is attached.

Issues:

There are no major issues associated with the report.

Options:

As the report is for noting only, an options analysis is not provided.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

The EL Program is designed to ensure that environmental strategies as outlined within the My Coffs Community Strategic Plan “A natural environment sustained for the future” theme are addressed. All projects recommended for funding state how they are linked to a Council approved action or priority in a Natural Resource Management strategy or plan. All recommended projects will result in beneficial outcomes for the environment of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA) and some may have positive flow-on impacts outside the LGA.

•     Social

Determination of successful projects is based on assessment criteria which includes the following:

 

Generate a community benefit;

Be community based, and

Protect and / or rehabilitate the natural environment.

•     Civic Leadership

Council’s EL Program seeks to promote sound environmental practices and promotes leadership and involvement in key environmental issues which accords with Council’s strategic theme of “A natural environment sustained for the future”.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The EL Program funds environmental projects that would not otherwise be undertaken with general Council funding. For 2017/18 twenty eight submissions were received requesting a total of $1,860,700.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The EL Program is funded through a special rate and is accounted for separately. There was $1,323,400 available for the EL projects in 2017/18, which included income from the EL and a contribution from the Water Fund of $50,000 towards the Orara River works. Nineteen projects/programs totalling $1,323,400 are included in the Operational Plan with $24,867 held as a matching grants fund.

Risk Analysis:

Each individual project will have individual risk profiles which are considered by the project owners.

Consultation:

Council staff and relevant community groups have contributed individual reports which have been collated to prepare this report.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Submissions were assessed in accordance with Council’s previous Environmental Levy Policy.

Implementation Date / Priority:

The EL projects will continue to be monitored to ensure their successful implementation.

Conclusion:

This report summarises the quarterly status of the EL Program projects as at 31 March 2018 for Council’s consideration and noting.

 

 

 


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BS18/32       Rally Australia Events 2018 - 2020

Author:                        Director Business Services

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

MyCoffs:                      B.1 A thriving and sustainable local economy

Attachments:              ATT1  BS18/32   CONFIDENTIAL 2018 Sponsorship and Hire Agreement

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(d)(ii) of the Local Government Act as it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the council.  

 

Executive Summary

Coffs Harbour hosts the Australian Round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) organised by Rally Australia since 2011, with sponsorship and hire arrangements with Council in place.

 

For 2018, Rally Australia has been successful in gaining Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) approval for the Australian Round of the WRC to be the last event on the rally calendar. The event will therefore now occur from 15 to 18 November 2018. For 2019 and 2020 Rally Australia wishes to secure similar timing.

 

The Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park is again proposed as the main venue to host the Rally Australia event in 2018, with the precinct hosting the service centre. This provides an opportunity for the community to be associated with the event and related activities. The ceremonial start, Rally Show and presentations will again to be hosted in Coffs Harbour.

 

For 2018 it is again proposed that a Super Special Stage be run on Friday and Saturday at the Jetty Foreshores. This location will greatly assist in showcasing Coffs Harbour to the worldwide rally audience. The timing of the stage will also assist in generating custom for hospitality businesses.

 

The sponsorship arrangements are in line with the principles of the prior year arrangement entered into with Rally Australia. Funding will be required from the 2018/19 Operational Plan and Budget similar to the previous year.  It is similarly expected that these arrangements will also apply for the 2019 and 2020 events.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Approve the sponsorship arrangements contained in Confidential Attachment 1 with funding to be allocated in the 2018/19 Operational Plan and Budget.

2.       Delegate authority to the General Manager to execute the Sponsorship and Hire Agreement for 2018 between Coffs Harbour City Council and Rally Australia Pty Ltd.

