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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 August 2018 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:

Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018 - The State Government introduced the Local Government (Rates Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) in the House of Assembly on 20 June 2018.  The Bill has passed through the House of Assembly and is promoted by the Government as a measure to ease the cost of living pressures on households and businesses. 

The LGA held a Special General Meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall on 13 July 2018 with various speakers presenting on the topic of rate capping. Following these presentations, a resolution was passed seeking advice from Councils as to whether they support or oppose the proposed legislation.

At a Special Council meeting held on Monday 30 July 2018, Council opposed the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018 on the premise that Local Government, being the third tier of Government, should be able to set its own rates in consultation with their Communities. 

Furthermore, Council has written to the LGA advising that in the event that the LGA Board resolve to support the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018, then Council would like them to discuss the following amendments to the proposed legislation:

  • the rates cap should include:
    • an index methodology that is consistent from year to year to assist with future Long Term Financial Plan modelling
    • an index that reflects cost increases that affects Local Government (such as LGPI)
    • an increase for any cost shifting from others levels of Government, and
    • rates growth, based on the capital value of additional properties created in the new rating year
  • replace ‘Annualised revenue recoverable from general rates’ with ‘gross rates levied’
  • the Minister should not be involved in the determination of the rate cap
  • that the rate cap should be published on or before 31 December to enable Councils:
    • to prepare their Annual Business Plans and Budgets for the upcoming year, and
    • sufficient time to consult with the Community should it need to apply for a rate cap variation
  • the following areas should be focused on as concessions that the State Government should address if the Bill were to pass:
    • Solid Waste Levy
    • Community Housing mandatory rebates
    • Review of Statutory Fees and Charges
    • Mandatory rebates and exemptions
    • Review of services provided by Councils on behalf of State Government.

Campbelltown 2018 NAIDOC Youth Award - The Mayor presented the Campbelltown 2018 NAIDOC Youth Award to Mr Kaya Scott. Kaya is a boarder at Rostrevor College and a very worthy winner of this award which recognises the significant contribution he has made in the Aboriginal Community. 

Murray Park Reserve - Over the past two years, there have been a number of concerns and complaints about the use of Murray Park Reserve by dog owners exercising their dogs off lead. Murray Park Reserve is used for formal sport (where users are required to pay a fee) and regularly by a range of people casually. 

Council’s Animal Management Plan allows for people to use Murray Park for walking and exercising their animals in a responsible manner including having their dogs off lead provided the dogs are under the effective control of their owners at all times. 

Due to complaints received, Staff observations and the challenges in maintaining Murray Park to meet the required standard, Staff formed the opinion that a significant percentage of dog owners were not maintaining effective control of their dogs whilst using this facility. Furthermore, a significant number of dog owners consider Murray Park Reserve a defacto dog park due to the Reserve being fully fenced.

Although Staff understand the concerns raised by the dog owners, it is quite challenging for Staff to continue maintaining this Reserve as a defacto dog park as well as a sporting oval. There are continuous issues such as holes being dug, dog faeces and conflicts between the regular users (hirers, playground users, dog owners and maintenance staff). Therefore, if Council wish to continue the Reserve being used as a defacto dog park, Staff believe that a fence should be installed to separate the playground from the rest of the Reserve. However, should Council prioritise this Reserve as a sporting oval (eg soccer pitch), Staff believe that the gates be removed permanently to avoid a high concentration of dogs utilising this Reserve in an uncontrolled manner.

Therefore, to alleviate the current issue at Murray Park Reserve, Staff recommended that Council reaffirm their action in removing the pedestrian gates. Staff believe removing the gates will not increase the risk to the park users, especially as a partition fence has been provided to stop children running straight onto the road.

Furthermore, to improve the level of service, in particular to the dog owners, Staff recommended that Council consider expanding the existing Dog Park at Denis Morrissey Park by including the underutilised large grass area into the Dog Park.

Denis Morrissey Park has a number of advantages including a dedicated carpark, toilet facility, playground and picnic area which is separated by Fourth Creek and it is located centrally within the City. Furthermore, should the dog park be expanded, Council could create a separate area for small and large dogs. 

The cost to expand the Dog Park is estimated to be in the order of $30,000 which would be required to fund the installation of the chain wire fencing. Should Council support this option, Staff recommended Community consultation be undertaken, especially with the adjacent residents.

After hearing a deputation from a local resident requesting the gates to be reinstated and considering all the information, Council resolved that it:

  • endorse Staff’s actions in removing the gates at Murray Park Reserve
  • endorse the expansion of the existing dog park at Denis Morrissey Park to include the underutilised grass area for the purpose of Community consultation
  • requests Staff consult the Community on the expansion of the Dog Park at Denis Morrissey Park
  • will consider allocating $30,000 at the time of formulating the draft 2019/2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget for the installation of fencing should the Community accept the proposed Dog Park expansion
  • will install a fence around the playground area to prevent dogs from entering that space
  • consider the possibility of installing a barbeque at this location.

Draft Statement of Intent – Residential (Limited Scope) Interim Development Plan Amendment - Following the continual concerns being raised by Local residents, Staff have been determining ways in which Council may revise its Development Plan to address these issues. Following numerous discussions it was determined that Staff should prepare a targeted Development Plan Amendment addressing the following matters:

  • Provide procedural clarity as to whether common driveways are included or excluded from site area calculations and how the related policies of site coverage are calculated.
  • Review minimum site areas and frontages for residential flat buildings. For instance, existing policy areas promote a minimum average site area of 150 sqm per residential flat building dwelling (and a 15 metre minimum frontage).
  • Review car parking numbers for residential flat buildings. For instance, a two bedroom residential flat building within the City of Campbelltown requires a total of 1.25 to 1.5 car parking spaces, while in other Councils, 2 spaces are required.
  • Provide greater guidance regarding the provision of storage areas. Council has observed that residential flat buildings are generally developed with insufficient storage area. This results in the garage being used as a storage space at the cost of the car parking space, leading to additional on‑street parking.
  • Provide greater clarity and consistency with adjoining Councils in respect to setbacks of upper level medium density developments.
  • Review the minimum 5 metre frontage for row dwellings where they are not associated with a rear laneway.
  • Provide procedural clarity when the 400 metre measurement to District Centre Zones or high frequent bus zones is triggered.

