Coffs Harbour City Council

18 September 2019

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

The above meeting will be held in the Council Administration Building

Cnr Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour on:

 

Thursday, 26 September 2019

 

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

 

 

AGENDA

 

1.         Opening of Ordinary Meeting

2.         Acknowledgment of Country

3.         Public Forum

4.         Disclosure of Interest

5.         Apologies

6.         Leaves of Absence

7.         Mayoral Minute

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.      Questions On Notice

19.      Matters of an Urgent Nature

20.      Consideration of Confidential Items (if any)

21.      Close of Ordinary Meeting.

 

 

Steve  McGrath

General Manager

 

 


Order of Business

 

  

General Manager's Reports

GM19/24         Council Committees - Appointment of Councillors............................. 3

Directorate Reports - Business Services

BS19/46          Bank and Investment Balances for August 2019.................................... 6

BS19/47          Proposed Revotes for the Year Ended 30 June 2019.......................... 28

BS19/48          2019-2020 Environmental Levy Grants Program Additional Projects.................................................................................................................................... 43

Directorate Reports - Sustainable Communities

SC19/45          Planning Proposal – Review of Height and Built Form Controls within the Coffs Harbour City Centre – Post-Exhibition................ 47

SC19/46          Development Application No. 0698/19 - Telecommunications Facility - Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East............................. 231

SC19/47          Development Application No. 0501/19 - Rural Dual Occupancy (Detached), Shed and Swimming Pool - Lot 10, DP 1140008, 171B Mackays Road, Coffs Harbour...................................................................................... 262

SC19/48          Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan - Final.......................................... 281

SC19/49          Inclusive Access at Jetty Beach............................................................... 312

Notices of Motion Sustainable Infrastructure

NOM19/11      Jetty Foreshores Ramp - Disabled Access........................................... 332   


GM19/24      Council Committees - Appointment of Councillors

Author:                        Governance Coordinator

Authoriser:                  General Manager

MyCoffs:                      A.1 A vibrant and inclusive place

Attachments:              Nil

 

Executive Summary

Prior to her resignation as Councillor, Jan Strom was appointed to a number of Council committees. As a result of her resignation, there are two vacant positions which can be filled.  This report is seeking Councillor nominations and appointments to the Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group and the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.    Call for nominations from Councillors for appointment to the Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group.

1.1.    Appoint Councillor _____________ to the Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group.

2.    Call for nominations from Councillors for appointment to the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

2.1.    Appoint Councillor ______________ to the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

 

Report

Description of Item:

Ms Jan Strom resigned as a Councillor in March 2019, at the time, Councillor Strom held Councillor positions on the following Committees:

 

·     Agricultural Advisory Committee

·     Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group (LGPAG)

·     Multicultural Advisory Committee

·     Yandaarra Advisory Committee

·     Audit & Risk Committee

 

As a result, some of these committees now have vacant councillor positions.  This report is seeking to appoint Councillors to the Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group (LGPAG). Both of these committees each have one vacancy.

Issues:

Councillor Strom was appointed to the Multicultural Advisory Committee at the 13 October 2016 Council meeting.  At that meeting Council also resolved to appoint Mayor Denise Knight as the alternate representative.  Therefore, once Councillor Strom resigned Mayor Denise Knight automatically assumed this position, as such there is no vacancy.

 

At the 13 October 2016 council meeting, both Councillor Strom and Councillor Townley were appointed to the Yandaarra Advisory Committee.  At the 13 June 2019 meeting, Council resolved to review the Yandaarra Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (ToR).  At this time no meetings are being held, therefore it is suggested that Council wait until the ToR review is complete prior to reappointing a Councillor.

 

At the 8 December 2016 Council meeting, in accordance with the charter, one councillor representative nomination was requested for the Audit and Risk Committee.  Council resolved to appoint two Councillors, former Councillor Strom and Councillor Adendorff.  The Office of Local Government has recently released draft guidelines on Audit & Risk Committees, with the draft stating only external independent members to be appointed to this committee.  Whilst the guidelines are still only a draft document, in view of this and that Council currently has a councillor representative on this committee consistent with the current charter, it is suggested Council does not appoint a replacement for Councillor Strom at this stage, pending the finalisation of the guidelines.

Options:

1.    Adopt the recommendation provided to Council.

2.    Amend the recommendation provided by only appointing a councillor to one of the committees, and then adopt.

3.    Reject the recommendation provided to Council and do not appoint any councillors.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

There are no environmental issues associated with this report.

•     Social

Having Council committees recognises and uses the valuable contribution the community makes for the effective provision of Council’s services.

•     Civic Leadership

This approach is consistent with the Council’s MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan:

 

-    A.1 A vibrant and inclusive place.

-    B.2 A community achieving its potential.

Economic – Broader Economic Implications

Committees are formed to help Council facilitate services and functions using community volunteers with varied expertise.  Broadly this taps into the wealth of community knowledge and experience, whilst acknowledging and supporting local skills.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Council committees strive to be self-funding but most require a contribution from Council and this is resolved within Council’s Operational Plan and budget setting process.  Most committees involve Council in technical, secretarial or administration costs.  The time and assistance given to Council by volunteers represents significant cost savings to the organisation.

Risk Analysis:

There are no specific risks associated with the appointment of Councillors to committees.

Consultation:

Consultation continues to occur with various stakeholders involved in each of these committees.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

S 355 and s377 Local Government Act 1993

Implementation Date / Priority:

Immediate.

Conclusion:

That Council endorses the recommendations within this report.

 

  


BS19/46       Bank and Investment Balances for August 2019

Author:                        Section Leader Financial Planning

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

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

Attachments:              ATT1  BS19/46   Investment Performance Report for the Month Ended 31 August 2019  

 

Executive Summary

Council’s Bank Balances and Investments as at 31 August 2019 totalled $220,946,999.33.  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 $220,946,999.33 (including from loans, Developer Contributions and other avenues that form the restricted accounts and are committed for future works) as at 31 August 2019.

 

Report

Description of Item:

A copy of the state of Bank Balances and Investments as at 31 August 2019 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 August 2019 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 31 August 2019, it is noted that the total bank and investment balance was $220,946,999.33 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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BS19/47       Proposed Revotes for the Year Ended 30 June 2019

Author:                        Senior Finance Business Partner

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

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

Attachments:              ATT1  BS19/47   2018/19 Revotes summary by Directorate - Operating and Capital  

 

Executive Summary

This report summarises the unspent funds proposed to be revoted from the 2018/19 Operational Plan budgets into the 2019/20 Operational Plan budgets.  It is recommended that $1,934,267 of operational expenditure and $22,021,964 of capital expenditure be revoted.  It is also recommended that $151,178 of operational revenue and $4,626,620 of capital revenue be revoted. The resulting impact on the Net Operating Result is a deterioration of $1,783,000.  The adopted surplus of $1,463,000 will be impacted by this deterioration resulting in a revised budget deficit of $320,000.  The monthly and quarterly budget reviews will need to be monitored closely with a view to improving this result back to a balanced net operating position.

 

These revotes are necessary due to a variety of reasons including timing (project spans financial years), contractual obligations, commitments or monies held aside for specific purposes.  Council’s leadership teams have undergone a rigorous screening of all revotes to minimise their extent.  All revotes have been considered in line with Council’s Operational Plan and the Long Term Financial Plan.

 

A detailed summary of revotes by Directorate is provided in the body of the report along with the implications on the 2019/20 Operational Plan budgets by Fund.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Adopt the various revotes from 2018/19 to 2019/20 as detailed in the body of this report and Attachment 1, which are summarised as follows:

Type / Fund

Revote $

OPERATING

 

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

 

 

1,934,267

-

-

 

 

1,934,267

 

CAPITAL

 

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

 

 

20,675,369

537,494

809,101

 

 

22,021,964

 

TOTAL

23,956,231

 

 

2.       Note the impacts of the proposed revotes on the 2019/20 Consolidated Income Statement as follows:

2019/20 Original Budget

$‘000s

2019/20 Proposed Budget

$‘000s

Recurrent Revenue

 

 

Rates and Annual Charges

98,664

98,664

User Charges and Fees

44,303

44,303

Interest and Investment Revenue

5,153

5,153

Other Revenues

18,263

18,263

Grants and Contributions provided for Operating Purposes

14,184

14,335

RECURRENT REVENUE

180,567

180,718

 

 

 

Recurrent Expenditure

 

Employee Benefits and Oncosts

56,820

56,827

Borrowing Costs

8,814

8,814

Materials and Contracts

119,251

143,200

Depreciation and Amortisation

45,350

45,350

Other Expenses

15,614

15,614

Less: Capitalised Expenses

(66,745)

(88,767)

RECURRENT EXPENDITURE

179,104

181,038

 

 

 

NET OPERATING (DEFICIT)

1,463

(320)

 

 

 

Capital Revenue

 

 

Capital Grants, Subsidies, Contributions and Donations

22,541

27,168

CAPITAL REVENUE

22,541

27,168

 

 

 

NET SURPLUS

24,004

26,848

 

 

 

FUNDING SOURCES FOR PROPOSED REVOTES

 

 

Operating Funding

 

 

Net Surplus

24,004

26,848

Transfer to Reserves

(25,124)

(25,124)

Transfer from Unexpended Loans

10,275

15,939

Transfer from Reserves

24,694

32,321

Total Operating Funding

33,849

49,984

 

 

 

Capital Funding

 

 

Loan Advance

7,600

7,600

Depreciation

45,350

45,350

Total Capital Funding

52,950

52,950

 

 

 

Total Funding

86,799

102,934

 

 

 

Allocation of Funding

 

 

Constructed and Purchased Assets

(66,745)

(88,767)

Loan Redemptions

(21,340)

(21,340)

Total Allocation of Funding

(88,085)

(110,107)

 

 

 

Budgeted (Reduction) in Cash

(1,286)

(7,173)

 

Report

Description of Item:

Although not a statutory requirement it is normal practice for Council’s to carry forward unspent money from one financial year to the next.  The majority of the revotes requested in this report are tied to grants and contributions from external bodies, developer contributions (Part 7:11 previously Section 94), reserve funds held for specific purposes and special rate variation funds as approved by IPART.

