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Agenda and
Business Paper

 


Ordinary Meeting of Council

 

 

 

To be held on
Monday 11 April 2022

at 6:00pm

 

 

 

Civic Centre cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets,
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 (PO Box 20)
P 1300 292 442
P council@wagga.nsw.gov.au


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Mr Peter Thompson

General Manager

 


WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCILLORS

 

Mayor

Councillor Dallas Tout

 

Deputy Mayor

Councillor Jenny McKinnon

Councillor Georgie Davies

Councillor Richard Foley

Councillor Dan Hayes

Councillor Michael Henderson

Councillor Rod Kendall

Councillor Tim Koschel

Councillor Amelia Parkins

 

 

 

 

 

QUORUM

The quorum for a meeting of the Council is a majority of the Councillors of the Council who hold office for the time being who are eligible to vote at the meeting.


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Reports submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Monday 11 April 2022.

Ordinary Meeting of Council AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Monday 11 April 2022

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                       PAGE

PRAYER                                                                                                                       3

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                          3

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 3

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1           ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 21 MARCH 2022                                    3

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                    4

Motions Of Which Due Notice Has Been Given

NOM-1         NOTICE OF MOTION - VETERAN'S EMPLOYMENT AT WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                  5

Reports from Staff

RP-1            DA21/0604 - MULTI LEVEL COMMERICAL OFFICE & CAR PARK, LOT 7 DP 203835, LOT 1 DP 375748 AND LOT A DP 331461, 199-205 MORGAN STREET, WAGGA WAGGA, AND ADJACENT MORGAN STREET ROAD RESERVE                                      7

RP-2            WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCIL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO RICHMOND TWEED REGIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE                                                                13

RP-3            CORPORATE NET ZERO EMISSIONS 2040 STRATEGY                          15

RP-4            RESPONSE TO PETITION BY CLIMATE RESCUE OF WAGGA INC, CLIMATE ACTION WAGGA AND WAGGA WAGGA FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE ON COMMUNITY NET ZERO EMISSIONS                                                                                              25

RP-5            RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF MOTION - COMMUNITY NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET                                                                                                                28

RP-6            LAND SALES - RIFL INDUSTRIAL SUBDIVISION                                     36

RP-7            ACQUISITION, DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND POLICY         40

RP-8            RELINQUISHMENT OF EASEMENT - 34 KOORINGAL ROAD, EAST WAGGA WAGGA                                                                                                                58

RP-9            FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE REPORT AS AT 31 MARCH 2022               63

RP-10          COUNCILLORS AND MAYORAL REMUNERATION - LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2021                                                                          97

RP-11          REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE                                           118

RP-12          ADDITIONAL SPECIAL VARIATION (ASV) PROCESS FOR 2022/23       124

RP-13          COUNCILLORS' WRITTEN RETURNS OF INTEREST                             127

RP-14          RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS/BUSINESS WITH NOTICE                         167


 

 

Committee Minutes

M-1              CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES AUDIT, RISK AND IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE - 24 February 2022 and mid-year report for 2021-22                      170   

QUESTIONS/BUSINESS WITH NOTICE                                                                     181

Confidential Reports

CONF-1       EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - RIVERSIDE FOOD VAN                           182

CONF-2       EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - SALE OF LAND AT COORADOOK STREET, NORTH WAGGA WAGGA                                                                                   183

CONF-3       APPOINTMENT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS                        184

 


 

 

PRAYER

Almighty God,

Help protect our Mayor, elected Councillors and staff.

Help Councillors to govern with justice, integrity, and respect for equality, to preserve rights and liberties, to be guided by wisdom when making decisions and settling priorities, and not least of all to preserve harmony.

Amen.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Wagga Wagga City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri people, and pays respect to Elders past, present and future and extends our respect to all First Nations Peoples in Wagga Wagga.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing connection with the land and rivers. We also recognise the resilience, strength and pride of the Wiradjuri and First Nations communities

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 21 MARCH 2022       

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 21 March 2022 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Minutes - 21 March 2022

185

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

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Motions Of Which Due Notice Has Been Given

NOM-1           NOTICE OF MOTION - VETERAN'S EMPLOYMENT AT WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCIL

Author:          Councillor Dan Hayes

 

 

Summary:

Notice of Motion by Councillor Dan Hayes requesting that Council consider how improvements may be made by Council to enhance its ability to attract veterans to apply and for a range of job vacancies.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       receive a report detailing improvements to our recruitment processes, job vacancy notifications, website, and post application support with the aim to attract veterans to apply for positions at our Council

b       invite councils in the Riverina Joint Organisation and Canberra Joint Organisation to also consider improving their recruitment process to better attract veterans to job opportunities

 

Report

Each year approximately 6000 Australians leave the Australian Defence Force. These veterans have a set of skills and abilities that are transferable to the civilian workforce. However, transitioning from military life can present hurdles for some veterans, but employers such as Wagga Wagga City Council can help reduce those barriers.

 

The NSW Veterans Employment Program which is focused on NSW Government employment have worked with a small number of local councils to adapt their processes and information for council roles. Some of the strategies used include:

·    Asking about identifying previous service on applications as to not only measure whether we are attracting veterans to apply but provide either support and training if successful in the job, or feedback afterwards if requested.

·    Rank to Grade Guide which outlines the requirements of council roles and how veterans’ military experience can fulfil these needs at all employment levels.

·    Feedback to unsuccessful candidates upon request is a council commitment to assist veterans in improving their applications and interviews.

·    Linking the veteran with training programs which will help upskill them in the role they are employed to.

 

Some, if not all, of these initiatives are able to be easily implemented. They can also be adjusted to suit our region. It is important to note that his is not about creating formal identifiable positions as representatives of the veteran community have clearly stated this is a handout that is not needed or wanted.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

Code of Meeting Practice

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Growing Economy

Objective: We have employment opportunities

Outcome: We have career opportunities

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-1

 

Reports from Staff

RP-1               DA21/0604 - MULTI LEVEL COMMERICAL OFFICE & CAR PARK, LOT 7 DP 203835, LOT 1 DP 375748 AND LOT A DP 331461, 199-205 MORGAN STREET, WAGGA WAGGA, AND ADJACENT MORGAN STREET ROAD RESERVE

Author:                        Paul O’Brien   

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

The report is for a Development Application and is presented to Council for determination. The Application has been referred to Council following a Councillor workshop on the Morgan Street / Forsyth Street precinct.

 

The proposal is for a multi-level office and car park. The proposal includes:

·   5 storeys of commercial office space, comprising 7595m2 of GFA and 6730m2 of net lettable office space.

·   6 storeys of car parking accessed off Docker Street (with left-in and left-out access only).

·   Works within the Morgan Street road reserve for parking.

·   514 parking spaces across the site, including 484 car, 20 motorcycle and 10 bicycle spaces. 13 of these spaces are to be provided in the Morgan Street road reserve adjacent to the site.

·   Landscaping

The proposed building is to be 19.8m from ground level to the top of the roof level. A roof plant zone is proposed to extend a further 2.4m above the roof level.

 

The development is permitted with consent under the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 in the B4 zone.

 

45 submissions were received in total during exhibition. 35 by way of support, 9 by way of objection, and 1 that explicitly states that it is not an objection, but raises matters that are sought to be addressed.

 

The merits assessment of the proposal has determined that the development is generally consistent with the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010 and the Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010 (including height controls), that the impacts of the development are acceptable, and that subject to conditions, the development is acceptable in this location.

 

A full assessment of the Development Application is contained within the attached Section 4.15 Assessment Report.

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council approve DA21/0604 subject to the conditions outlined in the Section 4.15 Assessment Report.

 

Development Application Details

 

Applicant

Manuel Donebus, Damasa Pty, Ltd

Owner

Damasa Pty Ltd – Directors listed below:

·  Daniel Cark Donebus

·  Sandra Maria Weston

·  Manuel John Donebus

 

Development Cost

$25,500,000

Development Description

A 19.8m high (with addition 2.4m roof plant zone) office and car park building. The building includes 5 stories of commercial office space (7595m2 of GFA and 6730m2 of net lettable office space) and 6 stories of car parking (501 parking spaces). A further 13 new parking spaces are proposed adjacent to the site in the Morgan Street road reserve.

 

Report

Key Issues

 

·    Traffic and access

·    Overland flooding

·    Impacts on character of the area

·    Submissions

·    Tree removal

 

Site Location

 

The site subject to the Development Application is Lot 7 DP 203835, Lot 1 DP 375748 and Lot A DP 331461, 199-205 Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga. Works are also proposed in the adjacent road reserve of Morgan Street to provide additional parking.

 

The site is located on the north-eastern corner of Docker Street and Morgan Street, approximately 300m north of Edward Street.

 

Combined the site has a total area of over 5600m2.

 

To the north, west and south of the site residential uses, including single dwellings and multi-unit developments prevail. To the southwest is an area of open space.

 

Land to the east and northeast is used for a range of commercial purposes, including retail, medical and office space. A four storey commercial building stands on land immediately to the east.

 

Assessment

 

·    The site is zoned B4 Mixed Use under the provisions of the WWLEP 2010. The adjacent road reserve is zoned R1 General Residential.

·    The development is permitted with consent in the B4 zone. Car parking is permitted with consent in the R1.

·    The development complies with the controls of the WWLEP 2010 including in relation to building height.

·    The development complies with the numerical controls and objectives of the WWDCP 2010, including compliance in relation to building height, car parking, and the site-specific controls for the Morgan Street / Forsyth Street precinct.

·    The development is non-complaint with one non-numerical control of the WWDCP 2010, being C1 of Section 2.1. This control states that “Access should be from an alternative secondary frontage or other non-arterial road where possible”. Docker Street is a local arterial road. Whilst access is proposed off Docker Street, rather than Morgan Street, it is considered that Docker Street is an acceptable location for access and will ensure better traffic management across the site and wider network. The alternative of providing access off Morgan Street would provide an unacceptable load to the existing intersection and require major upgrades for this development.

·    A traffic impact assessment has demonstrated that the impacts of the development on the local road network are acceptable, with level of services for intersections essentially not impacted by this development.

·    Level of service issues at the intersection of Morgan/Docker/Bolton Street are because of a small number of vehicles making right hand turns from Morgan Street and Bolton Street, or travelling through between Morgan Street and Bolton Street. The proposed development will not increase the number of vehicles making this manoeuvre, due to the left-in left-out only access to Docker Street.

·    A flood impact assessment indicated that the impacts of flooding on adjoining properties as a result of this development are very minor, with Modelling showing a maximum change in flood level from the base condition of up to 0.03 m, in the 10% AEP and up to 0.02m in the 1% AEP events.

·    The flood study also showed that outside the stormwater channel proper and the immediate surrounds, that the flood hazard on the site is H1 and H2 (the two lowest categories) and concluded that flood hazard on the site would not be significantly changed as a result of the proposed development.

·    Impacts resulting from the proposal on surrounding development, such as from overshadowing and overlooking, are not considered to be significant.

·    45 submissions were received in total during exhibition. 35 by way of support, 9 by way of objection, and 1 that explicitly states that it is not an objection but raises matters that are sought to be addressed. Matters raised in submissions include:

 

Objections

 

o Construction impacts (including parking, noise, traffic and dust)

o Impacts on amenity of area.

o Out of character with area / height of building / visual impact.

o Negative traffic impacts / traffic congestion / impact on Morgan-Docker Intersection.

