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Special Governance Committee Meeting


Open Portion


Tuesday, 14 March 2017


at 4.30 pm

Lady Osborne Room, Town Hall






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Business listed on the agenda is to be conducted in the order in which it is set out, unless the committee by simple majority determines otherwise.



1.        Co-Option of a Committee Member in the event of a vacancy  4

2.        Indications of Pecuniary and Conflicts of Interest. 4

3.        Reports. 5

3.1     TasWater Ownership and Governance Issues Update. 5

3.2     Cities 4.0 Summit, Melbourne - 21 to 23 March 2017 - Aldermanic Nominations  27



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Special Governance Committee Meeting (Open Portion) held Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 4.30 pm in the Lady Osborne Room, Town Hall.



Ruzicka (Chairman)

Deputy Lord Mayor Christie






Lord Mayor Hickey







Apologies: Nil.



Leave of Absence: Nil.



1.       Co-Option of a Committee Member in the event of a vacancy






2.       Indications of Pecuniary and Conflicts of Interest

Ref: Part 2, Regulation 8(7) of the Local Government (Meeting Procedures) Regulations 2015.


Aldermen are requested to indicate where they may have any pecuniary or conflict of interest in respect to any matter appearing on the agenda, or any supplementary item to the agenda, which the committee has resolved to deal with.








3.       Reports


3.1    TasWater Ownership and Governance Issues Update

          File Ref: F17/24743

Report of the General Manager of 10 March 2017 and attachments.

Delegation:     Council

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Memorandum: Governance Committee


TasWater Ownership and Governance Issues Update


At its 6 March 2017 meeting, the Council considered a report in relation to TasWater ownership and governance issues; the Council resolved as follows:


That the Council:


Reject the State Government taking over water and sewerage systems across the State, without adequate consultation and compensation to owner Councils.


Write to the Treasurer to obtain more details about the government’s model for TasWater.    


Seek to engage with the Upper House, other political parties and its communities to explore the potential value of these assets in the long term.


Issue a media release stating its position on this issue.


Reaffirm the importance of the financial asset represented by the water and sewerage assets and the need to preserve these assets in any developing agenda.


On 7 March 2017, the Premier of Tasmania, the Hon. Will Hodgman MP and Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Peter Gutwein MP announced that the State Government would take over responsibility for, and control of, TasWater.


Given this announcement, it was considered by myself to be inappropriate to enact the Council decision from 6 March and to refer to Council to consider the developments which have occurred since the Council last met.


In the Premier’s address on the first day of State Parliament for the year he
announced the Government would take over TasWater from 1 July 2018.  A ‘Taking Control of TasWater’ document (Attachment A) was issued by the Minister for Local Government the same day (7 March 2017).   This document summarises the State Government’s decision to intervene in Tasmania’s water and sewerage.


The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) issued a media release, titled, ‘Councils to carefully consider State Government ownership model for TasWater’ following the Premier’s announcement (Attachment B).


On 8 March 2017, the Minister for Local Government addressed the Parliament on the matter of TasWater (Attachment C).


The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bryan Green MP, in his response to the Premier’s address on 7 March 2017, whilst acknowledging the extent of the water and sewerage problem, pledged to keep TasWater in the hands of local councils if they were to win government at the next State Election (Attachment D).


The Mercury on 10 March 2017 reported that some members of the Legislative Council may consider the establishment of a select committee to examine the change in TasWater ownership.


The State Government’s announcement on Tuesday of its intention to take over TasWater from 1 July 2018 is centred around the perceived significant challenges that TasWater faces in meeting environmental, public health, dam safety and water regulations under the stewardship of Tasmania’s Councils.


It is the State Government’s view that the current situation cannot be allowed to continue, therefore they have decided to take control of TasWater in order to address the situation.


In outlining its proposal to take over TasWater, the State Government has highlighted a number of benefits.  They are:


·    Councils will receive not one dollar less than the returns that they have been promised by TasWater up until 2024-25 after which, Councils will receive one half of the value of total returns from TasWater indefinitely.


·    The legislation for the takeover of TasWater will contain explicit provisions to prevent a future privatisation of TasWater.