Issues:

All revotes have been considered in line with Council’s strategic plan and the Long Term Financial Plan.  Council has been vigilant in ensuring its commitments are met in a timely manner and have reduced its overall revotes from that approved in previous year.

 

2018/19      $       1,934,267   Operating

2018/19      $       22,021,964 Capital

2017/18      $       1,821,390   Operating

2017/18      $       33,824,887 Capital (includes $12,068,449 for the EPIC stadium)

 

This report summarises the proposed revotes from the 2018/19 Operational Plan budgets to the 2019/20 Operational Plan budgets.

 

Type / Fund

Revote $

OPERATING

 

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

 

 

1,934,267

-

-

 

 

1,934,267

 

CAPITAL

 

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

 

 

20,675,369

537,494

809,101

 

 

22,021,964

 

TOTAL

23,956,231

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF REVOTES BY DIRECTORATE

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Business Services

 

Capital

 

·     Implement Masterplan for master key system $25,000 - funds required to upgrade current security system.

·     Works staff tablet replacement $104,000 – replacement delayed as options were being considered.  This process is close to being finalised and the replacement program commenced.

·     Telephony Upgrade $50,500 – Business case was approved late June, primarily for handsets and headsets.  Project is being scoped in August for implementation within six months of that date.

 

Sustainable Communities

 

Operating

 

·     Community Facilities Plan $21,774 – significant planning project spanning multiple years.

·     Coffs Coast Heritage and Arts Digitisation $318,641 – grant funded project due for completion June 2020.

·     Be Connected:  Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world $3,981 – fully grant funded works due to be completed December 2019.

·     STILL Operating $41,321 – significant event planning and implementation to occur for ongoing bi-annual event.  The art prize award event and exhibition is to be delivered between September and November 2019.

·     Regional Gallery Grant Funded Projects $10,074 – funds received for the Overwintering project with the launch due September 2019.

·     Museum Assessment Collection $5,039 - on-site work conducted in May based on availability of specialist consultant, with final assessment report and finalisation of costs to be completed early 2019/20.

·     Cultural Strategic Plan and Performing Arts $38,959 - This project funding relates to the Creative Coffs Stage 2A development of an issues and options paper on performing arts facilities.  Initial research has been undertaken and a preliminary draft developed.

·     Gallery Library Strategic Plans and Project Management $19,596 - per Council resolution, multi-year project awaiting final draft to be presented to Council.

·     Beach Safety Education $6,533 - contributions towards operational, promotional and equipment costs to run programs.  Culturally and Linguistically diverse beach safety education event to be scheduled with other community partners.

·     Environmental Levy Sustainable Living and Community Programs $30,000 – funded by Environmental Levy, revotes needed for:

a)    Environmental Levy Nature based education – to develop new Coffs Ambassadors tours, marketing and launch of new nature-based program and additional coordinator and contractor time to reach output targets.

b)    Environmental Levy Mad Green grants – to honour commitments for approved grant recipients pending successful completion of their projects.

·     Multicultural Programs $2,844 – Freedom Feast event run late in the financial year with minor outstanding invoices yet to be paid.

·     Community Strategic Plan ($1,010) – overspend of 2018/19 budget to reduce 2019/20 allocation.

·     Youth Planning $1,500 – grant funds for Regional Youth program is payable to Headspace once the invoice is received.

·     Regional State of the Environment (SOE) Reporting $54,834 – contributions received from other Councils to coordinate the development of the SOE report.  This is a legislative report due every four years with this edition required in 2020/21.

·     Local Growth Management Strategy $68,506 – Urban, Rural and Large Lot residential strategies being developed.  These funds are in accordance with Council resolution and adopted project plan and are fully committed to meet consultant, project management, advertising, community engagement, workshop and incidental costs.  Further engagement with Councillors adjusted milestones.

·     Rezoning Applications $89,781 – monies paid by applicants for rezoning planning proposals which are underway and subject to numerous reports to Council.  These contributions need to be held for use during the life of the rezoning process for each application, some of which can take several years to finalise.

·     Planning Studies $49,424 - Woolgoolga car parking studies funded via Part 7.11 funds within existing contributions plan.

·     Orara River Health and Rehabilitation Projects $45,252 – North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) 3-year contract.  Final year of contract now completed with remaining unspent funds to be returned to grant funding body on acquittal.

·     Coastal Hazard and Estuary Studies $51,441 – part grant funded by Office of Environment and Heritage.  Primarily scoping study for Corindi and Pipe Clay Estuaries.

·     Water Quality Monitoring $5,000 – private water supply tank sampling project is linked to and reliant upon the seasonal application of chemical spraying of Blueberries based on a 12 month spraying program.  This project is associated with a partnership arrangement with NSW Health and a project officer resource is needed to engage the project partners into an agreed final report.

·     Tourism Strategy 2020 Implementation $28,000 – regional tourism product development fund for Solitary Islands Coastal walk interpretive signage.

·     Six Degrees Co-working Hubs $70,717 – primarily grant funded works to extend digital entrepreneurial activity in the local region.

·     Business Events Support $25,460 - this funding has been raised through the business community with a commitment from Council that it would contribute to the attraction of major events.

 

Capital

 

·     Library Asset Purchases $3,207 – to finalise the installation of new library computer catalogue project.

·     Local Priority Projects $25,804 – fully grant funded, committed work to be completed per approval.

·     Jetty Memorial Theatre Improvements $34,344 – concept design is complete with revote required to contribute to detailed design phase.

·     Stronger Community Grant Community Facility Activation Upgrades $38,630 – fully grant funded works for D Block upgrade, due for completion December 2019.

·     Part 7.11 Beach Storage Facilities $82,798 - required for lifeguard storage facility renewals.

·     Shark Observation Program $6,612 – grant funded drone project focusing on Park Beach area.

·     Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan $638,945 – unspent funds from Council approved REERP program.  Multi-year project awaiting tender outcome in August 2019 and subject to a further Council report.

·     Flood Mitigation Works $187,719 – primarily two projects being Middle Creek flood study and management plan which is 2:1 grant funded and Park Beach Flood Mitigation which is funded by unexpended loan reserve.

·     Coffs Coast Regional Sports Hub $93,878 – project underway and will be finalised by June 2021 in line with approved schedule by funding body.

·     EPIC Stadium Project $2,889,314 – project nearing completion per grant agreement, revoted funds required for finalisation in December 2019.

·     Toormina Oval New Amenities $375,000 – Further funding sources to be sought to enable project to progress.

·     Stronger Country Communities Fund $519,558 – comprised of two projects; upgrade of Geoff King Oval lighting which is nearing completion and awaiting final invoice and Sawtell BMX Track upgrade with one-third of project complete with a tender to be let in August to complete works.

 

Sustainable Infrastructure

 

Operating

 

·     Safety and Systems Management Project $108,983 – original schedule planned works for 2019/20, with completion date being December 2019.

·     External Business Activities $2,000 – Memorial maintenance, grant funded project.

·     Headland Restoration Works $18,014 - approved grant works to maintain diversity, including Pultaneae Maritima on Coffs Coast coastal headlands including Bonville and Boambee.

·     Greenery for our Grey Nomads $18,231 – ongoing grant funded works initiated in June 2018.

·     Jetty Boat Ramp Sand Dredging $88,089 – project split between operating and capital components with some grant funding attained.

·     Coastal and Estuary Management Plans $37,368 – 50% grant funded project for Strategically Aligning Coastal Risk to Assessment.

·     Stormwater Planning Studies $105,500 – to progress flood catchment issues and stormwater management plan in Coffs Creek.

·     Better Waste and Recycling Fund Works $67,480 – remaining EPA operating grant funds for community education to reduce contamination in recycling and develop a business case for a new Woolgoolga transfer station.

·     Gallows Beach Carpark Litter Reduction $10,220 – grant for ongoing works.

 

Capital

 

·     Brigade Station Upgrades $113,765 – Karangi Rural Fire Station upgrade committed works.

·     Precast Concrete Bridge Units $134,700 – project has been delayed due to unavailability of suitable consultant resources.

·     The following are fully funded by the special rate approved in June 2014.

a)    Road Pavement Renewals $716,702 – to supplement 2019/20 allocation to continue with priority renewal works at Riding Lane, Second/Third Avenue at Arrawarra, Headland Road at Sapphire, Coral Street /Red Rock Road at Corindi, Beach Street and Wharf Street.

b)    Open Space Assets $265,505 - required to finalise works at Saltwater Park playground, fencing and access way works, Jetty structure refurbishment detailed design and street bin replacements across the LGA.

c)    Buildings Renewals $1,640,074 – continuation of numerous projects including Botanic Garden Glasshouse, amenities improvements at Maclean Street / Toormina Road / Saltwater Park / York Street, Bunker Gallery and Sportz Central renewals and Woolgoolga / Sawtell Pool Investigations.

·     The following are partially funded by Community Facilities reserve via a special rate:

a)    Community Grants Funding Pool $250,009 -  for committed allocations to:

Woolgoolga Community Gardens – container fit-out

Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club – function room fit-out

Coffs Harbour Showground - portable seating

South Coffs Community Gardens – community pavilion and pathways

Coramba Community Hall – preservation of Hall honour roll and equipment upgrade

Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged – ‘The Link’ community space

Toormina Community Centre – equipment upgrade

Lowanna Community hall – construction of an accessible bathroom

b)    Public Amenities Upgrade Program $2,474:

Park Beach opposite the Caravan Park, works commenced under contract with completion due in September

c)    Brelsford Park Masterplan Works $12,385 –project design underway

·     The following are funded by the CBD special rate with redesign and consultation underway for the majority of projects totalling $1,482,820:

a)    City Square Upgrade – proposal includes awning, lighting, landscaping and amphitheatre

b)    Carpark Upgrades

c)    Shade Sails relocation– under contract, awaiting Essential Energy approval

d)    Moonee Street entry statement – awaiting wayfinding strategy

e)    Activation Capital – part of city centre masterplan

f)     Capital Contingency – to meet any unforeseen costs

·     Stage 5 Jetty Foreshores Carpark $10,967 – design completed, to be utilised in conjunction with 2019/20 allocation.

·     Regional Parks Capital $310,086 – part Coffs Coast Regional Park Trust funded for Arrawarra reserve cultural meeting place.  This is to upgrade Arrawarra Day Use and Aboriginal Education Area following community consultation to be completed in conjunction with Second/Third Avenue roadworks program.