 

Support

 

o Positive Design (well considered, aesthetically pleasing, modern, improves character of area).

o Supports Health Precinct

o Consistent with DCP Masterplan.

o Economic development / positive economic impact / business attractor

o Meets a need that exists for more office space in the city.

 

·    Matters raised in submissions have been considered in full and have been addressed via conditions of consent where appropriate.

 

Having regard for the information contained in the attached Section 4.15 assessment report, it is considered that the development is acceptable for the following reasons and recommended for approval.

 

Reasons for Approval

1.      The proposed development is consistent with the provisions of the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010.

2.      The proposed development is generally consistent with the objectives and controls of the Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010 and where a variation is proposed, the variation is reasonable.

3.      The development is consistent with the strategic intent for the site, as previously supported by Council in the rezoning and DCP amendment process.

4.      Impacts of the proposed development are acceptable and can be managed via the recommended conditions of consent.

Financial Implications

N/A


 

Policy

Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010

Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010

Link to Strategic Plan

The Environment

Objective: We plan for the growth of the city

Outcome: We have sustainable urban development

Risk Management Issues for Council

Refusal of the application may result in an appeal process to the Land and Environment Court which will have to be defended by Council. The reasons for refusal will have to be justified and withstand scrutiny and cross examination in Court.

 

Approval of the application is not considered to raise risk management issues for Council as the proposed development is generally consistent with LEP and DCP controls and the proposed variation has been fully assessed and justified.

Internal / External Consultation

Full details of the consultation that was carried out as part of the development application assessment is contained in the attached s4.15 Report.

 

 

Mail

Media

Community Engagement

Digital

Rates notices insert

Direct mail

Letterbox drop

Council news story

Council News advert

Media releases

TV/radio advertising

One-on-one meetings

Your Say website

Community meetings

Stakeholder workshops

Drop-in sessions

Surveys and feedback forms

Social media

Email newsletters

Website

Digital advertising

TIER

Consult

 

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Involve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

DA21/0604 - s4.15 Assessment Report - Provided under separate cover

 

2.

DA21/0604 - Plans - Provided under separate cover

 

3.

DA21/0604 - Statement of Environmental Effects - Provided under separate cover

 

4.

DA21/0604 - Redacted Submissions - Provided under separate cover

 

  


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-2

 

RP-2               WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCIL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO RICHMOND TWEED REGIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE

Author:                       Janice Summerhayes 

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

The recent extreme weather events and resulting flooding in the Lismore area has impacted extensively on the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Services. As a gesture of support staff are recommending that Council donate $5,000 to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Services.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       donate $5,000 to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Service to support their recovery efforts from the recent flooding event in the Lismore area

b       fund the donation as detailed in the financial implications section of this report

 

Report

The recent extreme weather events and resulting flooding in the Lismore area has impacted extensively on the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Services. Whilst the State Library is not able to provide emergency funds to public libraries, they are however donating profits from a recent event towards flood affected Lismore and associated- Richmond Tweed Regional Library Services. Staff are also aware that the New South Wales Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) Executive have moved to provide support to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Service (Lismore). NSWPLA have donated an amount of $20,000 to the recovery fund.

 

Further to the State Library the Wagga Wagga City Library’s Program staff have been sharing and promoting the Lismore Library’s Facebook post – “Your Library needs your help” on our socials. It refers individuals and other entities to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library website for the best ways to help – financial and donations.

 

There are a few GoFundMe efforts to support north coast libraries and as a gesture to show our support, staff are recommending that Council donate $5,000 to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Services which can go towards the purchase of new library resources for the benefit of the communities living in the flood devastated areas such as Lismore. Donations are being directed to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library gift account.

 

This donation, alongside donations from others, values the important role that Libraries have in supporting their local communities and further assists the recovery efforts in those floods impacted communities. The budget for this donation is outlined in the financial section of this report.

 

Financial Implications

It is proposed to fund the $5,000 donation from the Mayoral and Civic Functions budget.  This budget has current capacity due to the reduced number of functions this financial year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on events.

Policy and Legislation

N/A

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: We are active community members

Outcome: We recognise we all have a role to play

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

Internal consultation with Executive and Library services staff.

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-3

 

RP-3               CORPORATE NET ZERO EMISSIONS 2040 STRATEGY

Author:         Carly Hood 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

This report discusses the draft Corporate Strategy which will outline how Council can reach the Corporate Net Zero Emission (NZE) by 2040 target set in April 2021.

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       endorse the draft Corporate Net Zero Emission 2040 Strategy to be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days

b       receive a further report summarising feedback and submissions

c        approve 100% of the budgeted savings from the Power Purchase Agreement to be allocated to the Net Zero Emission Reserve

d       approve the budget variation/s as detailed in the Financial Implications section of the report

 

Report

Following consultation with Councillors in February 2021 and a Council report in April 2021 Council        resolved the following:

 

That Council:

note the outcomes of the previous overarching target and additional sub-targets set for    2020

adopt a Community Target for Net Zero Emissions by 2050 in line with the NSW     Government

adopt a Corporate Target for Net Zero Emissions by 2040 and develop a strategy to   achieve the Corporate Target

rename the Sustainable Energy Reserve as a Net  Zero Emissions Reserve to fund future   programs for carbon offsets

approve the budget variations as noted in the financial implications section of this  report

f   write to relevant state and federal ministers and shadow ministers asking them to    consider both

i.       installing renewable energy onto social housing

ii.      incentives for landlords to install renewable energy options on investment homes

 

Council’s emissions profile does not include a wide variety of carbon sources and sinks such as existing trees on Council land, tree removal on Council land, closed former landfills, waste collection trucks, employee travel, road making and construction works etc which are mostly Scope 3 emissions. It is limited to the current and material emissions from activities where Council has operational or financial control over those activities or facilities. This includes emissions from:

·   Electricity

·   Gas

·   Fuel

·   Landfill operation

·   Wastewater treatment

·   Electricity for Streetlighting

 

Council’s Corporate Emissions (see Figure 1 Profile below) total approximately 85,000 tonnes/CO2e and is largely made up of legacy and non-legacy landfill emissions resulting from decades of sending  organic waste to landfill prior to introducing kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) in 2018.

 

The next most significant emissions source is from electricity used to operate our facilities, and electricity for streetlighting. The remaining categories (in descending order) are fuel for our fleet of vehicles, gas for facilities, and emissions from wastewater.

 

A forecast of business as usual (BAU) out to 2040 for Council’s Corporate profile accounts for negative impacts such as population growth (requiring more service provision), and positive impacts  such as grid de-carbonisation mean that emissions at 2040 would be very similar to where they are  now.

 

Figure 1: Council Corporate Emissions profile

 

The draft Corporate NZE 2040 Strategy outlines a number of abatement focus areas across this profile to reduce Council’s emissions.

Abatement Focus Areas

Landfill

Landfill emissions are reported annually to the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Regulator (CER) under the National Greenhouse Emissions Reporting Scheme (NGERS). This accounts for both legacy waste and non-legacy waste. The calculation is complex and is subject to change on an annual basis by the CER, meaning that the emissions reported can change by a few percent even with the same input of data, which is challenging when creating emissions inventories.

Emissions are created from organic materials going into the landfill and degrading into various greenhouse gases (predominantly methane) which are then reported as carbon dioxide equivalent tonnes (tCO2e).

Council has already taken significant steps to reduce this by diverting kerbside food organics and garden organics (FOGO) from landfill, and by capturing and flaring methane gas from within the closed cells. This entitles Council to sell Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

Further abatement actions could include the following:

·   Increasing the amount of FOGO diversion through education and further roll outs to commercial premises

·   Retiring the ACCUs generated

·   Turning the landfill gas capture into energy rather than methane flaring

·   Increasing landfill diversion of other organic materials such as textiles

·   Increased community education to avoid and reduce waste creation.

 

Detailed modelling can be undertaken to calculate what emissions are projected under different removal scenarios and decay models to determine what reductions can be achieved. A Waste Strategy (which may also include Circular Economy) for the whole local government area could be developed to address emission reduction targets and to achieve the targets within the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041, which specifically aims to:

·   Reduce total waste generated by 10% per person by 2030

·   Have an 80% waste diversion from landfill by 2030

·   50% reduction in organic waste sent to landfill by 2030.

 

The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy also states that to minimise the impact of landfill gas emissions, the NSW Government will require:

 

·   Separate collection of food waste from targeted businesses and other entities that generate the highest volumes of food waste, including large supermarkets and hospitality businesses, by 2025 and

·   Net zero emissions for landfills that are subject to an environment protection licence by a prescribed timeframe.

 

 


 

Recommendations

·     Develop and implement a Waste & Circular Economy Strategy

·     Undertake modelling of legacy and projected future emissions

·     Develop programs that will reduce overall waste to landfill and maximise   resource recovery

·     Implement the proposed energy-from-landfill gas project

·     Retire ACCUs generated from landfill projects

·     Participate in NSW Government programs and funding opportunities.

 

Funding sources

 

The NSW Government has and will continue to release funding streams for emissions reduction and waste reduction which will help Council in achieving these targets. The Solid Waste Reserve also exists to serve this purpose.

 

Electricity

 

Council has been carrying out a wide variety of energy efficiency and solar PV installation projects over the last decade to reduce our electricity use. This has included:

 

·    Upgrade of ~7,000 public streetlights to LED lights as well as several sports field lights

·    Energy efficiency measures for motors, pumps, air conditioning, heating and lighting at the Civic Centre, Civic Theatre, Historic Council Chambers, Library, Art Gallery, Airport, Livestock Marketing Centre, Tarcutta Truck Stop, Alan Turner Depot, Botanic Gardens Depot, Bolton Park Stadium and the Oasis

·   Solar PV installations totalling 235kW at the Civic Centre, Alan Turner Depot, Livestock Marketing Centre, Glenfield Road Animal Shelter, Riverina Regional Library, Senior Citizen’s Centre, Ashmont Community Hub, Glenfield Community Centre, and the Visitor’s Information Centre.

 

These have all achieved savings towards Council’s electricity consumption, but with the continued growth of the city and the additional infrastructure and facilities being built to service and accommodate that growth emissions still remain high.

In an effort to combat this Council resolved in April 2021 the following:

That Council:

a.   authorise the General Manager or their delegate to commit Council to participate in the LGP Tender process EL0121 for the Supply of Electricity (Renewable and Firming Power) for the provision of electricity under a Power Purchase Agreement(s) (PPA)

b.   authorise the General Manager or their delegate to enter into a contract(s) for the provision of electricity via a PPA, subject to LGP securing a supplier(s) the Tender Evaluation Team believe is reflective of the market at that time from the Tender EL0121 for the Supply of Electricity (Renewable and Firming Power)

c.   authorise the affixing of Council’s Common Seal to all relevant documents as required

The PPA contract was signed in November 2021 for electricity supply from 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2029 and includes:

 

·   Streetlighting and Large Sites supplied by Iberdrola Australia and Small Sites supplied by Origin Energy

·   The Streetlighting and Large Sites will be 100% renewable energy from 2025 onwards

·   Small Sites also have an option to be 100% renewable from 2025 onwards for an additional $25,000 p/a (assuming no further energy efficiency is achieved).

