Muswellbrook Shire Council met on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. The following decisions were made at the meeting.

Councillors considered a number of planning matters and two reviews of previous DA determinations. 

The Development Application for the construction of the Muswellbrook Tertiary Education Centre (stage 2) was approved.  The works will include the demolition of the old LG Hooker building between Loxton House and Weidmann Cottage.  Council also approved the DA for the commencement of geotechnical investigations for the Pumped Hydro project at Bells Mountain.

Council approved the preparation of a minor planning proposal to amend the Muswellbrook Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to permit a dwelling home on a property on Racecourse Road, Muswellbrook; and endorsed the draft Muswellbrook Local Strategic Planning Statement for public notification.  Council also resolved to place a draft Planning Agreement in relation to an asphalt plant proposal on public exhibition.

Council confirmed its previous determination of DA 37/2019 for the construction of pipes and pump infrastructure to return seepage water from Lake Liddell dam back to the lake.  Council insisted on the inclusion of conditions requiring the applicant to prepare a power station closure plan and gave its reasons as the conditions were reasonable and that Lake Liddell was constructed for, and continues to serve the Liddell Power Station.  The decision was unanimous.

Council amended its previous decision in relation to a DA for the proposed Centre Based Child Care Facility and subdivision at St James School in Muswellbrook.  Councillors resolved separately to require the proponent to contribute 50% of the cost towards the construction of kerb and guttering and footpath across the frontage of the development site, as required by Council’s policy.

Council adopted the Enterprise Risk Management Policy and Framework, and Road Development Standards Policy following periods of public exhibition.  Council resolved to place the new Information Access and Management Policy on public exhibition.

Other decisions included:

  • Flying Fox Stream 2 Grant Funds were approved for release;
  • Allocation of $30,000 to obtain expert advice in relation to the impact of the Mangoola Coal Continued Operation Project to inform the preparation of Council’s submission on the project;
  • Deferred a decision to the next meeting concerning the proposed closure of Crown Roads at Wybong until such a time as the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council is consulted on the proposal;
  • A decision to negotiate licence agreements with NSW Police and Telstra for access to and maintenance of Reg Thornton Memorial Drive in Denman;
  • Endorsement of the concept design for the external colours and features of the Denman Memorial Park play equipment;
  • Notation of the Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Engineering Design for a Food and Gard Organics Process Facility at Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility;
  • Approval of recommended grants in the first round of Council’s Community Grants Program; and
  • Approval of carryovers for 2020/21.

In closed session, Council noted the lease terms for the current Administration Centre lease to the Richard Gill School and accepted a tender for the removal of asbestos from the old Muswellbrook Water Treatment Plant.

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