Council update Tuesday 10 December 2019

10 Dec 2019

Following is a summary of resolutions from the Ordinary Council meeting for Tuesday 10 December 2019. Note it is not a full record of Council.

Ordinary business

Code of Conduct Statistics report
Council resolved to note City of Newcastle’s Code of Conduct Statistics Report for the period 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019.

Local Emergency Management Centre
A motion to construct a Local Emergency Operations Centre within the City Administration Centre at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West was carried. City of Newcastle is required to provide executive support facilities for the Local Emergency Management Committee and the Local Emergency Operations Controller in its area as outlined in the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 (SERM Act). The Local Emergency Operations Centre will provide a large flexible space for multiple city emergency and functional agencies.

Adoption of procurement policy
Council adopted a new Procurement Policy and authorised the Chief Executive to make any administrative changes to it, where necessary, to reflect changes in legislation or maintain business continuity for City of Newcastle.

Affixing Council seal to deed of indemnity to Newcastle Airport
Council voted to enter into and affix its seal to Deeds of Indemnity for a newly appointed Director of Newcastle Airport and Greater Newcastle Aerotropolis.

Endorsement of Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement for Exhibition 
Council resolved to place the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, Housing Needs and Character Study Evidence Report and Employment Lands Strategy on public exhibition for 28 days.

Exhibition of Draft Section 7.11 Western Corridor Local Contributions Plan 2013   
Council voted to place the Draft Section 7.11 Western Corridor Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2013 on exhibition for 28 days.

Draft Amendment to Newcastle DCP 2012 – 233 Wharf Road and 250 Scott Street, Newcastle
Council resolved to exhibit a proposal to rezone a section of Newcastle’s former rail corridor for public feedback early next year. 

Classification of Council Land – Honeysuckle Domain Plan
Five harbourside lots stretching from the Cowper Street Bridge, Wickham, to Lynch’s Hub Café will be officially transferred to the City for permanent use as the harbour promenade after being endorsed by Council.

Classification of Council Land – 452 King Street, Newcastle West
Council resolved to classify 452 King Street, a strip of land that will become a shared pathway between King and Hunter Street, as operational land.

Review of S.355 Committees
Council resolved to dissolve the operations of six Section 355 Committees that manage sportsground assets on the grounds of non-compliance with the required standards of governance or that have expressed a desire to cease. A Sports land Strategic Advisory Committee will be established to provide a vehicle for interested former members of the s.355 committee to continue to provide strategic advice on the management of the City's sports lands including the development of the City of Newcastle's Strategic Sports Plan during 2020.

Notices of Motion
A Notice of Motion to reinforce the intent of the City’s endorsed Live Music Strategy and Night Time Economy Strategy and progress both - to protect and grow the live music industry and their economic benefits - was supported.  

Submission to National Environment Law Review
A NOM to review the Federal Government’s discussion paper on its review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - and make a submission to the review before February - was supported.

Developing a heatwave and homelessness program
A NOM to develop a heatwave and homelessness program was supported.

Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot
A NOM for Council to receive a report on the current status and any future plans of Transport for NSW or Transport heritage NSW in relation to Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot was supported.