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Circular Head first bilateral Partnership Agreement

Partnership Agreement
Government of Tasmania and the Circular Head Council


PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
GOVERNMENT OF TASMANIA AND THE CIRCULAR HEAD COUNCIL

 

AN AGREEMENT made the first day of June one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine

BETWEEN THE STATE OF TASMANIA, and CIRCULAR HEAD COUNCIL

WHEREAS the Government of Tasmania is committed to the preparation of a Social and Economic Plan which will guide and enhance the future development of the State;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Tasmania and the Circular Head Council are committed through this and subsequent Agreements to create a genuine, cooperative working relationship to generate new opportunities for growth and development in the Circular Head region;

AND WHEREAS the Parties to this Agreement

  • ACKNOWLEDGE the important role which local government plays in the social and economic development of the communities which it serves;

    RECOGNISE that the strength and sustainable growth of Tasmania’s regional economies is vital to the overall development of the Tasmanian economy;

    RECOGNISE that an active partnership with local government is central to identifying opportunities to maximise growth and to building on the State’s economic and social strengths;

    ACKNOWLEDGE that Partnership Agreements are a key tool for building on the comparative advantage of priority areas, driving region-wide development objectives and outlining priority tasks to achieve economic and social development goals;

    ARE COMMITTED to the adoption of economic and social development outcomes and service delivery arrangements with most benefit to the Circular Head and Tasmanian communities.

THE PARTIES AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1 - APPLICATION AND INTERPRETATION
  • "Council" means the council of the municipal area of Circular Head, established under the Local Government Act 1993;

    "DPIWE" means the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment;

    "DSD" means the Department of State Development;

    "IT and T" means information technology and telecommunications;

    "NHT" means the Natural Heritage Trust established by the Commonwealth Government;

    "Parties" means the State and the Council;

    "Partnership Committee" means a committee established by the parties and comprising three representatives of each of the parties including the Minister administering the Local Government Act and the Mayor of the Council or their nominees;

    "Reliability Panel" means the panel established by the Tasmanian Electricity Code, issued under the Electricity Supply Industry Act 1995;

    "PEV" means protected environmental value;

    "shack site categorisation" means the assessment of shack sites using the process specified in the Crown Lands (Shack Sites) Act 1997;

    "State" means the Government of the State of Tasmania;

    "TASINET" means the State’s voice communication system;

    "TCN" means the Tasmanian Community Network process; and

    "VET" means vocational education and training.

SECTION 2 - PRINCIPLES OF PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS
  1. Partnership Agreements reflect the State’s desire for improved cooperation between State and Local Government.
  2. Within a partnering framework, the State will maintain responsibility for services which require uniform standards or consistency.
    The State will also retain responsibility for State-wide economic development and social issues.
  3. Changes in responsibilities should achieve overall efficiency across both spheres of government.
  4. Where services are more effectively and efficiently delivered at the local level, agreement will be reached on appropriate funding arrangements.
  5. Any amendment of existing service delivery arrangements will be the subject of contractual arrangements between parties, to ensure appropriate accountability and transparency of implementation.
  6. Results from Partnership Agreements should be measurable through agreed performance indicators.
  7. The parties recognise the importance of ensuring that the Circular Head community is informed and involved in the Partnership Agreement process.
SECTION 3 - DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR CIRCULAR HEAD
  1. Through this and subsequent Partnership Agreements, the parties will identify new opportunities to promote economic development and job creation, enhance community well-being and implement sustainable environmental policies and practices.
  2. In particular, the parties have agreed that they wish to achieve the following outcomes for Circular Head:
    • INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES
    • Growth and development based on primary industries (dairy, beef, vegetables, fisheries and forestry) and mining;
    • Active development and growth of tourism;
    • Effective transport infrastructure;
    • Access to and reliability of energy sources;
    • Development of the Port Latta Industrial Site;
    • Vocational training that meets specific Circular Head industry needs;

      SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY OUTCOMES

    • Enhanced learning outcomes;
    • Enhanced IT and T opportunities;
    • Enhanced community safety;
    • Improved delivery of government services;
    • Improved sport and recreation facilities;
    • Active development of arts and culture;

      PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT OUTCOMES

    • Enhanced framework for planning and development;
    • Management of the environment to ensure sustainability and maintenance of competitive advantage; and
    • Management of reserves and public land in Circular Head.
  3. The parties note that the desired outcomes are inter-linked, and the achievement of individual outcomes will be assisted by the strategies undertaken in respect of other outcomes.
SECTION 4 - ACHIEVEMENT OF DESIRED OUTCOMES
  1. The Schedules to this Agreement deal with the specific outcomes which the parties wish to achieve. The strategies form part of this Agreement having been prepared and are to be interpreted in accordance with Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this Agreement.
  2. Nothing in this Agreement affects any existing or future commitment or obligation entered into outside the terms of this Agreement.
  3. Where a change to service delivery arrangements, or ownership of an asset, is agreed by the parties, subject to an appropriate assessment of any relevant public interest, risk, or cost benefit, they will enter into a binding contract governing resourcing and other commitments.
  4. The parties acknowledge that the performance indicators included in the Schedules are to be reviewed following preparation of the Social and Economic Plan, and in light of the Council’s strategic planning process.
SECTION 5 - REVIEW
  1. The operation of this Agreement will be reviewed within three months of the expiry of a three year period commencing on the date of signing of the Agreement. Annual evaluation will be carried out by a Partnership Committee prior to development of the State Budget in each financial year. Either party may at any time give six weeks notice to carry out a specific review by the Partnership Committee of one or more of the schedules.
  2. The Agreement may be amended and schedules added or removed by agreement between the parties.
  3. The State will ensure that an annual report is provided to the Parliament on the operation of Partnership Agreements, and the Council will ensure that a report on the operation of the Agreement is included in its Annual Report.
  4. The parties agree that any disputes as to the operation of this Agreement will in the first instance be negotiated through a Partnership Committee.
    In the event that it is not possible to resolve a dispute through a Partnership Committee, the parties acknowledge their intention to seek to achieve resolution through independent professional mediation.
  5. Subject to any binding contract entered into in accordance with Clause 4.3 of this Agreement, the parties acknowledge their intention that in the event that this Agreement is terminated for any reason, responsibilities and resources will revert to the arrangements which exist at the date of signing of this Agreement.

SIGNED for and on behalf of THE CROWN?)

IN RIGHT OF THE STATE OF TASMANIA?)

By the Hon Jim Bacon, MHA, Premier

 

in the presence of:-

 

 

 

 

The COMMON SEAL of the CIRCULAR

HEAD COUNCIL was hereunto affixed

in the presence of:-

 

 

 

Ross Hine

Mayor


SCHEDULE 1: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT BASED ON PRIMARY INDUSTRIES (DAIRY, BEEF, VEGETABLES, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY) AND MINING

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

Generally

  • the need for an industry development strategy for the region which identifies priorities and strategies to enhance growth in terms of wealth and job creation;
  • the development of strategies to improve and enhance Circular Head’s comparative advantages in terms of clean air, water, environment and extensive natural resources;
  • the need for improved information sharing and communication between the parties on key industry development opportunities;
  • the need to ensure an integrated and planned approach to the development of all land-based primary industries in Circular Head;

Water Development and Improved Irrigation Management

  • the desirability of increasing irrigation and water development opportunities in Circular Head to underpin primary industry expansion;

Dairy

  • recognition that the dairy industry is the largest industry in Circular Head and has excellent prospects for growth;
  • the expansion of milk production in Circular Head;
  • the Council’s plans to encourage additional dairy food processing capacity within the municipal area;
  • the development of new export markets, particularly for low chemical/organic milk products;
  • the recognition that dairy effluent pollution has the potential to threaten Circular Head’s comparative marketing advantages;

Aquaculture and Fishing Industry

  • opportunities to further develop new and expanded marine farming operations, particularly for shellfish, in the region;
  • opportunities to develop a kelp harvesting industry on the west coast;
  • resolution of competing community views about commercial and recreational fishing access in the region;

Beef, Vegetables and Forestry

  • recognition that these industry sectors offer excellent prospects for growth in Circular Head;
  • the expansion of beef production in conjunction with the planned growth of the dairy herd;
  • concurrent planning and the development of breeding programs, to take advantage of beef genetics available in Circular Head which have been demonstrated to be of real potential value in export beef markets, particularly in Japan;
  • recognition that more intensive production will flow from an investment in local irrigation schemes, which will ensure more intensive cultivation of arable land in Circular Head;
  • recognition that the development of a large scale plantation resource in Circular head will facilitate maintenance and further development of a strong forestry industry;
  • recognition that growth of these sectors may compete for land available for dairy expansion; and

Mining

  • recognition that mineral exploration and processing opportunities are significant for the municipal area of Circular Head, and that mining offers significant potential for growth and development.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

Generally

  • the parties will work actively on the continuing development of a Regional Industry Development Strategy which will identify opportunities and ongoing priorities for industry development in Circular Head;
  • the Regional Industry Development Strategy will have particular regard to the competing land uses and associated economic and social impacts;
  • this ongoing co-operation and planning process will utilise the results of the Industry Audits as they become available and are relevant to Circular Head;
  • the North-West Regional Manager DSD and the Council’s appointed liaison officer will convene forums involving DPIWE and DSD specialist industry development staff and representatives of the Council, to improve information sharing and communication on key industry developments (local, national and international) affecting Circular Head;
  • the parties will work closely with stakeholders and key industries in the region, particularly with the objective of identifying potential investors and encouraging new investment in the development of key industries in the region;

Water Development and Improved Irrigation Management

  • the State will, with assistance from the Council, undertake a study to identify water storage and irrigation improvement opportunities in the Circular Head area. The study will investigate options involving water transfer between river basins (eg. Arthur River to Welcome River), and the identification of new dam sites on both private and Crown land;
  • the Council will actively promote the Government’s Irrigation Partnership Program to the farmers and private sector in the Circular Head area. The program provides grant funds for feasibility studies on dam construction;
  • the parties will enter into an agreement to upgrade the water supply infrastructure to Togari, so as to enable the removal of the capital surcharge on dairy properties and the introduction of a more equitable pricing system;

