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Council has consulted with the community on a range of projects over the past 12 months.

Draft Playground and Exercise Equipment Plan

During March 2017 Council sought feedback from the community on this new Plan that provides a long term strategy to replace, consolidate and provide new playgrounds and exercise equipment in the Campbelltown City Council area. The aim is to develop a network of playgrounds and exercise equipment throughout the City that provides for the Community now and into the future while keeping maintenance costs at a manageable level.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 79).

Draft Animal Management Plan 2016-2021

Council’s Animal Management Plan has been reviewed to ensure it continues to provide clear direction for management of pets in the City of Campbelltown, make it simpler and more reader friendly, and to meet legislative requirements. In early 2017 Council asked the community for feedback on the revised Plan. At its meeting on 4 July 2017 Council considered the feedback and resolved to endorse the revised Draft Animal Management Plan 2016-2021 (with minor amendments) and submit to Plan to the Dog and Cat Management Board for approval.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 41).

Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget

Council annually seeks feedback from the Community on its plan and budget for the following financial year. The engagement with the community on Council's Draft 2017/2018 Plan and Budget was conducted in May and the outcomes were presented to Council at its meeting on 20 June 2017. After considering the feedback Council resolved to change the Biodiversity Park project in the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget to provide additional plantings of indigenous species and new signage that promotes the uniqueness of the park (as recommended by the Friends of the Environment Group) at a reduced net cost to Council of $10,000, include the Thorndon Park – Park Lighting project at a cost of $400,000, reaffirm a general rate increase at 2.60% plus growth, reaffirm that the minimum rate for the 2017/2018 financial year increase in line with the general rate increase of 2.60% (to $932) and confirm that the rate cap will be set at twice the general rate increase for the 2017/2018 financial year. With these decisions, Council staff prepared a final plan for Council's consideration. On 4 July 2017, adopted the final 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget..

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation on 20 June 2017 click here (go to Item 11.3, page 81).
2017/2018 ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN & BUDGET: To view the 2017/2018 ABP&B, click here (summary also available)

Biodiversity Park, Newton

Council had included in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget a project to make changes at the Biodiversity Park, Newton. Prior to undertaking any proposed works Council sought feedback from the Campbelltown Rotary Club and the FoTE (Friends of the Environment) Group. Both groups had been involved in the establishment of the park in 2005.  At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted that Campbelltown Rotary Club and the FoTE did not support the Biodiversity Park being significantly changed. On considering this feedback and the additional feedback from the Community on the Draft Plan and Budget, resolved to change the Biodiversity Park project in the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget to provide additional plantings of indigenous species and new signage that promotes the uniqueness of the park (as recommended by the FoTE Group) at a reduced net cost to Council of $10,000.

REPORT: To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to both consultations click here (go to Item 11.2, page 67 and Item 11.3, page 81).

Melville Grove Reserve, Reservoir Road Reserve, Lochiel Park - Playground Improvements

In September and October 2016 ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of Melville Grove Reserve (Hectorville), Reservoir Road Reserve (Paradise) and Lochiel Park (Campbelltown) were asked what they liked about the playgrounds at these locations and if they had any ideas for improvement. Feedback assisted in the preparation of a draft concept plans for improvements at each. At its meeting on 21 February 2017, Council considered all feedback and endorsed the draft concept plans at each of the locations for further consultation and resolved to consider allocating $72,000 for Stage 1 of Melville Grove Reserve Improvements and $48,000 for Reservoir Road Reserve Improvements in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget. 

Ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of each of the playgrounds were then given the draft concept plan for comment. At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted the positive feedback and then at its meeting on 4 July 2017 adopted the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and budget that included $144,000 for Stage 1 and Stage 2 improvements at Melville Grove Reserve and $48,000 for improvements at Reservoir Road Reserve. Council will consider allocating funds in future budgets for the proposed improvements at Lochiel Park Playground.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

REPORTS:  To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultations
*  Stage 1 (visions) click here (go to Item 11.2, page 85)
Stage 2 (concept plans) click here (go to Item 11.1, page 57).

