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Minutes

 

OF Special
COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON

Thursday 6 June 2019

AT 6:00PM

In Council Chamber, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang


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COUNCILLORS

 

LAWRIE COX                                   MAYOR, SOUTH WEST WARD

STEVAN KOZMEVSKI                    SOUTH WEST WARD

CAZ MONTELEONE                       SOUTH WEST WARD

KRIS PAVLIDIS                               SOUTH WEST WARD

TOM JOSEPH                                  DEPUTY MAYOR, NORTH WARD

RICKY KIRKHAM                            NORTH WARD

EMILIA LISA STERJOVA               NORTH WARD

SAM ALESSI                                    SOUTH EAST WARD

ALAHNA DESIATO                         SOUTH EAST WARD

NORM KELLY                                  SOUTH EAST WARD

MARY LALIOS                                 SOUTH EAST WARD


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SENIOR OFFICERS

 

 

SIMON OVERLAND                          CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

RUSSELL HOPKINS                         DIRECTOR COMMUNITY SERVICES

NICK MANN                                       DIRECTOR CITY TRANSPORT & PRESENTATION

HELEN SUI                                         DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

LIANA THOMPSON                           DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIPS, PLANNING & ENGAGEMENT

MICHAEL TONTA                              MANAGER GOVERNANCE

 


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ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

The Chief Executive Officer submits the following business:

 

1.            Opening.. 7

1.1         MEETING OPENING AND PRAYER.. 7

1.2         ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS STATEMENT. 7

1.3         Present.. 7

2.            Apologies.. 7

3.            Declarations of Interest. 7

4.            Officers’ Reports.. 9

4.1         Corporate Services.. 11

4.1.1       Adoption of the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all. 11

4.1.2       DECLARATION OF RATES AND ADOPTION OF 2019/20 BUDGET. 23

5.            Closure.. 245

 

 

Note:

In these Minutes, Resolutions adopted by Council are indicated in bold text.

 

 

 


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1.         Opening

1.1       MEETING OPENING AND PRAYER

The Chief Executive Officer opened the meeting with a prayer at 6:00PM.

1.2       ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS STATEMENT

The Mayor, Cr Cox read the following statement:

“On behalf of the City of Whittlesea I recognised the rich Aboriginal heritage of this country and acknowledged the Wurundjeri Willum Clan as the Traditional Owners of this place.

I as a non-aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander would ask that you may consider a conversation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples to educate and understand their depth of feeling around the treatment of our first nations peoples and events that have shaped their lives.”

2.         Present

Members:

Cr Lawrie Cox                     Mayor (South West Ward)

Cr Stevan Kozmevski          Councillor (South West Ward)

Cr Caz Monteleone             Councillor (South West Ward)

Cr Kris Pavlidis                    Councillor (South West Ward)

Cr Tom Joseph                    Deputy Mayor (North Ward)

Cr Emilia Lisa Sterjova        Councillor (North Ward)

Cr Sam Alessi                      Councillor (South East Ward)

Cr Alahna Desiato               Councillor (South East Ward)* Entered the Council Chamber at 6.18pm

Officers:

Mr Simon Overland             Chief Executive Officer

Mr Russell Hopkins             Director Community Services

Mr Nick Mann                      Director City Transport & Presentation

Ms Helen Sui                       Director Corporate Services

Ms Liana Thompson            Director Partnerships, Planning & Engagement

Mr Michael Tonta                 Manager Governance

3.         Apologies

Apology

Cr Monteleone moved an apology for Cr Lalios for this meeting.

Council Resolution

Moved:                       Cr Monteleone

Seconded:               Cr Kozmevski

THAT the Councillor's apology be received.

Carried

 


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4.         Officers’ Reports

4.1       Corporate Services

4.1.1      Adoption of the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all

Attachments:                        1        Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all including Council Action Plan 2019-2020   

Responsible Officer:           Director Corporate Services

Author:                                  Manager Corporate Accountability and Performance   

 

RECOMMENDATION SUMMARY

That Council resolve to:

1.      Adopt the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2019-2020 (the ‘Plan’).

2.      Note that the Strategic Resource Plan 2019-23 (the ‘SRP’) will be considered in conjunction with the Annual Budget 2019/20 (the ‘Budget’) and is referred to in the Plan.

