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Agenda

 

OF ADJOURNED SPECIAL
COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON

Tuesday 7 July 2020

AT 2.00pm

summons

 

You are advised that an Adjourned Special Meeting of Council has been called by the Acting Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 in Council Chamber, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang at 2.00pm for the transaction of the following business.

 

When attending a Council Meeting a condition of entry is to check-in upon arrival.  Staff are available to assist.

 

J CARBONE

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


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ADMINISTRATORS

 

LYDIA WILSON                           CHAIR OF ADMINISTRATORS

THE HON. BRUCE BILLSON       ADMINISTRATOR

PEITA DUNCAN                          ADMINISTRATOR

 

 

 

SENIOR OFFICERS

 

 

JOE CARBONE                                  ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BELGIN BESIM                                  DIRECTOR COMMUNITY SERVICES

JULIAN EDWARDS                           DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIPS, PLANNING & ENGAGEMENT

BEN HARRIES                                   DIRECTOR CITY TRANSPORT & PRESENTATION

AMY MONTALTI                                 DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

MICHAEL TONTA                              MANAGER GOVERNANCE

 


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ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

The Acting Chief Executive Officer submits the following business:

1.           Opening.. 9

1.1        MEETING OPENING AND PRAYER.. 9

1.2        ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS STATEMENT. 9

1.2        Present. 9

2.           Apologies.. 9

3.           Declarations of Interest. 9

4.           Officers' Reports.. 11

4.1        Corporate Services.. 11

4.1.1      Adoption of the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) A place for all. 11

4.1.2      Declaration of Rates and Adoption of 2020-21 Budget. 23

5.           Closure.. 297

 

 


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Note:

At the Chair of Administrators discretion, the meeting may be closed in accordance with Section 66(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 2020. The provision which is likely to be relied upon to enable closure is set out in each item. These reports are not available for public distribution.

 

 

 

Large Attachments:

Where large attachments form part of the Report, due to the size of the attachments – a copy has not been provided in the Agenda document

Copies of these attachments are available for inspection by the public at the following locations:

a)      Council offices at 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang; and

b)      Council’s internet site – http://cam.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/

 

 


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1.         Opening

1.1       MEETING OPENING AND PRAYER

The Acting Chief Executive Officer will open the meeting with the reading of the prayers:

 

Almighty God, we humbly beseech thee, to vouchsafe thy blessing upon this council.  Direct and prosper its deliberations to the advancement of thy glory and the true welfare of the people of the Whittlesea City Council.

 

Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.

 

Amen

 

1.2       ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS STATEMENT

The Chair of Administrators will read the following Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners Statement.

 

On behalf of the Whittlesea City Council I recognise the rich Aboriginal heritage of this country and acknowledge the Wurundjeri Willum Clan as the traditional owners of this place.

 

I would also like to personally acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.

 

1.3       Present

2.         Apologies

3.         Declarations of Interest

 


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4.         Officers' Reports

4.1       Corporate Services

4.1.1      Adoption of the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) A place for all

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

Responsible Officer:            Director Corporate Services

Author:                                  Team Leader Corporate Planning & Improvement   

 

RECOMMENDATION SUMMARY

That Council resolve to:

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

2.   Note that the Strategic Resource Plan 2020-24 (the ‘SRP’) will be considered in conjunction with the Annual Budget 2020-21 (the ‘Budget’) and is referred to in the Plan.

3.   Submit the adopted Plan to the Minister for Local Government.

KEY FACTS AND / OR ISSUES

·    The Draft Plan includes 31 major initiatives for the 2020-21 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 will be considered in context with the Budget.

·    The Plan remains unchanged following public consultation except editorial changes.

·    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 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.

Council’s strategic planning framework is based on the community’s vision Whittlesea 2040, which establishes four long-term goals and 12 key directions guiding all of Council’s work. In 2019, this framework was incorporated into the updated Council Plan. The fundamental planning framework remains unchanged for the 2020-21 financial year.

Achievements under the current council plan

Great community outcomes drive Council’s program of work. Over the past 36 months since the current Council Plan has been in force, Council has delivered numerous initiatives.

Amongst others, Council:

·     Developed the new vision Whittlesea 2040 A place for all in partnership with the community.

·     Prevented the installation of further electronic gaming machines in South Morang in a landmark legal case that will contribute to addressing the harmful impacts of gambling more broadly across the municipality.

