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    Item: 5.1 Attachment 1: Manningham MAV State Council Motions

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 13 APRIL 2015 Page 384

    MAV State Council Meeting 15 May 2015

    To submit a motion for consideration by State Council on 15 May 2015, please complete this form and email to State Council, no later than Friday,17 April 2015 . Please note, deadlines are strictly observed.

    MOTION RATE CAPPING FRAMEWORK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    Submitted by: Manningham City Council

    MOTION: That the MAV take into account the following when advocating to the State Government on the development of the rate capping framework by the Essential Services Commission.

    That the Sector Panel overseeing development of the Framework:

    1. seek and consider submissions from independant experts on the economic and social impact of any proposed rate capping framework, prior to adoption;

    2. fully assess the impact of long term cost shifting from both State and Federal governments and provide options to offset the financial impact of future changes to coincide with the introduction of the framework.

    3. seek additional time to enable local government to fully participate in the development of the framework and to prepare for implementation.

    4. consider embedding sufficient flexibility in the framework to enable it to be implemented in each council in a manner which responds to particular local needs and demands.

    RATIONALE: The mandate of Local Government is underpinned by principles of efficiency and transparency. The Labor Government has instructed the Essential Services Commission to develop a framework to inform their election commitment to cap annual council rate increases and to advise the Ministers for Finance and Local Government on options and a recommended approach for a rates capping framework for implementation from the 2016-17 financial year. The State Governments objective is to contain the cost of living in Victoria while supporting council autonomy and ensuring greater accountability and transparency in local government budgeting and service delivery. To ensure the optimim model, it is essential that the correct balance between sustainability, service provision and efficiency is reached. The informative process must be robust and comprehensive to achieve recommendations, framework and legislation that supports an approach that allows Councils to responds to the needs of their unique local community.

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    Item: 5.1

    Attachment 2: Maroondah MAV State Council Motions

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 13 APRIL 2015 Page 385

    MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA STATE COUNCIL MEETING

    15 MAY 2015

    DRAFT MOTIONS (Updated 26 March 2015)

    MOTION 1

    COUNCIL LIABILITY- VCAT PLANNING DECISIONS

    Submitted by: Maroondah City Council

    MOTION: THAT THE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA STATE COUNCIL CALLS ON THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE:-

    1. THAT VCAT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEFENCE OF LITIGATION AGAINST PLANNING DETERMINATIONS MADE BY VCAT; AND

    2. THE IMPOST OF THE CURRENT COST TO VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN DEFENDING SUCH LITIGATION IS LIFTED FROM THE SECTOR.

    RATIONALE: The cost of defending litigation against VCAT decisions in issuing planning permits is presently carried by the Local Government sector. This is viewed as an unreasonable impost especially as the determinations frequently overturn the originally planning decisions made by Councils. A more equitable approach would be for VCAT to conduct this defence and so relieving Councils of the burden, or for the sector to be reimbursed for costs. The incongruous situation of Council bearing the cost of such legal defence is exacerbated by the fees/levy that the State Government will collect from the newly introduced Victorian Planning Authority that will take effect from 1 July this year. The levy will be on planning permit application fees for a project in excess of $1 million and it is projected the levy will raise an estimated $17.1 million. The Authority has very little if anything to do with the planning process except collect a mandatory fee with no amount being channelled into the Local Government sector. It is this source of monies raised by the Victorian Planning Authority that could be used to offset the costs to Council of defending litigation against VCAT decisions.

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    Item: 5.1

    Attachment 2: Maroondah MAV State Council Motions

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 13 APRIL 2015 Page 386

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    Item: 5.1

    Attachment 2: Maroondah MAV State Council Motions

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 13 APRIL 2015 Page 387

    MOTION 2

    MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION PLAN

    Submitted by: Maroondah City Council

    MOTION: THAT THE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA STATE COUNCIL CALLS ON THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A CLEAR PROCESS TO ENABLE MUNICIPALITIES TO INTRODUCE A DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION PLAN ON A MUNICIPAL WIDE BASIS.

    Rationale:

    Currently, Development Contribution Plans (DCP) a development infrastructure levy and/or a community infrastructure levy do not apply across a whole municipality but is broken down into a series of charge areas. Maroondah for instance has an existing DCP applicable to the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre but not a municipal wide equivalent. The growing cost of infrastructure is an ever increasing impost upon Councils budget and an overall DCP would provide additional funding to make up for shortfalls between current income and the cost of infrastructure. It would potentially include capital infrastructure projects such as roads, drainage, footpath, streetscape works as well as community infrastructure projects, such as child care centres, Maternal and Child Health Centres and neighbourhood houses. The infrastructure is required to cope with the growing population of the municipality and the consequential increased demand. The development contributions go directly towards projects which would be used by the development, because they are located in the same area. A municipality would typically been broken down into Charge Areas (generally by suburb). Each Charge Area would have a different list of projects, and so the required payment for each area would be different. In addition, there are a range of development categories (eg residential, industrial and commercial). To calculate the cost a party would be required to pay, there would be a need to identify the Charge Area in which a site is located, what type of development is proposed, and either the number of dwellings or the size of the commercial/ industrial floor area being proposed. A Planning Panel recently (November 2014) provided support to Moreland City Council to pursue a municipal wide DCP. This suggests that the concept is a feasible and one that should be pursued.

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    Item: 5.1

    Attachment 2: Maroondah MAV State Council Motions

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 13 APRIL 2015 Page 388

    MOTION 3

    CENSUS

    Submitted by: Maroondah City Council

    MOTION:

    THAT THE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA STATE COUNCIL CALLS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REJECT THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATICS (ABS) REQUEST TO AMEND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ACT TO ALTER THE FREQUENCY THAT THE ABS IS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT A CENSUS FROM EVERY 5 YEARS TO EVERY 10 YEARS.

    Rationale:

    The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical operation undertaken by the ABS. It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census Night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live. The Census has been conducted since 1911 and the ABS is required to survey every household across the nation once every 5 years on the second Tuesday in August. The 2011 census cost $440 million and the 2016 census is shaping as even more costly due to IT requirements with the moving to electronic lodgement and the need to upgrade the ABSs IT systems. One proposal is to replace the census with smaller sample survey. Other Commonwealth countries have either gone down this path or are considering doing so. Britain axed its census but reconsidered deciding to hold every 10 years. Canada also axed its census and replaced it with a shorter voluntary survey with the subsequent data being described by statisticians as garbage. New Zealand is contemplating 2 proposals either replacing the census or conducting it every 10 years than the present 5. Data collected on Census night provides a comprehensive regularly updated and consistent evidence base. Without this evidence base planners, policy and decision makers will not have the means available to make the informed decisions required to maintain, progress and monitor the development, wellbeing, prosperity or sustainability of Australian communities. Census information is used by all sectors of the community, from local, state and federal government to, large and small businesses, community groups and students. The need for evidence informed decision making is well proven, resulting in increased effectiveness, reduction in harm, better resource allocation, enhanced cost-effectiveness/cost-benefit of investment, improved reach and enhanced accountability. Decreasing the frequency with which the census is conducted; would greatly alter the capacity for informed decision making, therefore have a negative impact on all levels of government and communities within Australia.

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