3.       Delegate authority to the General Manager to execute a Sponsorship and Hire Agreement for 2019 and 2020 between Coffs Harbour City Council and Rally Australia Pty Ltd at the appropriate time, with a sponsorship package value no greater than the value for 2018 indexed by the ordinary general rate peg applicable for each of these years, subject to:

3.1.    The event remaining an official round of the World Rally Championship as sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile;

3.2.    Continued investment and support of the event by the NSW State Government;

3.3.    The event continuing to be held substantially in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area; and

3.4.    No substantial reduction in the scale of the event.

 

Report

Description of Item:

Coffs Harbour hosts the Australian Round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) organised by Rally Australia since 2011, with sponsorship and hire arrangements with Council in place. As with a number of other events held at the Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park, a hosting fee forms part of these arrangements. Other in-kind support is also provided. The arrangements are negotiated based on the expected economic benefits for the city.

 

Major sporting events, including spectator events, continue to be an important economic driver for regional areas and the competition for these events continues to be strong. Hosting fees for major events are a standard feature of sponsorship arrangements.

 

For 2018, Rally Australia has again been successful in gaining FIA approval for the Australian Round of the WRC to be the last event on the rally calendar. The event will therefore now occur from 15 to 18 November 2018.  For 2019 and 2020 Rally Australia wishes to secure similar timing.

Issues:

Confidential Attachment 1 details the sponsorship arrangements negotiated between the parties, which are similar to the previous year. The ongoing arrangements are considered appropriate for such a signature event and its contribution to the local economy. The arrangements also provide a significant opportunity to leverage the event in the destination marketing of Coffs Harbour.

 

Rally Australia has been awarded the final round of the WRC for 2018. The event for 2019 and 2020 is yet to be confirmed by the FIA. However, the NSW Government has committed funding for these two additional years provided the event remains in New South Wales.

 

It is recommended that Council also provides a funding commitment over the same time period as this will reinforce Council’s broader commitment to the signature event and provide confidence to Rally Australia to continue locating the event substantially in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area. However this commitment will be necessarily subject to:

 

·    The event remaining an official round of the World Rally Championship as sanctioned by the FIA;

·    Continued investment and support of the event by the NSW State Government;

·    The event continuing to be held substantially in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area; and

·    No substantial reduction in the scale of the event.

 

This three year funding commitment also aligns with the remaining period of the Council’s current Delivery Program.

Options:

Council’s options in relation to this report are:

 

1.    Adopt the recommendation provided to Council which will allow Rally Australia to continue its planning and preparation for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 events.

2.    Amend the recommendation provided to Council and then adopt. Depending on the extent of the amendment, this may jeopardise the planning and preparation for the events.

3.    Reject the recommendation provided to Council. This would likely have a severe impact on the hosting of the events in Coffs Harbour.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

In 2013, Rally Australia became the first motor sport event in the world to achieve the top level of accreditation from the FIA Institute’s sustainability program. The event was awarded with Achievement of Excellence – the best of three levels in the Environmental Certification Framework. Then in 2014, Rally Australia became the first FIA-regulated event among all motorsport events worldwide to achieve the FIA’s Carbon Neutral Status. Rally Australia through its Environmental Policy remains committed to ensuring that the event is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner and therefore minimise any adverse environmental impact.

•     Social

The Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park is again proposed as the main venue to host the Rally Australia event in 2018, with the precinct hosting the service centre. This provides an opportunity for the community to be associated with the event and related activities. The ceremonial start, Rally Show and presentations will again be hosted in Coffs Harbour.

•     Civic Leadership

The Rally Australia event promotes Coffs Harbour as a dynamic and attractive visitor destination to Australian and international audiences. This supports objective B.1. ‘A thriving and sustainable local economy’ in the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Hosting a recognised international event enhances the liveability of Coffs Harbour and its attractiveness as a destination for new residents and encourages the retention of existing residents. Opportunities to see elite sporting events and cultural events on a regular basis can be a key determinant for people choosing where to live.

 

Local business will also benefit directly from such a major event coming to the city, with flow-on effects through accommodation and food/beverage providers, supermarkets, and shopping centres, small business and hire companies all receiving economic benefits.

