Draft Canal Management Policy

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You are invited to have your say on Council's Draft Canal Management Policy.

The Draft Canal Management Policy seeks to provide guidance on Council's position on matters relevant to canals, from maintenance of beaches, unapproved structures, the use and storage of vessels, to licencing of pontoons and the fees charged.

Background

Council manages nine canal estates, including waterways and the foreshores adjacent to both parkland and residential areas.

Management and maintenance activities include dredging for navigation, ensuring the stability of retaining structures and removal of debris following floods.

Individual land owners are responsible for the maintenance of canal walls and foreshores within their private lots.

Pontoon licencing fee

All pontoons located within the Council owned canals are required to be licenced. The licence permits pontoon owners to occupy public land, in this case the canal, for exclusive private use.

In 2008, Council resolved to adopt an annual pontoon licence fee, but over the past 12 years the fee has not been charged.

Council has charged a pontoon licence application fee and a pontoon licence transfer fee.

The fee was adopted in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (Section 608), that allows Council to charge a fee for services it provides, such as canal dredging, foreshore maintenance or debris removal.

Council will commence charging the annual pontoon licence fee from the beginning of the 2022 calendar year. The revenue generated will primarily be used to maintain navigability, safety and amenity within canal estates. The existing pontoon application and transfer fees will also still be charged.

Have Your Say

The draft Canal Management Policy is on public exhibition until 18 November, 2020 and you are invited to make a submission by using the online submission form below to tell us about any changes you think could be made or concerns you have with the policy. Please be as specific as possible with your answers. All submissions will be considered in formulating the final version of the policy.

Written submissions must be received by 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 November 2020.

All submissions will be considered in formulating the final version of the policy.

  • Online using the submission form below
  • Email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au Subject Heading: Draft Canal Management Policy Submission
  • By mail
    Draft Canal Management Policy Submission
    General Manager
    Tweed Shire Council
    PO Box 816
    MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484

It should be noted that in accordance with Council policy and the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 – ‘GIPAA,’ confidential information contained within submissions may be released upon a request being made by a third party.



You are invited to have your say on Council's Draft Canal Management Policy.

The Draft Canal Management Policy seeks to provide guidance on Council's position on matters relevant to canals, from maintenance of beaches, unapproved structures, the use and storage of vessels, to licencing of pontoons and the fees charged.

Background

Council manages nine canal estates, including waterways and the foreshores adjacent to both parkland and residential areas.

Management and maintenance activities include dredging for navigation, ensuring the stability of retaining structures and removal of debris following floods.

Individual land owners are responsible for the maintenance of canal walls and foreshores within their private lots.

Pontoon licencing fee

All pontoons located within the Council owned canals are required to be licenced. The licence permits pontoon owners to occupy public land, in this case the canal, for exclusive private use.

In 2008, Council resolved to adopt an annual pontoon licence fee, but over the past 12 years the fee has not been charged.

Council has charged a pontoon licence application fee and a pontoon licence transfer fee.

The fee was adopted in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (Section 608), that allows Council to charge a fee for services it provides, such as canal dredging, foreshore maintenance or debris removal.

Council will commence charging the annual pontoon licence fee from the beginning of the 2022 calendar year. The revenue generated will primarily be used to maintain navigability, safety and amenity within canal estates. The existing pontoon application and transfer fees will also still be charged.

Have Your Say

The draft Canal Management Policy is on public exhibition until 18 November, 2020 and you are invited to make a submission by using the online submission form below to tell us about any changes you think could be made or concerns you have with the policy. Please be as specific as possible with your answers. All submissions will be considered in formulating the final version of the policy.

Written submissions must be received by 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 November 2020.

All submissions will be considered in formulating the final version of the policy.

  • Online using the submission form below
  • Email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au Subject Heading: Draft Canal Management Policy Submission
  • By mail
    Draft Canal Management Policy Submission
    General Manager
    Tweed Shire Council
    PO Box 816
    MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484

It should be noted that in accordance with Council policy and the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 – ‘GIPAA,’ confidential information contained within submissions may be released upon a request being made by a third party.