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

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 from the community, 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 1.1, page 33).

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: Feedback from the community is currently being assessed and it is anticipated that report on the outcomes to the consultation will be presented to Council in early May 2017.

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. Council recently asked the community for feedback on the revised Plan.

REPORT: Feedback from the community is currently being assessed and it is anticipated that report on the outcomes to the consultation will be presented to Council in early May 2017.

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. Feedback is currently being collated and will be considered at a future Council meeting.

REPORT: Feedback from the community is currently being assessed and it is anticipated that report on the outcomes to the consultation will be presented to Council in early May 2017.

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 early in 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 recently made available for public comment. 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. Feedback is now being collated.

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. Very few changes are proposed at this time.  

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).

Melville Grove Reserve, Hectorville and Reservoir Road Reserve, Paradise - Playground Improvements

In September 2016 ratepayers and residents in the vicinity of Melville Grove Reserve, Hectorville and Reservoir Road Reserve, Paradise were asked what they like about the Reserves and if they had any ideas for improvement. Feedback is now being collated and all ideas will be considered in the preparation of a draft concept plan for improvements at the two reserves.  Council will conduct a second closed consultation with local ratepayers and residents later in the year to obtain feedback on the draft concept plan. Council will consider allocating funds in future budgets for any approved improvements.

Elector Representation Review

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

Stage 1 - Representation Options Paper
Council sought feedback on an Options Paper that examined the advantages and disadvantages of the options available in respect to local wards, number of Elected Members and how the mayor is elected. Council considered the available options in respect to its future composition and structure, as well as the seven (7) submissions received from the Community during the consultation period at its meeting on 18 October 2016, and made ‘in principle’ decisions regarding the elector representation arrangements.

Stage 2 - Representation Review Report
A further document the ‘Representation Review Report’, prepared in accordance with Council decisions on 18 October, was considered by Council at its meeting on 1 November 2016.  Council approved this document for a second public consultation process, seeking written comments from the Community on the preferred proposal. The consultation period has now closed and a report on the outcomes will be presented to Council in early 2017.

REPORTS: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to STAGE 1 click here (go to Item 11.5, page 259). It is anticipated that consultation results from STAGE 2 will be reported to Council early in 2017.

Draft Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020

In August 2016 Council invited the community to provide feedback on its Draft Access and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020.  Although similar in content to the previous Plan, the structure of the new Plan changed in line with the new directions of the NDS (National Disability Strategy 2010-2020) and also the release of a State Government toolkit aimed at assisting State Governments and Councils develop DAIPs (Disability Access and Inclusion Plans).  Although several Community groups verbally expressed support for the draft Plan, no written submissions were received by the close of the consultation. At its meeting on 20 September 2016 Council resolved to adopt the Plan.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 111).

NEW ACCESS AND INCLUSION PLAN: To view the new Access and Inclusion Plan click here.

Grandview Grove Reserve, Magill - 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.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 103).

Council will now consult 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.  Feedback is now being collated and will inform the preparation of a draft concept plan for the reserve.  Council will hold another consultation with local ratepayers and residents later in the year to provide an opportunity to comment on the draft concept plan. 

Draft 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget

Council annually seeks feedback from the Community on its plan and budget for the following financial year. The outcomes to the consultation with the Community on Council's Plan and Budget for 2016/2017 were presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 7 June 2016. Feedback was received from 177 members of the community either by return of a survey, by email or by attending Council's Public Meeting.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this consultation.

After considering all the feedback Council agreed to set a rate increase of 3.90% plus growth and reaffirmed that the minimum rate for the 2016/2017 financial year will increase in line with the general rate increase of 3.90% (to $909). Council also confirmed that the rate cap will be set at twice the general rate increase for the 2016/2017 financial year, subject to criteria listed in the 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget. In addition, Council also included $4,000 in the 2016/2017 Annual Business Plan and Budget to undertake Biodiversity Mapping and development of a hierarchy of high risk areas, and $5,000 (net) for Solar Ventilators at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.2, page 39).

By-Laws Review 2016

During the first half of 2016 Council reviewed its by-laws and endorsed the following for public consultation: 

  • By-law No.1      Permits and Penalties By-Law
  • By-law No. 2     Moveable Signs By-Law
  • By-law No. 3     Roads By-Law
  • By-law No. 4     Local Government Land By-Law
  • By-law No. 5     Dogs By-Law

Feedback received during the consultation period was presented to Council at its meeting on 7 June 2016. After considering the feedback, Council adopted, pursuant to section 246(1) of the Local Government Act 1999, all of the above by‑laws. The by-laws were published in the South Australian Government Gazette and provided to the Legislative Review Committee of the South Australian Parliament in accordance with the Subordinate Legislation Act 1978. The by-laws will come into effect when the existing by-laws expire on 1 January 2017.  Thank you to everyone who provided comments on these by-laws.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.3, page 81).
NEW BY-LAWS: To view the revised by-laws and an explanation of changes, click here

Community Participation Documents

After a review of the following Community Participation documents, Council sought feedback to ensure they meet the needs of the community:
     »  Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents
     »  Public Consultation Policy
Feedback received from approximately 200 Community members was considered by Council at its meeting on 7 June 2016. In reviewing the feedback received and noting the extremely high level of support for these documents, Council adopted the revised Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents, revised Public Consultation Policy and revised Code of Practice for Meeting Procedures. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the final versions of these community participation documents.

REPORT: To view the report presented to Council on the outcomes to the consultation click here (go to Item 11.5, page 219).
REVISED PUBLIC CONSULTATION POLICY: To view the revised Public Consultation Policy click here.

Council's Code of Practice for Access to Meetings and Documents is a legislative document that guides how Council manages its meetings and documents. Council reviews the document annually and as per the above process, consults its Community when it is proposed to make changes. Not long after Council had consulted with the Community as outlined above, on 27 October 2016 the State Government established regulations directing Councils to update their policies (Code) with respect to management of Informal Gatherings. These regulations came into effect on 24 November and as there was no flexibility in the content of the policy direction as Council must comply with the legislation, no community consultation has been undertaken regarding amendment to the Code at this time. 

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 is scheduled for completion late April 2017. 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 background 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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