Dairy

  • Production
  • the parties agree to work with local industry to identify realistic but far reaching targets for expanding production in Circular Head. The parties will work with industry to identify key programs to achieve production targets;
  • the State will give priority to the provision of dairy extension services to the Circular Head region through the DPIWE Dairy Program and the Council will provide regular input into the provision and direction of dairy extension services in the Circular Head region through that Program;
  • the parties agree to co-operate in developing on farm effluent disposal systems aimed at utilising and containing dairy effluent, to maximise its resource potential;
  • in pursuing the development of low chemical input/organic dairy farming, the parties will co-operate in developing appropriate farm management systems to produce low chemical/organic milk to meet market demands for organic products, including:
    • identification by the Council of the market specifications for low chemical/organic milk from the Circular Head area;
    • facilitation of trials of these systems on a limited number of properties identified by Council in the Circular Head area;
    • active promotion through dairy farmer discussion groups and other related programs the production of low chemical/organic milk to meet the identified market demand for this product; and
    • co-operation in sourcing funding for research, development and extension projects relating to low chemical/organic dairy farming in Circular Head;
  • the Council will actively promote the new industry/DPIWE Dairy Business Focus workshops to Circular Head dairy farmers. The workshops aim to improve business and resource management skills of dairy farmers and will lead to better farm management, including improved catchment management and water quality, particularly in terms of dairy effluent disposal;
  • Processing and value adding
  • the State, drawing upon resources available from DPIWE and DSD will provide every assistance to Council in the task of preparing investor ready information which may be required to enable the establishment of new processing and value-adding facilities in Circular Head;
  • if the viability of the proposed facilities is demonstrated by the investor ready information packages the State will provide every assistance and support in raising investment funding for the project or projects;

Beef, Vegetables and Forestry

  • as part of the overall Regional Industry Development Strategy the parties, recognising the potential for growth and development of these industries in Circular Head, particularly as they link into and are driven by planned developments in the dairy industry, agree to work actively to develop plans for the growth of these industries in Circular Head;
  • implementation of the State Government’s endorsed Forestry Tasmania’s forestry growth plan as it applies to Circular Head;
  • development plans and proposals will make use of Industry Audits for these industries as they are completed;

Aquaculture and Fishing Industry

  • the State will ensure the rapid finalisation of the North West Marine Farm Development Plan to provide additional marine farming opportunities in the region;
  • the State will consult with the Council to determine the order of priority of allocation of new marine farm lease areas which will provide maximum benefit to the community;
  • the State, in facilitating the development of the kelp harvesting industry will:
    • allocate access to the West Coast kelp resource by competent kelp operators by June 1999;
    • work with the Council and prospective kelp harvesting interests to clarify the steps which must be taken to gain access to beaches for kelp harvesting; and
    • clarify the Commonwealth requirements for access to kelp on the West Coast and lobby the Commonwealth to ensure these are appropriate and reasonable;
  • the Council will facilitate community discussion and consultation regarding the introduction of "Recreational Fishing Only" areas in the region during the process of review of the Scalefish Fishery Management Plan;

Mining

  • As part of the overall Regional Industry Development Strategy the parties, recognising the potential for growth and development of the Mining industries in Circular Head, agree to work actively to develop plans for the growth of these industries in Circular Head; and
  • development plans and proposals will make use of Industry Audits and the Regional Minerals Program for these industries as they are completed.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

Generally

  • by 31 December 2000, a regional industry development strategy for Circular Head will be developed; and
  • each year of the life of the Agreement, four forums involving DPIWE and DSD specialist industry development staff, and representatives of the Council, will be held;

Water Development and Improved Irrigation Management

  • by 31 July 1999, a study to identify water storage and irrigation improvement opportunities in the Circular Head area will be undertaken;
  • by 31 July 1999, the Council will have commenced promotion of the Government’s Irrigation Partnership Program;
  • by 31 December 2000, agreement to upgrade the water supply infrastructure to Togari will be reached;

Dairy

  • Production
  • by 31 July 1999, the Council will have commenced promoting industry/DPIWE Dairy Business Focus workshops to Circular Head dairy farmers;
  • by 31 July 1999, the Council will identify the market specifications for low chemical/organic milk in the Circular Head area and a number of properties on which to trial appropriate farm management systems;
  • by 31 July 1999, discussions involving CHC, DPIWE, dairy farmers and industry bodies such as the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research to determine the research and/or trials required for the production of low chemical/organic milk production will have commenced;
  • by 31 August 1999, action to seek funding for research, development and extension projects relating to low chemical/organic dairy farming in Circular Head will have commenced;
  • by 31 October 1999, targets and programs for expanding dairy production in Circular Head will be identified and incorporated in the DPIWE Dairy Operational Plan;
  • by 31 December 1999, subject to funding, an appropriate farm management system to produce organic/low chemical milk will be developed and trials of these systems on a limited number of properties will be underway;
  • Processing and value adding
  • by 30 September 1999, investor ready information to assist in the establishment of new processing and value-adding facilities in Circular Head will be prepared;