 

The NSW State Government, currently through Destination NSW, also provides significant funding to the events in recognition of the significant contribution made to tourism in New South Wales.

 

Statistics from the 2017 event supplied by Rally Australia are as follows:

 

In 2017, Kennards Hire Rally Australia’s dedicated TV coverage broadcast time totalled 828 hours and attracted more than 41 million viewers in more than 150 markets.

 

WRC attracted 4.1 million visitors to its 13 rounds, including Kennards Hire Rally Australia, in 2017. Its Facebook page has 2.5 million Followers.

 

Rally Australia also has a strong domestic audience –

 

·      Total event day attendance in 2017 was 63,565

·      73% of fans are male, 27% female

·      The primary audience is males aged 25-44

·      Largely blue-collar and predominantly middle-income earners with average annual income of $60,000.

·      Interest spread throughout all areas of Australia, but spikes of interest in regional Queensland and NSW

 

Rally Australia has the following digital reach –

 

·      Website (www.rallyaustralia.com.au): 64,784 Visits and 291,416 Page Impressions during the 2017 event week.

·      Facebook 261,000 Likes (1# in WRC events)

·      Instagram 72,000 Followers (1# in WRC events)

·      Twitter 39,000 Followers (1# in WRC events)

 

Rally Australia have advised that their direct spend as a result of the event on the Coffs Coast is $3.2 million.  This produces an overall economic benefit for the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area of $12.2 million, including $7 million into the visitor economy. The size of the spend and benefit is therefore very significant.

 

For 2018 it is again proposed that a Super Special Stage be run on Friday and Saturday at the Jetty Foreshores. This location showcases Coffs Harbour to the worldwide rally audience. The timing of the stage may also assist in generating custom for hospitality businesses.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Funding will be required from the 2018/19 Operational Plan and Budget similar to the previous year as identified in Confidential Attachment 1. Funding for 2019/20 and 2020/21 will be indexed by the ordinary general rate peg applicable for each of these years.

Risk Analysis:

Council’s involvement in events is managed through its risk management framework. Appropriate risk management, assessments and mitigation strategies are a requirement of the sponsorship and hire agreement.

 

Weather, and the final layout of the event, can greatly impact the amount, cost and duration of remediation works required post event. Council has contractual requirements to host national and state events in the week/s following the Rally events. The Sponsorship and Hire Agreement strikes a balance to provide for the best possible event, while minimising damage for other contracted users, and to minimise the cost of remediation works.

Consultation:

Consultation has been undertaken internally with relevant groups and business units of Council.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The Rally Australia WRC round is categorised as a signature event under the Coffs Harbour Event Strategy 2020.

 

The sponsorship and hire arrangements are in line with the principles of the prior year arrangement entered into with Rally Australia.

 

The Motor Sports (World Rally Championships) Act 2009 and accompanying regulation facilitates the conduct of the World Rally Championship in New South Wales by providing certain exemptions from other legislation, ministerial and other powers, and liability restrictions.

Implementation Date / Priority:

A formal Sponsorship and Hire Agreement with appropriated terms and conditions will be finalised to facilitate the conduct of the Rally Australia events in 2018 and will be executed under Council delegation. An updated Sponsorship and Hire Agreement will be prepared and executed to facilitate the conduct of the Rally Australia event in each of 2019 and 2020, at the appropriate time provided that the conditions identified in Council’s resolution are met.

Conclusion:

This report seeks Council’s approval for the continuation of sponsorship arrangements for the 2018 Rally Australia hosted events on similar terms and conditions as in 2017. It is similarly expected that these arrangements will also apply for the Rally Australia WRC event in each of 2019 and 2020.

 

  


NOM18/07   Trial No Charge Entry to Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

Councillor Amos has given notice of his intention to move the following:

"That Coffs Harbour Regional Museum trial ,for a 12 month period, no charge for entry to the Museum. Council staff report back to Councillors on the developing results of this trail near the conclusion of the trial period."