Grandview Grove Reserve - Improvements

During July/August 2016, Council conducted a closed consultation with ratepayers and residents within 300 metres of the Reserve regarding the possibility of closing the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill to convert to open space and increase the size of Grandview Grove Reserve. A total of 52 responses were received and after considering all feedback at its meeting on 16 August 2016, Council endorsed the closure of the southern end of Alexandra Avenue, Magill and allocated $10,000 at the next budget review to undertake all required procedures in accordance with Part 2 (5) of the Roads (Opening and Closing Act) 1991.

Further consultation was conducted with the wider Community on the road closure in accordance with the provisions of the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991.  Separate to this consultation, in September 2016 Council conducted follow-up consultation with local residents to seek ideas for improvements to the Reserve (ie playground, furniture etc) to assist in the preparation of a draft concept design.  Council considered the feedback at its meeting on 21 February 2017 and resolved to endorse the draft concept plan for the purposes of further consultation and to consider allocating $120,000 for implementation in the Draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Residents were then asked to provide feedback on the draft concept plan. At its meeting on 20 June 2017 Council noted the positive feedback and then at its meeting on 4 July 2017 adopted the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and budget that included $120,000 for implementation of the concept plan.  Thank you to all the ratepayers and residents around Grandview Grove Reserve for your input.  It is anticipated that the improvements will be completed by March 2018.

REPORTS: To view the reports presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation
*  Stage 1 (road closure) click here (go to Item 11.3, page 103)
*  Stage 2 (vision) click here (go to Item 11.2, page 85) 
*  Stage 3 (concept plan) click here (go to Item 11.1, page 57).

Draft Asset Management Plans

Council’s Asset Management Plans are used to ensure our local Council assets continue to be well maintained and provide appropriate services to the community. Council sought feedback from the Community on its REVISED Asset Management Plans for Transport, Footpaths, Stormwater and Bridges and NEW Plans for Assets in Parks & Reserves Open Spaces and Bus Stops.

A total of 188 survey responses were received during the consultation period. Council considered the feedback at its meeting on 6 June 2017 and resolved to adopt the revised and new Asset Management Plans with some amendments, including updates to Community Satisfaction Ratings based on the survey feedback, removal of obsolete headings and minor formatting changes. Thank you to everyone who assisted Council in finalising these Plans.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 55).
ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS: To view the adopted Asset Management Plans, click here (under Management Plans)

Proposed Introduction of Differential Rating

Council currently applies a single rate in the dollar across all rateable properties, with capital value determining the amount levied on each property. Accordingly, all ratepayers make the same contribution where the value of their property is the same, regardless of how the property is used. Council recently sought feedback from the community on a proposal to introduce differential rating with the rates for commercial and industrial land to be 10% higher and rates for all vacant land 50% higher than residential rates.

During the consultation period a total of 601 surveys, 40 written submissions (emails and letters) and one verbal response were received from the community. Six community members posted comments on Facebook and approximately 80 people attended the Public Meeting. Overall, more respondents opposed the proposed introduction to differential rating than supported it.

After considering the advantages and disadvantages of differential rating and all feedback received, Council at its meeting on 18 April 2017 resolved not to introduce differential rating and to continue to apply rates equally (same rate in the dollar) across all land types. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and assisted Council in its decision making on this matter.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 33).

New Bicycle Plan

STAGE 1
In 2015 Council sought feedback from the Community to assist in the review of its Bicycle Plan. A Community Bicycle Forum, held as part of the engagement, provided an opportunity for the community to discuss the plan in more detail. Feedback from the consultation along with a Draft Bicycle Plan was presented to Council at its meeting on 19 May 2015. Council resolved to receive the Draft Bicycle Plan and requested Staff identify key points worthy of progression for consideration by Council.

STAGE 2
In October/November 2016 Council again sought community feedback on the draft Bicycle Plan and Implementation Cost Estimates to make sure it was right and nothing was missed. Feedback is currently being collated and it is anticipated that a report on the outcomes to the consultation will be presented to Council for consideration early 2017.

REPORTS: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 1 click here (go to Item 11.2, page 103). It is anticipated that consultation results from STAGE 2 will be reported to Council in July/August 2017.