Beef, Vegetables and Forestry

  • by 31 December 2000, plans for the growth of the beef, vegetable and forestry industries will be developed as a part of the regional industry development strategy;
  • Annually, new eucalypt plantation establishment on State Forest and freehold land will increase by 1000 hectares;
  • By 30 June 2001, a feasibility study for the establishment of a merchandising yard designed to optimise segregation of forest products for State Forests will be carried out;

Aquaculture and Fishing Industry

  • by 1 June 1999, the far North West Marine Farm Development Plan will be finalised;
  • within one month of plan finalisation, priorities for allocation of new lease areas will be agreed with Council;
  • within one month of the date of agreement, allocations of new marine farm lease areas will be referred to a Board of Advice and Reference in accordance with agreed priorities;
  • by 31 August 1999, the steps to be taken in order to gain access to West Coast beaches for kelp harvesting will be clarified;
  • by 31 July 1999, a statement will be sought from the Commonwealth regarding preconditions for kelp access and export;
  • by 31 August 1999, authorisation of competent kelp harvesters and processors for access to West Coast kelp will be in place;
  • during the review process for the Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, openly accessible and well managed local community consultation forums will be conducted to consider fishing access issues; and

Mining

  • by 31 December 2000, plans for the growth of the mining industries will be developed as a part of the Regional Industry Development Strategy.

SCHEDULE 2: ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF TOURISM

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • a restructured North West Regional Tourism Group;
  • the significant untapped tourism potential of the Circular Head area, and Stanley in particular; and
  • the provision and development of quality tourism products and experiences in Circular Head.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • the Council will develop a Local Tourism Development Plan in consultation with the State and industry. The State will provide facilitation support and if subsequent work is required the State will assist local operators and the Council accordingly with research and strategic direction;
  • in conjunction with Industry, Council and the State will identify opportunities for expansion of the tourism industry within the municipal area as part of general industry planning;
  • the State will provide appropriate resources to the North West Regional Tourism body as a part of the development of its intra-State tourism role for the North West region;
  • the Council will use the Local Tourism Development Plan to promote tourism development opportunities to potential investors. The State, drawing upon resources available from DSD will provide every assistance to Council in the task of preparing investor ready information which may be required to enable the establishment of new Tourism undertakings in Circular Head;
  • development of an interpretive lookout at Dismal Swamp on the Bass Highway; and
  • the State will devolve responsibility to the Council for the properties specified in Schedule 14.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 August 1999, initial consultation with industry and the parties will be complete;
  • by 28 February 2000, the Local Tourism Development Plan will be complete;
  • by 30 June 2000, the interpretive lookout at Dismal Swamp will be complete;
  • by 28 February 2001, and by 28 February 2002, the Local Tourism Development Plan will be reviewed; and
  • by 31 December 1999, responsibility for the properties specified in Schedule 15 will be devolved to the Council.

SCHEDULE 3: EFFECTIVE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • transfer of the Smithton Airport to the Circular Head Council;
  • development of a freight dedicated air service to the mainland;
  • road funding allocation issues;
  • effective transport of fresh produce to markets; and
  • revitalisation of the port of Stanley.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • negotiations on the terms under which the Smithton Airport will be transferred to Council will be completed;
  • the parties agree to develop integrated transport plans identifying current and future industry requirements for transport infrastructure within the Circular Head area. This plan will be integrated with the regional industrial development strategy outlined in Schedule 1;
  • a joint approach to the Commonwealth under the Roads of National Importance program for provision of funds to upgrade the Bass Highway between Burnie and Smithton; and
  • further discussions will occur on road maintenance and replacement priorities, including the impacts of the use of Council roads by High Productivity Vehicles - and road funding allocations.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The indicators to be used in determining whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 30 September 1999, Smithton Airport will be transferred to Council ownership;
  • by 31 December 1999, an integrated transport plan addressing current requirements for the Circular Head area will be developed;
  • by 31 December 2000, an integrated transport plan addressing future requirements will be developed as a part of the Regional Industry Development Strategy; and
  • by 30 April 2000, a joint approach to the Commonwealth for provision of funds to upgrade the Bass Highway between Burnie and Smithton will have been made.

SCHEDULE 4: ACCESS TO ENERGY SOURCES

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • improved reliability of electricity supply to Circular Head; and
  • the demand for, and availability of, additional quantities of electricity.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • joint review by the parties of the findings of the Reliability Panel, and the identification of constraints for the Council’s strategic objectives; and
  • with particular emphasis on wind energy, investigation of additional sources of electrical generation in Circular Head.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The indicators to be used in determining whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 March 2000, a joint review of the findings of the Reliability Panel will be completed; and
  • by 31 December 2000, investigation of additional sources of electrical generation in Circular Head will be completed.

SCHEDULE 5: DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT LATTA INDUSTRIAL SITE

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • the State, with Council support, has actively pursued development of Port Latta as a heavy industrial zone and both parties remain committed to its continued development;
  • the State is committed to developing additional infrastructure to support industrial development, the attraction of new industries, to Port Latta, and the development of planning processes to facilitate this.