·     Safer Communities Fund $258,330 – for CCTV and security lighting to be constructed in line with grant approval.  Toormina skate park /oval / velodrome completed 2018/19 with Park Avenue carpark and Coffs CBD to be undertaken in 2019/20. The following Open Space Works of $540,311 are primarily Developer Contributions funded (Part 7.11) remain incomplete or yet to commence:

a)    Corindi Beach Aston Wilde park exercise equipment– community consultation undertaken with project delivery in 3rd quarter of 2019/20

b)    Highlander Drive, North Boambee neighbourhood park – project design complete, awaiting land to be dedicated to Council

c)    West Coffs playground – project commenced, these funds to be used in conjunction with 2019/20 allocation to complete

d)    Woolgoolga Sportsground field drainage and lighting – project complete, awaiting final invoices

e)    Richardson park irrigation and lighting - project complete, awaiting final invoices

f)     Ayrshire Park drainage – works complete, further turf establishment outstanding

·     Jetty Boat Ramp CCTV lighting and signage $93,236 – grant funded work, City Smart Solutions engaged for CCTV component.

·     Better Boating program $150,000 – improved access and installation of a canoe launch at Coffs Creek, awaiting agency approval.

·     Blackspot Program $513,693 – fully RMS grant funded works at Coramba Road currently under construction phase.

·     Safer Roads Program $251,510 – works at Harbour Drive between Earl and Curacoa Streets currently under construction and nearing completion.

·     Unsealed Roads Gravel Resheet $10,000 – Duffus Road, Corindi dust seal works with geotech engaged for investigation.

·     Sealed Roads Rehabilitations $138,444 – to complete construction at Waterloo Street, Woolgoolga and Toormina Road near Linden Avenue programs.

·     Airport Emergency Access Road $35,000 – funds to be used in conjunction with 2019/20 allocation.

·     Part 7.11 Local Collector Road West Coffs ($988) – overspend of 2018/19 budget to reduce 2019/20 allocation.

·     Bridge Capital Works $391,989 – for continuing works on Melaleuca footbridges funded via a special rate as approved by the Office of Local Government.

·     Pedestrian Access Mobility Plans (PAMP) $69,520 – works North Boambee Road pedestrian refuge, design complete.

·     Stronger Communities Grants – Footpath Construction $18,047 - fully grant funded works for footpath construction at North Boambee Road and First Avenue Sawtell.

·     Footpaths Construction $210,829 – half of programmed works completed leaving Beryl to Joyce, Manning to Karuah and Woolgoolga Whale tail segments to occur in 2019/20.

·     Upgrade Bus Stops to meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Requirements $48,420 – funded by combination of grants and Council’s Infrastructure Renewal Reserve to upgrade bus stops throughout the LGA to DDA standards.

·     Audit and Review of Path networks $85,000 – consultant engaged.

·     The following Transport Works, which are primarily Developer Contributions funded (Part 7.11) remain incomplete or yet to commence:

a)    Loaders Lane $15,189 – Loaders Lane bridge to District Park cycleway construction complete, awaiting final invoices

b)    Footpaths at Sandy Beach ($724) - overspend of 2018/19 budget to reduce 2019/20 allocation

c)    West Woolgoolga Pedestrian / Cycleway bridge $17,000 – to be undertaken with 2019/20 funding

d)    Corindi Beach Cycleway $17,000 -  to be undertaken with 2019/20 funding

·     Carpark Capital Works $17,610 – to be allocated to priority projects along with 2019/20 allocation.

·     Part 7.11 Drainage Investigations ($20,656) – overspend of 2018/19 budget to reduce 2019/20 allocation.

·     Flood Mitigation Capital Works $114,101 - Council has a program of flood mitigation works of almost $14 million which includes funding from:

Natural Disaster Resilience Grants

$6m loan over 20 years of which repayments are funded from the stormwater levy

A further $6m loan over 10 years per Council resolution 11 March 2010 of which repayments are funded by special rate variation

The majority of these funds are currently held in reserve, however some allocations need to be revoted as they straddle two financial years.

·     Flood Mitigation Works Investigation and Design $304,162 – funded from above unspent loan funds along with approved grants.  Contracts let for works at Boambee / Newports Creek and Woolgoolga flood evacuation investigation.

·     Englands Road Capital Works (Domestic) $206,364 – relining of the existing concrete stormwater pipes to ensure the long-term integrity of the stormwater pipe is maintained.

·     EPA Better Waste and Recycling Fund Works $15,216 – remaining EPA capital grant funds for infrastructure enhancement at Coramba transfer station.

·     Englands Road Capital Works (Non Domestic) $240,526 – to be used in conjunction with Domestic capital works funds for the stormwater relining project.

·     New Street lights $20,300 – quote for eight street lights received in late 2018/19, to be installed by December 2019.

·     Pine Creek Way Handover Works $10,000 – final invoices to be processed.

 

 

WATER FUND

 

Capital

 

All projects funded by unexpended loan:

 

·     Headworks $217,538 – to relocate lime plant to Karangi water treatment plant, with contract on foot.

·     Water Reservoirs $136,433 – refurbishment works at Emerald and Sapphire nearing completion, with Macauleys overflow contract on foot.

·     Water Mains Renewals $97,883 – majority of design works complete with implementation of program to commence early 2019/20.

·     Water Telemetry and Monitoring $71,001 – Sapphire reservoir flowmeter renewal.

·     Automatic Water Fill Stations $14,639 – water supply issues delaying completion.

 

SEWER FUND

 

Capital

 

All projects funded by unexpended loan or Section 64 funds:

 

·     Pumps, Mechanical Equipment and Rising Mains $131,003 – primarily for upgrade works at Thompsons Road.

·     Minor treatment works $31,238 –valves on order for replacement at Moonee water reclamation plant. Also drying beds for liquid waste currently under business review.

·     Northern Beaches Fibre Project $636,860 – works currently being undertaken internally by City Smart Solutions.

·     Section 64 works $10,000 – Woolgoolga Drive to Woolgoolga water reclamation plant rising main works nearing completion.

 

Office of the General Manager

 

Capital

 

·     Schematic design for Cultural and Civic Space Project $323,962 – unspent contractual commitments as per the schedule of works.

 

Commercial Business Units

 

Operating

 

Project funded by Holiday Parks reserve:

 

·     Crown Reserves Plans of Management $40,714 – Due to go out to tender shortly with works expected to start in January and run over a six-month period.

 

Project funded by Strategic Initiatives Reserve:

 

·     Coffs Harbour Airport Independent Advisory Consultancy $450,000 – contract awarded in May 2019.

 

Capital

 

All projects funded by Holiday Parks reserve:

 

·     Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Hub $1,831,414 – partially funded Part 7.11 funds, include reserve improvements, foreshore playground works, earthworks and site amelioration. Due for completion at the end of November 2019.

·     Park Beach Tourist Sites $43,563 – virtually complete but remaining funds required for variations that extend into next financial year.

·     Park Beach Office and Managers Residence $25,000 – project commenced but not complete due to high volume of business during construction period.

·     Woolgoolga Beach Tourist Sites $225,409 – due for completion at the end of November.

·     Woolgoolga Beach Office and Managers Residence $14,211 – virtually complete but remaining funds required to cover defects not covered under the contract.

All projects funded by grant or unexpended loan:

·     Airport Security Equipment $405,000 – fully grant funded to meet new legislation. Compliance works to be complete by May 2019.

·     Enterprise Park Land Development $4,022,585 – Internal loan from sewer fund approved by Office of Local Government in August 2018.  Completion of Phase 2 of Airport Enterprise Park which was approved by Joint Regional Planning Panel in July 2017.

Options:

Council’s options in relation to this report are to:

 

1.    Adopt the recommendations provided to Council;

2.    Amend the recommendations provided to Council and then adopt; or

3.    Reject the recommendations provided to Council.  This would amend the Operational Plan budgets back to their original position prior to the recommendations being sought.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

Environmental impacts in relation to expenditure being revoted in this report would have been dealt with at the time the original funds were allocated

•     Social

The provision of basic infrastructure and community services is an essential requirement of maintaining community wellbeing.

•     Civic Leadership

Council has provided sound civic leadership in striving for a surplus as budgeted in the 2018/19 Operational Plan.  It will continue to endeavour to maintain similar forecasts in future years in line with the My Coffs Community Strategic Plan.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

When dealing with increased community demands Council has to focus on the balance of providing services with the limited funds available.  Council must also ensure that a healthy financial position is maintained to ensure ongoing viability of the organisation.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

This report provides Council with an overview of the outcomes unable to be achieved last financial year but will be met in the current financial year.  The impact on the Net Operating Result is a deterioration of $1,783,000.  The adopted surplus of $1,463,000 will be impacted by this deterioration resulting in a revised budget deficit of $320,000.  The monthly and quarterly budget reviews will need to be monitored closely with a view to improving this result back to a balanced net operating position.

Risk Analysis:

Should Council not approve the recommended revotes, it risks not being able to complete projects which have already commenced.  This non-completion of works presents a financial and reputational risk for Council.

Consultation:

The leadership teams of Council met to review the requests for revotes which were put forward by each operational area of the Council.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The Executive Leadership Team has provided guidelines to staff regarding their responsibilities relating to effective and transparent budget review and assessment processes.  This framework provides guidance in achieving the objective of a year-end balanced budget in the General Fund.  Each request was assessed against the revote criteria as outlined in the Budget Preparation and Review Procedure, namely:

 

No revotes for operational funding will be considered unless the funds are under contract, an order has been raised or they are linked to sources of funding such as, grants, contributions, loans, etc. or other significant reasons such as event planning and implementing and funding for venue operations covering reporting periods.

 

Any capital revote must provide a justification and be assessed by the Leadership and then by Council.  This justification must demonstrate that the capital funds are required for a project that extends over financial years, that there are orders raised, the project is under contract, the funds directly relate to the expenditure of Part 7:11 previously S94 or grant funding, or other significant matters.

Implementation Date / Priority:

The leadership teams will continue to monitor the organisation’s performance with a view to maintaining, and in some cases improving, service delivery in line with Council’s Operational Plan.