Revised Strategic Plan Towards 2020

Council reviewed its Strategic Plan Towards 2020 and asked the community to check the direction set for the next few years is right. Whilst Council received enquiries, no written submissions were received by the close of the consultation and Council at its meeting on 15 November 2016 adopted the revised Plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 671).
REVISED STRATEGIC PLAN: To view the revised Strategic Plan, click here

Employment Growth DPA

The Employment Growth DPA (Development Plan Amendment) was made available for public comment in 2016. The aim of the DPA is to align Council's Development Plan with the State planning strategy and the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide whilst best enabling future local employment and economic growth. The outcomes to the consultation with the Community were considered at the Council meeting on 17 January 2017 and on 7 February Council endorsed the Employment Growth DPA with an amendment for submission to the Minister for Planning for approval. At the end of June 2017 Council was awaiting a response from the Minister.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 3.1, page 13).

Revised Environmental Management Plan 2020

Council's EMP (Environmental Management Plan 2020) is a Strategic Management Plan that was adopted by Council in August 2014. Council has now reviewed the EMP 2020 as per the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 looking specifically at its relevance, currency and improvements. The Community were consulted on a revised EMP and after considering the feedback at its meeting on 6 December 2016 Council resolved to adopt the revised EMP 2020 with a few minor changes.  

REPORT:  To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 65).
REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN 2020: To view the revised Environmental Management Plan 2020 click here.

Whites Lane, Newton - proposed parking prohibitions

At its meeting on 19 July 2016 Council considered measures to address parking issues in Whites Lane and Monaro Crescent during the soccer season when there are significant visitors to the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre. Following this meeting, ratepayers and residents along these streets were consulted on the possibility of introducing parking restrictions along the southern side of Whites Lane. Feedback was considered by Council at its meeting on 4 October 2016 and it was resolved that:

1. Council introduce a no parking prohibition along the southern side of Whites Lane in the months February to September as follows:
        Monday to Friday – 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
        Saturdays – 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
        Sundays – 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
with local residents on Whites Lane provided with two residential parking permits for use during these times at no cost to the residents (other provisions of the Parking Policy to apply) 

2.  Staff amend Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges such that parking permit fees only apply to 3 vehicles or more henceforth.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.1, page 145).

Elector Representation Review

Council recently undertook a review in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 to determine whether a change of arrangements was required to ensure that the electors of the area were adequately and fairly represented.

Stage 1 (Representation Options Paper) and Stage 2 (Representation Review Report) were undertaken and enabled members of the community to have their say on options and the preferred structural arrangements.  On completion of the consultations, Council considered all of the feedback and determined to maintain the following for the next Local Government general election (2018) and beyond: 

  • The principal member of Council will be a Mayor elected by the community at council-wide elections.
  • The elected body of Council will comprise ten (10) ward councillors, as per the current structure.
  • The Council area will be divided into five (5) wards, as per the current ward structure, with each ward being represented by two ward councillors.
  • The wards will be identified as Hectorville (1), Gorge (2), Newton (3), River (4) and Woodforde (5), as per the current ward structure.

The Electoral Commissioner has now certified the review and the matter has been gazetted.  Thank you to all electors who participated in this process. 

Jan Street Newton Precinct Place Making Project

Jan Street is located between Newton Central Shopping Centre and shops to the west in the area called Newton Court Shopping Centre. In 2013 Council asked land owners and tenants in the retail precinct, and the Community, what was needed to make Jan Street a safer, more pleasant location and how the entire retail precinct could better meet community needs in the future.

In February 2015 Council presented a concept plan and parking options to the landowners, tenants and the Community for feedback. Feedback received was presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 19 May 2015 (Council Agenda in part (Jan Street Report) - 19 May 2015(1681 kb)). Council resolved to "endorse the overall Concept Plan for improvements to Jan Street including the removal of some on-street car parking spaces and the retention of at least 15 spaces as per Option A with further consideration being given to the parking outside Panini Bros.”

Construction commenced early February 2017 and was complete in June 2017. An Official Opening was held at Jan Street on 29 June 2017. The Opening was staged by Council in conjunction with traders in the precinct and involved a part road closure, entertainment, children's activities and food tastings.  Jan street will be the new focal point for the community in the Newton Retail Precinct. This project has been supported by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure through matching funds.

For more information click here.

Council minutes and an audio recording of the Council meeting can be accessed here.

Policy Consultations

Council regularly reviews its policies, and in doing so, invites you to have your say on any proposed policy amendments, prior to adopting these policies.  Policies are presented for your review in batches (usually by Department) and feedback received is reported to Council for consideration after the close of the consultation for each batch. Refer to the Current Engagement page for details about current opportunities.

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