3.      Submit the adopted Plan to the Minister for Local Government by 30 June 2019.

KEY FACTS AND / OR ISSUES

·    The Plan has been updated to incorporate the goals, key directions, strategies and priority indicators established in Whittlesea 2040 (‘W2040’).

·    The Plan includes 28 major initiatives for the 2019/2020 financial year.

·    The SRP is a component of the Council Plan which is updated annually to reflect the medium term (four year) changes in financial planning; it has been considered in context with the Budget.

·    The Plan remains unchanged following public consultation.

·    It is recommended that Council adopt the Plan and subsequently submit it to the Minister for Local Government.

 

Report

Background

Under sections 3C and 125 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the ‘Act’), the Council Plan is the City of Whittlesea’s main legislated plan to endeavour to achieve the best outcomes for the local community. Key elements of the Council Plan include Council’s strategic objectives, strategies, indicators and strategic resource planning.

The Council Plan 2017-2021 Shaping our Future was developed in accordance with the Act and adopted by Council on 30 May 2017.  It included seven Council priorities being ‘Roads, access and public transport’, ‘Health and wellbeing’, ‘Community safety’, ‘Jobs and investment’, ‘Organisational sustainability’, ‘Planning and infrastructure’ and ‘Environmental sustainability’.

At its meeting on 2 October 2018, Council adopted Whittlesea 2040 A place for all (‘W2040’).  W2020 is Council's vision and was developed with the community.

At Council Briefing on 20 November 2018, Council decided to update the Council Plan 2017-2021 to ensure it aligned with the W2040 four goals being: ‘Connected community’, ‘Liveable neighbourhoods’, ‘Strong local economy’ and ‘Sustainable environment’.

Through consultation with Councillors between November 2018 and March 2019, Councillors shaped the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all including the Council Action Plan 2019-2020 (the ‘Plan’).

The community was consulted regarding the Plan between 27 March 2019 and 26 April 2019. No submissions were received; therefore the Plan is presented for final adoption without changes, (Please refer to Attachment 1).

The Plan includes:

·    Council’s four goals and 12 key directions

·    Council’s 22 main community services

·    Council’s 17 strategic indicators for monitoring the achievement of the goals and directions

·    28 major initiatives proposed for delivery in the 2019/20 financial year

·    Council’s key achievements between July 2017 and June 2019

·    Performance information for some of Council’s valued services

·    Council’s goal to be a high-performing organisation, including the reference to Council’s four internal services

·    Reference to the Strategic Resource Plan, which is part of the Council Plan.

Proposal

It is recommended that Council resolve to:

·    Adopt the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2019-2020.

·    Note that the Strategic Resource Plan 2019-23 will be considered in conjunction with the Annual Budget 2019/20 and is referred to in the Plan.

·    Submit the adopted Plan to the Minister for Local Government by 30 June 2019.

Consultation

Extensive community consultation has been conducted as part of the W2040 development, which reached more than 4,000 individuals, community groups and organisations.

Councillors considered and provided feedback on the Plan at the Councillor briefings on 20 November 2018 and 31 January 2019 and provided feedback on the Council Action Plan initiatives at the Special Council meeting on 12 March 2019. The Plan was updated to reflect Councillor feedback and the draft Plan was endorsed by Council for public consultation at the Council meeting on 26 March 2019.

Members of the public had the opportunity to make a formal submission regarding the Plan and its components under sections 125 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 between 27 March and 26 April 2019. No submissions were received.

Critical Dates

In accordance with section 125 of the Act, a copy of the adopted Plan needs to be submitted to the Minister for Local Government by 30 June 2019.

Financial Implications

The Plan has been considered in conjunction with planning for the 2019/20 Annual Budget and the 2019-23 Strategic Resource Plan. The cost for preparing these documents is included as part of Council’s recurrent budget.

Policy strategy and legislation

·    Section 125, 126 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989

·    Whittlesea 2040 A place for all

link to strategic risks

Strategic Risk Service Delivery - Inability to plan for and provide critical community services and infrastructure impacting on community wellbeing

The Plan forms the legislated pinnacle of Council’s integrated planning framework. It articulates the strategic direction and objectives for the Councillors’ four-year term, which guides planning and resourcing for services delivered to the community.