Conclusion:

This report summarises the proposed unspent funds to be revoted from the 2018/19 Operational Plan budgets into the 2019/20 Operational Plan budgets.  These revotes are necessary due to a variety of reasons including timing (project spans financial years), contractual obligations, commitments or monies held aside for specific purposes. It is recommended that Council adopt the revotes as detailed in this report.

 


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BS19/48       2019-2020 Environmental Levy Grants Program Additional Projects

Author:                        Grants Administration Officer

Authoriser:                  Director Business Services

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

Attachments:              Nil

 

Executive Summary

This report provides Council with two additional recommended projects for the 2019/2020 Environmental Levy Grants Program (ELGP) for inclusion in the 2019/2020 Operational Plan.

 

The Environmental Levy Grants Program panel has reviewed and recommended these projects to be included in the 2019/2020 Program.

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Approves the following additional Environmental Levy Grants Program projects for 2019/2020:

Applicant

Project Name

Amount ($)

National Parks Association of NSW (Coffs Coast Branch)

Analysis of economic benefits of the proposed Great Koala National Park within Coffs Harbour LGA

22,500

Jetty Dunecare

Restore and enhance the natural environment of Boambee Beach

25,000

Total

47,500

 

Report

Description of Item:

At its meeting on 27 June Council resolved (Resolution 2019/100) in part:

 

2.   That the National Parks Association of NSW – Analysis of economic benefits of the proposed Great Koala National Park project be considered further, pending discussions between Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen Shire Council and National Parks Association of NSW and a report be brought back to Council.

 

Discussions were held on 7 August between Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen Shire Council and National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).  As a result of these discussions, further information was provided by NPA to satisfy eligibility requirements under the ELGP Guidelines.

 

This application, along with an additional application from Jetty Dunecare inadvertently omitted from the original assessment process, were reviewed by the ELGP panel in August.

 

The ELGP panel’s recommended additions to 2019/2020 Environmental Levy Grants Program allocations are shown in the table below.

 

Applicant

Project Name

Amount Requested $

Amount Recommended $

National Parks Association of NSW (Coffs Coast Branch)

Analysis of economic benefits of the proposed Great Koala National Park within Coffs Harbour LGA

25,000

22,500

Jetty Dunecare

Restore and enhance the natural environment of Boambee Beach

25,000

25,000

Totals

50,000

47,500

Funding Source – Environmental Levy Reserve

$47,500

 

 

 

Details of the two submissions are provided as follows:

 

1.    National Parks Association (NPA) of NSW – Analysis of economic benefits of the proposed Great Koala National Park within Coffs Harbour LGA

 

This project will assess the economic impacts of the proposed Great Koala National Park within the Coffs Harbour LGA.

 

The project will provide a written report outlining the objectives, methodology and analysis of the economic impacts dissected for the Coffs Harbour LGA.

 

The NSW government estimates that koalas support 9,000 jobs throughout Australia, and generate approximately $2.5 billion per year.  The Great Koala National Park will be the first national park dedicated to koala conservation and has the prospect of being a major asset to Coffs Harbour and its hinterland.

 

The development model includes requirements for park establishment and management including environmental monitoring, restoration and repair of forests and assisting neighbouring private landholders.  The model also includes ecotourism infrastructure including a multipurpose visitor centre, wildlife hospital, new and upgraded access for bushwalkers, mountain bike hubs, horse riding trails and vehicle tours.

 

The components of the economic model within or partly within Coffs Harbour LGA will be identified and included in the project.

 

Requested amount:                       $25,000

Panel recommended amount:      $22,500

2.    Jetty Dunecare – Restore and enhance the natural environment of Boambee Beach

 

This project will restore and protect the biodiversity of 35ha of native vegetation on Boambee Beach North, an area which contains two endangered ecological communities.  This will be achieved by completing primary weeding in areas yet attended to.  Repeated follow up and maintenance of areas previously worked will also continue.  Fox and feral cat monitoring and control will be ongoing as well as community education.

 

These works will be undertaken by bush regeneration contractors and volunteers of the Jetty Dunecare Group who began working to restore this area 8 years ago.  This work seeks to not only reduce the degrading impacts of invasive species, but also to engender community stewardship for the local natural environment.  The efforts to improve the area benefit residents, businesses and tourists as well as native wildlife.

 

Requested amount:                       $25,000

Panel recommended amount:      $25,000

Issues:

A review of the Environmental Levy Policy was presented to Council at its 8 August meeting with the draft revised Environmental Levy Policy currently on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.  A post-exhibition report is to be brought to Council in October.

Options:

The options available to Council in relation to the recommended additional projects for the 2019/2020 ELGP are:

 

1.    Adopt the recommendation provided to Council by the Environmental Levy Grants Program Panel;

2.    Amend the recommendations provided to Council and then adopt; or

3.    Reject the recommendations provided to Council.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

The Environmental Levy (EL) Program funds a combination of major Council strategic projects and initiatives and community based projects, which collectively deliver on the environmental objectives in the MyCoffs Community Strategic 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 aligns with MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan theme - A natural environment sustained for the future.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The EL Program is funded through a special rate. A 25% pool has been allocated for the Environmental Levy Grants Program.  The EL Program funds environmental projects that would not otherwise be undertaken within Council’s operational funding.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Under the Environmental Levy Policy, the allocation of funds to the EL Major Strategic Projects and Programs and the ELGP has been calculated from an analysis of past allocations.

 

It is budgeted that $1,458,812 will be available for the EL Program in 2019/2020.  This includes income from the 2019/2020 EL Special Rate and a contribution from the Water Fund of $100,000 towards waterway health and rehabilitation works.

 

As the EGLP pool for 2019/2020 has been previously allocated, the two recommended projects in this instance will need to be funded from unspent funds from the EL Major Strategic Projects pool.

Risk Analysis:

Each of the projects has individual risk profiles which will be considered by the project owners.

Consultation:

The ELGP panel which currently includes a Councillor as Chair, two community representatives, a Council staff member and an interagency member is an advisory panel.  The panel met on 12 and 19 August 2019 to consider the submissions and to recommend the projects for the current program.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The ELGP panel reviews all eligible submissions. Assessment of submissions is undertaken in accordance with Council’s Environmental Levy Policy, which states that submissions are scored on the following criteria:

 

·     protect and/or rehabilitate the natural environment;

·     strategic integration;

·     generate a community benefit and be community-based;

·     provide potential to attract outside funding sources; and

·     improve aesthetic quality of our natural environment and / or raise community awareness or education.

 

To be eligible submissions must:

 

·     address one or more identified key strategies in the Council’s MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan (‘A natural environment sustained for the future’ theme); and

·     work on private land must prove a 'public benefit' rather than only benefiting an individual or group.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Successful applicants will be notified in writing in September after the additions to the 2019/2020 ELGP are formally adopted by Council.

Conclusion:

This report provides Council with two additional recommended projects for the 2019/2020 ELGP for consideration and approval.

 

  


SC19/45       Planning Proposal – Review of Height and Built Form Controls within the Coffs Harbour City Centre – Post-Exhibition

Author:                        Planner / Urban Designer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              ATT1  SC19/45   Planning Proposal PP_2018_Coffs_003_00 (Amend Height and Built Form Controls of LEP 2013 within the Coffs Harbour Central Business District) - V5 Post-Exhibition 

ATT2  SC19/45   Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment No 11 (CBD Height Review)

ATT3  SC19/45   Gateway Determination / Alteration of Gateway Determination

ATT4  SC19/45   CONFIDENTIAL Public Submissions

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(e) of the Local Government Act as it contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.

ATT5  SC19/45   Agency Submissions  

 

Executive Summary

At its Ordinary Meeting of 11 October 2018, Council resolved to support a planning proposal (PP_2018_COFFS_003_00) to amend the height and built form controls that apply to land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre in accordance with a building heights urban design review. At its Ordinary Meeting of 9 May 2019, Council considered a revision of that planning proposal, to include additional land in response to submissions made during the public exhibition process.

Public exhibition of the revised planning proposal and draft Development Control Plan amendment took place from 3 to 31 July 2019. The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the outcomes of this public exhibition process and to seek endorsement of Planning Proposal V5 Post Exhibition (PP_2018_COFFS_003_00) to amend the height and built form controls that apply to land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre (Attachment 1) and Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 – Amendment No. 11 (CBD Height Review) (Attachment 2).

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.   Endorse Planning Proposal PP_2018_COFFS_003_00 (Amend Height and Built Form Controls of Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 within Coffs Harbour Central Business District) – V5 Post-Exhibition (Attachment 1).

2.   Delegate to the General Manager the authority issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to exercise the functions of the Minister under Section 3.36 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the purposes of finalising Planning Proposal PP_2018_COFFS_003_00 - V5 Post-Exhibition.

3.   Continue to consult with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on the terms of the amendment to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013, to ensure its consistency with the objectives, outcomes and provisions of Planning Proposal PP_2018_COFFS_003_00 - V5 Post-Exhibition.

4.   Endorse Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 - Amendment No. 11 (CBD Height Review) (Attachment 2), which will come into effect when the corresponding changes to Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 are made.

5.   Inform all parties who made submissions to draft Planning Proposal PP_2018_COFFS_003_00 and draft Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment Number 11 (CBD Height Review), as well as affected landowners of Council’s decision.

 

Report

Description of Item:

At its Ordinary Meeting of 11 October 2018, Council resolved to support a planning proposal (PP_2018_COFFS_003_00) to amend the height and built form controls that apply to land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre in accordance with a building heights urban design review.

At its Ordinary Meeting of 9 May 2019, Council considered a revision of that planning proposal, to include additional land in response to submissions made during the public exhibition process. At this meeting, it was resolved that Council:

1.       Endorse and forward a revised Planning Proposal (Attachment 1) to NSW Planning and Environment, to amend the Height and Built Form Controls of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 that apply to the Coffs Harbour City Centre, seeking an alteration to the Gateway Determination.

2.       Publicly exhibit a revised Planning Proposal and undertake government agency consultation subject to the terms of the altered Gateway Determination issued by NSW Planning and Environment.

3.       Publicly exhibit a revised draft Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment Number 11 (CBD Height Review) (Attachment 2) concurrently with the revised Planning Proposal.

4.       Note that a further report will be brought back to Council for consideration following public exhibition of the revised Planning Proposal and revised draft Development Control Plan.

