Briefs from 18 May 2017 Council Meeting

Change to Council Meeting venue

Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s Ordinary Council Meetings will now be held in the Crookwell Memorial Hall. They had previously been held in the Council Chambers Crookwell.

Deputy Mayor John Stafford and Councillors Darren O’Brien, Paul Culhane, Richard Opie, Ron Cummins and Pam Kensit voted in favour of a Notice of Motion moved by Cr Ron Cummins and seconded by Cr Darren O’Brien for Council Meetings to be held at the Crookwell Memorial Hall and for funds from Council’s Information and Technology Reserve to be used to update the IT infrastructure necessary to facilitate the meetings.

The approximate cost is $12,000, which will include the installation of network cables, an ADSL connection, a wifi router, a data projector and screen and a laptop.

Ordinary Council Meetings will continue to be held at 6.00pm on the third Thursday of the month.


Tablelands Way Project

Councillors voted unanimously to provide in principle support for the proposal that Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Oberon Council, Mid-Western Regional Council and Lithgow City Council work together to enhance the promotion of Tablelands Way and that the matter be referred to the Tourism Committee for consideration.

It followed receipt of a letter from Oberon Council seeking Council’s interest and involvement as a partner in the reinvigoration of the Tablelands Way Project.

The Project was originally set up in 2007 as a scenic driving route from NSW to the ACT, to promote tourism within the region.


Pensioner Concession Policy

All Councillors voted in favour of adopting Council’s reviewed Pensioner Concession Policy.

First adopted in September 2006, the Policy sets out the eligibility requirements for Pensioner Concessions on Council rates and other charges.


Mayoral and Councillors Remuneration

Councillors voted unanimously to adopt the maximum annual Mayoral and Councillor fee, as determined by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.

In 2017/18 the Mayor will be paid $25,250 per annum and Councillors paid $11,570 per annum – a 2.5% increase on the previous financial year.


Crookwell 2 and 3 Windfarms Funding Agreement

All Councillors voted in favour of placing the draft Crookwell 2 and 3 Windfarm

Voluntary Planning Agreement on public exhibition.

The draft Agreement sets out the Windfarm monetary obligations, including the terms of a community enhancement fund.

The draft Agreement will be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days from 1 June 2017.