 

The PPA contract rates (supply of electricity only- network charges are non-negotiable) are projected to yield (assuming stable electricity consumption) approximately $1.03M in savings compared to our 2021 rates, and approximately $3.59M against what is budgeted for electricity in the Long Term Financial Plan. It is recommended that the savings from the PPA contract be placed annually into the Net Zero Emissions Reserve. The $ amount would be calculated annually at the end of the financial year based on electricity consumption for each year of the contract.

 

In order to achieve 100% abatement of our emissions from electricity, Council needs to take up the option to buy renewable energy for our small sites.

 

Recommendations

·      That Council transfer 100% of the savings from the PPA contract into the Net Zero Emissions Reserve. The amount would be calculated annually based on electricity consumption for each year of the contract.

·      Procure LGCs from 2025 onwards so that all electricity is 100% renewable energy

·      Continue to investigate and implement energy efficiency projects

·      Continue to investigate and implement solar PV and battery projects

·      Build new facilities to a higher standard of energy efficiency.

 

Funding sources

 

If the savings from the PPA contract are allocated to the Net Zero Emissions Reserve as recommended, the purchase cost for LGCs can be funded from there. Council could also look to pursue further energy efficiency and solar PV opportunities to reduce the amount of renewable energy that needs to be purchased. The Federal Government and NSW Government have various grants that can be used to supplement existing operational budgets that are routinely used to fund energy projects. The savings from these projects can also then be allocated into the NZE Reserve.

 

Fleet

 

Council has 173 vehicles in its fleet (109 classed as ‘light’ and 64 as ‘heavy’). To date, only one of these is an electric vehicle (EV). Consultants were engaged to conduct a feasibility of transitioning the fleet to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) over time. The feasibility looked at:

·   a BAU scenario (no change), where the current electric vehicle and hybrid vehicles would continue to be replaced with hybrid and electric (with a NPV of $20.06M)

·   a Planned transition (cost based), where vehicles would only be transitioned to hybrid or electric when the total cost of ownership (TCO) is favourable (NPV of $20.58M), and

·   a Leadership transition (technology based) where all vehicles would be transitioned as soon as a fit for purpose ZEV is available for purchase (NPV of $22.40M).

 

The Planned and Leadership scenarios both require a phased roll out of additional charging infrastructure to facilitate this change, which is included in the net present value (NPV) figures above.

 

While there are still significant barriers to the uptake of EVs the transition is coming rapidly, with almost all major car manufacturers now producing EVs and committing to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles altogether.

 

For the purpose of the strategy the ‘Leadership Transition’ pathway is used to model the carbon abatement opportunity to 2030 for Council, while recognising that this may not be Council’s chosen approach.

 

Recommendations

·   Implement the ‘Planned Transition’ scenario based on the availability of suitable vehicles and TCO price parity

·   Utilise the various Government incentives currently available for fleet transitions and charging infrastructure.

 

Funding sources

 

This is supported by the Federal Government’s Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy (and associated funding) and the NSW Government’s Electric Vehicle Strategy and the various funding mechanisms associated with that. Council could take the opportunity to utilise the funding available to kick start its transition in a cost-effective manner, placing it somewhere slightly above the ‘Planned’ transition scenario but well below the ‘Leadership’ scenario. If Council wish to pursue the Leadership transition scenario then additional funding of up to $2.52M (assuming no grant funding) would be required over the next 10 years.

 

Gas

 

Gas represents around 8% or Council’s energy profile and 2% of Council’s overall emissions profile. Council has four large gas accounts, and a number of smaller accounts at various facilities for hot water, heating, or cooking. The main accounts are at the Oasis Aquatic Centre, the Crematorium, the Eternal Flame and the Airport.

 

Recommendations

·   Replace all gas assets (except in the Crematorium and Eternal Flame) with electric as assets reach end of life

·   Exclude gas assets in new builds or upgrades.

 

Funding sources

 

Where possible Council can look to transition facilities to electricity as each asset reaches end of life, or sooner if suitable grant funding is available. This is anticipated to save Council money as well as reducing emissions and can be funded from existing operational budgets.

 

Wastewater

 

Council is not required to report our emissions from wastewater treatment under the NGERS. There are a number of uncertainties in the estimation of emissions from wastewater collection and treatment systems including the extent of methane direct emissions and direct nitrous oxide emissions from treatment processes, and these vary from plant to plant. The NSW Sewage Treatment Works Calculator was used to estimate the emissions, and a very conservative estimate is that emissions from Council’s seven treatment plants represents around 2% of Council’s overall emissions profile.

 

Recommendations

·   Improve the data quality for wastewater emissions

·   Implement any technologically and financially feasible emission reduction actions identified.

 

Funding sources

 

To accurately capture this data and assess what opportunities exist for emissions reduction, Council would need to commission a separate study. Actions deemed feasible and worthwhile from that study would then be funded from the Sewer Reserve.

 

Offsets & Carbon sequestration

 

It is extremely challenging to avoid all greenhouse gas emissions, and Council will need to purchase or create carbon offsets to compensate for the remaining emissions. Depending on which abatement options are pursued and the success of those measures, high level estimates indicate that Council could be left with approximately 20-30,000 tCO2e to offset by 2040.

 

There are many different offsets available to purchase on the market. The most robust and transparent of these (where the offsets are based in Australia) are Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). The current ACCU price is $17/ tCO2e. This would give an indicative cost of approximately $340,000 per year to reach net zero emissions after abatement activities have been completed. Purchasing ACCUs or other accredited carbon certificates is not the only way to offset emissions.

 

Sequestering carbon through revegetation projects is a proven methodology that creates offsets for a 25-year period. This approach may prove more cost effective than purchasing offsets over the long term. It should also be noted that the option to sequester carbon through tree planting also has one other very significant co-benefit. It has the potential for Council to also meet the overarching target in the Wagga Wagga Biodiversity Strategy: Maldhangilanha which aims to increase the area of threatened native vegetation in the LGA by 10% (1,900ha) by 2030.

 

A full feasibility study and plan for offsetting would be required to ensure thorough research can inform robust decision making prior to any potential investment. This should also consider as far as possible the net amount of vegetation existing on Council land, accounting for additional plantings and removals over time.

 

Recommendations

·      Improve data quality on net carbon levels for vegetation

·      Develop a Carbon Offset Plan that considers feasibility of purchasing accredited offsets and/or creating offsets through revegetation.

 

Funding sources

 

The intent of Council’s NZE Reserve is to fund this. The financial implications section below shows the potential reserve amounts available if Council chooses to allocate the savings from the PPA into the NZE Reserve.

 

Monitoring and review

 

Staff will report back on the Corporate NZE 2040 Strategy each year through the Community Strategic Plan’s Annual Report, and a significant review of the Strategy will take place in 2030 to evaluate and reaffirm Council’s progress and the identified strategies to achieve NZE by 2040.

 

Financial Implications

As indicated in the report there are numerous Federal and State Government grant opportunities currently and proposed in the future to drive change in key focus areas and meet the Governments NZE targets.

 

These grants should be pursued to supplement the existing funding that Council has available in the following areas:

 

·   Solid Waste Reserve: $20.61M (Landfill emissions)

·   Sewer Reserve: $27.78M (Wastewater emissions)

·   Plant Replacement Reserve: $2.45M (Fleet emissions)

·   NZE Reserve: $150k (Electricity emissions and carbon offsets).

 

The PPA contract rates (supply of electricity only) are projected to yield (assuming stable consumption) approximately $1.03M in savings compared to our 2021 rates, and approximately $3.59M against what is budgeted for electricity expenditure in the Long Term Financial Plan which uses a 7% indexation when preparing budget estimates for electricity costs. The figures below are an estimate of Council’s savings against this when compared to the pricing locked in for the 7-year period of the PPA.

 

It is recommended that 100% of the savings from the PPA contract be placed annually into the NZE Reserve. The amount would be calculated annually at the end of the financial year based on electricity consumption for each year of the contract.

 

As indicated previously the NZE Reserve would fund the cost of LGCs to offset our small sites electricity consumption, develop a plan for carbon offsets and partially fund future offset and sequestration projects.

 

It is also proposed that the NZE Reserve be used to fund a 4-year NZE Project Officer to program and commence delivery of the actions needed to achieve NZE by 2040.

 

NZE Reserve

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

LTFP budget PPA savings*

0

$299k

$382k

$377k

$473k

$576k

$684k

$803k

Energy projects potential savings (estimated)

0

$30k

$40k

$40k

$40k

$40k

$50k

$50k

Small  sites

PPA offset    cost

0

0

0

-$25k

-$25k

-$25k

-$25k

-$25k

Carbon Offset Plan development

0

0

-$30k

   0

0

0

0

0

NZE Project Officer cost

-$55k

-$85k

-$85k

-$85k

0

0

0

0

Reserve Total

$95K

$339K

$646K

$953K

$1.44M

$2.03M

$2.74M

$3.57M

 

*Based on 100% of savings from PPA being transferred.

 

If 100% allocation of LTFP savings from the PPA is approved by Council as per the recommendation, this will significantly contribute towards the cost of reaching NZE by 2040 without increasing the current budget deficit.

Policy and Legislation

Climate Change (Emissions Targets) Bill 2021

NSW Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030

NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041

NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy 2021

NSW Electricity Strategy 2019

 

Link to Strategic Plan

The Environment

Objective: We create a sustainable environment for future generations

Outcome: We demonstrate sustainable practices

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

The NSW Government’s ‘Guide to Climate Change Risk Assessment for NSW Local Government 2019’ notes that Councils are often at the forefront of addressing climate impacts, and communities will increasingly look to their Council to provide solutions to adapt to, manage, transfer or share the risks associated with climate change impacts.

 

Achieving net zero emissions will slow down the increase in global temperatures and the associated increased likelihood of climate-related risks for natural and human systems.

Internal / External Consultation

Internal consultation was undertaken with relevant Council staff, the Executive Team and Councillors.

 

The draft Corporate NZE 2040 Strategy relates to Council’s emissions but will be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Draft Corporate NZE 2040 Strategy - Provided under separate cover

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-4

 

RP-4               RESPONSE TO PETITION BY CLIMATE RESCUE OF WAGGA INC, CLIMATE ACTION WAGGA AND WAGGA WAGGA FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE ON COMMUNITY NET ZERO EMISSIONS

Author:         Mark Gardiner 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

A petition coordinated by Climate Rescue of Wagga Wagga Inc, Climate Action Wagga, and Wagga Wagga Fridays for Future was reported to Council at its meeting 21 March 2022. The petition requests Council to: Support an interim net zero emissions target of 50% reduction in community emissions by 2030; Develop a plan for its role; Consult with the community on how to economically achieve emission reductions.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       receive and note the report

b       endorse an interim community net zero emissions target of 50% reduction in community emissions by 2030 as detailed in this report

c        develop a roadmap that outlines Councils role in the community achieving both the 2030 and 2050 net zero emissions targets

d       endorse staff to facilitate 6 monthly forums comprising of representatives of relevant community and business groups with State Government agencies to discuss the approach to community net zero emissions

e       approve the budget variation/s as detailed in the Financial Implications section of the report

 

Report

Council received an on-line petition and a hard copy petition on 7 March 2022 from Climate Rescue of Wagga Wagga Inc, Climate Action Wagga, and Wagga Wagga Fridays for Future.

