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Submissions are currently sought by Wingecarribee Shire Council for the publicly exhibited matters outlined below.


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Submissions are currently sought by Wingecarribee Shire Council for the publicly exhibited matters outlined below.


Registration is required if you wish to make a submission or ask a question online . Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register and contribute anonymously with a username of your choice.

  • Proposal to waive the “gap fee” for families who have children enrolled in Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Care

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    Proposal to waive the “gap fee” for families who have children enrolled in Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Care who are not currently attending care due to the regional lockdown, backdated to 23 August 2021

    On the 16 August 2021, the NSW Government extended the lockdown of Greater Sydney to include all regional areas of NSW, initially up until the 28 August but more recently extended beyond 10 September. This included the closure of all local schools and a request to families by the NSW Premier and NSW Chief Medical Officer to refrain from sending children to child care unless there was genuine need.

    As a result, there has been a significant reduction in children attending the Children’s Services provided by Wingecarribee Shire Council, in particular the Out of School Hours Service, operating out of Mittagong Public School.

    The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has advised that Children’s Services in Commonwealth declared COVID – 19 hotspots, including the Wingecarribee LGA, can waive gap fees for families who keep their children at home from day eight of the hotspot declaration. For Wingecarribee Early Childhood Services this was effective as of 23 August 2021.

    The “gap fee” is the contribution a parent makes towards their child care fees. It is the “gap” between the Service fee and the family’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlement. Under “normal” circumstances this is a condition of being eligible for CCS.


    At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday 8 September 2021 a report was tabled to outline the proposal to waive gap fees for children who are not attending Councils Out of School Hours, during the lockdown period.

    See Document Library for associated report.

    It was resolved THAT:

    1. Council waive the child care “gap fees” from 23 August 2021 until the lockdown ceases or otherwise advised by the DESE, for children not attending Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Service (WOOSH) under the conditions outlined by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE),
    2. Council undertake a 28-day public notification period in relation to waiving the “gap fee” for children not attending the Out of School Hours Service, in accordance with Section 356 of Local Government Act 1993
    3. Council notes that Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Care, if still in lockdown, will operate a reduced September/ October vacation care program offering 12-15 child care places to essential workers and those families who cannot work from home.

    Is this supported by the community?

    Share your thoughts on the proposed “gap fee” waiver for children not attending Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Service during the regional lockdown period or as otherwise adopted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment by 9am Friday 8 October 2021 via:

    • an online submission form,
    • email to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or
    • post to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577
  • Proposal to waive outdoor dining fees, materials on footpaths and environment and health inspections as support for business during Covid19 pandemic

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    On the 26 June 2021, the NSW State Premier introduced public health orders restricting the movement of people from the Greater Sydney Area, as a measure to contain the increasing COVID19 (Delta Variant) case numbers. These measures included extended travel restrictions.

    Positive case numbers have remained at high levels for several weeks and a number of Local Government Areas within Sydney and beyond have seen more stringent measures introduced to control the spread of the virus.

    While the Wingecarribee local government area (Southern Highlands) has been exempt from these travel restriction / lockdown measures until recently, there has been an impact on local businesses who have experienced a significant down turn in local trade.

    COVID19 Pandemic - Community & Business Support Measures

    Council recognises that it has a significant role to play in supporting local businesses and residents during the ongoing period of uncertainty caused by the Greater Sydney Area lockdown.

    At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday 11 August 2021 a report was tabled to outline the measures already in place as well as proposed to support businesses and residents within the Shire. See Document Library for associated report and minute.

    It was resolved THAT:

    1. Council adopt a six-month deferral period of rates and charges for affected businesses and residents who apply and meet the eligibility requirements of Council’s adopted Financial Hardship Policy.
    2. Council adopt a full fee reduction for outdoor dining fees, materials on footpaths and environment and health inspections commencing for a period of 6 months, commencing 1 August 2021, noting that the budget implications in relation to this measure will be considered as part of the September Review of the 2021/22 Budget.
    3. Council undertake a 28 day public notification period in relation to the full fee reduction for outdoor dining fees, materials on footpaths and environment and health inspections, in accordance with Section 356 of Local Government Act 1993.
    4. Council provide a six-month deferral period for the repayment of interest free loans which are currently held with community and sporting organisations.
    5. Council endorse the measures outlined in this report to support businesses and residents who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic and lockdown measures imposed on the Greater Sydney and other areas.


    Is this a good idea?

