Council briefs - 27 May 2015

27 May 2015

April Investment report

Council's investment portfolio continued to perform well in April, taking the year-to-date budget surplus for investments beyond $650,000. According to the April investment report presented to Council this week, Council's investments have returned $658,974 more than budgeted. Council's principal investment amount as at 30 April 2015 was $78.1 million, of which all but $2.2m is held in internally, or externally restricted funds.

Quarterly Budget Review Statement

Council was presented with the March 2015 Quarterly Budget Review Statement at the Council meeting last night. The overall funded result has moved from a deficit position of $96K for the December Quarterly Budget review, to a deficit of $100K for the March Quarterly Budget review. The quarterly reviews are included in the Council meeting business paper for public information and are available on the Thursday afternoon prior to scheduled Council meetings.

Draft Googong plans on exhibition

A draft Section 94 Contributions Plan for the urban release area at Googong is on exhibition for six weeks. The plan will be known as the Queanbeyan City Council – Section 94 Contributions Plan (Googong) 2015. This plan will complement the Googong Urban Development Local Planning Agreement and will be applicable to the urban area of Googong where the landowners are not party to the Local Planning Agreement.

Council has also prepared a draft Development Servicing Plans for the urban release area at Googong. The Queanbeyan City Council – Development Servicing Plans for Water Supply and Sewerage (Googong) 2015 will complement the Googong Local Planning Agreement and will be applicable to the urban area of Googong where the landowners are not party to the Local Planning Agreement. These draft plans are also now on public exhibition for six weeks.

NRL trial match

Following on from the success of the 2014 NRL pre-season trial match at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan City Council has agreed to enter into discussions with the Canberra Raiders for another trial. More than 7,000 spectators attended the February trial match between the Raiders and the Newcastle Knights. Council resolved that if an agreement cannot be reached with the Canberra Raiders regarding a trial match that it will contact other NRL clubs and determine their interest in hosting a trial match at Seiffert Oval.

Sports assistance

Under Council’s Sports Assistance Scheme Queanbeyan’s Jason Aslimoski has been granted $600 to attend the 2015 Grid Iron World Championship in Canton, Ohio, with the Outback Australian Gridiron Team.

Aboriginal youth program

Council has granted the Aboriginal young program, Solid Young Sista’s and Brotha’s $3000 to send a group of 30 young people and 15 adults to participate in the NSW Police and Citizens Youth Clubs Nations of Origin event that will be held at Raymond Terrace in July.

Amendments to Code of Meeting Practice and Public Forum Guidelines Policy

Council has made amendments to its Code of Meeting Practice and Public Forum Guidelines Policy. A summary of the draft changes to the Code of Meeting Practice include:

  • Persons wishing to make a presentation regarding an item on the agenda must register with the General Manager’s office by no later than 12 noon on the day of the meeting
  • Clarification of clause regarding additional presentations on a specific matter.
  • Ability for councillors to ask questions of staff relating to presentations.

Council has amended the Public Forum Guidelines Policy to state that questions must be lodged by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the Public Forum. In line with the Local Government Act, the draft Code of Meeting Practice must be placed on exhibition for 28 days, with submissions received for 42 days.