 

Rationale:

“Visitations at the museum are low. Not charging for museum entry would have minimal impact on the net cost of running the museum. Increased visitations would have a positive impact on merchandise sales and donations to compensate for the loss of entry fee revenue. Increased patronage would create a more vibrant and accessible facility for staff, volunteers, the community and visitors. Momentum would be created as a move to a more appropriate space for the Museum is initiated.”

Staff Comment:

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum’s current fees and charges for entry are $5.00 (incl GST) for persons aged 16 or older, or $3.00 (incl GST) with a student concession and children under 16 receive free entry. School and community groups are charged at the discretion of the Team Leader.

The Museum’s main revenue sources include entry fees, sale of publications and merchandise and donations. The 2017-18 adopted budget for the Museum provides for $2,500 in operating revenue. From July 2017 to April 2018 the Museum has taken $7,730 in operating revenue of which $3,909 was from entry fees. The draft 2018-19 budget provides for $5,575 in revenue.

Visitation at the Museum for 2016-17 was 2,714. From July 2017 to April 2018, the visitation was 2,000.

An appropriate trial period could be for the 12 month period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, with subsequent amendments to Council’s Draft 2018-2021 Delivery Program Budgets (currently on public exhibition).

A report could then be provided to Council in April 2019 outlining the results of the trial so that a decision can be made as to whether to reinstate, change or remove the Museum entry fees for 2019-2020.

  


SC18/20       Moonee Beach Precinct Planning Project

Author:                        Section Leader Local Planning

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              Nil

 

Executive Summary

This report to Council is in response to a Council resolution in November 2017 to instigate a precinct-place planning exercise encompassing Moonee Beach, so as to better align development regulations with community values and to provide Council with details for resourcing requirements for such a project.

Council is currently preparing a revised Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) and Public Realm Strategy for the whole of the LGA. These will be high level strategic documents that will provide both a growth strategy and a placemaking strategy for the entire LGA, which will assist in the implementation of a coherent approach to the development of precincts and places across the LGA.

The Moonee Beach project requested in the resolution would effectively result in the development of a ‘place manual’ for Moonee Beach. If it is developed prior to the completion of the overarching LGMS and Public Realm Strategy, this would result in competing priorities for the current project workload, and would effectively jump ahead of Council’s adopted strategic approach for the development of growth and place strategies for the City. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Moonee Beach Project be deferred until these higher order strategic documents are completed to ensure a coherent, consistent approach is applied across the LGA.

The report notes that the Moonee Beach precinct planning project is not currently funded in the draft Delivery Program Budgets 2018-2021 which are on public exhibition.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.   Notes the preparation of a revised Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) and Public Realm Strategy for the whole of the LGA, which will provide both a growth strategy and a placemaking strategy, and thereby assist in the implementation of a coherent approach to the development of precincts and places across the LGA, including Moonee Beach.

2.   Notes that the Moonee Beach precinct planning project is not currently funded in the draft Delivery Program Budgets 2018-2021 which are on public exhibition.

 

Report

Description of Item:

At the Ordinary meeting of Council on 23 November 2017 it was resolved:

That Council:

1.       Refuse Development Application No. 0824/16 for construction of a service station at Lot 301 DP 1092858, 4 Moonee Beach Road, Moonee Beach as the development is not in the public interest because it would have a detrimental impact on the village amenity of Moonee Beach due to:

1.1    - increased levels of non-resident traffic

         - noise for nearby residents particularly with 24 hour operation

         - safety

         - proximity to the child care centre

1.2    it is inconsistent with some of the objectives of the B2 zones under the Coffs Harbour LEP.

1.3    it presents an unacceptable risk of pollution to nearby waterways.

2.       Advise persons who made a submission on Development Application No. 0824/16 of Council’s decision.

3.       Instigate a precinct-place planning exercise encompassing Moonee Beach to better align development regulations with community values and a further report be presented on the resourcing requirements.