·    No employees will lose their job as a result of the change in ownership.  TasWater employees will be transferred to the new TasWater government business and their employment terms and conditions will be retained.


·    Concessions to low income Tasmanians and pensioners remain as they are, firmly in place.


The State Government’s commitment, through legislation, to ensure the above benefits occur provides a good outcome in order to address the challenges facing Tasmania’s water and sewerage infrastructure.


Given this, the Council may wish to provide in principle support for the proposed changes, subject to its consideration of the new legalisation which is due to be introduced in the 2017 spring session of Parliament.


In the event that the Council seeks to rescind its motion of 6 March, an absolute majority will be required.







1.      That the information be received and noted.

2.      The Council note the State Government’s commitment in relation to the future ownership and governance of TasWater, namely that:


2.1      Councils will receive not one dollar less than the returns that they have been promised by TasWater up until 2024-25 after which, Councils will receive one half of the value of total returns from TasWater indefinitely.


2.2      The legislation for the takeover of TasWater will contain explicit provisions to prevent a future privatisation of TasWater.


2.3      No employees will lose their job as a result of the change in ownership.  TasWater employees will be transferred to the new TasWater government business and their employment terms and conditions will be retained.


2.4      Concessions to low income Tasmanians and pensioners remain as they are, firmly in place.


3.      In view of the State Government’s decision, the Council determine if it wishes to amend its decision of 6 March 2017.  


As signatory to this report, I certify that, pursuant to Section 55(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, I hold no interest, as referred to in Section 49 of the Local Government Act 1993, in matters contained in this report.


N.D Heath

General Manager



Date:                            10 March 2017

File Reference:          F17/24743



Attachment a:             'Taking Control of TasWater'

Attachment b:             Local Government Association of Tasmania - Media Release

Attachment c:            Minister for Local Government Address to Parliament

Attachment d:            Leader of the Opposition Response on TasWater   

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8 March 2017

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Ministerial statement - TasWater


Madam Speaker, as announced by the Premier yesterday in the Premier’s Address, the Government has decided that the problems that we all know exist in Tasmania’s water and sewerage sector have been allowed to persist for too long.

The provision of clean water and effective sewerage is something that all Tasmanian communities rightfully expect to receive in the 21st century. Fixing the problems that exist across the state is a challenging issue, and one that the Hodgman Liberal Government is determined to tackle head on, because it is critical to tourism and our brand, and central to building the foundation for our economy to grow.

Before the 2008 reforms, collectively local government administered over 90 water supply schemes, and reticulated sewerage wastewater treatment services were provided by our councils. However, by the early 2000s, it became clear that this model was simply unsustainable.

There were too many small schemes servicing dispersed communities, and many councils were simply unable or unprepared to fund the cost of providing and maintaining modern infrastructure that met public health and environmental standards.

Madam Speaker, in 2006 a review of the industry was undertaken to examine the adequacy of Tasmania’s water and sewerage industry. The key findings of the review included:

1.   towns were on permanent boil water alerts, including key tourist towns;

2.   treatment plants had low levels of compliance with environmental standards;

3.   limited information on asset condition was available, and most service providers didn’t have strategic asset management plans;

4.   thousands of properties on the urban fringe were not connected to the sewerage network, who could reasonably expect to be; and

5.   up to $1 billion was needed over the following 10 years to bring services up to scratch.

Madam Speaker, that review made it clear that reform of the sector was needed urgently, to address the public health and environmental issues that had been identified. These findings led to the 2008 reforms, which were rightly supported by both sides of this House.

In 2008, the Parliament legislated to consolidate the delivery of water and sewerage across Tasmania, retaining local government ownership, whilst a more transparent approach to pricing was also established.

The purpose of the reforms was to enable the water and sewerage sector to operate on an appropriate commercial basis, with the balance sheet strength and expertise to deliver the outcomes that the community rightfully expected. The pooling of resources and staff should have enabled the sector to leverage its asset base, and achieve the much needed efficiencies of scale.

But sadly, the approach taken to date has not been successful.

Madam Speaker, this is no secret – it is on the public record. Report after report from the Tasmanian Economic Regulator and the Environment Protection Authority have laid bare just how little progress has been made.

