16 May 2013

Consulting the Community

Public Exhibition of Draft Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Draft Operational Plan 2013/2014

Each year Hawkesbury City Council outlines its activities for the coming year through a Delivery Program and an Operational Plan.

What the Delivery Program and Operational Plan are about

The Delivery Program details the principal activities to be undertaken by Council over the next four years, commencing from 1 July 2013. The Operational Plan spells out the details of the Delivery Program by identifying the projects, programs and activities to be undertaken during 2013/2014. The Operational Plan also contains a Statement of Revenue Policy, which includes estimated income and expenditure, fees and charges, and capital works program for 2013/2014.

The Draft Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Draft Operational Plan 2013/2014 are split into three volumes:

  1. Delivery Program 2013-2017
  2. Operational Plan 2013/2014 - Part 1 - regarding activities, rates, fees and charges,
    pricing methodology and borrowings.
  3. Operational Plan 2013/2014 - Part 2 - regarding estimated income and expenditure.

Where to see the Delivery Program and Operational Plan

The Draft Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Draft Operational Plan 2013/2014 will be on public exhibition for the period Thursday 2 May 2013 to Friday 31 May 2013. You can view the Program and Plan at:

  • Council Offices, 366 George Street, Windsor
  • Richmond Library and Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor
  • Online at Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

How to have your say

Written submissions regarding the Delivery Program and Operational Plan may be made any time to Council during the exhibition period and can be sent to Council by any of the following methods:

Please make reference to “Draft Delivery Program and Draft Operational Plan Submission” at the top of your submission. For any enquiries regarding the Draft Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Draft Operational Plan 2013/2014, please contact Council on 4560 4444.

Please be advised that comments about the Draft Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Draft Operational Plan 2013/2014 may contain information that is personal information, such as information that identifies you, etc, for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.

The submission of personal information with your comments is voluntary but, if not provided, may affect consideration of such comments. The information will ultimately be stored in Council's records system.

Please note that confidentiality is not available to respondents. The details of any submissions may be included in a Council report. Information (including copies of submissions) may also be released in accordance with Council’s Access to Information policy.

The purpose of collecting this information is to assist Council in obtaining the views of the community regarding this matter. The information may also be made available to third parties in accordance with the relevant legislation.


Public Notices

Hawkesbury - Small Business Week: 3 - 6 June 2013

Council will host a week of business activities, with business partners, to help small businesses in the Hawkesbury to grow. Activities, including seminars and networking opportunities, will be presented by:

  • Australian Taxation Office - workshops: TAX Basic; Record Keeping and Self-Managed Super Funds.
  • Hawkesbury Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) - workshops: What Makes a Good Website; Customer Service Essential; and How to Grow Your Business using Facebook.
  • Hawkesbury City Chamber: After 5 Event - ''Mini-Biz Expo''
  • TAFE Richmond - workshops: Online Presence for Every Business; and Social Media for Business.
  • MCC - Hawkesbury Community College - `Cameo'' Community Courses (introduction to college courses).
  • Hawkesbury City Council - feature events are:
    • ''Switch on'' Hawkesbury Expo - Fast Broadband and Digital Business'' - Tuesday, 4 June 2013
    • Tourism Business Afternoon - Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Hawkesbury Small Businesses are invited to be part of the Hawkesbury Small Business Week

To get the Program of Activities or Register for any of the workshops - contact Council on 4560-4579 or Fiona.mann@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Notice of Intention to Repeal Chapter 6 Bligh Park Neighbourhood Business Precinct of Part E of the Hawkesbury Development Control Plan 2002

In accordance with Clause 23 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, notice is hereby given that it is Council’s intention to repeal Chapter 6 Bligh Park Neighbourhood Business Precinct of Part E of the Hawkesbury Development Control Plan 2002 (DCP). This Chapter applies to Lots 1 and 2 DP 1135982, 139 Colonial Drive, Bligh Park.

The land is zoned B1 Neighbourhood Centre under the provisions of Hawkesbury Local Environmental Plan 2012 (the LEP). This zone allows development of the land for neighbourhood shops, commercial and residential purposes. The controls contained in this Chapter limiting the size of any commercial development and requiring compulsorily a residential component to form part of the land is inconsistent with the provisions in the LEP. A DCP cannot override the provisions in the LEP.

The Chapter provides controls for the entire land but given the presence of Endangered Ecological Community Shale/Gravel Transition Forest, Endangered Cumberland Plain Land Snail and other endangered floor and fauna species on the land, the development of the entire land may not be achieved. In this regard, this Chapter is no longer applicable to development of the land.

Given the inconsistency of the Chapter with the LEP provisions and it is no longer applicable to development of the land Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 12 March 2013 resolved to repeal the Chapter. The repeal of the Chapter would still mean that the zoning provisions and height limits contained in the LEP would still apply to the land and would provide the flexibility in the planning provisions to consider development that would obtain a satisfactory environmental and development outcome.

The repeal of the Chapter will take effect on the date of a further publication of the notice of repeal.

Enquiries: Karu Wijayasinghe, Senior Strategic Land Use Planner on (02) 4560 4546.

Telecommunications - call for community feedback

One of the visions of the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan is that our community is provided with efficient communication systems. Hawkesbury City Council is asking Hawkesbury residents and businesses for feedback about any issues regarding telecommunications, services and equipment, that they may use in the Hawkesbury area.

Feedback will be used to determine what level of service is currently provided as well as the current and future needs of the Hawkesbury community for telecommunications services. It will then be provided to Government agencies and telecommunications providers for their consideration.

Community feedback may include comments about:

  • access to a standard telephone service (STS) or payphones
  • service fees, billing issues or telephone faults
  • customer service, mobile phone contract issues
  • Internet access or wireless local area network access.

While Council is requesting community feedback about telecommunications services in the Hawkesbury, please direct specific complaints to your telecommunications service provider for resolution. If it remains unresolved, then you should contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.

Community feedback may be provided by emailing council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au. Please include your name, address and email contact details. Contact details will be only used for Council’s records requirements as part of privacy legislation.

For more information, call Strategic Activities on 02 4560 4579. The opportunity for feedback closes on Thursday, 20 June 2013.


Development Applications Recently Determined

Notice under Section 101 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, the following Development Consents were determined by Council.

>>> View applications

The development consents are available for public inspection, without charge, at Council Offices. Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.


Positions Vacant

The following vacant positions were advertised this week:

  • SMF Technical Officer
  • Wastewater Operator

Details on the current vacancies are available on the positions vacant page.


Council Meetings

May

Tuesday 28 Ordinary 6.30PM

June

Tuesday 18 Extra-Ordinary 6.30PM - Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Budge & Rates Adoption Only

Tuesday 25 Ordinary 6.30PM

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