Strategic Risk Community and Stakeholder Engagement - Ineffective stakeholder engagement resulting in compromised community outcomes and/or non-achievement of Council's strategic direction

Effective community and stakeholder engagement is critical to give the Plan visibility, acceptance and buy-in with the community. It allows the community to identify with the direction outlined in the Plan as it is implemented across Council’s program of work.

Strategic Risk Governance - Management - Ineffective governance of Council’s operations and activities by Management resulting in either a legislative or policy breach

The City of Whittlesea is obliged to adopt and maintain a Council Plan including a Strategic Resource Plan under the Act. Failure by management to provide for a process that allows timely adoption of a Council Plan would constitute a legislative breach, which may result in ministerial intervention, loss of community trust and/or reputational damage.

Strategic Risk Governance - Councillors - Ineffective Council governance resulting in legislative non-compliance; breaches of duties of a Council; breaches of duties of a Councillor

As per the strategic risk Governance – Management, a Council Plan is required to be adopted to meet legislative requirements under the ‘Act’.

 

Links to whittlesea 2040 and the CoUNCIL Plan

Whittlesea 2040 Goal                    Connected community

Whittlesea 2040 Key Direction     A participating community

Strategic Objective                        Our voice is reflected through inclusive Council decision making processes

Council Priority                             Organisational Sustainability

 

Declarations of Conflicts of Interest

Under section 80C of the Act, officers providing advice to Council must disclose any interests, including the type of interest.

The Responsible Officer reviewing this report, having made enquiries with the relevant members of staff, reports that no disclosable interests have been raised in relation to this report.

Conclusion

The Plan incorporates the W2040 goals and key directions and has been subject to a formal consultation period as required by the Act. It is recommended the final Plan be adopted for distribution and implementation.  As specified by the Act, a copy will then be forwarded to the Minister for Local Government.

Chief Executive Officer Explanatory Note

Cr Desiato was not present for the vote on this item.  Cr Desiato entered the Council Chamber prior to the vote on item 4.1.2.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council resolve to:

1.       Adopt the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2019-2020.

2.       Note that the Strategic Resource Plan 2019-23 will be considered in conjunction with the Annual Budget 2019/20 and is referred to in the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all.

3.       Submit the adopted Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2019) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2019-2020 to the Minister for Local Government by 30 June 2019.

Council Resolution

Moved:                       Cr Alessi

Seconded:               Cr Joseph

 

THAT Council resolve to adopt the Recommendation.

Carried unanimously

 


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4.1.2      DECLARATION OF RATES AND ADOPTION OF 2019/20 BUDGET

Attachments:                        1        Council Budget 2019-20 Advisory Committee recommendations and copy of submissions

2        Annual Budget 2019-20

3        Strategic Resource Plan 2019-20

4        Rating Strategy 2019-20

5        Copy of Confidential information provided by submitters - Confidential

Confidential in accordance with Section 89(2)(d) of the Local Government Act 1989 as it contains details relating to contractual matters.    

Responsible Officer:           Director Corporate Services

Author:                                  Team Leader Financial Accounting   

 

RECOMMENDATION SUMMARY

1.   Accept the recommendations of the Council Budget 2019/20 Advisory Committee (“Committee”) outlined in Attachment 1, having heard and considered public submissions on the proposed 2019/20 Annual Budget, noting that the Committee’s recommendations have added a net cost of $93,868 to the budget.

2.   Increase the Citizenship Ceremonies budget by $42,240.

3.   Adopt the 2019/20 Annual Budget (Attachment 2) and 2018-22 Strategic Resource Plan (Attachment 3), noting that both documents have been updated in accordance with item 1 and 2 above.

4.   Authorise the Chief Executive Officer to give public notice of this decision to adopt the Budget, in accordance with section 130(2) of the Local Government Act 1989 (“the Act”).

5.   Declare that the general rate be declared in respect of the 2019/20 financial year; and

6.   Adopt the 2019/20 Rating Strategy (Attachment 4).

KEY FACTS AND / OR ISSUES

The purpose of this report is to consider the outcomes from the Council Budget Submissions Advisory Committee Meeting held on 22 May 2019 (Attachment 1) and adopt the 2019/20 Annual Budget (Attachment 2).

