After that there is one slightly controversial medical development, some useful grants - one that will particularly delight musicians - a proposal for a new heritage sub-committee (with a key councillor already showing interest in being a part of it) and the closure of the meeting for land acquisitions on the corner of Macarthur Rd, Elderslie, and Camden Valley Way.
As far as the first four budget reports go, you can see the summary I put together here and dig down into the detail via the links. There are some interesting highlights but overall it doesn't appear, at first glance, as if there is anything wildly out of the ordinary. Of course the council meeting on Tuesday and any inside information I receive over the next week may change that outlook.
If there is anything odd or controversial, I will of course pursue it here.
Now to the rest of the meeting.
There has some opposition to this specialist medical centre, which will perform gastroscopies, colonoscopies, minor ear/nose/throat procedures, excision of skin lesions, minor urological procedures and minor gynaecological procedures.
The proposal was originally deferred back in May to confirm medical licencing. This has now been completed. Originally there were 11 individual submissions against the proposal, six in support and two further submissions with 34 signatures in support.
Since May there have been 13 submissions against the proposal, six in support and two submissions with 217 signatures supporting the proposal.
The house is within the Camden Town Centre Conservation Area but it is not a heritage item as it was built in the late 20th Century and has been fully renovated since then. It is now in fairly poor condition and the new construction has been designed to be in keeping with the street. You can see the planned construction here.
The council officers have recommended approval.
I suspect there will be some public addresses in regards to this.
ORD06: Expansion of green waste service to Ellis Lane, Grasmere and Kirkham
This follows a survey of these areas and the council officers have recommended expanding the green waste service into these areas. The areas also includes parts of Cobbitty, Bringelly, Rossmore, Leppington and Catherine Fields.
The change from a rural 2-bin service to an urban 3-bin service will see an increase in rubbish-bin collection fees in these areas.
NEW URBAN COST
ORD07: Live and Local music grant
The council has received a grant of $27,500 from the Office of Live Music and Arts NSW. This will support two music events:
- Argyle St Live and Local micro festival (2017): This event will work with 3-4 retailers, cafes and restaurants in Argyle St to put on a range of performances
- Camden LGA Live and Local micro festival (2018): This event will focus on other areas of Camden LGA as an outdoor event for young people. Planning for this event will start in January 2017.
ORD08: Minutes to Business Assurance and Risk Committee meetings.
This is part of the larger budget considerations. There are no obvious impacts on the budget or auditing process.
ORD09: Roads and Maritime Services block grant funding for roads
The council had set aside $302,000 in its budget for road pavement maintenance on regional roads, signage and line marking maintenance or changes. The annual grant this year from the State Government is $298,000. The money will be used as follows:
- $119,000 for road maintenance on regional roads
- $39,000 for maintenance on supplementary roads
- $140,000 for traffic facilities such as signs and line-marking.
ORD10: Stage 2 bush regeneration in Gundungurra Reserve (south), Camden
A successful grant of $29,500 from the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development will allow for these regeneration works. The works will include weed control and bush regeneration. The council will also contribute $30,500 to the project.
ORD11: Notice of Motion – Heritage Protection sub-committee
Cr Cindy Cagney has asked for a heritage sub committee made up of councilors, community representatives, independent heritage experts and representatives from local historical groups and other organisations.
Expect Cr Rob Mills to put his hand up to be a member of this committee as a few weeks back he was driving around Camden taking photos of historical sites.
ORD12: Closure of meeting to the public.
Acquisition of land at the corner of Camden Valley Way and Macarthur Drive, Elderslie.
This has been in the offing for quite some time. The meeting will be closed because there are some areas of commercial confidentiality that might give commercial advantage.
This is about the upgrade of the intersection at Camden Valley Way and Macarthur Drive, Elderslie. This document outlines all the details of the project, which includes traffic lights, removal of small trees (not the poplars) and turning and merge lanes.