    Share your thoughts on the proposed full fee reduction for outdoor dining fees, materials on footpaths and environment and health inspections by 9am Tuesday 14 September 2021 via:

    • an online submission form,
    • email to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or
    • post to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577
  • Policies on Exhibition

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    Feedback is sought on the following Council policies which are currently on public exhibition until 29 August 2021.


    Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy

    The draft Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy aims to establish a framework by which councillors can access the information they need to perform their civic functions and promote positive and respectful interactions between councillors and staff.


    Social Media Policy

    The draft Social Media Policy has been developed ensure there are clear standards of conduct for all council officials who use social media in their official capacity.


    Media Policy

    The draft Media Policy aims to clearly identify Council’s authorised spokespersons, promote positive media relationships and support a coordinated, professional and consistent approach to media liaison.


    All three policies have been placed on public exhibition from 16 July to 29 August 2021 to allow plenty of time for submissions to be received prior to the local government election scheduled for 4 September 2021.

    Reports outlining the submissions received and any required policy amendments will be tabled for adoption by the new Council.

    LEARN MORE AND HAVE YOUR SAY

    • All draft policies and their associated Council reports can be viewed online in the Document Library or in printed format at the Civic Centre and Council libraries.
    • To make a submission complete an online form, email mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or write to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577.
    • All submissions must be received by midnight Sunday 29 August 2021.
    • Ask us a question or contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance Team on 02 4868 0888.
  • Fees for Destination Southern Highlands

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    Wingecarribee Shire Council collects commissions, membership fees and event related charges as part of the services provided by Destination Southern Highlands. Some of these charges were omitted from the recent public exhibition of Council's Fees and Charges so they are now being exhibited separately.

    Council proposes to charge the following fees during the 2021/22 financial year:

    Destination Southern Highlands

    Partnership Membership Fee - $385 for two years (including GST).

    Product Consignment – Retail less 30% commission

    Tickets – Retail less 10% commission

    Accommodation – Retail less 12% commission

    Accommodation Site Inspection Fee - $55 (including GST)

    Commission for On-Line Accommodation Bookings – Market Rate - less 12% commission

    Commission for On-Line Tour Bookings – Market Rate – less 10% commission

    Commission for Conference Bookings – 10% on B&B booking commission ONLY

    Souvenirs and Maps – Retail Items for Sale at the Welcome Centre – Normal Retail Price

    Electric Bike Hire @ Welcome Centre - $15/hr, $25/half day rate, $40/full day rate

    2021 Tulip Time Stall Hire Fees

    Full time package – 18-day hire (17 September – 4 October)
    3x3m stall $1,800
    3x3m food stall $2,000 (includes bin & power)

    Weekend hire – 2 days (18&19 September/25 & 26 September)
    3x3m stall $550
    3x3m food stall $650 (includes bin)

    Long Weekend hire – 3 days (2, 3 & 4 October)
    3x3m stall $825
    3x3m food stall $925 (includes bin)

    Advertising – Campaigns

    Public advertising (opportunity for local business) – Per publication various

    Digital advertising (local business promotion on tourist promotion screens) – Price on application

    Co-operative advertising (opportunity for local business) – Per publication – various


    Share your thoughts on the proposed fees and charges by 9am Wednesday 21 July 2021 via:

    • an online submission form,
    • email to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or
    • post to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577
  • Code of Meeting Practice amendments

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    We want to hear what you think of the amended Code of Meeting Practice

    On 20 May 2021, Council endorsed an amended Code of Meeting Practice (‘amended Meeting Code’) for public exhibition.

    Council’s Meeting Code was initially adopted on 12 June 2019. It was developed based on the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW (‘Model Meeting Code’), prescribed under section 360(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 (‘the Act’) and clause 232 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

    The Model Meeting Code sets out mandatory provisions that a council must include in its code of meeting practice, as well as several non-mandatory provisions that a council may, but is not required to, include. The non-mandatory provisions reflect what the Office of Local Government sees as being best practice for the relevant aspect of Council meetings. Councils can also include supplementary provisions in their codes of meeting practice, so long as those provisions are not inconsistent with the mandatory provisions provided by the Model Meeting Code.

    The amended Meeting Code is consistent with recent decisions of Council, reflects Council’s commitment to becoming a paperless office, and improves transparency and openness with respect to pre-meeting briefing sessions and other information sessions. Certain amendments also more closely align parts of the amended Meeting Code with relevant non-mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code.