·    Council approved the 2019/20 Proposed Budget for advertising at the Special Council Meeting held 26 March 2019. 

·    Following the statutory budget submission period (28 Mar 2019 – 26 Apr 2019), 17 written submissions were received.

·    The Committee considered all written and oral submissions that were received and has recommended 7 changes to the Draft 2019/20 Budget at a net cost of $104,868, of which $11,000 was already included in the Draft 2019/20 Budget.

·    Officers are recommending a $42,240 increase to the Citizen Ceremonies budget, following recent advice received from Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs regarding an increase in the number of applicants being processed for Citizenship in our municipality

·    If the Committee’s and officer recommendations are accepted, Council’s budgeted 2019/20 cash surplus will reduce to $372,459.

 

Report

Background

Council resolved at its Council Meeting on 26 March 2019, in accordance with Section 129 of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’), to give public notice of its intention to adopt the 2019/20 Budget and to invite submissions on the proposed Annual Budget from the public.

 

In 2019/20 Council will spend $272.2 million which includes an operating budget of $199.5 million and a capital works program of $72.7 million for new facilities and infrastructure.

 

The proposed rate increase is 2.50%, in line with the order by the Minister for Local

Government on 20 December 2018 under the Fair Go Rates System. Council will not be

seeking a variation to the rate cap for the 2019/20 year and is very aware of cost pressures

on individuals and businesses, and has historically made every attempt to minimise rate increases.

 

In accordance with Section 223 of the Act, Council invited written submissions on the Proposed Budget.  A total of 17 submissions were received during the submission period, which closed on 26 Apr 2019.

 

CHANGES AS A RESULT OF SUBMISSIONS
The Committee considered all written and oral submissions that were received and has

recommended seven changes to the Draft 2019/20 Budget at a net cost of $104,868, of which $11,000 was already included in the Draft 2019/20 Budget.

 

These changes are:

-     $11,000 for Whittlesea Courthouse Visitor Information Centre

-     $6,368 for the Whittlesea RSL sub-branch for the illumination of memorials

-     $2,500 for the Whittlesea RSL sub-branch to help cover the cost of ANZAC day commitments

-     $15,000 to the ongoing development and growth of the Taste of Thomastown Food Festival

-     $15,000 for the Vic State Emergency Service to assist the volunteers service the residents of Whittlesea

-     $40,000 to continue to fund the Whittlesea Country Music Festival in 2020

-     $15,000 for Friends of Toorourrong to conduct the "Table of Plenty" event in 2020.

 

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Some key features of the budget include:

·         Operating revenue of $222.4 million (excluding developer contributions, non-monetary assets and non-recurrent capital grants)

·         Operating expenditure of $199.6 million

·         $12.22 million to provide services, programs and activities and enable older people to live

·         independently in their homes

·         $9.07 million for provision of family and children services

·         $4.89 million contribution to provide the Regional Library Service

·         $3.45 million for traffic management services, including school crossings and community

·         education programs

·         $5.74 million for public health services and programs delivered to protect and enhance community health, safety and wellbeing

·         $2.28 million for supporting local youth services.

 

 

Capital works

The Proposed Budget includes a new capital works budget of $72.7 million and $10.5 million

of works carried forward from 2018/19 including:

 

Improving roads, footpaths and bike paths

·   $4.1 million for construction of Findon Road extension from Williamsons Road to Danaher Drive

·  $8.9 million for signalisation of the intersection at Ferres Boulevard and Findon Road

·  continued investment in roads renewal and rehabilitation program, dogs off leash areas,

disability access and traffic management initiatives around schools.

 

Upgrading or building new community facilities

·  $9.7 million for Mill Park Leisure development

·  $2.48 million for Mernda Recreation Leisure Centre

·  $1.37 for pavilion at Painted Hills Recreation Reserve

·  $1.19 million for Norris Bank Recreation Reserve masterplan

·  $1.64 million for construction of Edgars Creek Community Activity Centre.

 

Parks and playgrounds

·    $1.1 million for ongoing program for upgrading playgrounds and general landscape

·    $3 million for developing an All Abilities Play Space in Mill Park.