Almost eight years after the initial reforms, there have been no significant inroads made in addressing the problems that gave rise to those reforms, and prices are still forecast to increase dramatically.

Despite the fact that in 2008 it was believed that up to $1 billion needed to be spent on fixing the problems, last December TasWater gave evidence to the Scrutiny Committee that, eight years later, only $700 million in capital upgrades had been delivered, while the size of the task has apparently grown – TasWater’s Chair Miles Hampden told the hearing that “The simple fact is much of our infrastructure has been deteriorating faster than we have been fixing it”.

TasWater we accept has had a difficult task. Underinvestment in infrastructure, in some cases for decades, has led to a situation where eight years on from when the reforms were put in place real progress has been difficult to point to.

In its 2016 State of the Industry report, the Economic Regulator noted that:

1.   improvements to the supplies of small towns across Tasmania, there were still 26 towns operating with restrictions on the safe use of their drinking water;

2.   only 72% of Tasmania’s drinking water supply systems achieved  bacteriological compliance;

3.   TasWater hadn’t yet fully implemented its monitoring program and 10 drinking water systems were not adequately monitored in 2014-15;

4.   infrastructure wasn’t adequately coping with demand, with continued instances of raw sewage being released to the environment through sewer breaks and overflows;

5.   overflows were at 7 times the national average; and

6.   despite significant investment, compliance with regulatory discharge limits had actually declined over the preceding five years.

In the Economic Regulator’s own words, “these outcomes resulted from prolonged underinvestment in sewerage networks and treatment facilities across the State as well as unsatisfactory operating practices and inadequate maintenance.”

The EPA has previously said that inadequate investment was a key reason for the lack of progress, and that its patience could only be stretched so far when dividends are being paid to owners rather than invested in infrastructure and operations.

In its most recent Annual Report, the EPA stated that “compliance with discharge to waters limits has gradually decreased since the hand-over of the sewerage infrastructure from local councils to the regional corporations … and then TasWater.

Madam Speaker, the issues are there in the reports of the Regulator and the EPA for all to see.

Since coming to Government, I have repeatedly made my concerns known to TasWater and its owners. We have always said we would work with TasWater, but that the owners needed to deliver on their responsibilities and that we wouldn’t be handing over a blank cheque.

Since 2014, I have made it clear in meetings with the business and the Owners’ Representatives that the Government’s position is that this was first and foremost, the responsibility of TasWater and its owners to fix.

In May 2015, following a meeting on these issues, I wrote to Mayor Tony Foster, as the then Chief Owners Representative, saying that the Government would not intervene – providing TasWater and its owners delivered on the environmental and public health outcomes that were needed. I also expressed the Government’s concerns that unnecessary financial constraints were being placed on TasWater to maintain the returns to its owners at a pre-determined level.

In July last year, following my speech to the LGAT conference where once again I raised these issues, I wrote to Mayor David Downie, who succeeded Tony Foster as Chief Owners’ Representative, reiterating the State Government’s position that local government should be prepared to do more.

Madam Speaker, I could not have made it clearer to TasWater’s owners over the last 2 years that with ownership comes responsibility, and that – first and foremost – funding TasWater’s infrastructure investment is the responsibility of the councils who own the business.

However, the reality is that the Tasmanian community have not been receiving their end of the bargain struck in 2008, in the form of improved public health and environmental outcomes.

Madam Speaker, last year it was refreshing to see that Miles Hampton recognised the need to do more and he and his board acted unilaterally to reduce returns to their owners and increase the level of investment being undertaken.

However given Councils’ expectation of continuing returns, it is clear that over time TasWater has been forced to adopt a very conservative investment strategy, and this has been a major constraint on TasWater’s ability to deliver its infrastructure program. As noted by the Economic Regulator, TasWater’s borrowings, as a proportion of owners’ equity, are far below the level of comparable mainland providers.

It is obvious that TasWater could fund significantly more in capital investment to fix its ailing infrastructure, if it hadn’t adopted such a conservative approach to its level of borrowings.

Madam Speaker, at the time of the 2008 reforms ownership was left with Tasmania’s councils. At that time, it was made clear to all stakeholders that while the financial returns would flow back to councils, those councils would be expected to deliver the necessary public health and better environmental outcomes for the State Government and the Tasmanian community. That was the dividend the State was meant to receive.