Strategies

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • the parties, through the retention of a suitable consultant (jointly funded) will complete information gathering and planning for the site in readiness for future development and rezoning. Site specific issues to be resolved are:
    • heritage values;
    • flora and fauna values;
    • landscape, site and capability analysis; and
    • identification of infrastructure requirements;
  • the parties will seek to accelerate development of the site through promotion to potential industry projects; and
  • the State will develop an action plan in response to major infrastructure requirements for the site. The action plan will be integrated with the integrated transport plans outlined in Schedule 3.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 October 1999, the information gathering and planning project will be completed; and
  • by 31 December 2000, the infrastructure action plan will be completed.

SCHEDULE 6: VOCATIONAL TRAINING THAT MEETS SPECIFIC CIRCULAR HEAD INDUSTRY NEEDS

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • improving the match between current and future industry needs and the vocational skills of the community; and
  • enhancing links between local industry and education providers.

Strategies

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • labour market constraints for industry in the Circular Head area will be identified through the Industry Audit process and the parties agree to co-sponsor an approach to the Commonwealth for funding to develop and initiate a pilot training program aimed at addressing labour market constraints identified within Circular Head;
  • the State will provide the Council with the Industry Audit outputs and taking account of emerging developments from the Regional Industry Development Strategy outlined in Schedule 1 will work with the Council and industry to:
    • identify specific training needs with due recognition of the potential for emerging industries; and
    • investigate a community training facility for Circular Head’s primary industry needs based on active partnership between education providers;
  • the parties, and the State in particular, will endeavour to attract training staff of excellence to the community, and to build training centres of excellence for the identified key industries in Circular Head; and
  • the parties will monitor the following indicators:
    • the number of nationally registered VET courses that meet local industry needs (possible areas include forestry, tourism, fishing, retail and food handling) available to students at Smithton High;
    • the number of enrolments in nationally registered VET Courses;
    • the number of nationally registered VET in schools courses available through Open Learning;
    • the number of traineeships in areas nominated by industry;
    • the number of traineeships customised to serve the local labour market; and
    • the number of people in the area participating in post school vocational education and training.

 

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 August 1999, any labour market constraints in Circular Head identified from the Industry Audits process will be known;
  • by 30 June 2000, in parallel with the development of the Regional Industry Development Strategy outlined in Schedule 1, specific training needs will be identified and a community training facility for Circular Head’s primary industry needs will be investigated; and
  • annually, information on the indicators listed above will be aggregated and reported to the parties.

SCHEDULE 7: ENHANCED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • improving the importance of education;
  • improving literacy and numeracy standards;
  • improving educational opportunities for students locally;
  • enhancing links between the community, local industry and education providers;
  • ensuring the most effective use of public assets which are utilised by the education system; and
  • ensuring increased use of information technology to improve educational opportunities and outcomes.

Strategies

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • the parties will work to raise community awareness of the critical links between public education, the community and economic development;
  • the State will continue to monitor and improve the Assisted School Self Review process and ensure that it is used by all schools to consult with their communities in developing school improvement plans;
  • the State will establish a Consultative Committee including representatives of the Council to ensure that the key issues identified above are addressed;
  • the Consultative Committee in consultation with the school community will investigate the establishment of Smithton High School as a school of agricultural excellence;
  • the parties, and the State in particular, will endeavour to attract educators of excellence to the community, and to build education centres of excellence in Circular Head;
  • the School Councils will investigate ways of developing closer ties with elected Council members;
  • the parties will work co-operatively to improve information technology infrastructure and support to minimise any disadvantage of rurality; and
  • the parties will monitor the following indicators:
    • Retention
    • % of students retained to year 12 who attended Smithton High School: apparent retention rates in comparison to Tasmanian average and Australian average for Government schools; and
    • % of students retained to year 11 at Smithton High;

      Use of Resources

    • the number of schools that have negotiated community use of facilities;
    • the number of hours school facilities are used for community purposes -
      • sports facilities;
      • school buildings; and
      • information technology facilities; and
    • the number of hours community facilities are used for schooling purposes;

      Learning Outcomes

    • % of students in year 3, 5 and 7 achieving national benchmarks in reading, writing and spelling (results for year 3 are available now with results for year 5 and year 7 available from 2000 on);
    • % of students in years 3, 5 and 7 achieving national benchmarks in numeracy (when these are available); and
    • % of students achieving satisfactory standards in the most and least demanding TASSAB syllabuses in English, Maths and Science.

      Performance Indicators

      The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

      • by 31 December 1999, all schools in Circular Head will complete the Assisted School Self Review process;
      • by 31 July 1999, an Advisory Committee to address issues identified through the ASSR process will be established;
      • by 31 December 1999, the Advisory Committee will investigate the establishment of Smithton High School as a school of agricultural excellence; and
      • annually, information on the indicators listed above will be aggregated and reported to the parties.

