Council Meeting Update


Council Meeting Update

An overview of discussions from the most recent Council meeting.

This summary, provided by the CEO, is an overview of the discussions that took place at the 7 November 2017 Council meeting.

If you would like any further detail on any of these items, full minutes of Council meetings as well as audio recordings of Council meetings are available. Council Meeting Update 

In summary, the key decisions from the meeting were:

A Second Footpath for George Street, Paradise - George Street is one of Council’s arterial roads which provides a major corridor from Athelstone to Lower North East Road.  The road contains a bus route, a local Primary School and two Retirement Villages.  Therefore, due to high traffic volumes and significant pedestrian generators in this locality, Council supported the installation of a paved footpath on the northern side of George Street.  The installation of this additional footpath, which was also supported by over 90 local residents, will be considered for funding over a two year period as follows:

$110,000 at the time of formulating the draft 2018/2019 Annual Business Plan and Budget for the installation of a footpath on the northern side of George Street between Lower North East Road to Silkes Road, Paradise

$120,000 at the time of formulating the draft 2019/2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget for the installation of a footpath on the northern side of George Street between Angelina Drive to River Drive, Paradise.

General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2017 - The Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 2011 require all South Australian Councils to prepare their financial statements in accordance with the Model Financial Statements.  As a result, Council received a report on the General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2017 and the 2016/2017 Financial Summary.

Annual Report - After reviewing the draft Annual Report and considering the feedback from the Audit & Government Advisory Committee, Council adopted the 2016//2017 Annual Report as presented.

The Local Government Act requires that Council prepare and adopt an Annual Report each year on or before 30 November.  Most of the content within the Annual Report is prescribed with the Act setting out information that must be included.

Staff have prepared the Annual Report for distribution to the appropriate Government bodies and will develop a publications version, principally distributed via Council’s website, for the general public.

Investment Review – 2016/2017 - Under Section 140 of the Local Government Act 1999, Council ‘...must, at least once a year, review the performance (individually and as a whole) of its investments.’  To comply with this piece of legislation Staff prepared a report that provided Council with details on its cash and investments as at 30 June 2017. This supplements the Cash, Investments and Borrowings reports provided on a monthly basis to Council.  After considering this matter, the review of investments report for the year ended 30 June 2017 was received.

Early Payment of Shopping Centre Toilet Loan - In considering the final Budget Result for 2016/2017 it became apparent that the cash surpluses were significant which has provided Council with the opportunity to consider paying out its only outstanding loan.  In considering the benefits to Council and a number of local businesses, Council authorised the early payment in full of the loan to the Local Government Finance Authority.  In addition, Council will pass on the savings generated from paying out the loan to the ratepayers affected by the Separate Rate imposed for the Campbelltown Shopping Centre toilets.  This is an excellent outcome for all involved as the Community have a much needed facility that they can use and the overall costs to the businesses that are paying for it are being reduced.

Athelstone Football Club – Proposed Payment Arrangement - You may recall at its 4 April 2017 that Council resolved to suspend the payment arrangements in place with Athelstone Football Club until October 2017, subject to the Club adhering to a range of actions to improve its financial and governance arrangements.  This included BRM Holdich being engaged to provide the Football Club with ongoing guidance from a financial and governance perspective.

Staff recently met with representatives from the Football Club and BRM Holdich to discuss the progress the Club had made to date and determine a way forward to recommence paying the amounts owed to Council.  To ensure the long term viability of the Football Club and that Council receive the amounts owed, Staff prepared a payment arrangement whereby all their outstanding debts would be amortised over a 20 year period and that all new debts would be paid as they fall due.

Council endorsed this payment arrangement of $265 per week, commencing 3 January 2018 and will include an addendum in the existing lease to formalise this.  In addition, Council will engage BRM Holdich for another period of twelve (12) months to assist the Club continue implementing and monitoring their action plan.

Request for Use of Pungangga Pavilion - Rotary Club of Morialta - Following a request, Council will provide exclusive free use of the Pungangga Pavilion, along with power supply, to the Rotary Club of Morialta to hold their annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday 19 November 2017 between the hours of 7.00 am and midday.

Lease of Premises - Steve Woodcock Sports Centre - Campbelltown City Soccer & Social Club Inc - As you would be aware, Council has been negotiating new lease terms with the Campbelltown City Soccer & Social Club for some time.  At a recent meeting Council made a decision on the terms and conditions of the new lease. The Soccer Club has accepted all the conditions however requested that Council reconsider the Athelstone Kindergym and Houghton Table Tennis Club being sub tenants of the Soccer Club.  Following careful consideration Council reaffirmed its decision of 3 October 2017 in regards to the new leases for the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre which included no sub-tenants.  However to provide the Soccer Club with some assurance, the new Lease will have a clause inserted in it that says that the Soccer Club will have first rights to lease any of the leased areas should those spaces be vacated by the existing lessees.

Tasting Australia Event 2018 - In the 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget, Council resolved to support the staging of an additional event (Winter Wonderland theme) in Thorndon Park as part of the 2018 Tasting Australia Program.  The aim of this event was to ‘showcase local food and beverage providers as well as Thorndon Park’ in addition to the planned Food Trail bus tours.

As the concept of a Winter Wonderland is unlikely to be supported by Tasting Australia in April, Staff developed an alternate concept that meets the criteria provided for the event organisers.  Therefore in line with Staff’s recommendation, Council’s proposed Tasting Australia event for 2018 will now be a brunch in Thorndon Park on Sunday 22 April 2018.

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