Madam Speaker, TasWater’s owners recently appeared in Government Business Scrutiny Hearings at the end of last year saying that they faced an impossible challenge, and as I have previously said TasWater’s Chair gave evidence that the infrastructure is deteriorating faster than TasWater is fixing it.

The State Government has heard these concerns and, while noting that Local Government have significant balance sheet strength, collectively as the owners of TasWater we understand that they believe they are unable to do more. However more must be done.

Madam Speaker, only a few days ago, I received an email from a couple who live in North East Tasmania, and who also own a  second property that they are trying to sell. The situation they described to me can only be described as third world.

They have no option other than to drive a car full of plastic containers to the local sportsground to collect water from the communal water tank, to collect the water that they will drink for the week. Throughout winter, they paint a very distressing picture of Tasmanians struggling with numb fingers and trying not to slip over in the mud surrounding the tank while they fill their water bottles. That is not the Tasmania we want nor is it the Tasmania we will accept.

In relation to the property they are trying to sell, which is in another town subject to a Do Not Consume alert due to lead contamination, they now have to pay to have water trucked in, and the uncertainty over the town’s future water supply is making it difficult to sell their property.

In the 21st century, in a prosperous Western democracy, these outcomes are unacceptable, and we should all view them as unacceptable and we have formed the view that – quite frankly –this situation is untenable.

These issues affect us all as a State and as a community – not just those Tasmanians who have to tolerate dirty water and failing sewerage systems, or the tourism, agriculture or aquaculture operators whose livelihoods are affected, but also the broader community. Other industries and other jobs rely on the economic activity generated by these sectors.

The State Government does consider that we have reached a “crisis point”, and as the Premier outlined yesterday we are no longer prepared to stand by and let this situation continue. As members are aware I recently convened a meeting with TasWater’s owner councils to examine the options going forward.

We were quickly able to establish that neither the status quo nor continued price hikes were acceptable, that federal funding was unlikely, and it was clear that Councils were unwilling to reduce their returns from the business.

Madam Speaker, that left us with only one option –intervention by the State Government. At that meeting I advised the owners that the Government was actively considering taking control of Tasmania’s water and sewerage infrastructure, to leverage the strength of the State’s finances and other resources, to provide the quality and level of service that all Tasmanians deserve.

Madam Speaker, as announced by the Premier yesterday, we have made our decision, that we must, as a State Government, assume responsibility for delivering this critical infrastructure.

We will be introducing a suite of legislation in the Spring Session of Parliament that will transfer all of TasWater’s assets, rights, obligations and liabilities, including employees under their current terms and conditions, to a newly created government business, which will commence operations by 1 July next year.

The legislation will establish a new GBE under the Government Business Enterprises Act together with portfolio legislation, which will transfer full responsibility for Tasmania’s water and sewerage to the new entity.

The GBE act will be amended to enable the new Government Business to be subject to Ministerial directions to ensure that the needs of the community are met.

As stated by the Premier yesterday, this legislation will also explicitly rule out a privatisation of the business. In order to deliver the policy objectives that the community expects, it is important that the business remain directly accountable to the Government.

Establishing the new entity as a State Government GBE will allow us to accelerate the infrastructure program to address the public health and environmental compliance concerns more swiftly.

We intend to bring all the resources of the State Government to the table. A project team is being established, led by Treasury and supported by key agencies, charged with leveraging the expertise within Government and our own government business, such as Hydro and Tasmanian Irrigation, to finalise a Whole of State implementation plan to deliver the outcomes that the Government wants.

TasWater has a strong financial position and plenty of balance sheet capacity. By utilising the strength of the State’s financial position and a lower cost of funds, the business will be able to materially increase its investment levels. This will enable us upon taking control of Taswater on 1 July next year to bring forward and complete the remainder of Taswater's 10 year $1.5 billion investment program over a 5 year period to ensure that Tasmania’s Water and Sewerage services are fixed faster.

Madam Speaker, we recognise that this will be a challenging task for the new business, but the Government is confident it will operate much more effectively in Government hands with a clear direction set at the outset, and closer scrutiny. We do not expect that the proposed program will require support from the State Government's balance sheet however we will use our strong financial position to support the business should that be required.