This report relates to resolution item 3.

Council is currently preparing a review of its LGMS. Part of this review involves the development of placemaking framework, which is well underway. The project is due to be reported to Council in coming months. It involves identifying a place hierarchy throughout the LGA – Moonee Beach has been identified as a Coastal Village in that draft project.

Council is also currently preparing its Public Realm Strategy in two stages, consisting of:

-     Stage 1 – high order strategic vision and direction for the whole LGA, along with some universal standards; and

-     Stage 2 – detailed analysis of various places and precincts throughout the LGA, including defining the desired character of these places.

Stage 1 of the Public Realm Strategy has commenced. The draft Stage 1 Strategy will be reported to Council by end 2018. Stage 2 is included within Council’s draft 2018/19 Operational Plan, with an associated budget allocation.

Implementation of the Public Realm Strategy is proposed to occur via the creation of ‘place manuals’ for the various places identified in the revised LGMS and Stage 2 of the Public Realm Strategy, as part of a separate ‘Place Manual Project’ to be developed over future years. The revised LGMS and the Public Realm Strategy will be completed prior to creation of place manuals for various locations around the LGA.

Issues:

Competing Priorities and Current Workloads

The preparation of both the revised LGMS and the Public Realm Strategy comprise a large volume of high level strategic work which is quite interrelated and interdependent. If and when adopted by Council, these documents will provide both a growth strategy and a placemaking strategy for the LGA.

It is advantageous that these overarching documents are completed prior to moving into any locality-specific precinct plans, as they are designed to set the framework as the city grows and develops into its Regional City status. They will assist in the implementation of a coherent approach to the development of the public realm across the LGA, with the ultimate aim of developing a sense of place for Coffs Harbour’s various localities.

The Moonee Beach project requested in the resolution would effectively result in the development of a ‘place manual’ for Moonee Beach. If it is developed prior to the completion of the overarching LGMS and Public Realm Strategy, this would result in competing priorities for the current project workload, and would effectively jump ahead of Council’s adopted strategic approach for the development of growth and place strategies for the City. If the Moonee Beach project is deferred until these higher order strategic documents are completed, this will assist to ensure a coherent, consistent approach is applied across the LGA.

Resourcing Requirements

It has been estimated that $159,000 is required to complete the Moonee Beach project, with the engagement of a consultant team and additional staff resource to complete the project. A project budget bid was developed for this project as part of Council’s draft budget process, which is estimated to include the following key steps:

·    Review the existing pattern of development, urban form and built form.

·    Internal and external stakeholder consultation.

·    Preparation of the draft Moonee Beach Place Manual - vision, context, character, community and stakeholder values, land use planning, built form, public domain, masterplan, active living, housing diversity, density, affordability, environmental management, infrastructure availability and upgrades.

·    Public exhibition and community engagement process of the draft Moonee Beach Place Manual.

·    Final Place Manual adopted by Council.

Due to Council’s fiscal challenges and the priority to develop the higher order LGMS and Public Realm Strategy, the Moonee Beach precinct planning project has not been included in Council’s draft Delivery Program Budgets 2018-2021.

Options:

Option 1 – Note the preparation of a revised Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) and Public Realm Strategy for the whole of the LGA, which will provide both a growth strategy and a placemaking strategy for the entire LGA, and thereby assist in the implementation of a coherent approach to the development of precincts and places across the LGA, including Moonee Beach.

Option 2 – Undertake budget revisions to the current draft Operational Plan 2018/2019 to provide funds in the order of $159,000 to allow the project to commence immediately. If this option is to be explored, Council will need to deprioritise other services / activities or directly impact on the operating budget.

Option 3 – Take no further action to deliver the Moonee Beach precinct planning project.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Environmental factors will be considered in the development of the Moonee Beach precinct planning project.