·     Delivered more than $170 million in infrastructure and refurbished major facilities including:

State-of-the-art $25 million Mill Park Leisure Centre (approaching completion);

Whittlesea Swim Centre upgrade;

The Civic Centre redevelopment; and

Phase 1 of the Findon Road/Ferres Boulevard intersection upgrade and extension to Plenty Road.

·     Advocated successfully for key local infrastructure including:

Two new primary schools;

The O’Herns Road/Hume Freeway interchange;

Plenty Road duplication;

Mernda Rail extension; and

Mernda Town Centre.

·     Led an innovative collaboration with neighbouring councils to deliver the new Animal Welfare Facility in Epping.

·     Will save $28 million over ten years, grow local jobs and encourage social inclusion due to an innovative new approach to procurement.

·     Redeveloped and upgraded parks, gardens and recreation reserves including an all abilities play space, sports grounds, soccer pitches and pavilions.

·     Successfully trialled a food and garden organics disposal service.

Proposal

To update the Council Plan with the major initiatives for the 2020-21 financial year, an updated Plan has been developed (please refer to Attachment 1).

The Plan includes:

·    The four goals and 12 key directions under which Council proposes to plan for community outcome delivery;

·    Council’s 22 main community services; services under the ‘Sustainable Environment’ goal have been restructured to reflect the evolving challenges in addressing climate change and Council’s role in managing water;

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

·    31 major initiatives proposed for delivery in the 2020-21 financial year;

·    Council’s key achievements between July 2017 and June 2020;

·    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; and

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

Two editorial changes have been made following public consultation:

·    The major initiative ‘Municipal law review’ has been categorised under the key direction ‘A healthy and safe community’, rather than ‘A participating community’ (page 6); and

·    The word ‘recycling’ has been added at the end of the subtext for the major initiative ‘Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy’ (page 7).

It is proposed that Council resolve to adopt the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2020-21, note that the SRP will be considered in conjunction with the Budget, and to submit the adopted Plan to the Minister for Local Government.

Consultation

Extensive community consultation has been conducted as part of the Whittlesea 2040 development, which reached more than 4,000 individuals, community groups and organisations.

Councillors considered and provided feedback on the content for the Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) including the Council Action Plan 2020-21 at Councillor Briefings on 28 January 2020 and 18 February 2020. The Draft Plan was adopted for public consultation at the Council meeting on 16 April 2020.

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 Act between Saturday 18 April 2020 and 29 May 2020. 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 within 30 days of date of adoption.

Financial Implications

The Plan has been considered in conjunction with planning for the Budget and the SRP.  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 Act

·    Whittlesea 2040 A place for all

link to strategic risks

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

Council is obliged to develop a Council Plan under section 125 of the Act and consider its content annually.

 

Links to whittlesea 2040 and the CoUNCIL Plan

Goal                              Connected community

Key Direction               A participating community

 

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

The Plan establishes the new major initiatives for the 2020-21 financial year. It has been subject to a formal consultation period as required by the Act. It is recommended the Plan be adopted for distribution and implementation.  As specified by the Act, a copy will then be forwarded to the Minister for Local Government.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council resolve to:

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

2.       Note that the Strategic Resource Plan 2020-24 will be considered in conjunction with the Annual Budget 2020/2021 and is referred to in the Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) A place for all.

3.       Submit the adopted Council Plan 2017-2021 (Update 2020) A place for all, including the Council Action Plan 2020-21 to the Minister for Local Government.

 


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4.1.2      Declaration of Rates and Adoption of 2020-21 Budget

Attachments:                        1       Council Budget 2020-21 Advisory Committee Recommendations and Copy of Submissions

2       Annual Budget 2020-21

3       Strategic Resource Plan 2020-2024

4       Rating Strategy 2020-2021   

Responsible Officer:            Director Corporate Services

Author:                                  Team Leader Financial Services   

 

RECOMMENDATION SUMMARY

1.   Accept the recommendations of the Council Budget 2020-21 Advisory Committee (the “Committee”) outlined in Attachment 1, following its hearing and consideration of public submissions on the Proposed 2020-21 Annual Budget, noting that the Committee’s recommendations add a net expenditure of $150,200 to the budget.

2.   Accept officer recommendations regarding non-material considerations in the Annual Budget 2020-21 that have the net effect of improving the cash surplus position by $81,003 after factoring in the expenditure impact of budget submission recommendations made by the Committee.

3.   Adopt the Annual Budget 2020-21 (Attachment 2) and Strategic Resource Plan 2020 -2024 (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 2020-21 financial year.