We understand that local government has held concerns regarding the loss of their returns, and that some councils would be adversely impacted if this happened. We recognise that this income stream is important to many councils in providing services to their communities, and without it those councils would be forced to consider increasing rates.

Madam Speaker, as announced by the Premier yesterday, the Government will guarantee returns to local government at the same level proposed by Taswater last year. That means that Local Government will in the current and next financial years receive returns of $30 million a year and then for the seven years beginning on the 1st of July 2018 be paid $20 million a year. After this period local government and their communities will continue to receive 50 per cent of the total returns from the business in perpetuity. Individual Councils will continue to receive their relative share on the same basis as currently occurs.

Madam Speaker, this means that until 2024-25 local government will receive not one dollar less than what they had previously expected to receive, and then after that they will receive one half of the total value of returns annually without the responsibility of ownership – effectively a risk-free return from the corporation in perpetuity. Legislation will enshrine this funding mechanism ensuring that councils have certainty and security going forward. As a result of the financial compensation we are providing, we firmly believe councils will have no justification for increasing rates into the future as a result of the Government assuming ownership of Taswater.

Madam Speaker, we think this is a very fair outcome, perhaps even a generous outcome, given the work that lies ahead.

Madam Speaker, we also recognise that it is important that the price impact on customers is carefully controlled.

For this reason, under State Government ownership TasWater will be subject to the same price investigation and pricing order process as the MAIB, which is undertaken by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.

This has proven to be a successful model which allows for an open and transparent investigation to be undertaken, with plenty of opportunity for consultation, by an expert body independent of government. The advantage, however, is that it also allows the Government to be the ultimate decision maker when it comes to price levels, as Price Orders will be made by the Treasurer after receiving advice from the Regulator.

These decisions will be made in a transparent way ensuring that the community is fully aware of the price that is recommended by the Regulator and the Government’s final decision.

Madam Speaker, however this Government recognises that water and sewerage bills have increased significantly since the reforms, and that further increases as proposed by Taswater’s owners of 5% per annum over the next 6 years would create unacceptable cost of living pressures for Tasmanians.

We will therefore legislate to extend the current Price Determination by 12 months extending the current period until the 30th of June 2019.

From the 1st of July 2018 the price increase will be set at 2.75 per cent for customers on the target tariff. In future years the Government will target annual price increases of between 2.75 per cent and 3.5 per cent.

The Regulator will also remain responsible for setting customer service standards, monitoring the pricing and performance of Tasmania’s water and sewerage industry and its other functions outside price regulation.

 All non-economic regulation including environmental, public health, dam safety and water regulation will be retained.

In closing Madam Speaker, we believe that this is the best plan to get the job done. It is fair on all parties. Councils will be no worse off, customers will pay less, there will be no need for rate increases, and by utilising the strong financial position and infrastructure expertise of the State Government, water and sewerage assets can be brought up to standard quicker. We want to fix this challenge as quickly as we can and subject to councils’ agreement as the current owners of TasWater, and prior to the passage of our legislation through the Parliament, it is our intention that work begin immediately on the planning and scoping of the future infrastructure program.  

It is hoped that the local government owners will put the interests of Tasmanians first and agree that this work can commence as soon as possible.

Madam Speaker, I have outlined how the Government intends to fix a serious problem that is important to us all. I hope that members of this house will be supportive of fixing the challenge that is Tasmania’s water and sewerage services.


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Labor to tackle our major, long-term water and sewerage challenges


Labor to end deadlocks at Launceston, Mac Point and Mona Stage 2

Major, game-changing projects are not even on Liberals’ radar

·        TasWater to be left to focus on its core business

Labor Leader Bryan Green has today laid out a landmark infrastructure policy that will underpin economic growth across Tasmania for decades to come.

Mr Green used his State of the State speech to Parliament today to announce Labor will take decisive action to tackle three massive water and sewerage projects that are outside TasWater’s current works plan and aren’t even on the Government’s radar.

·    Labor will advance the replacement of Launceston’s deplorable sewerage and storm water system.

·    Labor will relocate the sewerage works on Macquarie Point to pave the way for up to $1 billion in private investment.