Proposal

It is proposed that Council consider the recommendations of the Committee and Officer’s recommendations to determine whether or not they should be included in the 2019/20 adopted budget, then following this consideration, adopt the 2019/20 Budget.

Consultation

In accordance with the provisions of the Act, public notice has been given inviting submissions on the 2019/20 Proposed Budget.  A total of 17 submissions were received and considered by the Committee appointed by Council.

Critical Dates

The process adopted by Council was:

Council approved 2019/20 Proposed Budget for public notice

26 March 2019

Council gave public notice

29 March 2019

Period for lodging submissions closed

26 April 2019

Committee met to consider submissions

22 May 2019

Special Council meeting to adopt 2019/20 Budget

6 June 2019

SUBMISSIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

The Committee comprising the Mayor, Cr Cox, Deputy Mayor Cr Joseph and Cr Pavlidis were appointed to hear and consider submissions.  The Committee met on 22 May 2019 and gave each submitter the opportunity to be heard in support of their submission.

 

After hearing from the submitters, the Committee considered each written and verbal submission and made its recommendations, which have added $104,868 in expenditure to fund various requests, of which $11,000 was already included in the Draft 2019/20 Budget.

A full summary of the budget submissions and the recommendations of the Committee are included in Attachment 1.

BuDget adjustment recommended by officers

Officers have recently received advice from the Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, indicating that there is an increase in the number of applicants being processed for Citizenship in our municipality. To ensure that prospective new citizens can take their Oath or Affirmation and become a Citizen in a timely manner (wait period of between 3-6 months) Council will need to increase the number of Citizenship Ceremonies from 6 per year to 12 per year. As such officers are recommending a $42,240 increase to the Citizen Ceremonies budget (current budget $42,240), taking the total budget for 2019/20 to $84,480.

Financial Implications

The Committee’s and officer’s recommendations will add a net cost of $136,108.  The cost of these items will be funded from the initial budgeted surplus. If the Committee’s and officer recommendations are accepted, Council’s budgeted 2019/20 cash surplus will reduce to $372,459.

Policy strategy and legislation

Council prepares its annual budget under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014.

link to strategic risks

Strategic Risk Financial Sustainability - Inability to meet current and future expenditure

The budget is the key tool to manage Council’s short term financial sustainability.

Links to whittlesea 2040 and the CoUNCIL Plan

Whittlesea 2040 Goal                    Enabling the vision

Whittlesea 2040 Key Direction     Making it happen

Strategic Objective                        Our Council strives to achieve long term financial sustainability

Council Priority                             Organisational Sustainability

Declarations of Conflicts of Interest

Under section 80C of the Local Government Act 1989 officers providing advice to Council must disclose any interests, including the type of interest.

The Responsible Officer reviewing this report, having made enquiries with the relevant members of staff, reports that no disclosable interests have been raised in relation to this report.

Conclusion

It is recommended that Council adopt the amended 2019/20 Proposed Annual Budget and 2018-22 Proposed Strategic Resource Plan noting the changes recommended by the Committee and officers and notify each submitter of Council’s decision.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council resolve to:

1.       Accept the recommendations of the Council Budget 2019/20 Advisory Committee (“Committee”) outlined in Attachment 1, having heard and considered public submissions on the proposed 2019/20 Annual Budget, noting that the Committee’s recommendations will add a net cost of $93,868 to the budget.

2.       Notify submitters of Council’s decision and the reasons for the decision.

3.       Increase the Citizenship Ceremonies budget by $42,240.

3.       Adopt the 2019/20 Annual Budget (Attachment 2) and 2018-22 Strategic Resource Plan (Attachment 3), noting that both documents have been updated with the recommendations of the Committee.

4.       Authorise the Chief Executive Officer to give public notice of this decision to adopt the Budget, in accordance with section 130(2) of the Local Government Act 1989 (“the Act”).

5.       Adopt the 2019/20 Rating Strategy (Attachment 4).

6.       Declare that the amount which Council intends to raise by general rates is $149,252,358 and such further amount as lawfully levied as a consequence of this resolution.

7.       Declare that the general rate be declared in respect of the 2019/20 financial year.

8.       Declare that the general rate be raised by the application of differential rates.

9.       Declare that a differential rate be set for rateable land having the respective characteristics specified below, which characteristics will form the criteria for each differential rate so declared:

Farm Land

Any land which is “farm land” within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Valuation of Land Act 1960.

