Here are some of the key decisions from the September 7 Council meeting.
Orange 360 contract extension
At last night’s meeting Council resolved to extend the Orange 360 contract by six months until 30 June 2022. The extension is valued at a $208,068.74. The extension allows Council to finalise the new Memorandum of Understanding with Blayney and Cabonne Councils, develop Orange’s Destination Management Plan (DMP) and allow enough time to produce a regional DMP to guide the tourism strategies and activities for the next three years. The extension will also align with the next Council Term, where the new tourism services contract will be considered.
Childcare fees waived
Council voted to waive childcare gap fees (parental contribution) for families choosing to keep their children at home for the lockdown period consistent with NSW Government Guidelines. Attendance at Council facilities in week one of lock down was 37%. Based on total revenue from parents per week being $38,112.94 the cost to Council to waive fees for 63% of families who kept their children at home is $24,011.
Council made a number of small donations to a variety of groups including:
- $2500 for the Orange Eight Days Games 2021
- $2500 to the Premature Babies Foundation Ltd fundraising for a resuscitation cot for Orange Hospital Special Care Unit
- $2500 to the Friends of Banjo Paterson Park for Community Events
- $2500 to Girl Guides Association NSW Orange District for Providing a Community Service
- $1786.36 to Orange Bush Nippers for Equipment Purchase (10 surf boards)
Community stimulus options
Last night’s meeting also considered a report on community stimulus options and approved an additional $50,000 for the Think Orange Region Shopping Card.
The work to date has included $100,000 to assist retailers establish a digital footprint as part of the Future City Program and continuing support for COVID safe events.
Future stimulus will include:
- Hold Christmas markets along McNamara Street with music and roaming performers.
- Launch shop local this Christmas with the Orange Business Chamber.
- Launch Orange Youth Action Council Elf In The Shelf promotion.
- Future Tunes events
- Event support
- Orange Retail Forum:
- how we can work together and support each other to increase consumer spend
- understanding the future customer
- opportunities and how we get there
Council noted the number and value of developments approved by the CEO under delegated authority for July/August. The value of more significant development applications was $4.6 million.
Eastside precinct development control plan
Council adopted the Eastside Precinct Development Control Plan. The precinct is the area around the former DPI building.
The proposed additional permitted uses will support multi-dwelling housing, residential flat buildings, attached dwellings, secondary dwellings, seniors housing and centre-based child care facilities.
Ophir Road subdivision
Council granted consent to a subdivision at 345 Ophir Road. It includes 216 lots – comprising 211 residential lots, one neighbourhood centre lot, one residue lot and three reserves.