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Prohibited Electrical Articles



The Council has been advised that the three new Cummins generators for the Powerhouse, ordered to replace the existing generators, will now not be ready for shipment before 30 June 2018. This delay will impact on the arrival date and ultimately the installation, testing and switch over from the old to the new generators. At this time a go-live date is not known but the Council is working with the suppliers to minimize further delays.

To ensure that the demand on the existing generators remains manageable and existing electrical supply can be maintained, new applications to install prohibited electrical articles will not be recommended for approval by the Minister, apart from Electrically Boosted Water Heaters. This measure is effective from Monday 28 May 2018 and will be reviewed once the new Powerhouse generators are fully operational.

Prohibited articles are as follows (as detailed in schedule 1 of the Electricity Supply Regulation 1986):

• Electrically-boosted solar heaters rated higher than 2.4 kilowatts
• Heaters for spa pools, swimming pools or saunas
• Domestic appliances rated higher than 2.4 kilowatts
• Cooking ranges
• Hot plates
• Ovens
• Washing machines fitted with electrical elements
• Electric welders
• Air conditioners
• Microwave ovens fitted with electrical elements

Prohibited articles unless prior approval (prior to 28 May) has been obtained (as detailed in schedule 2 of the Electricity Supply Regulation 1986) will not be approved by the Norfolk Electricity until further notice:

• Electrically-boosted solar heaters rated at 2.4 kilowatts or less (must be fitted with a quartz time clock)
• Water heaters (must be fitted with a quartz time clock)
• Electrical motors, including motors for pump (in some special cases special starters or time switches may be required)
• Electrical clothes dryers – approved design and rating (time switches may be required)
• Dish washers
• Sports area lights
• Electric radiators
Thank you for your cooperation.
Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
25 May 2018

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Public Meeting: Draft Operational Plan - Including Budget, Fees and Charges - And Documents on Public Exhibition


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed



‘INTRODUCTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN AWARDS SYSTEM UNDER THE FAIR WORK ACT 2009 (CTH) IN ITS APPLICATION TO NORFOLK ISLAND
“As I advised in last week’s press the following motion was unanimously agreed by Council on 16 May 2018:

Council requests that the Mayor make Minister McVeigh aware of the many representations and serious concerns held by the Norfolk Island business community relating to the imminent introduction of the Australian Awards System under the Fair Work Act 2009 (CTH) in its application to Norfolk Island; and Council’s support for progression as a matter of urgency of the review and monitoring of the impact of Commonwealth reforms on Norfolk Island as foreshadowed by the Minister in his letter to the Mayor of 20 February 2018 and endorsed by Council at its March 2018 meeting.’

“In writing to Minister McVeigh this week I spoke of my responsibility as a leader in the community to bring issues of community concern to the Minister’s attention as they arise; and that the above motion of Council relates to just one of a number of community concerns at this time” Mayor Adams said. “I provided the following background information to assist the Minister in his consideration of Council’s motion.”

‘The transition year 2015/2016 saw many changes brought or to be brought to Norfolk Island; and I am confident that you appreciate that the culture and way of life of the Norfolk Island people has evolved over a very long time independently of the culture and way of life of elsewhere. This fact was taken into account by the Australian Government in respect of Capital Gains Tax with special dispensation being made in respect of timing of its application to Norfolk Island (media release Minister Paul Fletcher 23 October 2014).’

“I took the opportunity to bring to the Minister’s attention” the Mayor said, “that leading up to the transition year the then Minister Jamie Briggs established an Advisory Council; and that on the matter of consultation on changes to legislation applicable to Norfolk Island the Advisory Council in their final report to the Commonwealth in 2016 recommended –

“…that the Australian Government establish a community consultation process to be applied for changes to laws on Norfolk Island which includes an impact assessment, a set timeframe for responding to the Minister and involves the Administrator and Regional Council’.

“It was this motion of the Advisory Council that prompted Council’s earlier resolution of 15 February 2017 conveyed to former federal minister Fiona Nash that recommended transitional arrangements and impact assessment needing to be undertaken to ensure the extension of NSW legislation is seamless and harmonises with the culture and way of life of the Norfolk Island people that has evolved over time; and in that case, independently of the culture and way of life of the people of New South Wales.

“It was also important to bring to the Minister’s attention that as a consequence of Councilrepresentation the Commonwealth put in place a Legislation Consultation Framework to “guidethe Australian Government’s consultation on legislative changes, including amendments toexisting laws and the application or creation of new laws” Mayor Adams said “and to mentionthat notwithstanding that the Fair Work Act 2009 commenced on Norfolk Island in a modifiedform on 1 July 2016 with its full implementation on 1 July 2018, impact assessment andcommunity consultation as recommended by the Advisory Council in their 2016 Report to theCommonwealth did not occur.

I also thought it was important to mention that the recent community meetings conducted byofficers from the Fair Work Ombudsman Office did little to assist in the education/consultationprocess and certainly did not constitute impact assessment.”

“As we all know the Norfolk Island economy is almost solely based on tourism” the Mayor said,“and it remains an unknown at this time how the introduction of the Modern Awards System onNorfolk on 1 July 2018 will impact on this vital industry. I have sought the Minister’s thoughts onhow at this very late stage an impact assessment might occur.”

“I look forward to meeting Minister McVeigh in Canberra next month” the Mayor said.

