Council meeting update - 23 June 2020

Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Here is an overview of outcomes from tonight’s Ordinary Meeting of Tamworth Regional Council:

  • Councillors tonight formally adopted the 2020-21 Annual Operation Plan which sets out the projects, services and activities Council will deliver to the community in the year ahead. Council will spend a total of $195.3 million across its general, water and sewerage funds in 2020-21 while collecting $71.9 million in income from rates and annual charges and delivering $90.713 million in capital works to improve local facilities and infrastructure. Key programs funded in the draft budget include: Sealed roads - $20,825,680; Unsealed roads - $5,107,878; Bridges - $1,705,658; Expand airport services and the aviation industry - $4,802,724; Quality parks, gardens, reserves, showgrounds and open spaces - $4,767,446; Maintain, upgrade and renew stormwater infrastructure - $3,670,669; Waste management and resource recovery - $15,755,575; and Plan construct, maintain and manage wastewater infrastructure - $18,369,056.
  • Tonight Council adopted the Tamworth Emergency Water Supply Draft Plan in an effort to manage the limited water supply in the Peel Valley following the sever drought conditions that have affected the region since 2018. Chaffey Dam currently sits below 15% capacity and it is estimated that the remaining storage will exceed 18 months of supply. The two stage plan will further increase the length of time that the supply could last. Part one of the plan focuses on; short term efficiency gains, improvements to existing supply sources and demand focused actions to support future water savings. Part two of the plan focuses on; the identification and implementation of a major emergency water supply source/s and further demand reductions including emergency measures that may only have a short term benefit.
  • A total of 231 water rebates at a combined value of just under $37,000 have been approved for residential and commercial water users in the Tamworth Region since February this year.  Rebates for the servicing and maintenance of evaporative air conditioner have been the most popular during this time with 59 rebates claimed. Ceiling fans (47) and dual flush toilets (34) have also been popular.
  • A number of Council’s COVID-19 relief measures have been adjusted while some will continue unchanged. With NSW Government COVID-19 health measures easing, Councillors agreed from 1 July, 2020 to phase out the use of additional public space to provide take-away food services without additional charges but parking meters in the Tamworth CBD will remain turned off until 1 September, 2020.  A report tabled at tonight’s meeting said Council has not started any new debt recovery action on overdue rates and charges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Council has also not charged any interest on overdue fourth quarter rates instalments. “The impact of this is currently estimated to be $10,000 based on prior year revenue,” the report said. It is estimated the zero interest charged on overdue rates and annual charges for the first half of the next financial year will cost Council about $165,000.
  • Councillors agreed to place the Draft Tamworth Regional Gallery Strategic Plan on public exhibition to seek community feedback about the initiatives and activities proposed. The plan aims to guide operations and management of the gallery for the next four years. The plan was developed through consultation with key stakeholders between June 2019 and May 2020. The gallery, more then 100 years old, is recognised for the development and implementation of its annual artistic program.

For more information, see the full reports at www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/business-papers

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