Other Land

Any land which is not farm land, including land which is used or adapted to be used primarily for:

a)      residential; or

b)      commercial purposes.

10.     Determine each differential rate by multiplying the Net Annual Value of each rateable land (categorised by the characteristics described in paragraph 8 of this Resolution) by the relevant percentages indicated in the following table:

 


Category

Percentage

Other Land (including Residential and Commercial Land)

0.05142437

Farm Land

0.03085463

11.     Record that it considers that each differential rate will contribute to the equitable and efficient carrying out of Council functions and that:

a)      The respective objectives of each differential rate be those specified in the Schedule to this Resolution.

b)      The respective types or classes of land which are subject to each differential rate be those defined in the Schedule to this Resolution.

c)      The respective uses and levels of each differential rate in relation to those respective types or classes of land be those described in the Schedule to this Resolution.

d)      The relevant -

i)       uses;

ii)      geographical locations;

iii)     planning scheme zonings of; 

iv)     types of buildings on; and

v)      the respective types or classes of land be those identified in the Schedule to this Resolution.

12.     Confirm that no amount is fixed as the minimum amount payable by way of general rate in respect of each rateable land within the municipal district.

13.     Declare that no incentives be given by Council for the payment of general rates before the dates fixed or specified for their payment under section 167 of the Act.

14.     Record that:

a)      Council grants to each owner of rateable land which -

i)       is located within or part within a Green Wedge, Green Wedge A or Rural Conservation Zone within the meaning of the Whittlesea Planning Scheme; and

ii)      is not less than 8 hectares in area or which, when combined with adjacent land in the same ownership, is continuous and not less than 8 hectares in area;  

a rebate (the Sustainable Land Management Rebate).

b)      The Sustainable Land Management Rebate be an amount equal to -

i)       30% of the general rates which would otherwise be payable in respect of rateable land which is 50 hectares or more in area; and

ii)      20% of the general rates which would otherwise be payable in respect of rateable land which is not less than 8 hectares and not equal to or more than 50 hectares in area or which, when combined with adjacent land in the same ownership, is continuous and not less than 8 hectares and not equal to or more than 50 hectares in area.

c)      The Sustainable Land Management Rebate be conditional upon -

i)       the owner of the rateable land (or his or her agent) bi-annually making application for the Sustainable Land Management Rebate to be granted;

ii)      the ability of the owner of the rateable land (or his or her agent) to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of their land, consistent with the assessment criteria stated in the Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme Application Guidelines;

iii)     the owner of the rateable land (or his or her agent) establishing to the satisfaction of Council such plans for land management works, and the carrying out of such land management works over a specified time, as are consistent with the Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme Application Guidelines; and

iv)     the application of, and compliance with, the Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme Application Guidelines.

d)      The Sustainable Land Management Rebate be granted to -

i)       assist in the proper and sustainable development of the municipal district;

ii)      support and encourage the application of sustainable land management practices;

iii)     preserve places within the municipal district which are of environmental interest;

iv)     preserve, restore and maintain places of environmental importance and value within the municipal district;

v)      improve the productive capacity of rural land; and

vi)     promote the objectives described in the Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme Application Guidelines.

15.     Record also that:

a)      Council grants a rebate to each owner (or, where applicable, occupier) of land comprising any part of the Melbourne Wholesale Markets (“the Markets”);

b)      the rebate became operative upon the commencement of trading at the Markets (September 2015), and is an amount equal to the rates which would otherwise have been payable in respect of the land (2019/20 budget: $834,412); and

c)      the rebate be granted to assist the proper development of the municipal district.

16.     Require that the general rates must be paid -

a)      By lump sum payment, made on or before 15 February 2020; or

b)      By four instalments made on or before the following dates:

i)       Instalment 1:      30 September 2019

ii)      Instalment 2:      30 November 2019

iii)     Instalment 3:      28 February 2020

iv)     Instalment 4:      31 May 2020

17.     Confirm that it will, subject to sections 171 and 172 of the Act, require a person to pay interest on any general rates which -

a)      that person is liable to pay; and

b)      have not been paid by the date specified for payment.

