Council Briefs - 22 July 2015

Morisset Street Car Park Masterplanning

Queanbeyan City Council has accepted a quote for the preparation of a Master Plan for the Morisset St Carpark. The Master Plan will include a site for a possible cinema complex. Meanwhile Council will commission a feasibility study on options to consolidate its Rutledge St precinct for residential/commercial development.

Googong development

Queanbeyan City Council has paved the way for more residential lots to be released at Googong Township. At its meeting last night Council received and noted a report which outlined amended conditions for releasing a further 196 lots within Neighbourhood 1A at Googong. Council will now consider development applications that coincide with the wet commissioning of the new Googong Recycling Plant, which will process sewage from the township. Wet commissioning means the plant will be able to receive sewage while plant and equipment are tested.  Treated effluent will be stored on site and trucked to a disposal facility in the ACT until effluent meets the required standard for discharge to the environment. Wet commissioning is expected to be in September, with the plant expected to be fully operational in December. As of the end of June, 220 homes have been completed and occupied. There are plans for 5,500 homes to be built at Googong over the next 20 years.

Sports assistance 

Queanbeyan City Council has approved a grant of $300 to Queanbeyan Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club for Tre Williams. Tre, who attends Karabar High School in Queanbeyan, was selected to represent NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association at the 2015 Australian Schoolboy Championships in Wollongong. Council runs a program of community assistance with three categories of Sports and Cultural Arts assistance and General Donations.

Water Meters

Queanbeyan City Council will place the draft Water Meter Size Reassessment Policy on public exhibition for 28 days to seek feedback from community members and local stakeholder groups. The draft policy has been developed to ensure Council has a process in place that allows property owners to apply to review the size requirements for existing water service; that the size of the water meter connected to a property reflects the current demand for water; and that access fees reflect best practice pricing guidance. The draft policy has been developed through the work undertaken by the Rates and Charges Advisory Committee.

Public Forums and Code of Meeting Practice

Questions presented to Queanbeyan City Council via its public forums, which are held on Wednesdays prior to Council meetings, are to be lodged a week prior to the forum under new guidelines agreed to by Council.

Previously the cut off time for questions was the Monday before the forum. This change in deadline will allow Council staff enough time to research and respond to the large number of questions that are often submitted to the public forum by members of the public. Council must now also have answers prepared for the public ready a day before the forum. Council has also agreed to changes to the Code of Meeting practice. Any organisation, group or member of the public wishing to address Council meetings can now register via email, website or by calling the General Manager's office prior to the meeting. Registrations will be accepted until the meeting commences.