SCHEDULE 8: ENHANCED IT & T OPPORTUNITIES

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • ensuring that the provision of IT and T infrastructure is coordinated and that all local stakeholders are involved in identifying and developing IT applications that will benefit the community;
  • ensuring that funding opportunities for IT and T infrastructure and applications are identified, business cases prepared and applications submitted to the appropriate funding sources; and
  • ensuring that the Council is able to use existing State provided facilities and services and that opportunities are provided for increased or improved data exchange.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • the State will ensure that the TCN process is successfully completed in Circular Head to:
    • identify opportunities for the use of advanced telecommunications and the appropriate stakeholders to address issues of importance to the area;
    • plan how to achieve the opportunities through the stakeholders sharing ideas, expertise, money and telecommunications infrastructure;
    • develop a comprehensive IT and T strategy which identifies opportunities that will maximise industry development networks, and access to tertiary education; and
    • build the necessary long - term partnerships between business, government agencies, service providers and community organisations;
  • the State will assist the Council in securing funding to develop the IT and T strategy referred to above;
  • the Council will support and participate actively in the TCN process; and
  • the Council will undertake a cost/benefit analysis on the replacement of its voice communication services with TASINET instead of maintaining its own PABX equipment.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 December 1999, the TCN process will be successfully completed in Circular Head, and in particular:
    • appropriate stakeholders will be involved and lead projects identified that address IT and T needs in the Circular Head municipality;
    • taskforces will be identified and established as Reference Groups for the IT and T initiatives;
    • a range of applications and services will be available to the residents, businesses and council; and
    • the parties will have worked together to jointly assist the community to achieve the agreed and feasible outputs; and
  • by 30 June 1999, a cost/benefit analysis on the replacement of Council voice communication services with TASINET will be completed.

SCHEDULE 9: ENHANCED COMMUNITY SAFETY

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • implementing new programs to address crime prevention and community safety in Circular Head;
  • ensuring that supervision of Community Service Order offenders is undertaken at the local level, in accordance with the principles of restorative justice; and
  • ensuring that the police presence in Circular Head reflects the needs of the community.

Strategies

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Council will fund a community safety project officer (part time) for an initial period of twelve months to be located with, and supported by, the Council to:
    • establish a local crime prevention and community safety council;
    • work with the Council to incorporate crime prevention and community safety in its strategic planning process;
    • identify local crime prevention and community safety issues and concerns; and
    • develop and implement strategies to address local crime and community safety problems, such as using Glenorchy City Council’s Community Safety Audit Kit, and undertaking the training of local Neighbourhood Watch volunteers to participate in Project Samaritan to reduce repeat victimisation in burglary of residential premises;
  • the Council will assume responsibility for the supervision of people residing in Circular Head who are sentenced to Community Service Orders, to work on projects identified by the local community. This supervision will be carried out in accordance with the ‘restorative approach’, which aims to repair the damage caused to people and to relationships by the commission of offences;
  • subject to funding being available from the Department of Justice and Industrial Relations the Council will initiate a wilderness experience program for disadvantaged and/or offending youth;
  • the District Superintendent, Tasmania Police will consult regularly with the Council on law enforcement activity within the Circular Head municipality; and
  • the Tasmania Police marine operations currently based at Burnie will be re-located to Circular Head.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 August 1999, a forum on policing priorities in Circular Head will be established, and its first meeting held;
  • by 30 September 1999, the Council will assume responsibility for supervision of people residing in Circular Head who are sentenced to Community Service Orders, to work on projects identified by the local community;
  • by 31 December 1999, the Tasmania Police marine operations currently based at Burnie will be re-located to Circular Head;
  • by 31 December 1999, a local crime prevention and community safety council will be established, and local crime prevention and community safety issues and concerns will be identified;
  • by 30 June 2000, strategies to address local crime and community safety problems will have been developed and implementation will have commenced; and
  • by 30 June 2000, a pilot wilderness experience program for disadvantaged and/or offending youth will be established in Circular Head.

SCHEDULE 10: IMPROVED DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Key Issues

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • achieving collocation of State and local government services in Smithton;
  • ensuring coordination of State funding allocations to organisations in Circular Head;
  • ensuring coordination of State and Council capital investment decisions in Circular Head;
  • ensuring that the most effective arrangements for all property maintenance services on Housing Division stock and vacant land to the Council are in place; and
  • developing longer term arrangements for the transfer of property management functions for all State-owned built assets to the Council.

Strategies

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • sale on commercial terms of the State offices in Smithton, with the relocation of tenants - including the Service Tasmania shop - to the Council office (subject to provision of suitable accommodation and a buyer for the State Offices building);
  • the State will encourage community groups in Circular Head to obtain Council support for applications under any State grants program;
  • as part of the pre-Budget consultation in each year, the State will ensure that the Council has the opportunity to make comment on capital investment in Circular Head;
  • maintenance of the Housing Division’s vacant land portfolio including fire abatement will be undertaken by the Council;
  • a joint working group will be established to examine the potential for arrangements for the Council to take responsibility for the condition of the Housing Division asset base, and for the necessary financial arrangements. Ownership, the profile of the asset base, and planning for future demand will continue to vest in the Director of Housing, and the transfer will not include responsibility for tenancy management; and
  • the working group will consider the application of the arrangements (once developed) to built assets owned by other State agencies.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • as soon as practicable, and subject to provision of suitable accommodation for existing tenants and a buyer for the State Offices building, the State offices in Smithton will be sold;
  • by 31 July 1999, maintenance of the Housing Division’s vacant land portfolio including fire abatement will be undertaken by the Council; and
  • by 30 September 1999, a joint working group will be established to examine the potential for arrangements for the Council to take responsibility for the condition of the Housing Division asset base, and for the necessary financial arrangements.