In accordance with Item 1 of this resolution, an alteration to the Gateway Determination for PP_2018_COFFS_003_00 was issued by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 27 May 2019 (Attachment 3). The revised planning proposal and draft development control plan were publicly exhibited from 3 to 31 July 2019 in accordance with Items 2 and 3 of this resolution.

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the outcomes of the public exhibition process undertaken in accordance with Item 4 of this resolution and to seek endorsement of Planning Proposal (PP_2018_COFFS_003_00) V5 Post Exhibition (Attachment 1) and Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 – Amendment No. 11 (CBD Height Review) (Attachment 2).

Issues:

At the conclusion of the public exhibition process for the revised planning proposal, one public submission and three Government Agency submissions were received by Council (Attachments 4 and 5).

·    Public Submission

The single public submission made to the revised planning proposal supports the proposed policy changes by Council, but notes that any changes to building heights should be available to all landholders within the Coffs Harbour City Centre. In this submission the author also states that they do not want future development of their land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre to be limited by the policy changes, and conversely they do not want their land to be adversely affected by future multi storey development in the Coffs Harbour City Centre.

The Final Report on the Coffs Harbour CBD Review of Height and Built Form Controls, which informed the initial Planning Proposal, identified a ‘core area’ within the Coffs Harbour Central Business District (CBD), that would benefit from an uplift in building heights and floor space ratios (refer Figure 1). The initial planning proposal primarily sought to increase building heights to 44m and floor space ratios to 4.5:1 within a ‘core area’ of the Coffs Harbour CBD that was unlikely to result in land use conflicts.

To address issues raised by submissions to the initial planning proposal, the planning proposal was revised to include additional land to the north of the ‘core area’ (refer hatched area in Figure 1). An increase in building heights to 44m and floor space ratios to 4.5:1 have been applied to this additional area. Controls have also been included to protect public open space and general amenity within the additional area.

Figure 1 Area Subject to the Revised Planning Proposal

 

The entire Coffs Harbour CBD has not been included in the revised planning proposal to minimise land use conflicts for adjoining residential land uses. The merits of including the additional land (as shown hatched in Figure 1) is discussed in more detail in the planning proposal (Attachment 1) and in a previous report to Council on this matter on 9 May 2019.

·    Agency Submissions

None of the Government agency submissions raise any objections to the revised Planning Proposal.

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (Biodiversity and Conservation Division) notes that some land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre is subject to flood hazard. It is, however further clarified by this agency that Council has existing flood planning controls that can be used to minimise associated risk from a flood perspective.

NSW Transport (Roads and Maritime Services) has advised Council that the issues raised by the agency in their feedback on the initial planning proposal still stand. This earlier feedback recommends that Council strategically examines the potential impacts on transport and infrastructure that would result from higher densities within the City Centre, including potential impacts on the Pacific Highway and local road network in context with the proposed bypass.

Council is currently updating its Local Growth Management Strategy and is separately preparing a people and movement transport strategy for Coffs Harbour. The increase in densities within the Coffs Harbour City Centre that may result from the planning proposal is being considered as part of the development of such strategies to ensure that the transport network is able to cater for the projected growth and to ensure that appropriate infrastructure is in place to service future development.

Options:

Council has a number of options available in relation to this matter. They include:

1.   Resolve to adopt the recommendations of this report.

2.   Resolve to undertake an alternative approach.

3.   Resolve not to adopt the recommendations of this report.

Option 1 is recommended as the suitable course of action.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

The recommendations contained within this report are unlikely to result in adverse environmental impacts. Future development applications for land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre will consider site specific environmental matters.

•     Social

Social sustainability issues are addressed in the planning proposal (Attachment 1). The planning proposal and development control plan amendment aim to ensure that future development within the Coffs Harbour City Centre provides quality built form outcomes; retains appropriate solar access to key public spaces; and minimises amenity/visual impacts.

•     Civic Leadership

The planning proposal supports the vision and objectives of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan by assisting to attract people to work, live and visit in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area by the creation of liveable spaces that are beautiful and appealing and by facilitating development that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The planning proposal aims to facilitate economic growth within the Coffs Harbour City Centre and meet the demographic needs for the residents within the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area. In this regard, broad economic implications from the proposed policy changes are likely to be positive.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

The recommendations contained within this report are unlikely to impact on Council’s Delivery Program or Operational Plan. The local environmental plan and development control plan amendment process is being undertaken as a business as usual process.

Risk Analysis:

By not proceeding with the recommendations contained within this report, significant economic growth may not be realised and poor development and public realm outcomes may occur within the Coffs Harbour City Centre. The two public exhibition processes undertaken for the planning proposal have assisted in reducing Council’s risk.

Consultation:

The community, relevant Government agencies and key stakeholders within the Coffs Harbour City Centre have been consulted during two public exhibition process for the planning proposal. The revised planning proposal and draft development control plan were publicly exhibited from 3 to 31 July 2019. Issues raised by submissions made to the revised planning proposal have been addressed in the issues section of this report. No objections were made to the proposed policy changes.

Place Score

In early 2019, Council undertook extensive community consultation using the Place Score place-making tool. The 2019 Place Score report was presented to Council on 11 April 2019.

The Coffs Harbour City Centre received a Place Score of 62, which is significantly below the NSW average of 72 for liveability. The lowest rated neighbourhood attributes for the City Centre include a lack of unusual or unique buildings and/or public space design; a lack of local employment opportunities; and a lack of local history, historic buildings or features.

The proposed changes to Council’s local planning controls contained within the revised planning proposal will assist in facilitating economic growth and additional employment opportunities within the Coffs Harbour City Centre; and aim to ensure that future development provides quality built form and public realm outcomes.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

Relevant policies and statutory documents have been considered in the preparation of the planning proposal and development control plan amendment, including Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation 2000; North Coast Regional Plan 2036; Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy; MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan; Coffs Harbour City Centre Masterplan 2031; Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 and Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015.

Implementation Date / Priority:

Following endorsement by Council of the planning proposal, amendments to Council’s local planning controls will occur upon the making of the local environmental plan. These timeframes are subject to internal processes within NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Conclusion:

The purpose of this report is to seek endorsement of a planning proposal (and associated development control plan amendments) to amend the height and built form controls that apply to land within the Coffs Harbour City Centre (PP_2018_COFFS_003_00).

The proposed policy changes are supported by an extensive review process that demonstrates that an increase in the maximum height of buildings and an increase to the floor space ratio controls within the Coffs Harbour City Centre can be achieved without impacting on the amenity of key public spaces, provided that a combination of location planning controls are used to protect solar access and human scale.

 


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SC19/46       Development Application No. 0698/19 - Telecommunications Facility - Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East

Author:                        Development Assessment Officer

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              ATT1  SC19/46   Att1 Development Application No. 0698/19 - S4.15 Evaluation Report

ATT2  SC19/46   Att2 Development Application No. 0698/19 - Plans

ATT3  SC19/46   Att3 Development Application No. 0698/19 - Draft Conditions  

      

 

 

Executive Summary

This report provides an assessment of Development Application No. 0698/19 for a Telecommunications Facility at Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East.

At its meeting of 12 October 2017, Council adopted the ‘Development Applications - Consideration by Council Policy’, which outlined:

That development applications for approval involving substantial aspects of the following elements be referred to Council for determination:

-     Significant public interest and community input;

-     A proposed variation to the Local Environmental Plan that varies from the development standard by more than 10%;

-     Significant land use; and

-     Major environmental issues.

The development application is reported to Council for determination because it proposes to vary a development standard (height) in the Local Environmental Plan by more than 10%.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Support the request to vary a development standard made pursuant to Clause 4.6 of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 for the variation to the building height control under Clause 4.3 Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 in this particular case.

2.       Approve Development Application No. 0698/19 for a Telecommunications Facility at Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East subject to the conditions provided in Attachment 3.

 

REPORT:

Applicant:

AXICOM

Land:

Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive Boambee East

Zone:

IN1 – General Industrial & E2 Environmental Conservation

Description:

Telecommunications Facility

Description of Item:

•     The Site

The site is known as Lot 131, DP 530110, 1 Hamilton Drive, Boambee East. The site is located at the northern end of Hamilton Drive and is bound by Boambee Creek to the north and east. The allotment is irregular in shape and the topography of the site is relatively flat.  Access to the site is from Hamilton Drive.

Figure 1: Aerial of the subject site highlighted above in yellow. Source: Council internal mapping system 2018.

The subject site currently accommodates a vacant free-standing factory and several industrial outbuildings that were associated with the previous operation at the site (WE Smith Engineering). The site is predominantly disturbed with sparse mature vegetation located along the boundary to the creek. Immediately to the south of the site is a landscape supplies centre known as MI Organics.

The site is bound by Boambee Creek to the west which continues along the northern boundary then due east. On the other side of Boambee Creek (due west) approximately 350m from the site is the Pacific Highway

The site is predominantly zoned IN1 General Industrial and partially zoned E2 Environmental Conservation along its boundary to Boambee Creek. Surrounding the site in the greater context is remnant vegetation that is zoned E2 Environmental Conservation. Further to the south of the site is the suburb of Boambee East that is zoned R2 Low Density Residential.

•     The Development

It is proposed to construct a telecommunications facility, located towards the northwestern part of the site in an area that is cleared from vegetation.

The location is setback approximately 50m from the western boundary and 290m from the southern boundary.

The proposed telecommunications facility involves the following components:

-     30m monopole;

-     Installation of three aerials on top of the monopole;

-     Installation of one equipment cabinet, mounted on a raised platform; and

-     Installation of ancillary equipment associated with the operation and safety of the facility, including remote radio units on the pole and electricity cabling and conduits at ground level.

The telecommunications facility will have a total height of 32.3 metres above the existing ground level.

The closest residential area is located approximately 550 metres to the south from the proposed location for the telecommunications facility.

The Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) is commonwealth legislation that provides the regulatory framework for telecommuncation providers.  As the proposed development does not meet the criteria outlined under Schedule 3 of the Telecommunications Act, approval is required under NSW state legislation with Council being the consent authority.

 

Issues:

The main assessment issues for the proposed development are:

-     the exceedance of the Height of Buildings control (Clause 4.3) of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013.