 

Council resolved at its meeting 21 March 2022:

 

That Council:

a.   receive and note the petition

b.   receive a further report at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 11 April 2022                           in response to the petition received

 

The action requested in the Petition calls on “Wagga Council to ambitiously support community net zero emissions.”

 

We call on Council to:

 

·    Support an interim target of 50% reduction in Community Emissions by 2030, in line with the NSW Government 2030 Target

 

·    Develop a plan for its role in the community achieving both this 2030 target and the 2050 target of community Net Zero Emissions

 

·    Consult with the community on how to economically achieve emission reductions

 

We also call on Council to include these commitments in the Wagga Community Strategic Plan.

 

In April 2021 Council adopted net zero emission (NZE) targets that included a Corporate NZE target by 2040 and a community NZE target by 2050. The intent of the community NZE target was to reflect and support the NSW State Government in its goals to achieve emission reduction. Council has a key role in helping to achieve this goal through demonstrating leadership, raising awareness and encouraging action at a local level. It was not intended that Council would become responsible for the delivery of the community target or funding specific objectives/programs of the State Government.

 

Since Council adopted a community NZE target, the NSW Government has revised its objectives to half emissions by 2030 as an interim target to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Given the intent of setting our community NZE target was to align with the NSW Government NZE target, it is recommended that Council consider adopting an interim community NZE target of 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Noting Councils role of demonstrating leadership, raising awareness and encouraging action at a local level will be within our existing resources and available budgets. If there are expectations of Council funding and delivering programs at an increased level this would require an increase in budget allocations and resources.       

 

It is also recommended that Council staff develop a roadmap that outlines and provides clarity regarding Councils role in the community achieving both the 2030 and 2050 net zero emissions targets. This will provide a clear direction on what part Council will play in supporting the State Governments NZE targets.    

 

To enhance consultation with the community on how to achieve the community  emission reductions it is recommended a 6 monthly forum be held comprising of representatives of business, community groups and State Government agencies to discuss the approach to community net zero emissions. This format allows Council to have State government participate and a wider reach for contributions by other stakeholders, business organisations and community groups, rather than a limited number of individuals in a formal committee environment.

 

The current draft suite of integrated planning and reporting documents already has an action to “Support and empower our community to reach net zero emissions by 2050”. If Council adopts the recommendations in this report, the current draft will be amended to reflect the interim target for 2030, and include development of a roadmap that will outline Council’s role in the journey to NZE by 2050.

 

Financial Implications

It is estimated $15,000 would be required to develop a roadmap that outlines Councils role in the community achieving both the 2030 and 2050 net zero emissions targets.

 

The $15,000 would be funded from the Energy Initiatives budget, which has a budget allocation of $103,000 for 2021/22 with $45,485 currently committed as of 22 March 2022, leaving a budget remaining of $57,515.

 

If there are expectations of Council funding and delivering programs at an increased level this would require an increase in budget allocations and resources.       

 

Policy and Legislation

Petitions Management Policy – POL 086

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: City of Wagga Wagga services reflect the needs of the community

Outcome: We have access to the City of Wagga Wagga

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

The NSW Government’s ‘Guide to Climate Change Risk Assessment for NSW Local Government 2019’ notes that Councils are often at the forefront of addressing climate impacts, and communities will increasingly look to their Council to provide solutions to adapt to, manage, transfer or share the risks associated with climate change impacts. 

 

Achieving net zero emissions will slow down the increase in global temperatures and the associated increased likelihood of climate-related risks for natural and human systems.

Internal / External Consultation

Internal with Corporate Strategy in terms of the Community Strategic Plan considerations.

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-5

 

RP-5               RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF MOTION - COMMUNITY NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET

Author:         Mark Gardiner 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

Council received a notice of motion at its meeting 31 January 2022 from Councillor McKinnon regarding the Wagga Wagga community net zero emissions target. This report provides a response to the matters raised. 

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Report

Council received a Notice of Motion at its meeting 31 January 2022 from Councillor McKinnon and resolved:

 

That Council:

a     notes that in April 2021 Council adopted a community target for Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2050, in line with the NSW Government target

b     notes that Council’s commitment to NZE for the community by 2050 will have implications for the review currently being undertaken of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting suite of documents

c     receives a report by April 2022 addressing the following:

i.     what are the implications for Wagga’s community zero emissions target of the changes made by the NSW government in September 2021 to include the objective of ‘lowering emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030’?

ii.    what current actions are being taken by Council to lead the community, or to develop community leadership, regarding the community NZE target?

iii.   given the urgency of the action needed to achieve the emissions reduction targets, what would be the advantages / disadvantages of the establishment of a community advisory committee for the NZE target?

iv.   what changes to the CSP will be needed in order to reflect the urgency of the emissions reduction targets and the actions that the community will need to take?

v.    what community education programs are in place or are planned regarding the community NZE targets?

vi.   how council support of the community NZE target could be funded for example through Government grants


 

The following is in response to the Notice of Motion:

 

What are the implications for Wagga’s community zero emissions target of the changes made by the NSW government in September 2021 to include the objective of ‘lowering emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030’?

 

The NSW Government has set objectives to half emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The NSW Net Zero Plan (Stage 1: 2020 – 2030) proposes to reduce emissions (NZE) by growing the economy, creating jobs and reducing household costs, while delivering a 50% cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. The Plan acknowledges achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will require action from the State and Commonwealth Governments, local government, business, communities and individuals. The Plan identifies four priority areas:

 

1.    Drive uptake of proven emissions reduction technologies that grow the economy, create new jobs or reduce the cost of living

 

2.    Empower consumers and businesses to make sustainable choices

 

3.    Invest in the next wave of emissions reduction innovation to ensure economic prosperity from decarbonisation beyond 2030

 

4.    Ensure the NSW Government leads by example

 

Although the NSW Government targets are currently not mandated, a current Bill before the NSW Parliament (Climate Change (Emissions Targets) Bill 2021) may see these targets become legislated. Council has a key role in helping to achieve this goal through demonstrating leadership, raising awareness and encouraging action at a local level. Given the intent of setting our Community Net Zero Emission target was to align with the NSW Government NZE target, Council should further consider adopting an interim Community Net Zero Emission target of 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Noting this is a recommendation provided within the community NZE petition report.    

 

The Wagga Wagga community emissions profile (Figure 1 below) identifies energy, transport, waste and agriculture as the main sources of the emissions. Ironbark Sustainability calculated the community emissions to be 1,091,000 t CO2e for 2019/2020. The methodology used in estimating the community emissions is based on the system used by the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). It is largely modelled data, based on portioning state level data sets and scaling them to the Local Government Area using a relevant metric.         

 


 

Figure 1: 2019/20 Wagga Wagga Emissions Snapshot (sourced from snapshot community climate tool - Ironbark Sustainability and Beyond Zero Emissions).

 

The climate snapshot data is developed according to the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GPC). The data is accurate enough to support decision making to reduce emissions to our Local Government Area (LGA) but is not precise. The data is largely generated from top down state level data on greenhouse gas emissions and accurately identifies the largest emissions. This data currently does not include any offset modelling for the sequestration of carbon within the soil or vegetation across the Local Government Area and will provide significant opportunity for offsetting community emissions.

 

What current actions are being taken by Council to lead the community, or to develop community leadership, regarding the community NZE target?

 

Council has continued to show leadership related to emission reductions since the signing of the ‘NSW Mayor’s Agreement on Climate Change’ through the Cities for Climate Protection Program in 2008 which committed to set reduction targets for 2020 and beyond. The adoption of further targets in April 2021 included a Corporate NZE target by 2040 and a community NZE target by 2050.  

 

Councils role of demonstrating leadership, raising awareness and encouraging action at a local level has included:

 

·        Incorporating NZE targets within our key community documents such as the Community Strategic Plan and the Local Strategic Planning Statement that includes support for the NSW Net Zero 2050 target.   

·        Membership of Cities Power Partnership and Sustainability Advantage programs.

·        Mayor presenting at the 2020 Climate Change March in Wagga Wagga.

·        Staff attending and presenting at local Climate Change forums.

·        Delivering projects that reduce emissions including:

 

o   Energy efficiency projects

o   Solar installations

o   Purchase of Electric and hybrid vehicles

o   Community electric vehicle charge station

o   Diverting food and garden organics from landfill

o   Active travel

 

Furthermore, the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct (SAP) aims to be a leader in industrial sustainability which includes a Net Zero Emissions framework. The SAP Master Plan states “it will provide a framework for the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct to become an Eco-Industrial precinct (built on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) framework) which will include achieving net zero emissions, 100% energy self-sufficiency, integrating best practice water cycle and waste initiatives”. This is significant given currently industrial energy use accounts for approximately 23% of the LGA emissions profile.     

 

Given the urgency of the action needed to achieve the emissions reduction targets, what would be the advantages / disadvantages of the establishment of a community advisory committee for the NZE target?

 

Community Advisory Committees provide:   

·        a means of communicating and consulting with members of the community related to programs.

·        organisations and community representatives to provide valuable advice and assistance to the Council

·        the community and other key stakeholders to participate in the setting of future directions

 

Committees do require additional resources including:

·      Preparation of agendas, reports and minutes

·      Professional staff and minute taker to attend meetings

·      Training to Committee members where required

·      Provision of a meeting venue and refreshments as appropriate

 

There are three (3) existing groups that are active within the Wagga Wagga community      focused on driving action on Climate Change. This includes:

·      Climate Rescue of Wagga

·      Climate Action Wagga

·      Wagga Wagga Fridays for Future  

 

The establishment of a community advisory committee for the Community NZE target may duplicate the work that is already occurring through community/stakeholder groups and an alternate approach could be to hold 6 monthly forums comprising of representatives of the community, industries and State Government agencies to discuss the approach to community Net Zero Emissions.

 

The community place-based forums is an approach that is in line with other priority area responses like the Access forums and community safety forums. This format allows Council to have State Government participate and a wider reach for contributions by other stakeholders, business organisations and community groups, rather than a limited number of individuals in a formal committee environment.

 

What changes to the CSP will be needed in order to reflect the urgency of the emissions reduction targets and the actions that the community will need to take?

 

Preparation for the draft revised CSP has been informed by changes to Wagga Wagga LGA since the previous Community Strategic Plan 2040 – Wagga View was endorsed by Council on behalf of our community in 2017.

 

The current draft suite of integrated planning and reporting documents already has an action to “Support and empower our community to reach net zero emissions by 2050”. If Council adopts the recommendations in Report 4 in the agenda, the current draft will be amended to reflect the interim target for 2030. It will also include development of a roadmap that will outline Council’s role in the journey to NZE by 2050.

 

Council has a role in helping to achieve this goal through demonstrating leadership, raising awareness and encouraging action at a local level, but will be reliant on the whole community, State and Federal Governments to take decisive action to achieve NZE.

 

What community education programs are in place or are planned regarding the community NZE targets?

