Summary of the Thursday 24 March 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting

Appointment of Acting CEO

The power to appoint an Acting Chief Executive Officer was delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and Mayor in circumstances outlined in the Local Government Act 2009.

Material Change of Use

A development permit for a material change of use was approved for non-resident workforce accommodation and rural workers’ accommodation for 194 additional people at 601 Channel Road, Walkamin.

Community Facilities

Investigation and community engagement will commence on the future of 17 facilities that are end-of-life, underutilised or surplus to community needs.

Authorisation to Make Complaints

Authorisation was given to the Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to make complaints under the Justices Act 1886 in relation to offences in the TRC Local Government Area.

Financial Report Period Ending 28 February 2022

Operating revenue is higher than year to date budget primarily due to increased general rate and utility revenue generated from new properties.

2022–23 Fees & Charges

Each year fees and charges for services provided by TRC are reviewed and updated. In setting these fees, consideration is given to the cost of delivery, the regulated requirement of the service, and comparison against similar charges by other service providers. The revised fees and charges come into effect on Friday 1 July 2022.

Committee Representation

Advisory committees assist TRC in understanding current and future changing community needs, provide constructive options for solutions, and inform decision making processes. Councillor representation on advisory committees and other groups provides an opportunity for strategic oversight, facilitation and collaboration. The updated Advisory Committees Policy and terms of reference for 15 advisory committees were adopted and two committees were rescinded.

Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee

The Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee is a source of independent advice to Council on governance, risk management, business improvement and audit related matters. The minutes of the Wednesday 2 March 2022 meeting were noted.

Lost Giants Public Art Project

Part A of Atherton Tablelands Foundation’s Lost Giants of the Atherton Tablelands — Ice Age to Climate Change project was approved, subject to conditions. The project vision is to create a globally recognised art, science and educational attraction of life-sized bronze statues depicting fauna of the Atherton Tablelands that lived alongside our First Nations people. The display will be in Grigg Street in Ravenshoe.

Disposal of Rail Trail Land

The sublease of approximately 1479m2 of land along the Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail has been surrendered to Department of Transport and Main Roads, subject to conditions.

Agendas, Minutes & Next Meeting

The next Council meeting will be 9am Thursday 28 April in the Coordination Centre, 15 Vernon Street in Atherton.