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Roads Advisory Committee

Establishment
The Roads Advisory Committee is constituted by Singleton Council as a committee of Council; in accordance with the provisions of Section 260 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.


Functions and Responsibilities
The functions of the Committee are: 

  1. To promote the development and delivery of the vision of the Singleton Local Government Area.
  2. To promote transparent governance through increased education and awareness of operational, maintenance and capital works plans.
  3. To advise Council, on the identified operational, maintenance and capital works requirements.
  4. To promote excellence in Road Assets Management and lead community and industry trends.
  5. To promote the development and implementation of integrated infrastructure planning strategies.
  6. To review and make recommendations on policy for the roads and transport related infrastructure, in relation to Local Roads (rural and urban), Regional Roads and State roads.  In particular:
  • Road Asset Management,  
    • Road Hierarchy, and
    • Road Hierarchy related capital works, maintenance and operational standards.
    • 10 year rolling capital works program
  • Low maintained road management
  • Parking infrastructure,
  • Footpaths,
  • Cycleways,
  • Bus routes and facilities
  • Taxi facilities parking infrastructure,
  • Urban and Rural Drainage
  • Road openings and closing
  • (Note:  The Roads Advisory Committee does not have a role in relation to Traffic Management and related issues covered by The Local Traffic Committee.)

Referral of Matters
In exercising its responsibility, the Roads Advisory Committee must refer all matters on to Council for decision.

The Roads Advisory Committee may refer relevant matters for action or noting to other committees as appropriate.


Membership and length of term

  1. Membership of the Advisory Committee will comprise;
    • The Mayor (Chairperson ex officio), and
    • Two (2) elected Councillors appointed by Council (one to be elected Deputy Chairperson).
  2. Attendees at the Roads Advisory Committee Meetings include;
    • The General Manager (ex officio),
    • The Director of Assets and Facilities,
    • The Manager Works (Secretary),
    • Works Engineer,
    • Manager Development and Regulatory Services or their representative.
  3. The Roads Advisory Committee may invite other persons to attend meetings and participate in discussions.
  4. The role of the Secretary will be to arrange meetings of the Roads Advisory Committee keep records of meetings and refer minutes to Council for consideration.
  5. The Councillor appointments will be reviewed by Council on an annual basis.

Operation

The Roads Advisory Committee shall meet as required at a time and place determined by the Chair with a minimum of four (4) meetings per year. Other meetings may be convened by the Chair.

The Roads Advisory Committee shall meet as required at a time and place determined by the Chair with a minimum of four (4) meetings per year. Other meetings may be convened by the Chair.

Members of the Roads Advisory Committee abide by Singleton Council’s Code of Conduct.



Singleton Local Traffic Committee

Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for the control of traffic on all roads in New South Wales. Traffic is controlled by the installation of prescribed traffic control devices, such as regulatory signs, or traffic control facilities, such as medians.

Many of the means of controlling traffic on regional and local roads has been delegated to the Councils of Local Government areas. Roads and Maritime Services manage the State road network. Council is required to seek the advice of the NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services prior to exercising their delegated functions. This is done via the Local Traffic Committee.

Singleton's Local Traffic Committee (LTC) has no decision-making powers and is primarily a technical review committee. The LTC considers the technical merits of the proposal and ensures that the proposal meets current technical guidelines.

The LTC advises Council on matters for which the Council has delegated authority to make decisions on, such as parking and traffic management. Council considers the advice of the LTC when making its decision on whether a proposal should go ahead or not. Council is not bound by the advice given by the committee, however, if Council does wish to act contrary to the unanimous advice of the committee or when the advice is not unanimous, it must notify Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Police and wait 14 days before proceeding.

The LTC is to be made up of four formal members. The members are:

• one representative of Council
• one representative of the NSW Police
• one representative of the RTA
• the local State Member of Parliament (MP) or their nominee.

The Singleton Local Traffic Committee generally meets 4 times per year however additional meetings can be held if urgent matters arise.

In cases where the LTC advice is unanimous, and Council intends to follow that advice, Council may authorise the implementation of the facility or device without further notifying Roads and Maritime Services or the Police.

If Council wishes to exercise a delegated function when the LTC advice is not unanimous, or Council wishes to act contrary to unanimous LTC advice, then Council must notify in writing, both the NSW Police and the RTA representatives on the LTC. Council then must refrain from taking any action for 14 days so that the Police or Roads and Maritime Services are given an opportunity to appeal to the Regional Traffic Committee should they wish.

In the case of an appeal, the decision of the Chairperson, Regional Traffic Committee is binding and final.

More information on local traffic committees can be found here: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/about/what-we-do/committees/traffic-committees.html  



Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290