 

As part of Council’s operational plans educational and engagement opportunities have over time been implemented at community events, through environmental programs and cultural facilities like the Art Gallery, Museum, Library and Civic Theatre by way of public programs, educational pieces, exhibitions and performances. Actions are also captured as part of particular strategies like the Biodiversity Strategy and Integrated Transport Plan e.g. the delivery of the Active Travel Plan. As part of Council’s strategies and operational plans it is envisaged for a focus and strengthening on actions where Council can resource or influence to support our journey to Net Zero Emissions.

 

The following provides a summary of the different emission sources and the potential for Council to influence change in the community. 

 

Energy Emissions

 

To influence energy emissions Council can:

·    Educate and encourage residents and businesses on how to reduce their energy use through behaviour change and equipment/appliance upgrades

·    Promote and encourage the use of renewable energy options

·    Promote State and Federal energy efficiency schemes, rebates and incentives

·    Help to reduce cooling bills in some areas by increasing shade

·    Help to reduce energy bills by enforcing BASIX requirements and other planning measures such as white roofs and energy efficiency measures through development planning controls

 

Transport Emissions

 

To influence transport emissions Council can:

·    Educate and encourage residents and businesses on how to reduce their fuel use through behaviour change

·    Promote and encourage the use of hybrid and electric vehicle options

·    Promote and encourage the use of public transport, active transport and car-sharing options

·    Promote and encourage the carbon offsetting of flights as a social norm

·    Facilitate on-demand bus services particularly for events

·    Ensure availability of appropriate active travel infrastructure and end of trip facilities in public places

·    Encourage and promote the installation of EV charge points in key public spaces

·    Put planning controls in place to encourage cycle parking stations and EV charging for large or high-density developments.

 

Waste Emissions

 

To influence waste emissions Council can:

·    Employ waste minimisation strategies at all Council facilities and events

·    Embed sustainable procurement and circular economy principles into all Council operations

·    Expand the gas capture network at the landfill

·    Explore gas capture technologies for the sewerage treatment works

·    Extend the roll-out of FOGO to commercial premises

·    Educate and encourage residents and businesses on how to reduce their waste generation through waste avoidance and minimisation (behaviour change)

·    Educate and encourage residents and businesses on how to reuse and recycle their waste more effectively

·    Promote and encourage the use of drop-off centres for problem wastes

·    Promote and encourage sustainable procurement and circular economy principles to residents and businesses

·    Put planning controls in place to encourage better waste infrastructure at large or high-density developments.

 

Agricultural Emissions

 

To influence agricultural emissions Council can:

·    Support local carbon farming opportunities and link local farmers to State and Federal grants, incentives and rebates

·    Support local agricultural research in partnership with Department of Primary Industries and Charles Sturt University

·    Support and encourage local farmers to undertake sustainable agricultural practices and regenerative farming in line with Local Land Services and Department of Primary Industries initiatives and programs

·    Support local community tree planting activities and explore partnerships with local farmers to plant trees on private land.

 

 

 

How council support of the community NZE target could be funded for example through Government grants

 

The community transition to NZE requires significant investment from both State and Federal Governments. It is anticipated there will be funding allocated by both levels of government to meet the NZE targets.    

 

The NSW Government is investing $1.4 billion through its NSW Climate Change Fund. They are providing funding for programs that will help households, businesses and communities benefit from clean energy and programs to promote energy efficiency. This includes:

 

·      discounts on high efficiency fixed appliances for households

·      discounts for small businesses to upgrade to energy saving equipment

·      training for small businesses to save energy and money

·      energy efficiency support for manufacturers

·      more efficient street lighting

·      new energy efficiency standards for appliances, buildings and infrastructure

·      the Net Zero Plan programs, including the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy; the Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program; the Hydrogen Program; the Energy Security Safeguard; and other energy efficiency programs for households and businesses.

·      a solar battery loan offer program for homes

·      smart energy storage for key government buildings

·      regional community energy projects

·      rooftop solar systems for eligible low-income households

·      the NSW Electricity Strategy and Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap programs, including developing Renewable Energy Zones in regional New South Wales and the Water NSW Renewable Energy and Storage Program

 

At a local level there are a number of community grant programs that community organisations could also consider for delivering programs.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

Climate Change (Emissions Targets) Bill 2021

NSW Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030

NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041

NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy 2021

NSW Electricity Strategy 2019

 

Link to Strategic Plan

The Environment

Objective: We create a sustainable environment for future generations

Outcome: We demonstrate sustainable practices

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

The NSW Government’s ‘Guide to Climate Change Risk Assessment for NSW Local Government 2019’ notes that Councils are often at the forefront of addressing climate impacts, and communities will increasingly look to their Council to provide solutions to adapt to, manage, transfer or share the risks associated with climate change impacts. 

 

Achieving net zero emissions will slow down the increase in global temperatures and the associated increased likelihood of climate-related risks for natural and human systems.

Internal / External Consultation

Internal with Corporate Strategy in terms of the Community Strategic Plan considerations.

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-6

 

RP-6               LAND SALES - RIFL INDUSTRIAL SUBDIVISION

Author:                        Chris Barrett 

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

This report provides an update on the sale of lots in the industrial land subdivision in Bomen adjacent to the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics terminal (RIFL).

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       note progress on the development of an industrial subdivision adjacent to the RIFL (Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics) intermodal terminal

b       authorise the General Manager or delegate to proceed with the sale of lots in the industrial subdivision via the process that is set out in this report

c        authorise the General Manager or delegate to seek any necessary approvals for the sale process from the Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation

d       request a further report to be presented to Council on the outcomes of the sales process

 

Report

Over the past two years, Council has been developing the first stage of a strategic industrial subdivision in Bomen adjacent to the new rail and road intermodal terminal (known as the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics terminal, or RIFL).

 

Lots in this subdivision are to be primarily targeted at freight and logistics operators and at related uses that may benefit from close proximity to the intermodal terminal.

 

While the land is under Council ownership and development works are being managed by Council, the cost of developing the land has been assisted via State Government funding under the Growing Local Economies program.

 

Development works are expected to be finalised in about six months. The process for marketing and selling lots is starting sooner, as there is already substantial interest from the open market.

 

The location of the RIFL hub (including road/rail terminal and industrial subdivision) is shown below at Figure One.

 

 

Figure 1 (above) – Locality Plan for Bomen Special Activation Precinct and RIFL hub

 

Figure 2 shows the provisional plan of subdivision, which identifies 13 saleable lots with an area of about 39 hectares in total (i.e. the average size is about 3 hectares).

 

Diagram, engineering drawing

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Figure 2 (above) – Indicative plan of subdivision for RIFL subdivision. This figure also shows the adjoining rail/road intermodal terminal, which is being leased to Visy Logistics and operated on its behalf by QUBE.  

 

Interest has been expressed in two sections of the subdivision by Visy Logistics (the terminal leaseholder) and ROBE (a major oilseed processing facility). The sale of the land of interest to these businesses will be negotiated separately.

 

The balance of the land will be offered for sale by way of a two-part process, namely expression of interest followed by select tender.

 

Marketing is expected to commence in May, with the finalisation of contracts expected to occur by October.

 

 

In accordance with the deed of agreement signed by Council to secure Growing Local Economies funds, net proceeds of sale after deducting relevant costs will be reinvested in the development of further stages of the Bomen Special Activation Precinct.

 

Outline of Sales process

 

The subdivision approval process has started but is not yet complete. An “off-the-plan” sale process is considered the best way to accommodate the expectations of prospective buyers who are keen to acquire land in the subdivision and start development sooner rather than later.

 

A special condition will be included to give certainty that the land is developed in a timely manner and not land-banked. Council will have authority to revert the land to Council ownership via buy-back at sale price if development has not substantially commenced within a pre-agreed time frame (indicatively, 18 months).

 

The sales options that is best fit for the RIFL industrial subdivision is a two-stage EOI process that includes select tender.

 

Qualitative criteria (value of development, timing of development, compatibility of development with the intent of the subdivision, namely, creation of a freight and logistics related hub) will be significant considerations in the assessment of market interest. Provision will be made to consider expressions of interest that offer exceptional public benefit but which may be outside the defined criteria.

 

The first stage of the sale process will be a widely-marketed EOI process. Multiple expressions of interest may be received for individual lots, overlapping expressions of interest may be received in relation to some lots, or expressions of interest may be received for lots in an alternative configuration (for example, potential purchasers may express interest in acquiring lots of 4 to 6 hectares, rather than 3 hectares).

The evident type and level of interest will be assessed and expressions of interest that are suitable for shortlisting will be identified. Thereafter, the sales process will move to select tender. Prospective purchasers will need to enter into binding commitments to secure specific lots.

Financial Implications

Transaction costs associated with the purchase, holding, development and sale of the lots identified in this report will be deducted from gross sale proceeds. On account of the commercially sensitive nature of the matter, detailed discussion about the treatment of the proceeds of sales is dealt with in the confidential attachment.

Policy and Legislation

The sales process is being carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act.

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Growing Economy

Objective: We are a Regional Capital

Outcome: We are leading freight and logistics centre, encourage business investment

Risk Management Issues for Council

The sales timetable that has been set out in this report is considered resilient and flexible enough to accommodate a range of logistical issues that could contribute to delays in finalising the subdivision process for these two sites.

 

The risk of attracting development that is not in keeping with the vision for the RIFL industrial subdivision, or of land being land-banked and on-sold, is mitigated by the inclusion of selection criteria that specifically address scale and type of development and also the inclusion of sales conditions that discourage land-banking.  

 

The risk of achieving a financial result that is not in keeping with Council expectations is mitigated by (i) the requirement for the successful marketing agency to provide a robust methodology for the setting of target price and (ii) vigorous marketing of the sales process both at a local and at a national level.

Internal / External Consultation

Councillors have been briefed about the sales process prior to the preparation of this report. Market soundings have been undertaken both in terms of pricing and level of interest. A number of approaches have been made to council representatives by interested parties, who have been advised that the land would be sold via a publicly accountable process such as a two-stage EOI process that includes select tender.

 

 

Mail

Media

Community Engagement

Digital

Rates notices insert

Direct mail

Letterbox drop

Council news story

Council News advert

Media releases

TV/radio advertising

One-on-one meetings

Your Say website

Community meetings

Stakeholder workshops

Drop-in sessions

Surveys and feedback forms

Social media

Email newsletters

Website

Digital advertising

TIER

Consult

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Involve

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

X

Collaborate

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

RiFL - Land Sales

This matter is considered to be confidential under Section 10A(2) of the Local Government Act 1993, as it deals with: information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-7

 

RP-7               ACQUISITION, DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND POLICY

Author:                       Matthew Dombrovski 

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

A review of POL 38 Leasing & Licensing Policy has been carried out. Significant amendments to the policy have been made, including the broadening of the policy to cover the acquisition and disposal of Council land. Accordingly, the endorsement of Council and subsequent public exhibition is now required.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       endorse the draft ‘Acquisition, Disposal and Management of Land’ Policy (POL 038)

b       place the draft ‘Acquisition, Disposal and Management of Land’ Policy (POL 038) on public exhibition for a period of 28 days from 13 April to 11 May 2022 and invite public submission until 11 May 2022 on the draft Policy

c        receive a further report following the public exhibition and submission period:

i         Addressing any submissions made with respect to the proposed Acquisition, Disposal and management of Land Policy (POL 038)

ii        Proposing adoption of the Policy unless there are any recommended amendments deemed to be substantial and requiring a further public exhibition period

 

Report

A review of the existing POL 038 Leasing & Licensing Policy has been undertaken. It was noted that as part of the review that Council does not currently have any formal policy in relation to the acquisition and/or disposal of land, and it was considered appropriate to incorporate this into the existing policy to create a broader Land Management Policy.

