Muswellbrook Shire Council determined a number of outcomes at its October 2018 Ordinary Meeting.

Councillors voted to endorse five architectural submissions for public exhibition for the design of the proposed Regional Entertainment Conference Centre. The concept designs have been assessed by the Design Competition Assessment Panel, which will consider feedback from the community in making its recommendation to Council on the final design for the new facility.

Council also considered a report relating to the water main break which affected the supply of water to residents and business operators on Tuesday, 18 September. Council resolved to commence the detailed design for the construction of a secondary South Muswellbrook water main to address to address future risks.

Councillors determined to make an application for a half day public holiday (from 12 noon) on Friday, 29 March 2019 to mark the running of the Muswellbrook Cup.  The application is made to the Minister for Industrial Relations and follows a process of community consultation, which showed strong support for the half day holiday.

Other decisions from the meeting included:

  • Commencing the process to amend the Muswellbrook Local Environmental Plan (“the LEP”) to reflect that the Lake Liddell Recreation Reserve is dedicated for use as a public reserve. Following the initial ‘gateway’ approval from the NSW Government, Council will place the draft amendment on public exhibition.
  • Adoption of the finalised Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Master Plan.
  • Approval of a temporary suspension of the Alcohol Free Zone in Market Street for the forthcoming Noisy Heeler Music Festival, which will be held on Saturday, 20 October 2018. The suspension will apply only from 7.00AM through until 11.00PM on the day of the festival.
  • Approval of a donation of $4,000 to the Muswellbrook Hospital Auxiliary to assist with the purchase of surgical endoscopy equipment for patient care at Muswellbrook District Hospital. Locating this vital equipment in Muswellbrook will save women from the need to travel to Newcastle for the necessary procedure and spend the night away from home.
  • Endorsement of a $600 contribution towards the Sandy Hollow Progress Association’s puppet show for drought affected families.
  • Award of a tender for the construction of the Muswellbrook Rail Noise Abatement Project, which will see the installation of three noise walls along the busy rail corridor: one at Simpson Park and two along the railway line behind the Campbells Corner precinct.
  • Acceptance of the tenders from four firms for appointment to Council’s panel of surveyors.
  • Establishment of a new Sustainability Reserve to fund future renewal energy projects.
  • Delegated the negotiation of a potential land purchase to the General Manager.
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