    The amended Meeting Code:

    • removes the reference to petitions at clause 8.1
    • removes references to visitor items at clause 4.19, the original Part 5 and clause 8.1
    • amends references to Council’s Finance Committee at clauses 3.13, 9.10 and 10.9
    • amends clause 3.8 relating to providing Councillors with copies of business papers by requiring that these copies be provided in electronic form
    • amends clause 3.33 relating to pre-meeting briefing sessions so that these briefing sessions become open to the public
    • amends Part 4 relating to public forums to better align it with the Model Meeting Code
    • inserts new supplementary provisions at Part 21 relating to Council workshops.


    Have your say on the amended Meeting Code by 4.30pm Friday 16 July 2021.

    • Check out the Council report and amended Code of Meeting Practice in the document library. Changes made to the document are shown in purple or strikethrough text.
    • Complete an online submission form, send your thoughts to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or post to PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577 to be received by 4.30pm Friday 16 July 2021
    • Ask us a question below or contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance Team on 02 4868 0888
  • Amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy

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    We want to hear what you think of the amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy

    On 24 March 2021, Council endorsed an amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy (‘Policy’) for public exhibition.

    Council originally adopted its Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy (‘Policy’) in August 2017. The Policy was prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, the 2009 Office of Local Government’s (OLG) Guidelines for the payment of expenses and the provision of facilities for mayors and councillors in NSW and a 2017 better practice Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy template for NSW councils (‘Better Practice Template’) published by the OLG.

    The Policy enables the reasonable and appropriate reimbursement of expenses and provision of facilities to Councillors to help them undertake their civic duties and ensures accountability and transparency. The Policy also seeks to align Councillor expenses and facilities with community expectations.

    The amended Policy includes new clauses 10.1-10.3 which relate to the provision of a vehicle for the mayor. These new clauses reflect the relevant provisions of the Better Practice Template.

    The amended Policy also includes a new clause 8.1 in relation to Council meeting the reasonable cost of accommodation for an Interim Administrator while appointed by the Minister for Local Government in accordance with section 438M of the Act.

    Have your say on the amended Policy by 9am Tuesday 11 May 2021.

    • Check out the Council report and amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy in the document library. Changes made to the document are shown in purple.
    • Complete an online submission form.
    • Ask us a question below or contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance Team on 02 4868 0888
  • Code of Conduct, Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents adopted

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    Councillors adopted a new Code of Conduct, Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents on 12 June 2019. Together these documents detail minimum ethical and behavioural standards and how future meetings of Council will be conducted.

    The Code of Meeting Practice focuses on streamlining Council Meeting practices and making these more accessible to the public. One of the most notable changes is the introduction of webcasting.

    Audio Visual Live Streaming (webcasting) of our Council Meetings began on 26 June 2019. You can view this and future meetings via links provided at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-meetings.

    The new Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents are available on Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/policies.

  • Draft Code of Conduct and associated administration procedures on exhibition

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    The Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW and Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW were prescribed on 14 December 2018 by the NSW Government. The Model Code of Conduct is prescribed under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LGA) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).

    Councils must adopt a new Code of Conduct and Procedures within 6 months of prescription, (14 December 2018 – 14 June 2019). Councils’ existing adopted codes of conduct and procedures will remain in force until councils adopt a new code of conduct and procedures.

    Wingecarribee Shire Council is now publicly exhibiting a draft Code of Conduct and draft Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct which are based on the Model Code and associated procedures.

    The draft documents have been placed on exhibition from 11 April 2019 with submissions to be received no later than 9am, Friday 24 May 2019.

    Learn more in the report tabled at the 10 April 2019 meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council.

  • Draft Code of Meeting Practice exhibited

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    The Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW was prescribed by the NSW Government on 14 December 2018 and is comprised of mandatory and non-mandatory provisions.

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has placed a draft Code of Meeting Practice on public exhibition. The draft Code includes all mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code. It is also proposed that some of the non-mandatory provisions are included in Council’s draft Code along with best practice supplementary provisions.

    It is a statutory requirement that the Code of Meeting Practice be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days. Submissions can be received for a further 14 days at the conclusion of the formal exhibition period.

    The Draft Code of Meeting Practice has accordingly been placed on exhibition from 11 April 2019 with submissions to be received no later than 9am, Friday 24 May 2019.

    Learn more in the report tabled at the 10 April 2019 meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council or check out the Document Library.

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