 

The draft Policy as attached has been revised with the following proposed amendments:

 

·    Change of name to Acquisition, Disposal and Management of Land Policy (POL 038)

·    Inclusion of Part 1 setting out detailed policy objectives and fundamental principles in dealings with Council Land. This section includes the inclusion of relevant legislative context and associated documents.

·    Inclusion of Part 2 detailing the process of acquisition of land and the principles that should be considered should be taken when considering the acquisition of land. This section includes:

o Information about the classification of land

o Acquisition of Land Framework and key principles of land acquisition including the Land Acquisitions (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991

o Details of valuation benchmarks that should be considered when acquiring property

o Details of the acquisition process including preparation of information brief and reporting to Council for endorsement.

·    Inclusion of Part 3 detailing the process of disposal of land and the principles that should be considered should be taken when considering the disposal of land. This section includes:

o Information about the types of land that can be sold by Council

o Disposal of Land Framework and key principles of land disposal process

o Details of valuation benchmarks that should be considered when disposing of property

o Details of methods of disposal including Auction, Tender, Expression of Interest and Direct Negotiation and guidelines for the use of each of these methodologies.

·    Renumbering of existing policy to Part 4 Land Management detailing the process of managing Council Land. This section includes:

o Amendment to methodology for the calculation of rental charges to specifically identify methodologies for grazing licences and road licences and/or enclosure permits.

o Amendment to particulars of rent review to include additional information about the proposed methodology of calculating rental reviews.

o Amendment to the requirements for tenants / licensees to pay outgoings and maintain the properties outlining how outgoings are calculated in circumstances where there are multiple tenants within a premises and what happens with improvements made by a tenant / licensee on the termination or expiry of a lease or licence.

o Amendment of provisions relating to the grant of leases and licences over Crown land in light of legislative changes including the introduction of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and requirements to comply with Plans of Management.

o Removal of separate provisions concerning the leasing of agistment land (ie grazing licences) so as to create a consistent approach to lease / licence renewal.

·    Inclusion of Part 5 General Provisions. This section includes:

o Provisions about use of standard contracts for sale of property and the use of the common seal.

o Provisions about the appointment of real estate agents.

o Provisions about confidentiality of Council reports.

o Provision authorising the departure from the policy by way of resolution of Council.

 

To allow community feedback on the draft policy, it is recommended that the draft Policy be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from 13 April 2022 to 11 May 2022 and invite public submissions until 11 May 2022 on the draft Policy.

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

Local Government Act 1993

Leasing & Licensing Policy (POL 038)

 

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: We have strong leadership

Outcome: We are accountable and transparent

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

Council policies are essential to ensure transparent legal, fair and consistent decision making across the Council. They support Council in achieving its corporate objectives, and provide a critical guide for staff, Councillors and other stakeholders. In the absence of effective policies there is a greater risk of inconsistency, confusion and inefficiency and can lead to non-compliance with the requirements of legislation and regulations.

Internal / External Consultation

To date, the Acquisition, Disposal and Management of Land Policy (POL 032) has been reviewed internally by staff.

 

 

Mail

Media

Community Engagement

Digital

Rates notices insert

Direct mail

Letterbox drop

Council news story

Council News advert

Media releases

TV/radio advertising

One-on-one meetings

Your Say website

Community meetings

Stakeholder workshops

Drop-in sessions

Surveys and feedback forms

Social media

Email newsletters

Website

Digital advertising

TIER

Consult

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

Involve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Acquisition, Disposal & Management of Land Policy (POL 038)

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-7

 
















Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-8

 

RP-8               RELINQUISHMENT OF EASEMENT - 34 KOORINGAL ROAD, EAST WAGGA WAGGA

Author:                       Matthew Dombrovski 

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

This report deals with a request received from NGH Consulting for Council to consider relinquishing an easement for the former proposed eastern industrial levee over property at 34 Kooringal Road, East Wagga Wagga.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       resolve to relinquish easement for the proposed eastern industrial levee over 34 Kooringal Road, East Wagga Wagga (Lot 72 in Deposited Plan 1149947)

b       authorise the General Manager or their delegate to complete and execute any necessary documents on behalf of Council

c        authorise the affixing of Council’s common seal to all relevant documents as required

 

Report

Council has received correspondence from NGH Consulting, acting on behalf of the registered proprietors of 34 Kooringal Road, East Wagga Wagga, Steele Norman Willis and Meeghan Caroline Willis.

 

The property at 34 Kooringal Road, East Wagga Wagga (being Lot 72 in Deposited Plan 1149947) is zoned IN1 General Industrial, and NGH Consulting has been engaged to assist them in undertaking preliminary investigations for an industrial development on the site.

 

NGH have sought clarification over an easement registered over the property for the establishment of the proposed eastern industrial levee. NGH notes that their understanding is that Council has resolved to abandon the eastern industrial levee, and therefore is requesting that Council formally relinquish the easement over the land.

 

Counsultation with Council’s Operations Directorate has confirmed that in the 2009 Wagga Wagga Floodplain Risk Management Plain, it was recommended that the proposal for a levee providing a 20 year ARI level of protection for the eastern industrial area should be removed from Council’s long term planning as council’s current filling policy will produce a similar effect without the additional loss of floodplain storage width. The following actions were noted:

 

·    F2: remove the eastern industrial levee from Council’s long-term planning.

·    F3: Continue Council’s current 20-year ARI level of protection filling policy for development in the eastern industrial area.

 

The subsequent 2018 Wagga Wagga Revised Murrumbidgee River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan notes these actions as having been completed and implemented. Taking into account the above, is recommended that Council resolve to relinquish the easement over 34 Kooringal Road, East Wagga Wagga.

Financial Implications

It is recommended that if Council resolves to relinquish the easement over this property, the registered proprietors should be responsible for payment of Council’s costs in relinquishing the easement. This would include legal costs & disbursements associated with the preparation and lodgement of relevant documentation with NSW Land Registry Service. Accordingly, there would be no financial implication for Council.

Policy and Legislation

Local Government Act 1993

Conveyancing Act 1919

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Growing Economy

Objective: We are a Regional Capital

Outcome: We attract and support local businesses and industry

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

Council needs to adopt suitable flood management and mitigation strategies.

 

Other landowners affected by the proposed eastern industrial levee may seek similar a similar relinquishment of easement. Given the recommendation that all costs associated are to be borne by the landowner requesting the relinquishment, there would be no financial implication for Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Internal consultation has been undertaken with Council’s Regional Activation and Operations directorates.

 

Attachments

 

1.

Letter from NGH dated 19 November 2021

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-8

 




Report submitted to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 11 April 2022

RP-9

 

RP-9               FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE REPORT AS AT 31 MARCH 2022

Author:                        Carolyn Rodney 

General Manager:    Peter Thompson

         

 

Summary:

This report is for Council to consider information presented on the 2021/22 budget and Long-Term Financial Plan, and details Council’s external investments and performance as at 31 March 2022.

 

 

Recommendation

That Council:

a       approve the proposed 2021/22 budget variations for the month ended 31 March 2022 and note the balanced budget position as presented in this report

b       approve the proposed budget variations to the 2021/22 Long Term Financial Plan Capital Works Program including future year timing adjustments and new projects

c        note the Responsible Accounting Officer’s reports, in accordance with the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (Part 9 Division 3: Clause 203) that the financial position of Council is satisfactory having regard to the original estimates of income and expenditure and the recommendations made above

d       note the details of the external investments as at 31 March 2022 in accordance with section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993

 

 

Report

Wagga Wagga City Council (Council) forecasts a balanced budget position as at 31 March 2022. The balanced budget position excludes the Wagga Wagga Airport estimated deficit result for the financial year – as previously reported to Council, any Airport deficit result will be sanctioned, and funded in the interim by General Purpose Revenue (via the Internal Loans Reserve).  The deficit results will be accounted for as a liability in the Airport’s end of financial year statements and paid back to General Purpose Revenue (Internal Loans Reserve) by the Airport in future financial years. 

 

Proposed budget variations including adjustments to the capital works program are detailed in this report for Council’s consideration and adoption.

 

Council has experienced a negative monthly investment performance for the month of March when compared to budget ($401,109 down on the monthly budget). This is mainly due to a negative movement in the principal value of Council’s Floating Rate Note (FRN) portfolio as trading margins on these securities widened significantly.


 

Key Performance Indicators

 

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

Total operating income is 75% of approved budget and is trending on budget for the month of March 2022. An adjustment has been made to reflect the levy of rates that occurred at the start of the financial year. Excluding this adjustment, operating income received is 91% when compared to budget.

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

Total operating expenditure is 71% of approved budget so it is tracking slightly below budget at this stage of the financial year.

 

CAPITAL INCOME

Total capital income is 44% of approved budget. It is important to note that the actual income from capital is influenced by the timing of the receipt of capital grants and contributions relating to projects. This income also includes the sale of property, plant and equipment.

 

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

Total capital expenditure including commitments is 70% of approved budget (including pending projects) which is as a result of purchase orders being raised for the full contract amounts for multi-year projects. Excluding commitments, the total expenditure is 33% when compared to the approved budget.


 

WAGGA WAGGA CITY COUNCIL
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
1 JULY 2021 TO 31 MARCH 2022

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT

 

ORIGINAL
BUDGET
2021/22

BUDGET ADJ
2021/22

APPROVED BUDGET
2021/22

YTD ACTUAL   EXCL COMMT'S 2021/22

COMMT'S 2021/22

YTD ACTUAL + COMMT'S
2021/22

YTD % OF BUD

Revenue 

Rates & Annual Charges

(73,169,576)

0

(73,169,576)

(54,856,246)

0

(54,856,246)

75%

User Charges & Fees

(25,224,298)

(268,906)

(25,493,204)

(18,909,888)

0

(18,909,888)

74%

Interest & Investment Revenue

(2,014,844)

0

(2,014,844)

(878,057)

0

(878,057)

44%

Other Revenues

(3,437,263)

(364,722)

(3,801,985)

(3,434,560)

0

(3,434,560)

90%

Operating Grants & Contributions

(12,902,235)

3,513,975

(9,388,260)

(7,294,918)

0

(7,294,918)

78%

Capital Grants & Contributions

(82,436,148)

(5,266,773)

(87,702,921)

(38,866,829)

0

(38,866,829)

44%

Total Revenue

(199,184,362)

(2,386,427)

(201,570,790)

(124,240,497)

0

(124,240,497)

62%

 

 

Expenses

 

Employee Benefits & On-Costs

49,289,314

(5,559)

49,283,756

33,503,049

0

33,503,049

68%

Borrowing Costs

3,211,705

(85,612)

3,126,094

2,040,923

0

2,040,923

65%

Materials & Services

35,727,106

7,297,621

43,024,726

27,080,377

4,472,053

31,552,430

73%

Depreciation & Amortisation

39,287,050

0

39,287,050

29,465,287

0

29,465,287

75%

Other Expenses

3,708,040

2,174,028

5,882,068

2,897,568

2,633

2,900,201

49%

Total Expenses

131,223,215

9,380,479

140,603,694

94,987,204

4,474,686

99,461,890

71%

 

