Board Meeting Update – February 22, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Here is an overview of the results of tonight’s regular meeting:

  • The success of the tree-planting initiatives drew praise as councilors discussed a report from the Urban Street Tree Management Plan Advisory Group, including a proposed greening strategy for 2022. The proposal makes following the success of the 2021 strategy which saw around 9,000 new trees planted in the region. The proposal for this year identifies sites in Tamworth, Oxley Vale, Calala, Kootingal, Manila, Bendemeer and Woolomin in the Tamworth area for tree planting in autumn, winter and spring as well as a planting project in the CBD of Tamworth including over 100 trees. Councilors supported the proposed strategy and agreed to seek external funding for the CBD project.
  • Councilors have decided to submit a written submission to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment to highlight the concerns they have over the New South Wales Government’s infrastructure levy reform . Advisors believe that reforms tend to provide benefits to the development industry by shifting costs from the developer to all taxpayers. However, rates have been set so low by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that many councils – including Tamworth Regional Council – will have no real ability to improve facilities to meet residents’ expectations. for a livable community with good amenities. The submission will highlight Council’s concerns with the anchoring of rates now associated with infrastructure levy reform as well as the proposed restrictions on developer contributions that allow Council to charge levies for community lands, but not for contributions to the construction of a facility on those lands. Tamworth Area Mayor Russell Webb told the meeting tonight that the local community was “significantly disadvantaged” by the reforms. “State government demographers projected our growth at 0.04 and set our peg rate based on that, but we’re actually growing between 1.5% and 2%.”

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Elna M. Lemons