•     Social

Extensive community and stakeholder consultation would be undertaken during the development of the Moonee Beach project to ensure that the final Place Manual accords with the community’s vision and needs.

•     Civic Leadership

Completion of the Moonee Beach precinct planning project, culminating in the preparation of a Place Manual for Moonee Beach, will significantly improve the quality of the public realm and built form in the precinct. This accords with the MyCoffs strategic vision.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The resultant Place Manual for Moonee Beach will provide a framework for Council to integrate and coordinate various departments and disciplines within the organisation to deliver an integrated approach to the delivery of place outcomes.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

As discussed previously in this report, there are currently no project funds set aside for this project. It is proposed that the Moonee Beach Precinct Planning Project be deferred for consideration and possible inclusion in Council’s future Delivery Program Budgets, pending completion of LGMS and Public Realm Strategy.

Risk Analysis:

It is noted that the catalyst for this Moonee Beach precinct planning project was the consideration of a development application for a service station in the locality. This refusal has now been appealed in the Land & Environment Court. In this context, lack of progression of the precinct planning exercise may concern the community for future developments that may be perceived as inappropriate for the area.

Consultation:

Extensive community engagement has already been undertaken as part of the MyCoffs project and the LGMS review. This has identified an overwhelming desire from the community for high quality streetscapes and public spaces; an integrated network of cycleways and footpaths; design excellence in planning controls; and planning controls which are reflective of the community’s needs relative to each specific neighbourhood / place.

If and when the Moonee Beach precinct planning project is commenced, a community engagement strategy will be prepared and rolled out as part of the project.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

There are no statutory requirements in relation to preparing a Place Manual for Moonee Beach. However, the final adopted Place Manual may inform future amendments to Council’s statutory planning framework and preparation or review of other relevant Council plans and strategies.

Implementation Date / Priority:

It is noted that the Moonee Beach precinct planning is not included in Council’s draft Delivery Program Budgets 2018-2021.

Conclusion:

This report to Council is in response to a Council resolution in November 2017 to instigate a precinct-place planning exercise encompassing Moonee Beach, so as to better align development regulations with community values and to provide Council with details for resourcing requirements for such a project.

The Moonee Beach project requested in the resolution would effectively result in the development of a ‘place manual’ for Moonee Beach. If it is developed prior to the completion of the overarching LGMS and Public Realm Strategy, this would result in competing priorities for the current project workload, and would effectively jump ahead of Council’s adopted strategic approach for the development of growth and place strategies for the City. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Moonee Beach Project be deferred until these higher order strategic documents are completed to ensure a coherent, consistent approach is applied across the LGA.

The report notes that the Moonee Beach precinct planning project is not currently funded in the draft Delivery Program Budgets 2018-2021 which are on public exhibition.

  


SI18/13         Amendment to Alcohol Prohibited Reserves in the Coffs Harbour CBD

Author:                    Works Program Coordinator

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Infrastructure

MyCoffs:                      A.2 An active, safe and healthy community

Attachments:              ATT1  SI18/13    Proposed Alcohol Regulated Zone - Coffs CBD  

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Council at its meeting on 8 February 2018 resolved to commission a report based on direct consultation with Coffs Harbour Central Business District (CBD) stakeholders and businesses, regarding the establishment of Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) on the following streets:

·        Harbour Drive from Gordon Street to Curacoa Street

·        Park Avenue from Gordon Street to Earl Street

·        Park Avenue Lane from Gordon Street to Earl Street

·        Albany Street from Market Street to Curacoa Street

·        Curacoa Street from Harbour Drive to Coff Street

 

The proposal to establish the AFZ within the above areas was supported by the Coffs Clarence Police District Command. Police view alcohol restricted zones as a potential and effective tool in reducing and preventing alcohol-related crime in this area. The nominated streets are currently often used by intoxicated pedestrians, particularly young people in the vicinity of Brelsford Park. Other intoxicated people are moving between licensed premises and CBD bottle shops.