Net Operating (Profit)/Loss

(67,961,147)

6,994,051

(60,967,096)

(29,253,293)

4,474,686

(24,778,607)

 

Net Operating (Profit)/Loss before Capital Grants & Contributions

14,475,001

12,260,825

26,735,825

9,613,536

4,474,686

14,088,222

 

 

 

Capital / Reserve Movements

Capital Expenditure - One Off Confirmed

75,756,060

32,778,701

108,534,761

44,850,540

34,469,965

79,320,505

73%

Capital Expenditure – Recurrent

18,512,675

1,034,259

19,546,934

5,543,549

5,753,305

11,296,854

58%

Capital Exp – Pending Projects

43,269,470

(43,227,470)

42,000

1,633

0

1,633

0%

Loan Repayments

8,236,502

(372,935)

7,863,567

4,302,377

0

4,302,377

55%

New Loan Borrowings

(17,678,518)

6,999,671

(10,678,847)

0

0

0

0%

Sale of Assets

(804,819)

(2,066,159)

(2,870,978)

(1,059,747)

0

(1,059,747)

37%

Net Movements Reserves

(20,043,173)

(2,140,119)

(22,183,292)

0

0

0

0%

Total Cap/Res Movements

107,248,197

(6,994,052)

100,254,146

53,638,351

40,223,270

93,861,621

 

 

 

ORIGINAL
BUDGET
2021/22

BUDGET ADJ
2021/22

APPROVED BUDGET
2021/22

YTD ACTUAL   EXCL COMMT'S 2021/22

COMMT'S 2021/22

YTD ACTUAL + COMMT'S
2021/22

YTD % OF BUD

Net Result after Depreciation

39,287,050

0

39,287,050

24,385,058

44,697,956

69,083,014

 

 

Add back Depreciation Expense

39,287,050

0

39,287,050

29,465,287

0

29,465,287

75%

 

Cash Budget (Surplus) / Deficit

0

0

0

(5,080,230)

44,697,956

39,617,727

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Term Financial Plan (Surplus) /Deficit*

 

Description

Budget

2021/22

Budget

2022/23

Budget

2023/24

Budget

2024/25

Budget

2025/26

Budget

2026/27

Budget

2027/28

Budget

2028/29

Budget

2029/30

Budget

2030/31

Adopted Bottom Line (Surplus) / Deficit

0

860,298

1,751,328

2,469,233

3,928,332

3,831,470

3,259,284

3,494,780

3,511,108

3,930,045

Prior Adopted Bottom Line Adjustments

0

(251,143)

(465,404)

(971,502)

1,045,839

(58,051)

(46,640)

(46,593)

(46,793)

(46,793)

Revised Bottom Line (Surplus) / Deficit

0

609,155

1,285,924

1,497,731

4,974,171

3,773,419

3,212,644

3,448,187

3,464,315

3,883,253

* Note that the Revised Bottom Line (Surplus) / Deficit shown includes adopted future year budget variations but does not include any pending adjustments made in the draft 2022/23 Long Term Financial Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




2021/22 Revised Budget Result – (Surplus) / Deficit

$’000s

Original 2021/22 Budget Result as adopted by Council

Total Budget Variations approved to date

Budget Variations for March 2022

$0K

$0K

$0K

Proposed Revised Budget result for 31 March 2022 - (Surplus) / Deficit

$0K

 

 


 

The proposed Operating and Capital Budget Variations for 31 March 2022 which affect the current 2021/22 financial year are listed below:

 

Budget Variation

Amount

Funding Source

Net Impact

(Fav)/ Unfav

2 – Safe and Healthy Community

Fire Control Centre Refurbishment

$25K

Rural Fire Service Contribution ($25K)

Nil

Additional funds are required for the Fire Control Centre Refurbishment due to increased fit-out costs and a slight change in scope. The project involves changing the current training room into a new operations room due to RFS outgrowing their current room. Council is managing the project with the expenditure incurred to be reimbursed by the RFS at the end of the project. This brings the total project budget to $95K.

Estimated Completion: 30 June 2022

Job Consolidation: 21460

 

Bagley Drive Land Acquisition

$65K

 Parks & Recreation Reserve ($65K)

Nil

Additional funds are required for the Bagley Drive Land Acquisition due to the independent valuation valuing the parcel of land as being higher than the original resolution (Res 20/008 RP-5 Proposed Acquisition of Bagley Drive Land). This will bring the total project budget to $150K and it is proposed to fund the variation from the Parks & Recreation Reserve.

Estimated Completion: 30 June 2022

Job Consolidation: 21086

 

Cremator Brickworks Reline

$200K

Cemetery Reserve ($200K)

Nil

Funds are required to reline the brickworks of the cremator at the Cemetery. The cremator is in poor condition and is unsafe to use until the repairs are carried out. The brickwork in the after-chamber and the ceiling of the main chamber has deteriorated, so it is not operating correctly and causing damage to the flue. The life expectancy for the brickwork is approximately 10 years and it has been 13 years since works on the brickworks were undertaken. It is proposed to fund the variation from the Cemetery Reserve.

Estimated Completion:  30 June 2022

Job Consolidation:  21816

 

4 – Community Place and Identity

 

Youth Program – We’ve got the drive!

$50K

NSW Department of Communities and Justice ($50K)

Nil

Wagga Wagga City Council in partnership with Mount Austin High School and NRMA have been successful in securing $50K from the Youth Opportunities Program funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The We've got the drive! project aims to address a gap within our youth population located in some of Wagga's most vulnerable suburbs.  It is designed to support up to 50 local youth to gain their learners license, through to obtaining their full driver’s license. The funds will be utilised to purchase driver vouchers to access the safer driver’s course directly from NRMA along with other resources to support the student learners.

Estimated Completion:  30 June 2022

Job Consolidation:  21814

 

5 – The Environment

Gentle Exercise Classes

$8K

Staying Active Grant ($8K)

Nil

Oasis has been successful in securing funding from Staying Active (Vitality Club) to conduct two additional Gentle Exercise Classes commencing May 2022. The funding will assist with the cost of room hire, staff, and other associated costs including promotions.

Estimated Completion:  30 June 2022

Job Consolidation:   28191

 

 

$0K

 

 

 

2021/22     Capital Works Summary

 

Capital Works

Approved Budget

Proposed Movement

Proposed Budget

One-off

$108,534,760

$290,000

$108,824,760

Recurrent

$19,546,933

$0

$19,546,933

Pending

$42,000

$0

$42,000

Total Capital Works

$128,123,693

$290,000

$128,413,693

 


 

Current Restrictions

 

 

RESERVES SUMMARY

31  MARCH 2022

 

CLOSING BALANCE 2020/21

ADOPTED RESERVE TRANSFERS 2021/22

BUDGET VARIATIONS APPROVED UP TO COUNCIL MEETING 21.3.2022

PROPOSED CHANGES for Council Resolution*

BALANCE AS AT 31 MARCH 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Externally Restricted

 

 

 

 

 

Developer Contributions - Section 7.11

(27,924,028)

547,854

(1,242,660)

 

(28,618,834)

Developer Contributions - Section 7.12

462,032

(28,215)

(3)

 

433,814

Developer Contributions - Stormwater Section 64

(5,936,952)

(617,863)

110,124

 

(6,444,692)

Sewer Fund

(29,992,670)

3,094,449

(880,201)

 

(27,778,423)

Solid Waste

(21,429,172)

10,541,347

(9,724,709)

 

(20,612,534)

Specific Purpose Unexpended Grants & Contributions

(9,204,765)

 

9,204,765

 

0

SRV Levee Reserve

(6,439,536)

 

139,774

 

(6,299,762)

Stormwater Levy

(4,588,976)

(352,886)

280,166

 

(4,661,696)

Total Externally Restricted

(105,054,067)

13,184,685

(2,112,745)

0

(93,982,127)

 

 

 

Internally Restricted

 

 

Airport

0

420,584

(420,584)

 

0

Art Gallery

(1,709)

0

0

 

(1,709)

Bridge Replacement

(296,805)

0

0

 

(296,805)

Buildings

(1,046,797)

159,433

(12,885)

 

(900,249)

CBD Carparking Facilities

(498,295)

498,295

0

 

0

CCTV

(100,843)

18,000

12,000

 

(70,843)

Cemetery

(828,348)

(218,116)

10,200

200,000

(836,264)

Civic Theatre

(39,666)

5,930

 

(33,736)

Civil Infrastructure

(9,786,909)

2,236,679

(711,558)

 

(8,261,788)

Community Works

(171,505)

(40,429)

56,851

 

(155,083)

Council Election

(542,957)

403,602

0

 

(139,354)

Economic Development

(436,848)

367,520

 

(69,328)

Emergency Events Reserve

(231,184)

(50,000)

(328,015)

 

(609,199)

Employee Leave Entitlements Gen Fund

(3,798,309)

0

 

(3,798,309)

Environmental Conservation

(116,578)

75,000

0

 

(41,578)

Event Attraction

(302,414)

 

122,647

 

(179,767)

Grants Commission

(5,382,345)

 

5,382,345

 

0

Gravel Pit Restoration

(820,851)

3,333

7,980

 

(809,537)

Information Services

(1,052,159)

105,305

412,496

 

(534,358)

Insurance Variations

(50,000)

 

0

 

(50,000)

Internal Loans

(3,022,169)

1,158,394

(16,769)

 

(1,880,544)

Lake Albert Improvements

(84,423)

(21,417)

0

 

(105,839)

Livestock Marketing Centre

(4,447,351)

863,862

74,157

 

(3,509,332)

Museum Acquisitions

(39,378)

15,000

0

 

(24,378)

Net Zero Emissions

(375,555)

210,165

15,000

 

(150,390)

Oasis Reserve

(1,266,045)

764,654

80,249

 

(421,141)

 


 

 

 

CLOSING BALANCE 2020/21

ADOPTED RESERVE TRANSFERS 2021/22

BUDGET VARIATIONS APPROVED UP TO COUNCIL MEETING 21.3.2022

PROPOSED CHANGES for Council Resolution

BALANCE AS AT 31 MARCH 2022

Parks & Recreation Projects

(942,906)

(67,410)

348,285

65,000

(597,031)

Planning Legals

(60,000)

(40,000)

0

 

(100,000)

Plant Replacement

(4,302,142)

21,032

1,829,093

 

(2,452,017)

Project Carryovers

(3,816,168)

76,000

3,740,168

 

0

Public Art

(177,324)

138,183

(125,981)

 

(165,123)

Sister Cities

(40,000)

(10,000)

0

 

(50,000)

Stormwater Drainage

(158,178)

 

0

 

(158,178)

Strategic Real Property

(800,000)

 

800,000

 

0

Subdivision Tree Planting

(486,675)

20,000

0

 

(466,675)

Unexpended External Loans

(2,004,486)

118,338

1,777,404

 

(108,745)

Workers Compensation

(190,649)

 

30,000

 

(160,649)

Total Internally Restricted

(47,717,970)

6,858,488

13,456,533

265,000

(27,137,949)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Restricted

(152,772,037)

20,043,173

11,343,789

265,000

(121,120,075)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Unrestricted

(9,818,000)