A written request pursuant to clause 4.6 has been received from the applicant for consideration of a variation to the height of buildings development standard.  This matter is considered in detail in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

 

Options:

1.   Adopt the recommendation thereby granting approval to the application, subject to conditions.

2.   Refuse the application and list reasons for refusal.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

A complete assessment of potential environmental impacts is provided in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

•     Social

A complete assessment of potential social impacts is provided in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

•     Civic Leadership

The proposed development is considered to be consistent with the ‘MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan’ particularly the ‘A Place for Community’ theme, which requires amongst other things that development occur in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The proposed development is not expected to result in any significant broader economic implications.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

There are no implications for Council’s Delivery Program/adopted Operational Plan.

Risk Analysis:

A risk analysis has been undertaken and it is considered that approval of the development application as recommended, does not pose a significant risk to Council.

Consultation:

The development was advertised and notified in accordance with the requirements of Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015 for a period of 14 days. No submissions were received.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The statutory instruments relevant to the development include the following:

-    Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013

-    Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015

-     State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007

-     State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land

-     State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018

Implementation Date / Priority:

In the event that Council adopts the recommendation, a formal notice of determination will be issued for the development application. A formal notice of determination is valid for five years and the applicant can act on the development consent at any time within that period, subject to meeting any relevant conditions of the consent.

Conclusion:

A comprehensive assessment of the application has been undertaken in accordance with all statutory requirements and it is recommended that the application be approved subject to a number of standard conditions (Attachment 3).

 

 


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SC19/47       Development Application No. 0501/19 - Rural Dual Occupancy (Detached), Shed and Swimming Pool - Lot 10, DP 1140008, 171B Mackays Road, Coffs Harbour

Author:                        Development Assessment Coordinator

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      C.1 Liveable neighbourhoods with a defined identity

Attachments:              ATT1  SC19/47   Development Application 0501/19 - S4.15 Evaluation Report 

ATT2  SC19/47   Development Application 0501/19 - Plans

ATT3  SC19/47   Development Application 0501/19 - Draft Conditions  

      

 

 

Executive Summary

This report provides an assessment of Development Application No. 0501/19 for a Rural Dual Occupancy (detached) at Lot 10, DP 1140008, 171B Mackays Road, Coffs Harbour.

At its meeting of 12 October 2017, Council adopted the ‘Development Applications - Consideration by Council Policy’, which outlined:

That development applications for approval involving substantial aspects of the following elements be referred to Council for determination:

-     Significant public interest and community input;

-     A proposed variation to the Local Environmental Plan that varies from the development standard by more than 10%;

-     Significant land use; and

-     Major environmental issues.

The development application is reported to Council for determination because it proposes to vary a development standard in the Local Environmental Plan by more than 10%.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Support the request to vary a development standard made pursuant to Clause 4.6 of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 for the variation to the separation distance for rural dual occupancies under Clause 4.2E of Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 in this particular case.

2.       Approve Development Application No. 0501/19 for a Rural Dual Occupancy (Detached), Shed and Swimming Pool at Lot 10, DP 1140008, 171B Mackays Road, Coffs Harbour subject to the conditions provided in Attachment 3.

 

REPORT:

Applicant:

Mr Josh Stokes, C/- Toscan Homes

Land:

Lot 10, DP 1140008, No. 171B Mackays Road Coffs Harbour

Zone:

RU2 and E2

Description:

Rural Dual Occupancy (Detached), Shed and Swimming Pool

Description of Item:

•     The Site

The site is a rural property with an area of 3.81ha that contains a dwelling and machinery shed (constructed in 2009), with access via a right of carriageway off Mackays Road. The land was originally cleared for a banana plantation, but is now used as a residential property. There is currently no primary production and no intention for there to be any primary production on the land. The directly adjoining property to the east is owned by the applicant and the land to the south has been acquired by the RMS for the future highway. 

•     The Development

The proposal involves construction of a new dwelling, shed and swimming pool in the area highlighted in red on the above locality plan. The proposed building area has been cleared and a level building pad has been constructed. The new dwelling will result in a second dwelling which constitutes a detached rural dual occupancy.

Issues:

Council recently amended its LEP to permit the erection of dual occupancies (detached) in the RU2 zone. Several planning controls that govern aspects of the design for dual occupancies were included as development standards in the amendment to the LEP. One of the standards requires that “dwellings will be situated within 50 metres of each other”. In this instance, the DA proposes to construct a new dwelling approximately 120 metres from the existing dwelling.

The objective of the development standard which limits the separation distances between dwellings is to encourage a sharing of infrastructure and allow a continuation of agricultural activities without resulting in land use conflicts. The proponent has requested a variation to the development standard pursuant to Clause 4.6 of the LEP, noting that the location of the dwellings cannot be altered to reasonably comply with the standard. The following justification has been provided by the applicant:

-     The site characteristics which include steep topography, constrained access and bushfire risk from remnant vegetation, do not allow the dwellings to be located within 50m of each other.

-     The proposed location is the only logical and practical location for the new dwelling having regard to the aforementioned site constraints.

-     The land is not currently used and is not intended to be used for primary production purposes and no land use conflicts will result from the development.

It is considered that the proposal development will satisfy the underlying objectives of the standard, by sharing services where practical, without resulting in any land use conflict. The new dwelling will be constructed on a level building pad and will not require any additional vegetation clearing or land disturbance for bushfire protection purposes. In the circumstances, requiring the dwellings to be located within 50m of each other would be a perverse planning outcome resulting in additional vegetation clearing and land disturbance and consequential loss of rural amenity, for no obvious benefit. Additionally, the new dwelling will increase housing stock for accommodation.

These issues are detailed in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

Options:

1.   Adopt the recommendation thereby granting approval to the application, subject to conditions.

2.   Refuse the application and list reasons for refusal.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

A complete assessment of potential environmental impacts is provided in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

•     Social

A complete assessment of potential social impacts is provided in the Section 4.15 Evaluation Report as Attachment 1 to this report.

•     Civic Leadership

The proposed development is considered to be consistent with the ‘MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan’ particularly the ‘A Place for Community’ theme, which requires amongst other things that development occur in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The proposed development is not expected to result in any significant broader economic implications.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

There are no implications for Council’s Delivery Program/adopted Operational Plan.

Risk Analysis:

A risk analysis has been undertaken and it is considered that approval of the development application as recommended, does not pose a significant risk to Council.

Consultation:

The development was not advertised or notified for the following reasons:

-     The proposal involves the construction of a single dwelling on an area of cleared land in an isolated rural locality serviced by a right of carriageway.

-     The directly adjoining land is owned by the applicant and the RMS and the development will have no adverse impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties.

-     The proposal will not adversely affect any current or future agricultural activities or result in any land use conflicts.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

The statutory instruments relevant to the development include the following:

-    State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land

-    Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013;

-    Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2015;

Implementation Date / Priority:

In the event that Council adopts the recommendation, a formal notice of determination will be issued for the development application. A formal notice of determination is valid for five years and the applicant can act on the development consent at any time within that period, subject to meeting any relevant conditions of the consent.

Conclusion:

A comprehensive assessment of the application has been undertaken in accordance with all statutory requirements and it is recommended that the application be approved subject to a number of standard conditions (Attachment 3).

 

 


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SC19/48       Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan - Final

Author:                        Community Venues Specialist

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

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

Attachments:              ATT1  SC19/48   Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan – August 2019

ATT2  SC19/48   CONFIDENTIAL Submissions

Confidential in accordance with Section 10A(2)(e) of the Local Government Act as it contains information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.  

 

Executive Summary

Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 11 April 2019 resolved to endorse draft Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan, and to proceed to public exhibition for 42 days.

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the outcomes of the public exhibition process and to seek endorsement from Council for the final Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan, which has been amended to address issues raised by submissions made during the formal public exhibition process.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Adopts the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan (Attachment 1).

2.       Consider capital improvements outlined in the Masterplan against other funding priorities within future delivery programs.

3.       Notify Council’s decision to those that made a submission to the draft Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan.

 

Report

Description of Item:

Ayrshire Park is located at the corner of Ayrshire Park Drive and Middle Boambee Road at Boambee, approximately 10 kilometres southwest of the Coffs Harbour city centre. The park was created in the early 1980s following the donation of the land by the Hull-Moody family to Coffs Harbour City Council. The park has been developed and managed by the Ayrshire Park Section 355 Facility Management Committee. 

Council, in consultation with the Ayrshire Park Section 355 Facility Management Committee, has prepared the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan (the Masterplan) to guide and coordinate future improvements to the park and associated infrastructure.  The Masterplan is conceptual and does not provide detailed design but aims to enhance utilisation and optimise its overall recreational, environment and visual attributes. The Masterplan outlines future uses (subject to resourcing and detailed design) including spectator seating, storage areas, improved car parking, exercise equipment stations, walking paths, picnic tables, children’s playground, facility improvements plus landscaping and riparian improvements.

Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 11 April 2019, resolved:

That Council:

1.    Endorse and publicly exhibit the Draft Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan (Attachment 1) for a minimum period of 42 days.

2.    Consider a further report outlining the outcomes of the public exhibition period.

In accordance with Item 1 of that resolution, the draft Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan was placed on public exhibition from 11 April 2019 to 28 May 2019.

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the outcomes of the public exhibition process and to seek endorsement from Council for the final Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan (Attachment 1) that has been amended to address issues raised by submissions made during the formal exhibition process.

Issues:

Council received 18 submissions from community members and stakeholders.  Council staff were consulted and provided advice.

The majority of the submissions received through the exhibition period were in support of the Masterplan and highlighted specific areas of concerns and focus.  The full details of these submissions have been included as Confidential Submissions (Attachment 2) and are summarised below.

Car parking - Five submissions were associated with car parking including safety and the number of car parks available.

Cycling and footpaths - Two submissions recommended extending the walking paths or providing increased hard surfaced areas to provide additional safe walking and riding surfaces for children.  Two submissions raised concerns about existing pedestrian safety along Middle Boambee Road for local residents accessing the park.

Community use - One submission raised concerns about too much focus on sporting aspects of the park with not enough focus on leisure/community facilities and activities.

Planting and vegetation - One submission recommended avoiding planting large trees around sporting fields to avoid possible root penetration and hindering grass growth.  One submission provided feedback on the types of species used for additional planting and concerns around tree pruning or removal.

Lighting – One submission identified a possible issue with light spillage into residential properties from the proposed replacement lighting.