 

Public consultation subsequently was conducted on the proposal in accordance with section 644A of the Local Government Act 1993 which allows inspection of the proposal. No submissions were received during the consultation period. Pursuant to ss.644B (1) and (2) of the Local Government Act 1993, Council may, by resolution, adopt a proposal to establish an AFZ for a maximum period of four (4) years.

 

Subsequent to the consultation which has now been completed, this report responds to Council’s resolution of the 8 February 2018 and recommends that Council create Alcohol Free Zones in the nominated areas as listed in the recommendation.

 

 

That Council:

1.       In accordance with ss.644B (1) and (2) of the Local Government Act 1993 Council resolves to establish Alcohol Free Zones in the following Coffs Harbour CBD roads for a maximum of four years:

a.     Harbour Drive from Gordon Street to Curacoa Street

b.     Park Avenue from Gordon Street to Earl Street

c.     Park Avenue Lane from Gordon Street to Earl Street

d.     Albany Street from Market Street to Curacoa Street

e.     Curacoa Street from Harbour Drive to Coff Street

The zones would be in force for 24 hours, 7 days a week.

2.       Provide formal notification of the AFZ, in accordance with s.644B (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 and then sign post the roads in consultation with the Local Area Command.

 

 

Report

Description of Item:

The Local Government Act 1993 enables Council to control the consumption of alcohol in public spaces by the creation of two types of alcohol free areas:

·    Alcohol Prohibited Zones – for public spaces which are not within a road reserve – for example, parks and ovals; and,

 

·    Alcohol Free Zones – for public spaces which are within a road reserve.

 

Council at its meeting on 8 February 2018 resolved to commission a report based on direct consultation with Coffs Harbour Central Business District (CBD) stakeholders and businesses, regarding the establishment of Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) on the following CBD roads:

·        Harbour Drive from Gordon Street to Curacoa Street

·        Park Avenue from Gordon Street to Earl Street

·        Park Avenue Lane from Gordon Street to Earl Street

·        Albany Street from Market Street to Curacoa Street

·        Curacoa Street from Harbour Drive to Coff Street

 

The proposal suggested that the zones would be in force for 24 hours, 7 days a week for a maximum of four years.

The map in attachment 1 shows the actual extents of the proposed AFZs as well as the existing CBD AFZs and Alcohol Prohibited Zones (APZ).

Issues:

Council’s proposal was regarded as an essential action by the Coffs/Clarence Police District Licensing Division. These key parties view alcohol restricted zones as an effective tool in reducing and preventing alcohol related crime in this area. The nominated streets are often used by intoxicated pedestrians, particularly young people in the vicinity of Brelsford Park. Other intoxicated people are moving between licensed premises and CBD bottle shops. The Police have provided anecdotal evidence of anti-social behaviour in the proposed streets:

·        Harbour Drive, Park Avenue Lane and Park Avenue are used by intoxicated pedestrians moving between licensed premises in the Jetty Strip area and Grafton Street. Coles supermarket in Harbour Drive also attract intoxicated people along Harbour Drive and young people from Brelsford Park, particularly when there is late trading

·        Albany Street, Park Avenue, Park Avenue Lane and Harbour Drive are often used by intoxicated people leaving licensed premises after closing, sometimes to buy food from Coffs Central and Harbour Drive. They also congregate and leave the area along these routes. This can result in alcohol related crime such as assaults, anti-social behaviour and excess noise as they walk home.

·        Brelsford Park attracts young people / minors and adults who are intoxicated. Use and concealment of alcohol in the park increases the chances of alcohol related crime in this area.

 

Public consultation was conducted in accordance with s.644A of the Local Government Act 1993 allowing inspection of the proposal. No submissions were received.

 

Pursuant to ss.644B (1) and (2) of the Local Government Act 1993, Council may, by resolution, adopt a proposal to establish an AFZ for a maximum of four (4) years. Signs will be installed in consultation with the police. The zones are reviewed by Council resolution after a maximum of four years. The signs will indicate that the drinking of alcohol is prohibited in the zone and that alcohol may be seized and disposed of.