SCHEDULE 11: IMPROVED SPORT AND RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES

Key Issue

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • developments in the Circular Head area must be consistent with the North West regional framework to sport and recreation facilities currently being developed;
  • the Council has commissioned the preparation of a Recreational Facilities Plan for the area, which is likely to highlight inadequate and redundant facilities in the Circular Head area; and
  • the parties recognise that a new sports stadium and recreational ground clubrooms can only be achieved by funding from a variety of sources including users, Council and the State.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • The parties will jointly assess strategies and recommendations of the Circular Head Recreational Facilities Plan and work together on the preparation of the North West Regional sports and recreational development framework due for completion in June 2000;
  • the parties will jointly approach to the Commonwealth for suitable funding for agreed projects identified in the Recreational Facilities Plan which are consistent with the North West Regional sports and recreational development framework; and
  • the State will assess the reintroduction of Public Bodies Assistance Grants or other funding programs for projects similar to those identified in properly structured recreational facilities plans.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 30 September 1999, the parties will have jointly assessed strategies and recommendations of the Circular Head Recreational Facilities Plan;
  • by 30 June 2000, the North West Regional sports and recreational development Framework will be developed; and
  • by 30 June 2000, the State will have assessed the reintroduction of Public Bodies Assistance Grants or the establishment of other funding programs for recreational facility projects.

SCHEDULE 12: ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE

Key Issue

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • the positioning of the arts industry in Circular Head as a producer of fine quality goods and services;
  • the development of a cohesive cultural plan for Circular Head;
  • the significant untapped potential of the arts industry in Circular Head;
  • the provision and development of quality cultural tourism product, town planning and cultural activities for the community

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • The Council will develop a cohesive Local Arts and Culture Plan in consultation with Arts Tasmania and the industry;
  • The Council will use the Local Arts and Culture Plan to promote arts and cultural development opportunities;
  • The State, through Arts Tasmania, will provide information to the Council on State and Federal funding opportunities and provide advice in the development of new arts and cultural undertakings in Circular Head;
  • Circular Head will be included in the development of art trails through Tasmania linking the tourism, food and wine industries and attractions;
  • The parties will include cultural tourism issues in the development of the Local Tourism Development Plan referred to in Schedule 2.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The indicators used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 31 December 1999, initial consultation with industry and the parties will be complete;
  • by 31 March 2000, the Local Arts and Culture Plan will be complete;
  • as part of the 1999-00 Arts Industry Development Program, funding will be pursued to implement key recommendations of the Local Arts and Culture Plan;
  • by 28 February 2000, Circular Head’s cultural tourism issues will be included in the Local Tourism Development Plan referred to in Schedule 2.

SCHEDULE 13: ENHANCED FRAMEWORK FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Key Issue

The parties agree that the key issue to be addressed in achieving this outcome is the implementation of the Model Planning Scheme in Circular Head.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • subject to participation by the State on the basis outlined below, the Council commits to trialing the Model Framework for Planning Schemes within the Circular Head Municipal area;
  • the State will contribute $75,000 in cash plus make available staff of the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment and other support including mapping and processing for the development of the planning scheme through to approval by the Commission; and
  • subject to an assessment at that time of any residual issues and additional costs associated with implementation of the model planning scheme, the State will contribute further resources up to an overall total of $200,000 made up of cash and in kind support over a four year period ending on 30 June 2003.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • by 30 June 1999, a Project Brief outlining aims and objectives, tasks, expected outcomes, work programs and project management will be developed;
  • by 31 March 2000, scheme certification will be achieved;
  • by 31 January 2001, scheme approval by the Commission will be achieved
  • the scheme will be reviewed in light of the outcomes of the other strategies outlined in this Partnership Agreement; and
  • on an annual basis for a five (5) year period thereafter, implementation and monitoring of the scheme will be undertaken.

SCHEDULE 14: MANAGEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT TO ENSURE SUSTAINABILITY AND MAINTENANCE OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • the potential impact of dairy effluent management on potable water, biodiversity in waterways, aquaculture, and the capacity to market products from Circular Head;
  • integrated catchment management planning through the development of whole of catchment management plans;
  • the use of the Port Latta waste disposal site; and
  • delivery of environmental services in Circular Head.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • Water Quality & Dairy Effluent Management
  • the parties acknowledge that there is a need to improve water quality in Circular Head, with the principal source of the concern being dairy effluent;
  • the parties acknowledge that the dairy effluent may be impacting water quality with potential problems for potable water, biodiversity in waterways, aquaculture, and the capacity to market products from Circular Head;
  • the parties will develop an integrated strategy to monitor and improve water quality which will involve initiatives such as education and implementation of the Dairy Effluent Code of Practice, catchment management, the establishment of protected environmental values, regulatory instruments and enforcement;
  • the strategy will contain short and long-term targets for the improvement of water quality, and water quality will be monitored and reported;
  • subject to the development and endorsement by the parties of the integrated water quality strategy particularly as it relates to dairy effluent management, the Council and the State will through a 50/50 funding arrangement, provide on a full time basis, located within Circular Head, an authorised environmental officer of Council. Such officer to provide for environmental management on behalf of both Council and the State Government and in particular to carry out inspectorial, education and regulatory functions relating to dairy effluent emanating from dairies operating within Circular Head, for an initial two (2) year period;