Robin Adams JP

MAYOR
24 May 2018

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DRAFT OPERATIONAL PLAN AND COMMUNITY MEETING



At the 16 May Ordinary Council Meeting the Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 was presented and Council resolved to adopt the draft and place the Plan on public exhibition for 28 days.

Public submissions can be made until 4:30pm on 13 June 2018, a separate media release has been issued with full details.

A public meeting will be held at 5.30pm-7pm on 28 May 2018 at the Paradise Hotel to inform the community of the draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 before public submissions close, and for an opportunity to answer related questions.

Council’s annual operational program is contained within the Operational Plan that is developed each year in line with the requirements under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI). The Operational Plan contains the activities to be carried out during the year, the revenue policy, rating structure, fees and charges and the annual budget.

This is the third Operational Plan that has been developed for the Norfolk Island Regional Council, and therefore the third year of the Delivery Program which is the project plan that was developed by the Councillors for their term in Council.

The key projects that were planned for in the first year, and tendered for in the second year, will be progressed and/or executed in the third year. These key projects are:

• Waste - project to ensure the discontinuation of burning and dumping of waste into the sea
• Airport – apron, taxiway and runway rehabilitation
• Sewer treatment – develop a strategy and determine best solution
• Telecommunication – 3G/4G project
• Electricity – progress the Energy Solution project

Each of these government business areas are delivered on the premise of “fee for services” and they have been budgeted to break even, or with the aim of a surplus budget (any surplus will in the future pay for the upgrade of related assets).

The Waste Management budget was the most challenging to balance due to the cost of bailing and shipping legacy waste, such as asbestos, off the island. Therefore, the deficit in this fund had to be off-set by savings in other areas, supported by the general fund that is offset by the financial assistance grant.

Council was successful in obtaining a 50% contribution to the Tourism Marketing fund with$385,320.00 from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Citieswhich means that Council can continue to deliver Tourism Marketing at the same levels asthe previous year. Tourism is the backbone of the Island’s economy and Council remainscommitted to supporting the industry. This commitment is further highlighted with theintroduction of negotiated rebates on the Regular Passenger Transport charges forcommencing air services on currently un-serviced routes.

The social and environmental areas of the Plan will address advocacy roles relating toeducation, training, health, and well-being; the completion of the Environment Strategy,and the focus on clean water and pests and noxious weed eradication. Heritage and Culturefeatures in its own chapter and governance and leadership includes the continuation of atransparent and accountable Local Government.

Council continues to focus on the objectives in the Community Strategic Plan with the aimto be the “Best Small Island in the World”.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
18 May 2018

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OVERVIEW OF COUNCIL MEETING



The last Ordinary Council Meeting for 2018 was held on 16 May 2018, some of the matters discussed are detailed below.

The Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 was presented to Council which includes the Rating Structure, Activities, Revenue Policy, the proposed fees and charges and the proposed budget for 2018-2019. For more information on the Plan, please see separate media release.

Council awarded the tender submission of the Unique Tourism Collection Pty Ltd for the contract as the Single Source supplier of Tourism/Marketing Services to Norfolk Island Regional Council for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. Council also approved for Blue Arcus Technologies Incorporated, the preferred tenderer for the 3G/4G mobile phone system at a capital cost of $3.028 million, be contracted to provide 3G/4G services once funding for the project is finalised.
Council approved to write to Minister Dr John McVeigh to amend the Norfolk Island Standard Time Ordinance 2015, to include daylight saving time to commence on the first Sunday each October and end on the first Sunday 1 April.

The Quarterly Financial Review Report was presented (as at 31 March 2018) which shows an improvement in Councils projected financial performance to $1.396 million deficit from $1.996 million deficit year end 30 June 2018.

A Waste and Environment Status Report was provided, some of the items included were: The delivery of the multi-purpose baler has been further delayed and will be shipped together with the sorting line on 22 June 2018 unless there is a delay with the shipping schedule; Council has commenced inspections of sanitary facilities within the KAVHA catchment, approximately 30 properties have now been inspected. The data gathered from these inspections, and ongoing inspections in the KAVHA catchment, will feed into the Water Quality and Wastewater Management Strategy that will be prepared in the 2018-2019 year; Council has engaged SMEC Consulting to prepare an Environment Strategy for Norfolk Island. Work on the strategy is well underway. The SMEC team will be on island between 28 May and 4 June 2018, to conduct community consultation.

The Council Meeting Resolution Review and Quarterly Review of Activities were both presented to Council in full detail, the key activities being: The multiple tenders that have been progressed; the first value based rating models were created; Hindle Group progressed their Economic Development Activities and Professor Richard Bush presented on the Project Brief for the Green Economy Blueprint.

A Mayoral Minute regarding the introduction of the Australian Awards System and a Notice of Motion regarding a Community Strategic Plan - Preamble were submitted by the Mayor. For more information, be sure to check out the Mayor’s Update in this week’s media.

An Investment Report was provided and noted, with the interest accrued on investments during the month of April 2018 being $22,654.57 and the total deposits held being $13,976.951.

Three (3) Reports from Committees were presented:
• Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held 3 May 2018
• Minutes of the Public Reserves Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 May 2018
• Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held 27 April 2018.
This media release provides a brief overview of some of the matters that were addressed at the Council meeting. For full details visit Council’s website www.norfolkisland.gov.nf to view the meeting Agenda, Minutes or to listen to the recording of the meeting. Hardcopies are available to view at Customer Care or the Library.

Council’s values: Integrity, communication, accountability, respect and excellence

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
18 May 2018

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