Council meeting update - 9 March, 2021

Tuesday 9 March, 2021

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

 In a move aimed at further securing the Tamworth Country Music Festival brand into the future, Councillors tonight supported a motion from Councillor Glenn Inglis to “undertake a thorough intellectual property asset audit” of the Festival and its associated country music assets. They also agreed for a comprehensive intellectual property rights strategy to be prepared for the Festival and all associated country music assets.

 Councillors will take part in a workshop to consider options for a policy framework around how Councillor and Council staff interactions with developers and developer representatives are documented and reported. The proposal was put forward in an amended motion from Councillor Mark Rodda. Councillor Rodda suggested a digital register of meeting details and discussions would “promote good decision making”.

 To prepare for the next decade of road infrastructure planning, development and delivery, Council will partner with Transport for NSW to produce updated traffic modelling. Councillors supported the move tonight after considering a report which highlighted recent successes in delivering major traffic flow improvements to Tamworth’s road network guided by priorities identified through 2012 modelling. The report identified the Manilla Road Upgrade and four other key road projects completed in the city over the past eight years. Mayor Col Murray told the meeting traffic modelling is “a highly beneficial tool for us in the planning of our city.” Councillors decided the Director of Regional Services will work with Transport for NSW staff to develop a brief to select a suitable consultant to undertake the strategic traffic modelling. They also approved $175,000 from the Civil Construction reserve to be used to fund Council’s 50 per cent contribution to the partnership.

 Councillors have shown their support for two upcoming sporting events by approving fee waiver requests. The events, supported through Council’s Sports Events Subsidisation Policy, are the Veterans State of Origin Cricket 2021 and Tamworth First Light Rotary Club’s annual charity bike ride Pedal the Peel to be held at the Tamworth Cycling Centre. Pedal the Peel will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House. The events will bring a combined economic benefit of almost $260,000 to Tamworth and provide an opportunity to showcase high-quality local facilities to the wider community.

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