6.   Adopt the 2020-21 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 11 June 2020 (Attachment 1) and adopt the Annual Budget 2020-21 (Attachment 2).

·    Council approved the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 for advertising at the Special Council Meeting held 16 April 2020.  The advertised proposed budget 2020-21 provided for a position deriving a net surplus of $88,269.

·    Following the statutory budget submission period (18 April 2020 – 29 May 2020), 14 written submissions were received.

·    The Committee considered all written and oral submissions that were received and has recommended support for five submissions totalling $161,200 with changes to the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 at a net cost of $150,200, noting that $11,000 relevant to one of the submissions was already included in the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21.

·    During the consultation period, further available information concerning some earlier budgetary assumptions have been enhanced.  This has resulted in officers being able to consider and recommend further non-material financial considerations to the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 which improve the cash surplus by $81,003.

·    If the Committee’s and officer recommendations are accepted, Council’s budgeted 2020-21 cash surplus will total $19,072.

 

Report

Background

Council resolved at its Council Meeting on 16 April 2020, in accordance with Section 129 of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’), to give public notice of its intention to adopt the Annual Budget 2020-21 and to invite submissions on the proposed Annual Budget from the public.

 

In 2020-21 Council will spend $289.3 million which includes an operating budget of $214.8 million and a capital works program of $74.5 million for new facilities and infrastructure.

 

The proposed rate increase is 2%, in line with the order by the Minister for Local Government on 13 December 2019 under the Fair Go Rates System. Council will not be seeking a variation to the rate cap for the 2020-21 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 14 submissions were received during the submission period, which closed on 29 May 2020.

 

CHANGES AS A RESULT OF SUBMISSIONS

The Committee considered all submissions that were received and has recommended support for five submissions totalling $161,200 with changes to the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 at a net cost of $150,200, noting $11,000 was already included in the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21.

 

These changes are:

·    $11,200 for Whittlesea Courthouse Visitor Information Centre to support their operations for 2020-21.

·    $20,000 to the Whittlesea State Emergency Services to support their operational work, acknowledging the impacts of COVID-19 on their ability to achieve critical fundraising during this period.

·    Develop an internal project working group to collaborate with the local community, especially young people, in exploring opportunities to install a BMX dirt jumps track in the Doreen area and allocate a project budget commitment of $50,000 subject to appropriate feasibility, risk assessment and community consultation being conducted.

·    $15,000 to Bubup Wilam towards engaging Elders and respected persons from the Aboriginal community to source research and narrate the untold stories in relation to the Indigenous Garden and the languages and heroes’ programs.

·    $15,000 for the engagement of an independent festival professional to provide advice and guidance to the Whittlesea Country Music Festival around creating a financially sustainable model of local festival provision and $50,000 as part of a three year service agreement and delivery plan to build the committee’s capacity to deliver an independent, financially sustainable community festival noting the proposed total for the service agreement of $100,000 spread over three years on a sliding reducing scale - Year 1 $50,000, Year 2 $30,000, Year 3 $20,000, subject to achievement of agreed annual milestones.

 

 

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Some key features of the budget include:

·    Operating revenue of $229.75 million (excluding developer contributions, non-monetary assets and non-recurrent capital grants);

·    Operating expenditure of $214.81 million;

·    $14.5 million operating and maintaining more than 200 community facilities across the City;

·    $17.3 million on the repair and maintenance of local roads and paths;

·    $23.3 million on providing waste and recycling services;

·    $16.6 million looking after and maintaining parks and open space amenities throughout the municipality;

·    $11.99 million to provide services, programs and activities and enable older people to live independently in their homes;

·    $9.18 million for provision of family and children services;

·    $5.22 million contribution to provide the Regional Library Service;

·    $5.06 million for traffic management services, including school crossings and community education programs;

·    $8.8 million for public health services and programs delivered to protect and enhance community health, safety and wellbeing; and

·    $2.13 million for supporting local youth services.

Capital works

The budget provides for $74.52 million of new capital works plus $9.7 million of works carried forward from 2019-20.  New Capital Works projects include:

Improving roads, footpaths and bike paths

·    $13.05 million for Boundary Road works;

·    $3 million for the completion of the Findon Road extension through to Plenty Road; and

·    Continued investment in roads renewal and rehabilitation program, pathways to stations, disability access and traffic management initiatives around schools.