18.     Authorise Council’s Team Leader Revenue Services to levy and recover the general rates in accordance with the Act.

SCHEDULE

Farm Land Objective

To encourage the use (and continued use) of land for agricultural purposes, and ensure that such rateable land makes an equitable financial contribution to the cost of carrying out the functions of Council.  These include the:

1.   implementation of good governance and sound financial stewardship;

2.   construction, renewal, upgrade, expansion and maintenance of infrastructure assets;

3.   development and provision of health, environmental, conservation, leisure, recreation, youth and family and community services;

4.   provision of strategic and, economic management, town planning and general support services; and

5.   promotion of cultural, heritage and tourism aspects of Council’s municipal district.

Types and Classes

Any rateable land which is ‘farm land’ within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Valuation of Land Act 1960.

Use and Level of Differential Rate

This particular differential rate will be used to support farming by providing a discount for Farm Rate properties.

The level of the differential rate is the level which Council considers is necessary to achieve the objectives specified above.

Geographic Location

Wherever located within the municipal district.

Use of Land

Any use permitted under the relevant Planning Scheme.

Planning Scheme Zoning

The zoning applicable to each rateable land within this category, as determined by consulting maps referred to in the relevant Planning Scheme.

Types of Buildings

All buildings which are now constructed on the land or which are constructed prior to the expiry of the 2019/20 Financial Year.


Other Land (Including Residential And Commercial Land) Objective

To ensure that such rateable land makes an equitable financial contribution to the cost of carrying out the functions of Council, having regard to the relative benefits derived from the cost of carrying out of such functions.  These functions include the:

1.   implementation of good governance and sound financial stewardship;

2.   construction, renewal, upgrade, expansion and maintenance of infrastructure assets;

3.   development and provision of health, environmental, conservation, leisure, recreation, youth and family and community services;

4.   provision of strategic and, economic management, town planning and general support services; and

5.   promotion of cultural, heritage and tourism aspects of Council’s municipal district.

 

Types and Classes

Any rateable land which is not Farm Land.

Use and Level of Differential Rate

This particular rate will be used as the default rate that is applicable to the majority of the properties within this municipal district.

The level of the differential rate is the level which Council considers is necessary to achieve the objectives specified above.

Geographic Location

Wherever located within the municipal district.

Use of Land

Any use permitted under the relevant Planning Scheme.

Planning Scheme Zoning

The zoning applicable to each rateable land within this category, as determined by consulting maps referred to in the relevant Planning Scheme.

Types of Buildings

 

All buildings which are now constructed on the land or which are constructed prior to the expiry of the 2019/20 Financial Year.

MOTION

Moved:                       Cr Pavlidis

Seconded:               Cr Joseph

 

THAT Council resolve to adopt the Recommendation.

 

EXTENSION OF SPEAKING TIME

Moved:                       Cr Alessi

Seconded:               Cr Joseph

 

THAT Council resolve to extend the speaking time for Cr Monteleone for a further two minutes.

CARRIED

 

 

EXTENSION OF SPEAKING TIME

Moved:                       Cr Sterjova

 

THAT Council resolve to extend the speaking time for Cr Alessi  for a further two minutes.

LAPSED FOR WANT OF A SECONDER

 

Chief Executive Officer Explanatory Note

Cr Desiato entered the Council Chamber at 6.18pm.

 

extension of speaking time

Moved:                       Cr Alessi

 

THAT Council resolve to extend the speaking time for Cr Sterjova for a further two minutes.

LAPSED FOR WANT OF A SECONDER

council resolution

Moved:                       Cr Pavlidis

Seconded:               Cr Joseph

 

THAT Council resolve to adopt the Recommendation.

CARRIED

Division

Immediately after the motion was voted on, Cr Pavlidis called for a division which resulted in the following votes being recorded.

 

For

Cr Pavlidis

Cr Kozmevski

Cr Alessi

Cr Cox

Cr Desiato

Cr Sterjova

Cr Joseph

Against

Cr Monteleone

Abstained

Nil

Based on the votes cast during the Division, the motion was carried.

carried

 


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5.         Closure

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE MAYOR DECLARED THE MEETING CLOSED AT 6:26PM.

 

CONFIRMED THIS 2ND DAY OF JULY 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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CR LAWRIE COX

MAYOR