Council Meeting Summary - 24 August 2022

Published on 26 August 2022

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Here's the summary of resolutions made at this week's Council meeting. The recording of the meeting is available at

  • Council heard from two members of the public who made presentations about matters on the agenda.
  • Council will write to various NSW Government officials calling on the Government to take immediate action to permanently clear up inequities and inconsistencies around the accounting treatment of Rural Fire Service assets and its impact on councils.
  • Council waived developer contribution fees for the Queanbeyan District Pre-school Association for modifications and alterations to the existing centre-based childcare facility at 181 Cooma Street, Karabar.
  • Council supported a request from the Araluen Progress Association to provide assistance with the cost of paying fees for a DA for proposed redevelopment of the Araluen Federal Hall.
  • Council deferred the Scoping Proposal for amendments to the Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan 2012 in respect of the Googong Urban Release Area to a Councillor workshop.
  • Council authorised the acquisition of parcels of land in Bungendore for the purposes of town water supply and landfill buffer and will classify the land as operational land.
  • Council will nominate the rehabilitation of Oallen Road for grant funding through the Fixing Local Roads Round 4 application process.
  • Council allocated funds from former Tallaganda Shire Council Section 94 Contribution Plans to the Lascelles Street Upgrade Project.
  • Council will not submit an application for an e-scooter trial in Googong. The requirements expected by TfNSW relating to shared paths (2.5m wide, signed paths); dedicated on-road cycle lanes; and roads with less than 50km/h speed limit, indicate that Googong is not suitable.
  • Council approved a Cultural Grant of $500 to Mrs Sylvie Carter towards costs for a solo art exhibition at Rusten House Arts Centre, Queanbeyan.
  • Council adopted the Terms of Reference for the CEO’s Performance Review Panel and has nominated Cr Willis to sit on the Panel. The Panel will develop a Performance Agreement, conduct Performance Reviews, and report findings and recommendations to Council.
  • Council will enter into a new 20-year lease with Queanbeyan Sports & Community Club for the property at 26 Farrer Place comprising a lawn bowling club, a grassed croquet green, and two synthetic bowls greens.
  • Council received the investment report for July 2022, noting a return of $1,177,345
  • Policies for Competitive Neutrality Complaints; Road Names; Liquid Trade Waste; On-Site Sewage Management; Open Burning; and Environmental Controls on Construction Sites will be on for comment. Reporting Legal Matters Policy has been rescinded.
  • Following a period of community consultation, Council adopted the revised Library Collections Policy, which included the removal of Library fines for overdue items. Council also endorsed the development of a separate Local History Policy.
  • Council received an annual performance report on the Braidwood Sale Yard, noting the financial performance has returned a nett positive result.
  • Council received an information report on the application process for Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) Round 5. Applications close 23 September. $1,548,810 is available to Council, with $698,768 open to eligible community organisations.
  • Council received a six-monthly update report on achieving the actions outlined in the Delivery Program. The update provides Councillors and the community with an understanding of the progress Council is making with its capital projects and key performance indicators. Due to the delay in the election due to COVID-19, the Delivery Program officially expired on 30 June 2021, therefore the 2021-22 financial year operates with only an Operational Plan.
  • Council noted councillor workshops from 4-17 August included: Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan; C4 Planning Proposal for Bywong and Wamboin; Affordable Housing Strategy Update; and various policies for review.
  • Council noted minutes of the latest meetings of the Local Traffic Committee; QPRC Sports Council; and Disability Access Committee and adopted a range of recommendations.
  • Council will submit a motion to the Local Government NSW Annual Conference 2022 calling on LGNSW to advocate to amend the Local Government Act and remove the reference and terms of a ‘minimum and maximum range’ from the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. Council’s motion will suggest an annual determination of only one fee be payable to councillors, members of county councils and mayors in each category.
  • In closed session Council extended its appreciation to Max Shanahan at the expiration of his term for his service on Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and appointed Diana Hamono as the new Independent External Member.

If you’d like more background on the decisions, you can find the business papers on our website at Minutes and Agendas