Integrated Catchment Management Planning through the Development of Whole of Catchment Management Plans

  • the State Government and Council will work cooperatively to develop a whole of catchment approach to environmental management, including water quality, in the municipality;
  • the State will work cooperatively with Council and will develop an Integrated Catchment Management Plan for the Circular Head area;
  • the State will support Council's applications for NHT funding to assist in the development and implementation of primary recommendations within an integrated catchment management plan for the Circular Head area;

    Use of Port Latta Waste Disposal Site

  • the State will consider options for maximising the viability of the Port Latta Waste Disposal Site as part of a comprehensive North-West waste strategy to be developed by the DPIWE Division of Environment and Planning, and endorsed by the Board of Environmental Management and Pollution Control;
  • the options to be developed will include consideration of the use of the Site for disposal of medical waste and a plan to utilise the hazardous material disposal advantages of the site; and

    Delivery of Environmental Services in Circular Head

  • the State and the Council will coordinate and cooperate in relation to the delivery of environmental services in Circular Head through the sharing of operational plans and activities and the development of a Memorandum of Understanding considering
    • the vesting of appropriate statutory responsibilities;
    • the collocation of offices; and
    • the purchase and/or sharing of technical resources,
    • although there will be no change to administrative accountabilities or statutory responsibilities.

 

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • Water Quality & Dairy Effluent Management
  • by 31 October 1999, development of a water quality strategy will be completed;
  • by 31 August 1999, determination of relevant PEV’s will be completed;
  • by 31 July 1999, appointment of an authorised environmental officer of Council will be made;

Integrated Catchment Management Planning through the Development of Whole of Catchment Management Plans

  • by 31 December 2000, an Integrated Catchment Management Plan will be developed;
  • As part of the 2000 NHT funding round, funding will be secured to implement key recommendations of the Management plan;

    Use of Port Latta Waste Disposal Site

  • by 31 December 1999, as part of a comprehensive North-West waste strategy, an options paper examining the viability of the Port Latta Waste Disposal Site will be developed;

    Delivery of Environmental Services in Circular Head

  • by 30 September 1999, a Memorandum of Understanding on co-ordinated delivery of environmental services will be developed.

SCHEDULE 15: MANAGEMENT OF RESERVES AND PUBLIC LAND IN CIRCULAR HEAD

KEY ISSUES

The parties agree that the key issues to be addressed in achieving this outcome are:

  • management of natural and cultural heritage properties at Stanley;
  • delivery of land management services in Circular Head;
  • ownership of the Crown reserves which are currently leased to the Council; and
  • completion of the shack site categorisation program in Circular Head.

STRATEGIES

The parties agree that the strategies they will employ to achieve the outcome are:

  • Management of Natural and Cultural Heritage Properties at Stanley
  • the State will devolve responsibility to the Council for the management of ‘the Nut’ State Reserve under a lease agreement for a period of five years in accordance with agreed management plans;
  • the State will devolve responsibility to the Council for the management of the following historic properties at Stanley under a lease agreement for a period of five years, with provision for a five year extension of the lease, in accordance with agreed management and conservation plans:
    • Highfield House;
    • Lyons Cottage; and
    • the Schoolhouse;
  • the State will make available to the Council the unspent portion of the current capital allocation for Highfield House (approximately $550,000) for expenditure associated with enhancing visitor facilities and conservation of key features at Highfield House, in line with the Highfield Historic Site Further Development Plan, December 1997; and
  • the Council will retain all revenue generated from those properties - including that from concessionaires — for expenditure back on the properties;
  • subject to the development of the Memorandum of Understanding referred to below, the Resource Management and Conservation Division, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment will maintain its current office and depot storage facilities at Highfield house under existing conditions.

Delivery of Land Management Services in Circular Head

  • the State and the Council will coordinate and cooperate in relation to the delivery of land management services in Circular Head through the sharing of operational plans and activities and the development of a Memorandum of Understanding considering:
    • the collocation of offices; and
    • the purchase and/or sharing of technical resources;

      although there will be no change to administrative accountabilities or statutory responsibilities; and

  • completion of the shack site categorisation process; and

Ownership of Crown Reserves currently leased to the Council

  • the parties will identify areas of Crown land currently leased or licensed by the Council which may be transferred to the Council as freehold.

Performance Indicators

The indicators to be used to determine whether the outcome is being met are:

  • Management of Natural and Cultural Heritage Properties at Stanley
  • by 31 December 1999, responsibility for the management of ‘the Nut’ State Reserve and the historic properties listed above will be devolved to the Council;

Delivery of Land Management Services in Circular Head

  • by 30 September 1999, a Memorandum of Understanding on co-ordinated delivery of land management services will be developed;
  • by 31 December 1999, except for shacks south of Temma, the shack site categorisation process will be completed in Circular Head; and

Ownership of Crown Reserves currently leased to the Council

  • by 30 June 1999, appropriate areas of Crown land may be identified for transfer to the Council .