Safety/CCTV – Two submissions raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the carpark

Fencing – One submission recommended repairing the boundary along the eastern side of the park.

Priorities - Various recommendations were made about possible changes to the Implementation Priorities Plan.

Council staff have reviewed submissions and recommend the following in response:

-     Capital improvements outlined in the Masterplan will need to be considered against other funding and resourcing priorities within the delivery program.

-     Amendments have been made to the Masterplan to extend the walking paths to provide additional walking and riding surfaces in the park, slightly reduce the size of the storage compound and modify the location of the exercise stations.

-     The Implementation Priorities Plan has been reviewed and includes the escalation of car parking to a high priority.

-     The car park is subject to the detailed design process and will be project managed with relevant Council staff to meet Australian Standards.

-     Additional parking along Middle Boambee Road is not supported by relevant Council staff due to safety concerns.

-     Planning and installation of any lighting upgrades will consider solutions and options to reduce light spillage into residential properties.

-     Ayrshire Park is listed as a recreational facility included in Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sportsground Plan of Management and any additional development must take into consideration the primary purpose of the space as a sporting facility.  The hire of the sporting fields at this time is the primary source of income for the Section 355 Facility Management Committee.

-     The Masterplan provides significant improvements to enhance the recreational and community use attributes of Ayrshire Park for the Boambee community.

-     Limited taller tree planting will be strategically placed to complement existing tall trees and enhance the amenity and environmental value of Ayrshire Park. Appropriate mitigation will be included to alleviate potential root damage.

-     Plant species identified in the Masterplan are indicative only. Any planting, tree pruning or removal will be undertaken in conjunction with relevant Council staff as per the Section 355 Management Committee Terms of Reference.

-     CCTV has been included as a future consideration in the detailed design of a new main amenities area to discourage anti-social behaviour.

-     The fencing on the eastern boundary has been referred to the Section 355 Management Committee as an operational concern.

Comments that were identified within the submissions that were not directly related to the Masterplan have been referred to relevant Council staff for further consideration.

Options:

Considering the issues raised from internal and external stakeholders, the options available to Council are:

Option 1:    Adopt the recommendation provided to Council. This would result in the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan being adopted with minor changes consistent with the majority of submissions received. This option is responsive to community expectation.

Option 2:    Reject the recommendation to adopt the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan.

This option is considered undesirable, the risks associated include disorderly development and reduced capacity to raise revenue.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

The Masterplan is recommending a number of measures to improve environmental outcomes within the park including the restoration of the riparian corridor along the Boambee Creek section of the park.

The consultation period included collaboration with relevant Council staff who are supportive of the Masterplan subject to a detailed design phase for the projects as required.

•     Social

Currently Ayrshire Park has limited facilities to attract leisure and community participation. The Masterplan provides for formal active play opportunities through a playground, exercise stations and safe pedestrian and cycle paths as well as meeting places with seating and access to nature.

The Masterplan recognises the significant social and community value the park holds for the local Boambee community and is proposing a range of measures to enhance these values. The Masterplan actions, if implemented, will increase opportunities for the Boambee neighbourhood to develop an increased sense of identity through providing additional uses for the park fostering a people-friendly and liveable environment.

•     Civic Leadership

The Masterplan works towards achieving the following objectives within the My Coffs Community Strategic Plan:

-     We foster a sense of community, belonging, and diversity (A1.2)

-     We support our community to lead healthy active lives (A2.1)

-     We cultivate a safe community (A2.4)

-     We create liveable spaces that are beautiful and appealing (C1.1)

-     We undertake development that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible (C1.2)

-     We protect the diversity of our natural environment (C2.1)

-     We undertake effective engagement and are informed (D2.1)

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The Masterplan has no broader economic implications.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

Capital improvements outlined in the Masterplan will need to be considered against other funding and resourcing priorities within the delivery program, grant applications and other fundraising opportunities.

Risk Analysis:

Overall it is considered that the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan presents minimal risks and if implemented will help mitigate some of the safety concerns raised. The consultation process indicates that the Masterplan is generally accepted by the Boambee community.

Consultation:

The detailed feedback received during the public exhibition period is included as Confidential Submissions (Attachment 2).

The Draft Masterplan was placed on public exhibition from 19 April to 28 May 2019. During this time Council staff and the Ayrshire Park Section 355 Facility Management Committee communicated to the community through a media release, social media posts, direct email contact with identified key stakeholders, letter drops to residents near Ayrshire Park, signage at the park and in the Middle Boambee area, Council’s Have Your Say website and an on-site consultation session.

The primary form of feedback was through Council’s Have Your Say Website which allowed for the community to download the draft Masterplan and provide submissions and feedback. A total of 323 persons visited the Have Your Say page and 18 submissions were received.

An on-site consultation event was held at Ayrshire Park Saturday 11 May 2019 which targeted neighbouring properties with 11 community members participating. Members from the local soccer club also participated.

Overall feedback was generally in support of the Masterplan. Respondents mostly offered general views or suggestions in respect to various elements of the plan that were of particular interest to them.  One submission was not supportive and one was not relevant to the Ayrshire Park site.

As a part of the engagement process Council staff provided comment, recommended changes and advice to responses received through the public exhibition process. Key areas identified included the need for Council staff to be involved in the detailed planning of individual projects and approve both additional planting and removal of vegetation to minimise conflict with existing and new infrastructure and facilities.

No insurmountable issues were identified from the community or Council staff feedback that are considered to have cause to delay or alter the adoption of the masterplan.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

-     MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan

-     Coffs Harbour City Council Sportsground Plan of Management

-     Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan 2016

-     Open Space Strategy 2010

Implementation Date / Priority:

Progression of the projects identified in the Implementation Priorities Plan are subject to detailed design, approvals, resources being available and confirmed.

Conclusion:

Based on the feedback, a number of suggestions have been incorporated in the final Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan. 

It is recommended that the Ayrshire Park Boambee Masterplan is adopted.

 


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SC19/49       Inclusive Access at Jetty Beach

Author:                        Section Leader Community Programs

Authoriser:                  Director Sustainable Communities

MyCoffs:                      A.1 A vibrant and inclusive place

Attachments:              ATT1  SC19/49   Inclusive Beach Access - Issues and Options Paper  

 

Executive Summary

This report is provided in response to Notice of Motion (NOM) 18/23 in which Council resolved at its meeting on 22 November 2018:

That Council:

1.    Note that the Access Advisory Committee is seeking the provision of inclusive access at Jetty Beach, including:

a)    Some level of lifeguard service;

b)    A portable mat designed to facilitate wheeled access to the water;

c)    Access to a public speciality wheelchair for use on water, specifically the Hippocampe style, and

d)    Access to a public child-sized Hippocampe style chair.

2.    Prepare a report on the logistics of providing inclusive access at Jetty Beach.

3.    Develop a plan for reaching the objective of providing fully accessible beach access at Jetty Beach and / or any other beach.

Accordingly, Council undertook a project to investigate the provision of inclusive access at Jetty Beach by engaging a local consultancy to undertake the necessary research, stakeholder engagement and initial logistic planning. This work was conducted over the period March-June 2019, in conjunction with a project to develop a Draft Lifeguard Services Strategic Plan, resulting in the development of an Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper (Attachment 1).

In summary, Jetty Beach was found to be the most suitable location for provision of inclusive beach access facilities in the short-term.  A number of benefits, resourcing and implementation considerations have been identified.

 

Recommendation:

That Council:

1.       Note the attached Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper.

2.       Confirm Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour, as the priority for development of inclusive beach access facilities in the LGA.

3.       Consider the allocation of $85,000 at the next Quarterly Budget Review to enable the progression of the Implementation Plan in 2019/20 as outlined in the Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper, including the pilot lifeguard patrol at Jetty Beach over the Peak Summer period, procurement and installation of a Mobi-mat for this location, procurement of two additional Hippocampe type beach wheelchairs and make these available for hire.

4.       Report back to Council on the results of the Jetty Beach pilot lifeguard patrol and installation of Inclusive Beach Access service.

 

Report

Description of Item:

This report is in response to Notice of Motion (NOM) 18/23 in which Council resolved at its meeting on 22 November 2018:

That Council:

1.    Note that the Access Advisory Committee is seeking the provision of inclusive access at Jetty Beach, including:

a)    Some level of lifeguard service;

b)    A portable mat designed to facilitate wheeled access to the water;

c)    Access to a public speciality wheelchair for use on water, specifically the Hippocampe style, and

d)    Access to a public child-sized Hippocampe style chair.

2.    Prepare a report on the logistics of providing inclusive access at Jetty Beach.

3.    Develop a plan for reaching the objective of providing fully accessible beach access at Jetty Beach and / or any other beach.

Accordingly, Council undertook a project to investigate the provision of inclusive access at Jetty Beach by engaging a local consultancy to undertake the necessary research, stakeholder engagement and initial logistic planning. This work was conducted over the period March-June 2019, in conjunction with a project to develop a Draft Lifeguard Services Strategic Plan, resulting in the development of an Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper. This Paper is attached to this report and contains the following information:

-     Overview of current situation and service provision;

-     Key issues – including lifeguard service, beach access mat, specialty wheelchair access, and other location opportunities for inclusive beach access; and

-     Implementation considerations and steps, including resources required.

The related Draft Lifeguard Services Strategic Plan will be the subject of a future report to Council.

This report and the attached Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper also supports Council’s adopted Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 (DIAP), that includes the requirement to:

Review beach access for people with mobility issues including the use of beach wheelchairs and beach mats and provide recommendations for improved access.

Jetty Beach was found to be the most suitable location for provision of inclusive beach access facilities in the short-term and a number of benefits have been identified to support this service development.

Additional resourcing is required if Council wishes to establish, operate and maintain the Inclusive Beach Access service and facilities.

Issues:

Beach Patrol Services

Beach patrol services in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA) are currently provided by a combination of Council lifeguard services and Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) at specific locations over different periods of time. Park Beach is patrolled every day of the year, whereas other patrols only operate during surf season (September-April), school holidays during the Surf Season or over Peak Summer (27 December to 26 January). The current patrolled beach locations are listed below:

-     Darlington/Lorikeet (contracted service)

-     Diggers Beach

-     Emerald Beach

-     Park Beach

-     Red Rock

-     Sawtell Beach

-     Woolgoolga Beach

These beach patrol services include provision of a supervised flagged beach area, rescue response, first aid and communication facilities by trained and qualified staff and/or volunteers.

The Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour is not currently patrolled. Provision of a patrol in this location would require either the reallocation of resources or additional resources provided to the Council Lifeguard Service. There is no SLSC in this specific location and the Coffs Harbour SLSC has indicated that it does not have the capacity to extend its patrol program (SLSC currently patrol Park Beach in conjunction with Council Lifeguards).

The Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper recommends a pilot consisting of a daily lifeguard beach patrol at Jetty Beach during the Peak Summer period. In addition to the normal duties undertaken by lifeguards, this patrol could also deploy and manage a beach mat and administer access to available beach wheelchairs.

Additional Benefits and Resourcing Required

Additional benefits of a Jetty Beach lifeguard patrol during the Peak Summer period include the potential to periodically survey and if necessary provide a timely response to incidents at the North Wall beach (South Park Beach), a known hotspot for surf-related incidents due to strong rips that often form in this area.

The estimated cost of providing a daily lifeguard patrol at Jetty Beach during the Peak Summer period, including initial setup costs for the 2019/20 year is $45,000.

Infrastructure and Equipment - Beach Mat and Wheelchairs

Council’s recent infrastructure development at the Northern end of the Jetty Foreshores has included a number of inclusive access features such as improved accessible parking, amenities including a Changing Place, pathways and boardwalks and an accessible ramp to the beach.

Beach Mat

Special beach mats can be utilised to assist people with mobility issues, especially those requiring wheeled access, to move across soft sand. A product called the Mobi-mat was identified in the Council resolution of 22 November 2018 and is in use at other beach locations in Australia. This mat can be rolled up and placed in storage when not in use and can be deployed via a portable roller device or towed by a vehicle. The Paper confirms its suitability for the Jetty Beach location and as it is portable, it could be deployed elsewhere if necessary.

Storage is a consideration and would need to be secured. Should a pilot lifeguard patrol be established at Jetty Beach over the Peak Summer period, it is proposed to incorporate the deployment of the beach mat into the daily setup and pack down for that patrol.

Other options for the deployment of the beach mat include using other operational sections of Council, contractors, community groups or possible lease arrangements. These options would need further investigation, however they offer alternatives especially during other times of the year and could include an on-demand/booking arrangement. This could possibly include a small fee which in some circumstances might be able to be reimbursed through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Investigation into longer-term fixed (hard) infrastructure for inclusive access to the water’s edge at Jetty Beach could also be considered by Council. 

The cost of the beach mat equipment suitable for Jetty Beach is estimated to be around $25,000 if purchased during 2019/20.

Beach Wheelchairs

Council currently provides two beach wheelchairs for hire, one is located at Park Beach and the other in Woolgoolga. Council lifeguards manage access to these chairs, assisted by the Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park staff in that location. These wheelchairs are available for hire at no charge for up to a week at a time, meaning that they are not always available at the time of need. Both are the same type of beach wheelchair and although these assist in access across soft sand to the water, they are not particularly well suited to water use.

The Hippocampe style chair is seen as a more versatile version of Council's beach access chairs, and they are available in different sizes. The Yacht Club currently has a Hippocampe chair available for community access.

Should a Jetty Beach patrol be established, the Yacht Club has indicated it may be agreeable to making their chair available for casual on-demand use on-site. The Issues & Options Paper supports the previous suggestion of Council to obtain an additional two Hippocampe chairs in other sizes, including one suitable for children. These could be procured in a phased approach in response to demand. The priority would be to make them available for short-term/casual hire via the proposed Peak Summer Jetty Beach patrol.

The Hippocampe beach wheelchairs are estimated to cost around $6,000-$7,000 each in 2019/20.

Locations

Jetty Beach is considered to be the most suitable location for developing  inclusive access facilities as there are limited opportunities for other accessible beach locations as described below.

-     The majority of open beach locations are subject to coastal erosion impacts, meaning that any infrastructure such as ramps are difficult to install and maintain in these conditions;

-     Many locations are comparatively isolated and catering to much smaller visitation when compared with Jetty Beach;

-     The recently adopted Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Concept Design provides some opportunities in the detailed design and implementation stages to follow; and

-     River and creek locations can provide access, albeit these are unpatrolled and there are limited opportunities to facilitate use of equipment in these areas.

Utilisation of Inclusive Beach Access Facilities

Developing greater inclusive access to Jetty Beach with supporting facilities and a level of lifeguard service has the potential to attract greater inclusive tourism opportunities. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 6.2% of the population in the Coffs Harbour LGA in 2016 reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability. With a growing and ageing population it is expected that demand for accessible facilities, including for those with impaired mobility will only increase.

Options:

There are four options available to Council:

1.   Do nothing – this option is not recommended as it does not align with Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan or the objectives within the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan. Inclusive tourism opportunities could be potentially limited if this option is selected.

2.   Implement a pilot service at the Jetty Beach over the Peak Summer period in 2019/20 subject to funding confirmation at the next Quarterly Budget Review - this option relies on available funding to be identified within the existing Operational Plan and 2019/20 budget and allocated to this project.

3.   Implement a pilot service at the Jetty Beach over the Peak Summer period in 2019/20 subject to cutting an existing beach service - this option relies on a redistribution of funding for the existing lifeguard service within the existing Operational Plan.

4.   Defer the pilot service at the Jetty Beach until 2020/21 and seek funding through the 2020/21 budget bid process for the project. Short-term community and inclusive tourism benefits may not be realised for 12 months.

Sustainability Assessment:

•     Environment

There are no perceived environmental impacts associated with this report. The Mobi-mat identified in the previous resolution of Council and also within the attached Issues and Options Paper is portable infrastructure that is temporarily installed over soft sand across identified pedestrian access paths and is made from 100% Recycled Polyester.

•     Social

Inclusion reduces disadvantage, isolation and discrimination. It has positive impacts across all aspects of life, including health, welfare, education and employment. These impacts are felt beyond the individual, with families and the broader community all being positively impacted by an inclusive society. Inclusive beach access provides for greater access to nature and open spaces, as well as participation in recreational activities and Australian beach culture that is synonymous with the region.

In addition to those who may have access issues, Jetty Beach has also been identified as an ideal location for a number of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members who might otherwise be unfamiliar with Australian surf conditions or not have the confidence or ability to enjoy open ocean beaches in the LGA.

•     Civic Leadership

Provision of inclusive beach access facilities demonstrates Council’s commitment in implementing its Disability Inclusion Action Plan. It also supports the following MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan objectives:

-     We foster a sense of community, belonging, and diversity (A1.2)

-     We support our community to lead healthy active lives (A2.1)

-     We facilitate positive ageing (A2.2)

-     We nurture mental health, wellbeing and social connection (A2.3)

-     We cultivate a safe community (A2.4)

-     We effectively manage the planning and provision of regional public services and infrastructure (D2.1)

•     Economic – Broader Economic Implications

The inclusive tourism opportunities identified in the Issues section of this report could result in an increase in activity in the local visitor economy.

•     Economic - Delivery Program/Operational Plan Implications

There is no provision with Council’s current adopted Delivery Program and Operational Plan for the provision of the inclusive beach access facilities, including the proposed Peak Summer Jetty Beach lifeguard patrol, outlined in the attached Issues and Options Paper. These items will need to be considered against other funding and resourcing priorities within the delivery program, grant applications and other external funding opportunities.

It is recommended that Council’s internal quarterly budget review process be used to identify possible funding to implement the Jetty Beach inclusive access plan for the 2019/20 Peak Summer period.

The Jetty Beach Pilot Service is estimated at $85,000 as follows:

1.   Jetty Beach Patrol establishment (Peak Summer period), as a pilot:

a.   $10,000 set-up

b.   $35,000 operational costs (ongoing cost if service continued).

2.   Beach access mat (Mobi-mat): $25,000

3.   Hippocampe style beach wheelchairs (adult and child): $15,000

Risk Analysis:

The risks associated with the provision of a beach mat at Jetty Beach and additional beach wheelchairs can be adequately mitigated by operation by trained personnel, using established processes and procedures, and coverage under Council’s insurances. Supervision by the proposed lifeguard patrol further reduces any risks associated with providing this facility. The proposed conduct of a pilot in 2019/20 Peak Summer period allows any operational or other issues to be reviewed and for arrangements to be modified, improved or if necessary withdrawn.

Consultation:

This report and the attached Inclusive Beach Access Issues and Options Paper were developed in consultation with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including Council’s Disability Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee.

Related Policy, Precedents and / or Statutory Requirements:

NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014

Coffs Harbour City Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021

Implementation Date / Priority:

Should the required funding be made available by November 2019, then a pilot project could be implemented over the 2019/20 Peak Summer (27 December to 26 January), assuming availability of identified products from suppliers. If funding for 2019/20 is not available the pilot project would need to be deferred by 12 months for implementation (subject to funding) in the 2020/21 Peak Summer period.

Conclusion:

Jetty Beach is currently the most suitable location identified in the LGA for inclusive beach access. Provision of a beach mat facility at this location supported by a pilot lifeguard patrol service and additional on-site beach wheelchair options is likely to provide both social and tourism benefits to the community and visitors.  These initiatives would assist Council to achieve its objectives within its Disability Inclusion Action Plan and the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

 


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NOM19/11   Jetty Foreshores Ramp - Disabled Access

Attachments:          Nil

 

Motion:

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

"That Council bring back a report exploring the options of a permanent ramp to the North Eastern side of Jetty Foreshores amphitheatre steps which is suitable for disabled access."

 

 

Rationale:

“There is a need for more inclusive access to the Jetty Beach. Many elderly have difficulty in negotiating the high rise steps. Council is currently exploring options to allow beach capable wheelchair sot access the water’s edge via special beach mats.

 

Some issues that would be dealt with if beach mats were deployed include limited access times, mat storage, bookings, set up and removal, trip hazard and the impact of changing tides. A permanent ramp would allow more reliable, inclusive and dignified access for all.

 

There is potential to limit the need for further extensive engineering works by adapting a section of the existing amphitheatre steps or cantilevering from the existing structure on the Eastern side.”

Staff Comment:

A report can be prepared as requested.