Council to tackle climate scenario
CLIMATE change may affect how Richmond Valley Council plans and manages its interests if a recommendation by council staff is passed at this afternoon's ordinary council meeting.
Councillors will be asked to accept a climate change scenario which predicts a rise in sea levels by as much as 900mm above 1990 mean level by 2100, and an increase in rainfall on the North Coast by as much as 10 per cent by 2070.
The decision may affectfuture decisions about which areas are considered habitable, levels required for on-site sewerage management and road design.
Council's current Casino Floodplain Risk Management Plan, from 2002, and the Mid-Richmond Floodplain Risk Management Plan, from 2004, draw from historical flood events.
The recommendation will see planning draw from historical as well as forecast events.
Also on the agenda for a decision today is the 2010/13 management plan, which includes budget estimates for the 2010/11 financial year.
Council staff has made recommendations for cuts to spending which will see a decrease in the budget estimate from a deficit of $500,000 to $482,700.
In a report to be presented to the meeting, council's financial manager James Brickley says council needs to ‘consider and monitor its financial position closely over the course of the 2010/11 period'.
“The estimated budget deficit of $482,700 is not acceptable and needs to be eliminated during the quarterly review process,” Mr Brickley says in the report.
Councillors will also vote on a recommendation by council staff that expressions of interest on buying or leasing the Casino Regional Livestock Exchange be called for.
The business paper notes no decision has been made on whether to sell the yards.
The meeting in the council chambers will start at 4.30pm.