Upgrading or building new community facilities

·    $4.3 million for construction of a Community Activity Centre – west of Epping Road;

·    $3.29 for Mernda Sports Hub – Mernda Recreation and Leisure Centre;

·    $2.53 million upgrade for McLeans Road kindergarten;

·    $2 million for construction of kindergarten at the Thomastown Primary School;

·    $1.8 million for streetscape improvements at the Lalor High Street shops; and

·    $1.24 million for streetscape improvements at the Thomastown High Street shops.

Parks and playgrounds

·    $2.03 million for final stage of the All Abilities Play Space at Mill Park Recreation Reserve;

·    $1.41 million for ongoing program for upgrading playgrounds and general landscape; and

·    $1.1 million for Whittlesea Public Gardens master plan implementation.

Proposal

It is proposed that Council consider the inclusion of recommendations of the Committee and Officers’ in determining the Annual Budget 2020-21 for adoption.

Consultation

In accordance with the provisions of the Act, public notice has been given inviting submissions on the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21. A total of 14 submissions were received and considered by the Committee appointed by Council.

Critical Dates

The process adopted by Council was:

Council approved Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 for public notice

16 April 2020

Council gave public notice

18 April 2020

Period for lodging submissions closed

29 May 2020

Committee met to consider submissions

11 June 2020

Special Council meeting to adopt the Annual Budget 2020-21

25 June 2020

SUBMISSIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

The Committee comprising the Administrator Ms Lydia Wilson was appointed to hear and consider submissions. The Committee met on 11 June 2020 and gave each submitter the opportunity to be heard in support of their submission.

After hearing from the submitters, the Committee considered each submission and recommended support for five submissions totalling $161,200 with changes to the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 at a net cost of $150,200, noting $11,000 was already included in the Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21.

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

BuDget adjustment recommended by officers

During the consultation period, further information continued to emerge that has enhanced some budgetary assumptions.  This has resulted in some further non-material financial considerations to the Annual Budget 2020-21. 

Financial Implications

The Committee’s and Officers’ recommendations will add a net cost of $69,197. The cost of these items will be funded from the initial budgeted surplus of $88,269. If the Committee’s and Officers’ recommendations are accepted, Council’s budgeted 2020-21 cash surplus will reduce to $19,072.

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

Goal                              High-performing organisation

Key Direction               More informed Council decisions based on strong advice and community consultation and engagement

 

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 Annual Budget 2020-21, Strategic Resource Plan 2020-24 and 2020-21 Rating Strategy, noting the changes recommended by the Committee and officers, and notify each submitter of Council’s decision.

As Council works within the current uncertain environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, added financial discipline, monitoring, and continuous improvement will be required to ensure that Council is delivering services in a cost-effective manner. As the financial effects of the pandemic become measurable, it may be necessary during 2020-21 under section 128 of the Local Government Act 1989 to prepare a revised budget should any material financial changes be identified.

 

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council resolve to:

1.       Accept the recommendations of the Council Annual Budget 2020-21 Advisory Committee (“Committee”) outlined in Attachment 1, having heard and considered public submissions on the proposed Annual Budget 2020-21, noting that the Committee’s recommendations will add a net cost of $150,200 to the budget.

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

3.       Accept officer recommendations of non-material financial considerations to increase the cash surplus in the Annual Budget 2020-21 by $81,003.

4.       Adopt the Annual Budget 2020-21 (Attachment 2) and Strategic Resource Plan 2020 – 2024 (Attachment 3), noting that both documents have been updated with the recommendations of the Committee.

5.       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”).

6.       Adopt the 2020-21 Rating Strategy (Attachment 4).

7.       Declare that the amount which Council intends to raise by general rates is $157,555,952 and such further amount as lawfully levied as a consequence of this resolution.

8.       Declare that the general rate be declared in respect of the 2020-21 financial year.

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

10.     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.

11.     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)

0.05144296

Farm Land

0.03086578

12.     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.

13.     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.

14.     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.

15.     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;  

iii)     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.

16.     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 ends on 31 August 2020, and is an amount equal to the rates which would otherwise have been payable in respect of the land for that period (2020-21 budget: $141,787); and

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

17.     Require that the general rates must be paid -

a)      By lump sum payment, made on or before 15 February 2021; or

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

i)       Instalment 1:         30 September 2020

ii)      Instalment 2:         30 November 2020

iii)     Instalment 3:         28 February 2021

iv)     Instalment 4:         31 May 2021

18.     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.

19.     Authorise Council’s Team Leader Revenue Services to levy and recover the general rates in accordance with the schedule in the Act as extracted below.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 Financial Year.

 


Adjourned Special Council Agenda                 Tuesday 7 July 2020

 

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