The draft Statement of Intent was also referred to the Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee who endorsed the scope of the document.

Staff understand that this will not address all of the concerns raised by the Community however believe that it will address the major concerns and enable Staff to better pursue good design outcomes in the short term.

Council endorsed the attached Statement of Intent – Residential (Limited Scope) Interim Development Plan Amendment and requested Staff forward it to the Minister for Planning, seeking his agreement to the proposed investigation and preparation of a targeted Development Plan Amendment.

Request for Playground at Botanic Grove Reserve, Campbelltown - The Year 2 children at East Marden Primary School sent a number of letters to Council requesting the inclusion of a nature play area at the reserve adjacent The ARC. The children believe there are number of reasons why a nature play/playground should be considered at this location such as:

  • Large open space that can be utilised as a nature play area for children to play
  • Children can play before or after they learn to swim
  • The new nature playground can take the children away from electronic gadgets and allow them to be creative
  • Enable children to get fitter and healthier
  • To create a picnic area.

After discussing the matter, Council requested Staff develop a further report on how to best utilise and improve the existing Botanic Grove Reserve to cater for the future needs of the Community. Staff have written to the Year 2 students thanking them for their submission and advising them that Council will be considering a report on the best way to redevelop this space and involve them throughout that process.

Campbelltown City Soccer & Social Club Inc Request for Funding for the Purchase and Installation of a Solar Battery System for the Clubrooms at the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre - Council has recently negotiated a new lease with the Campbelltown City Soccer and Social Club for a period of five (5) years based on a peppercorn rent for the use of the buildings with pitch hire fees being phased in over the term of the lease. The Club is responsible for paying all outgoings for the buildings it leases and is responsible for the maintenance items identified in the lease.

The Club is keen to install a new solar battery system to support the solar panels recently installed and has been fortunate to be awarded funding through the Office of Recreation and Sport.  The Club is now seeking financial assistance of $21,200 from Council to enable the purchase and installation of a 19.5KW system to complement their grant funding of $25,000.  The current grant is supposed to be expended in the 2018/2019 financial year, however the Club have been successful in being granted an extension of time to December 2019 to enable Council to consider this request as part of its future budget deliberations.

Council support the concept of installing solar batteries and will consider allocating $21,200 at the time of formulating the draft 2019/2020 Annual Business Plan and Budget to assist the Club purchase and install a suitably sized solar battery system that provides a good return on investment subject to the Club providing the balance of funds required to complete the works.

The installation of this solar battery system will be the first of its kind on a Council owned facility and supports our strategic goals of being environmentally responsible.

Footpath Construction 2017/2018 – Robran Court, Newton - Council budgeted for the installation of a paved footpath in Robran Court, Newton from number 1 to the existing footpath at number 12.

Staff had received concerns from local residents regarding the safety of pedestrians crossing the road due to the road alignment. Staff have previously installed a mirror on the Frost Street / Robran Court bend to improve pedestrians’ safety which has been greatly appreciated by local residents.

Following the initial notification of the proposed work, a letter from a resident of Robran Court, Newton objected to the proposed footpath being installed. Following receipt of the letter, a survey was conducted to seek residents’ opinions regarding the proposed footpath.

The outcome of the consultation indicated that more than half of the respondents, 70% were in favour of the footpath installations and 30% did not want a paved footpath to be installed in their street.

As a result of most of the people who responded supporting the installation, Council reaffirmed its decision to install a paved footpath on the northern side of Robran Court, Newton.

Traffic Investigation – Glen Stuart Road, Magill - At its meeting on 15 June 2018 Council requested Staff prepare a report on the:

  • potential impact of traffic on the intersections of Glen Stuart Road and the two exit roads from the Hamilton Hill development
  • increase in parking that will occur, with consequent restrictions on the flow of traffic, when residents move into the soon to be released dwellings fronting Glen Stuart Road.

Main vehicular access to the development has been provided from Glen Stuart Road near the south-west corner of the development with a secondary vehicular access provided near the north-west corner. The main access has been designed to accommodate all turning movements while the secondary access accommodates left in, left out movements only.

The traffic report, provided by the consultant, confirmed that the two access points are considered appropriate, providing safe and efficient access to the development site.

Recent investigations suggest that there was no significant impact to the flow of traffic on Glen Stuart Road at this time, with the road performing as intended, even when vehicles are parked on it.

The traffic treatment associated with the main access to the development has reduced the lane width between Edward and Olive Streets to 3.2 metres. This width would restrict any on‑street parking within this segment, however the design does not include any parking restrictions.

Staff consider that with the new traffic treatment installed and a lane width of 3.2 metres, the possibility of on-street parking along this segment of Glen Stuart Road is remote.  Therefore, Staff recommended installing a yellow line as part of the improvement.

The development is still under construction and the new residents are yet to move in, Staff recommended that a similar traffic investigation be carried out once the development is fully occupied to determine whether further traffic treatments are required.  

Council resolved to install a yellow line prohibiting parking on the western side of Glen Stuart Road between Edward Street and Olive Street. Furthermore, Staff will undertake a further traffic assessment once the Hamilton Hill development is complete and write to the Adelaide Hills Council requesting that they also consider installing parking prohibitions on their side of Glen Stuart Road.

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