There were decisions on proposed new bike trails on Mt Canobolas, a single-use plastic policy, and a the next steps towards a proposed new sports precinct at the latest Council meeting held Tuesday 27 July.
Proposed new trails for mountain unveiled
A network of more than 100 kilometres of mountain bike trails has been drafted for when a proposal to make Mount Canobolas a centre for the sport is put to government authorities.
The network of trails has been designed around ‘no-go’ areas, leaving wide buffers around areas of Aboriginal heritage and ecological constraints.
The process of drafting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has begun for submission to state authorities.
Last night’s Council meeting formally noted a progress report.
Council adopts single-use plastic policy
Last night’s meeting voted to adopt a new policy aimed at reducing single-use plastic in council operations.
The new policy provides a framework for the phasing out of single-use plastics at Council events and in council operations.
The framework would be implemented gradually over the next four years. The majority of single-use plastics, consumed by Council are from stationary orders and packaging.
Sports precinct landscape plan shows blue-print for new trees
A landscape plan shows where trees would be planted around the proposed new sports precinct.
The report, noted by last night’s council meeting, outlines a timetable for planning approvals for the project.
The meeting also heard about how trees to be removed from site would be re-purposed to make building products. Branches would mulched and used in the precinct and across the city.
Overdue book fees to be abolished
Last night’s council meeting decided to abolish fees for overdue library books from 1 August.
Fines will stay in place for people who don’t return or damage materials borrowed from the library, in order to recoup the cost of the items.
It’s expected the decision will cost $5200 in lost annual income.
Last night’s meeting gave planning approval for :
- A proposed $1.2 million renovation of the former 1870 restaurant at the corner of March and Hills Streets.
- A proposed new subdivision in Borrodell Drive
- A proposal to change the use of a warehouse in Lords Place to an artisan food and drink industry premises with the removal of parking contributions.
- Plans to build a new wetland in East Orange as part of Orange’s stormwater harvesting scheme.
Council noted a report on the proposed conversion of the Business Enterprise Centre from a NSW Incorporated Association to a Public Company Limited by Guarantee.
As a founding member of the Business Enterprise Centre – Cabonne, Orange and Blayney Incorporated; Council has an interest in the recommended changes to the governance model of BizHQ.
Council let the tender for a new amenities block at the Scout Camp. Tender for the construction of the building was awarded to the OMNI Building Group for their tendered price of $288,725.43 (Ex GST). The work is part of a program to improve the site after it was handed to council to manage.
Council resolved to support Environmental Upgrade Agreements and to begin offering them to eligible businesses within the local government area.
Environmental Upgrade Finance is a type of loan, provided by a third-party lender such as Bank Australia or Credit Suisse, to fund environmental upgrades to a private property.
At this time the finance mechanism is most commonly applied to all types of commercial properties, but discussions are under way with the NSW Government to expand it to residential property.