·     Labor will fix the Cameron Bay treatment plant, which stands in the way of Mona’s transformative $300 million stage 2 development.

“Labor wants to get crucial water and sewerage infrastructure built as soon as possible, to create Tasmanian jobs and give a boost to Tasmanian business,” Mr Green said.


“We do not believe Tasmanians should have to wait for 30 years for the Macquarie Point vision to be delivered. 


“Our solution for funding the relocation of the plant at Macquarie Point begins on our first day of Government and will deliver more than a billion dollars of investment before 2025.


“Launceston will also feel the benefits of the single largest infrastructure project in over a hundred years.  The separation of the city’s combined water and sewerage system is simply too important to ignore.


“There is little doubt that MONA has been a pivotal driver of growth in our tourism sector. 


“Labor will allow shared equity to facilitate the development of the Cameron Bay scheme to give David Walsh the green light on his $300 million MONA stage 2.


“Under the Liberals these projects don’t even have a start date.

“Labor will tender these projects for equity investment from Australian industry super funds to expedite their completion.


“Labor’s progressive approach will take advantage of historically low interest rates and an extremely competitive superannuation market that is looking for low risk, long term infrastructure opportunities.


“As an important part of these arrangements, tenderers would need to maximise their use of local materials, Tasmanian workers and apprentices.


“Rates of return to superannuation investors would be low in order to protect households from bill increases.


“TasWater would remain in local government hands and dividends would continue to be paid, providing acceptable project timeframes and performance standards are met.


“Rather than picking a fight with councils that will delay progress for at least another year – Labor would get on with fixing the problem.


“Labor’s bold policy will empower TasWater to focus on its core business – ensuring all Tasmanians have access to clean drinking water and reliable sewage systems. 


“We expect TasWater to maintain a high quality and skilled workforce, especially in regional areas to operate and maintain their assets.


“TasWater should immediately halt its plans to cut 94 jobs from its works depots around the state so that we do not lose the skilled workforce we need to deliver our ambitious infrastructure agenda.


“Labor will continue to lobby for Commonwealth funding to help shorten timeframes for fixing water and sewerage challenges.”



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3.2    Cities 4.0 Summit, Melbourne - 21 to 23 March 2017 - Aldermanic Nominations

          File Ref: F17/25114

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Cities 4.0 Summit, Melbourne - 21 to 23 March 2017 - Aldermanic Nominations



The General Manager reports:


“The attached program is provided to enable Aldermanic nominations to be sought for attendance at the Cities 4.0 Summit to be held in Melbourne from 21 to 23 March 2017.


Clause C2 of the Council’s policy titled Aldermanic Development and Support with regard to conference attendance, provides that:


The Council may approve the attendance of Aldermen at relevant conferences as representatives of the City, in the capacity as a delegate or conference presenter, subject to budget availability.


Particular conferences where Council representation may be considered appropriate may be brought to the notice of the Council by the General Manager or an individual Alderman.


When such conferences are listed on the relevant committee agenda for consideration of representation, the relevance of the conference to the City’s strategic objectives is to be addressed as part of the process.


The content of the conference is clearly relevant to local government and the Council’s Strategic Plan 2015-2025 in particular Goal 2 – Urban Management, Strategic Objective 2.1 – A fully accessible and connected City environment.


The estimated cost of full attendance is $3,650 per person, which is inclusive of registration fees, three night’s accommodation, travel expenses and other incidental expenditure. 


In the event that the Council approves Aldermanic attendance, the cost will be attributed to general Aldermanic conferences allocation within the City Government function of the 2016/2017 Annual Plan, which presently has funding available.


The information is submitted for consideration.”







1.      The Council consider Aldermanic representation at the Cities 4.0 Summit, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria from 21 to 23 March 2017.

2.      The cost of attendance estimated at $3,650 per person, be attributed to the general Aldermanic conferences allocation within the City Government Function of the 2016/2017 Annual Plan.


As signatory to this report, I certify that, pursuant to Section 55(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, I hold no interest, as referred to in Section 49 of the Local Government Act 1993, in matters contained in this report.


N.D Heath

General Manager



Date:                            10 March 2017

File Reference:          F17/25114



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