THE AUGUST Kempsey Shire Council meeting in an election year is often a smaller meeting, with the end of term in sight. As such, it was a surprise to see some big decisions made at last week's ordinary meeting.
Councillors considered a number of items that will have significant impact on the community moving forward.
Slim Dusty Centre
Council agreed to enter into an agreement with Slim Dusty Foundation Limited for council to acquire the Slim Dusty Centre, including the Slim Dusty Museum, for zero cost and to operate it as a museum and community facility moving forward.
Crescent Head engagement
Council approved an engagement and design review methodology for the Crescent Head foreshore project over the next 24 months with an estimated cost of up to $150,000.
Sustainability and Resilience Strategy - discussion guide
Council approved a Sustainability and Resilience Strategy discussion guide to facilitate community engagement on a strategy that aims to set a clear direction and pathway to improving local sustainability and resilience. The discussion guide will be available via Your Say Macleay.
Local Roads Conference communique
A directive was endorsed that calls on the NSW Government to increase funding for maintenance and road safety improvements, and adjustment of tender requirements for repair and recovery works following natural disasters.
Short term rental accommodation framework
Council noted the State led framework on short term rental accommodation that will begin on November 1. The NSW Government has created a framework to manage the digital share economy.
Quarterly and year end reports
The provisional financial operating result for the year ended June 30, 2021, the progress achieved in delivering the 2020-21 Operational Plan, the Financial Sustainability Program status report, the Key Performance Indicators report and the Grants Status Summary were all noted.
Council authorised the general manager to organise the installation of wildlife fencing at Kempsey Airport following funding from the Federal Government.
Council agreed to submit a planning proposal to permit land located on Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey, to be used as a highway service centre.
Council adopted key performance Indicators for the 2021-22 financial year.
Council noted the progress achieved in the six-monthly report from January to June 2021 on the Delivery Program 2017-2021.
For a full outline of the meeting and the discussion points, refer to council's agenda and business papers.
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