 

Options:

1.    Resolve to implement the proposed Alcohol Free Zones as per the recommendation which is consistent with the feedback provided by CBD business operators, anecdotal information from CBD visitors, and local police representatives who assess that the AFZs will provide an effective means of enforcement in the nominated areas.

2.    Modify the recommendation to trial the Alcohol Free Zones for a period less than the recommended four (4) years, and/or for times less that the recommended 24 hours per day, and/or increase or decrease the areas to be covered. This could then be subject to further public consultation with local Police and stakeholder representatives.

3.    Reject the recommendation. This course of action may create a risk of continuance or increase in the incidence of alcohol-related crime, with subsequent negative impacts on the CBD businesses and local community. Given the strong support from the Local Police and their indication that it is essential for social order in the CBD, this option is not recommended.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

No negative environmental concerns will occur as a result of the amended alcohol controls.  Positive benefits will ensue, as alcohol-related broken glass is of particular concern to the community, and requires regular cleaning up by maintenance staff and locals.  Local residents and staff put themselves at risk handling broken glass when cleaning up following disturbances involving alcohol.

•     Social

It is assessed that prohibiting alcohol use in the nominated streets will have a positive impact on the local amenity.  Other road users and residents will be less likely to be confronted by intoxicated persons using these areas. Police will have further powers to control alcohol use in the Coffs Harbour CBD thereby reducing anti-social behaviour, and alcohol related crime.

•     Civic Leadership

This proposal works towards achieving the outcomes identified within the MyCoffs Strategic Plan and is directly connected to the themes of:

·    A.2 An active safe, healthy community and

·    C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity.

These areas are identified as outcomes/objectives in the Community Strategic Plan and Council is specified as both provider and facilitator and additionally, in the case of safe communities, an advocate

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Improving the safety and amenity of the CBD will have positive benefits for visitors to the region and benefit the local economy, which relies heavily on tourism, by return visitation.

•      Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The cost of notifications and installing notices will be absorbed within current programs.

Risk Analysis:

The risks associated with no AFZ in place in the nominated streets, given the current police and community concerns, are an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence, anti-social behaviour, assault and malicious damage, which would negatively impact on the Coffs Harbour community, retail trade and tourism volumes. The 24-hour coverage will act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime, enabling the seizure and disposal of alcohol from persons who choose to consume alcohol within the CBD area.

 

Enforcement of the prohibition will be the responsibility of the NSW Police.

Consultation:

External consultation has been undertaken with the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command, Aboriginal agencies, the Community Village and Neighbourhood Centre, CBD bottle shops, hotels and clubs as well as Mid North Coast Local Health.

The proposal was advertised in the Coffs Coast Advocate and the proposal exhibited for thirty days from 28 March to 26 April, referring people to the Have Your Say website. No submissions were received during this period.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Council has previously used Part 4 of the Local Government Act 1993 to prohibit the taking and/or consumption of alcohol in the CBD. The current proposal is consistent with the intent of s.644A in controlling alcohol related anti-social behaviour within public areas.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Upon the Council resolution, a notification of the AFZ will be made for 14 days in accordance with s.644B of the Local Government Act 1993.

If no adverse submissions are received during this notification period, notices will be installed soon thereafter. The AFZ will come into effect once notices are installed.

Conclusion:

Council previously resolved to receive a report assessing the veracity of creating and widening Alcohol Free Zones in what are perceived to be problem areas of the Coffs CBD. Appropriate consultation with CBD stakeholders has been completed and it is now recommended, for Councillors’ consideration, that extending the existing AFZ to the a nominated list of roads within the CBD will provide an effective deterrent to anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime, improve the safety and amenity of the CBD for the local community, retailers and visitors to the region, and better support the police to act on the matter.

 


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