0

0

0

(9,818,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Investments

(162,590,037)

20,043,173

11,343,789

265,000

(130,938,075)

 

 

CONSULTANCY & LEGAL EXPENSES BUDGET REVIEW STATEMENT

31 MARCH 2022

 

 

Approved Changes

 

 

 

 

 

BUDGET 2021/22

SEPTEMBER QTR BUDGET VARIATIONS APPROVED TO DATE

DECEMBER QTR BUDGET VARIATIONS APPROVED TO DATE

MARCH QTR BUDGET VARIATIONS APPROVED TO DATE

REVISED BUDGET

PROJECTED YEAR END RESULT

ACTUAL
YTD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consultancy Expenses

142,016

48,145

7,715

96,292

294,168

294,168

224,011

 

 

 

Legal Expenses

326,072

0

25,000

20,285

371,357

371,357

191,337

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTRACTS REVIEW STATEMENT

1 JANUARY TO 31 MARCH 2022

Contract Number

Contractor

Contract
Detail & Purpose

Contract
Value

Start
Date

Duration of
Contract

Budgeted
(Yes/No)

PD46852

Local Government Appointments

Temp staff hire

143,000.00

1/02/2022

12 weeks

Y

PE20882

Audit Office of NSW

External audit

133,397.00

2/02/2022

39 weeks

Y

PE21329

Technology One

Software support and maintenance

59,497.00

1/03/2022

52 weeks

Y

PE20584

Otis Elevator Company

Lift upgrade

81,678.92

1/02/2022

52 weeks

Y

PE21489

Rightside Creative Solutions Pty Ltd

Supply and install parklets

94,380.00

18/03/2022

6 weeks

Y

Contract Number

Contractor

Contract
Detail & Purpose

Contract
Value

Start
Date

Duration of
Contract

Budgeted
(Yes/No)

PS06012

Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd

Asset Registers & Valuations

60,893.80

25/03/2022

6 weeks

Y

PE21582

Abundance International Pty Ltd T/as Stars on Ice

Hire Ice Skating Rink

195,664.70

4/07/2022

3 weeks

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. Minimum reporting level is 1% of estimated income from continuing operations or $50,000, whichever is the lesser.

2. Contracts to be listed are those entered into during the quarter and have yet to be fully performed, excluding contractors that are on Council's Preferred Supplier list.

3. Contracts for employment are not required to be included.

4. Where a contract for services etc was not included in the budget, an explanation is to be given (or reference made to an explanation in another Budget Review Statement).


 

Investment Summary as at 31 March 2022

In accordance with Regulation 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, details of Wagga Wagga City Council’s external investments are outlined below.

 

Institution

Rating

Closing Balance
Invested
28/02/2022
$

Closing Balance
Invested
31/03/2022
$

March
EOM
Current Yield
%

March
EOM
% of Portfolio

Investment
Date

Maturity
Date

Term
(months)

At Call Accounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAB

AA-

364,830

299,063

0.10%

0.18%

N/A

N/A

N/A

CBA

AA-

7,871,771

1,843,324

0.10%

1.11%

N/A

N/A

N/A

CBA

AA-

10,630,102

16,131,570

0.15%

9.67%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Macquarie Bank

A+

9,044,285

9,048,200

0.60%

5.42%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total At Call Accounts

 

27,910,989

27,322,157

0.30%

16.38%

 

 

 

Short Term Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community First

NR

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.00%

0.60%

7/12/2021

7/07/2022

7

Total Short Term Deposits

 

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.00%

0.60%

 

 

 

Medium Term Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RaboBank

A+

1,000,000

1,000,000

3.16%

0.60%

5/06/2017

6/06/2022

60

AMP

BBB

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.95%

1.20%

30/11/2020

30/05/2022

18

Westpac

AA-

3,000,000

0

0.00%

0.00%

10/03/2017

9/03/2022

60

Auswide

BBB

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.85%

1.20%

6/10/2020

6/10/2022

24

BOQ

BBB+

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.20%

1.20%

4/01/2022

4/01/2024

24

BOQ

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

3.50%

0.60%

1/06/2018

1/06/2022

48

Westpac

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.32%

1.20%

28/06/2021

29/06/2026

60

BOQ

BBB+

3,000,000

3,000,000

3.25%

1.80%

28/08/2018

29/08/2022

48

Westpac

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.80%

1.20%

15/11/2021

17/11/2025

48

P&N Bank

BBB

1,000,000

1,000,000

3.30%

0.60%

20/11/2018

21/11/2022

48

Bendigo-Adelaide

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

3.25%

0.60%

30/11/2018

30/11/2022

48

Newcastle Permanent

BBB

2,000,000

2,000,000

2.70%

1.20%

23/04/2019

26/04/2022

36

BoQ

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

2.40%

0.60%

22/05/2019

23/05/2022

36

BoQ

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

2.15%

0.60%

8/07/2019

10/07/2023

48

Auswide

BBB

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.95%

0.60%

12/08/2019

12/08/2022

36

Judo Bank

BBB-

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.90%

0.60%

10/09/2019

9/09/2022

36

Auswide

BBB

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.72%

0.60%

3/10/2019

4/10/2022

36

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

2.03%

1.20%

6/11/2019

6/11/2024

60

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.83%

1.20%

28/11/2019

28/11/2024

60

Judo Bank

BBB-

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.30%

0.60%

3/12/2021

4/12/2023

24

ICBC

A

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.75%

0.60%

6/01/2020

8/01/2024

48

BOQ

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

2.00%

0.60%

28/02/2020

28/02/2025

60

ING Bank

A

2,000,000

0

0.00%

0.00%

2/03/2020

2/03/2022

24

Macquarie Bank

A+

2,000,000

0

0.00%

0.00%

9/03/2020

9/03/2022

24

Police Credit Union

NR

1,000,000

1,000,000

2.20%

0.60%

1/04/2020

1/04/2025

60

ICBC

A

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.85%

0.60%

29/05/2020

29/05/2025

60

ICBC

A

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.86%

0.60%

1/06/2020

2/06/2025

60

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.75%

1.20%

25/06/2020

25/06/2025

60

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.75%

1.20%

25/06/2020

25/06/2025

60

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.60%

1.20%

29/06/2020

28/06/2024

48

ICBC

A

3,000,000

3,000,000

1.25%

1.80%

30/06/2020

30/06/2022

24

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.42%

1.20%

7/07/2020

8/07/2024

48

ICBC

A

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.50%

1.20%

17/08/2020

18/08/2025

60

BoQ

BBB+

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.25%

0.60%

7/09/2020

8/09/2025

60

BoQ

BBB+

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.25%

1.20%

14/09/2020

15/09/2025

60

NAB

AA-

1,000,000

1,000,000

0.60%

0.60%

14/09/2021

14/09/2023

24

AMP

BBB

1,000,000

1,000,000

0.95%

0.60%

26/11/2020

25/05/2022

18

AMP

BBB

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.95%

1.20%

7/12/2020

6/06/2022

18

ICBC

A

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.20%

0.60%

7/12/2020

8/12/2025

60

Warwick CU

NR

1,000,000

1,000,000

0.75%

0.60%

29/01/2021

30/01/2023

24

NAB

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.95%

1.20%

29/01/2021

29/01/2026

60

NAB

AA-

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.08%

0.60%

22/02/2021

20/02/2026

60

NAB

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.25%

1.20%

3/03/2021

2/03/2026

60

Summerland CU

NR

1,000,000

1,000,000

0.75%

0.60%

29/04/2021

28/04/2023

24

NAB

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.40%

1.20%

21/06/2021

19/06/2026

60

NAB

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.65%

1.20%

25/06/2021

26/06/2023

24

Westpac

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.32%

1.20%

25/06/2021

25/06/2026

60

ICBC

A

1,000,000

1,000,000

1.32%

0.60%

25/08/2021

25/08/2026

60

NAB

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

0.65%

1.20%

31/08/2021

31/08/2023

24

AMP

BBB

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.00%

1.20%

18/10/2021

17/10/2024

36

Westpac

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

1.56%

1.20%

30/11/2021

29/11/2024

36

Westpac

AA-

2,000,000

2,000,000

2.00%

1.20%

8/02/2022

10/02/2025

36

P&N Bank

BBB

0

2,000,000

2.40%

1.20%

9/03/2022

10/03/2025

36

P&N Bank

BBB

0

2,000,000

2.00%

1.20%

10/03/2022

11/03/2024

24

MyState

BBB

0

2,000,000

2.20%

1.20%

2/03/2022

3/03/2025

36

Total Medium Term Deposits

 

84,000,000

83,000,000

1.64%

49.76%

 

 

 

Floating Rate Notes - Senior Debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westpac

AA-

3,051,148

3,033,609

BBSW + 114

1.82%

24/01/2019

24/04/2024

63

NAB

AA-

2,026,267

2,016,343

BBSW + 104

1.21%

26/02/2019

26/02/2024

60

Westpac

AA-

2,527,896

2,509,081

BBSW + 88

1.50%

16/05/2019

16/08/2024

63

Suncorp-Metway

A+

1,258,863

1,249,822

BBSW + 78

0.75%

30/07/2019

30/07/2024

60

ANZ

AA-

2,016,173

2,000,984

BBSW + 77

1.20%

29/08/2019

29/08/2024

60

HSBC

AA-

2,526,440

2,502,159

BBSW + 83

1.50%

27/09/2019

27/09/2024

60

Bank Australia

BBB

1,509,348

1,504,316

BBSW + 90

0.90%

2/12/2019

2/12/2022

36

ANZ

AA-

1,512,852

1,499,696

BBSW + 76

0.90%

16/01/2020

16/01/2025

60

NAB

AA-

2,017,062

1,999,503

BBSW + 77

1.20%

21/01/2020

21/01/2025

60

Newcastle Permanent

BBB

1,114,606

1,100,551

BBSW + 112

0.66%

4/02/2020

4/02/2025

60

Macquarie Bank

A+

2,015,094

1,990,945

BBSW + 84

1.19%

12/02/2020

12/02/2025

60

BOQ Covered

AAA

558,264

552,415

BBSW + 107

0.33%

14/05/2020

14/05/2025

60

Credit Suisse

A+

1,311,843

1,307,557

BBSW + 115

0.78%

26/05/2020

26/05/2023

36

UBS

A+

1,511,541

1,493,923

BBSW + 87

0.90%

30/07/2020

30/07/2025

60

Bank of China Australia

A

1,506,876

1,499,295

BBSW + 78

0.90%

27/10/2020

27/10/2023

36

CBA

AA-

1,998,526

1,970,191

BBSW + 70

1.18%

14/01/2022

14/01/2027

60

Rabobank

A+

1,998,916

1,970,425

BBSW + 73

1.18%

27/01/2022

27/01/2027

60

Newcastle Permanent

BBB

998,565

986,564

BBSW + 100

0.59%

10/02/2022

10/02/2027

60

NAB

AA-

2,398,153

2,377,134

BBSW + 72

1.43%

25/02/2022

25/02/2027

60

Bendigo-Adelaide

BBB+

0

1,648,893

BBSW + 98

0.99%

17/03/2022

17/03/2025

36

Total Floating Rate Notes - Senior Debt

 

33,858,431

35,213,406

 

21.11%

 

 

 

Fixed Rate Bonds