Council’s next council meeting will be held Monday, September 24 , 2018 – from 6.30pm – at Wyong Council Chambers.
Monday September 10
Four councillors away: Burke, Pilon, Marquart, Matthews
Weed control at Springfield Pond
Monday August 27
Three councillors away: Best, Hogan and Holstein.
The rest of the councillors got through the entire agenda, except for a couple of items they decided at the beginning of the meeting to put off til September meeting.
Climate change policy that was supposed to be dealt with the previous meeting got dealt with.
Monday August 13
- Three mayoral minutes: Edogawa visit report; organising the CEO’s performance review; and calling for a report into how council allows the community to use council facilities.
- One Cr Marquart Notice of Motion encouraging council to buy Davistown wetlands.
- One rescission motion about the open pile burning (signed by Crs Best, Gale Collins, Pilon and Marquart) wants to defer the policy that was passed at the July 9 meeting and get the Rural Fire Service involved in a re-draft.
- The report into how many objections before a DA automatically comes to council.
- The draft Climate Change report to go on public exhibition.
- Y4Y to be adopted: recommendation from council.
- Woy Woy sporties to be rejected: advice to the JRPP.
Councillor Holstein calls out behaviour of Cr Best during the whales debate.
Councillors show their climate change colours.
Cr McLachlan’s rural flexibility and The Entrance tourism motions.
Councillor Best brought forward the rescission motion again for the Warnervale airport issue. He was supported by Cr Pilon and MacLachlan and the motion was lost again.
Cr Best also brought forward the cat motion which took up a heap of time and attracted four speakers although only three actually spoke. The fourth one didn’t appear when their name was called.
Cr Vincent championed the Carters Rd upgrade issue.
Council brought forward the crown land transfer issue (best performing post on my facebook page).
Crs Pilon and Gale Collins had a response to their motion from February 26 for council to investigate joining the Easy To Do Business project and becoming a member of the Small Business Friendly Council initiative. The report recommended it and the councillors agreed unanimously.
Last meeting for Brian Glendenning as acting CEO.
The council adopted its budget for next financial year but with the sports fees deferred.
Council adopted its ten year vision.
Councillors gave themselves a 2.5 per cent pay rise without debate.
Cr Holstein asked council make urgent representation to State Government to help with homelessness on the coast and gets unanimous support.
Cr Best’s motion trying to get councillors to pay their own way on sister city trips has been watered down to simply a report on the how to get the full benefits out of the relationships.
Cr Sundstrom fails to get a rescission motion passed over the siting of the HMAS Adelaide 11 mast at Terrigal. The original motion of May 14 stands.
Cr Best fails with his apology motion (see June 4).
The June 4 meeting was a continuation of the May 28 meeting.
The latest on the plans for the proposed regional library and Regional Performing Arts and Convention Centre.
Hely St carpark back open to the public: moved by Cr Greenaway and passed unanimously.
Amendments to the Code of Conduct.
Cr Best’s notice of motion for a Public Apology for the length of time residents had to wait around for their matters to be heard at the May 14 meeting is held over to the June 12 meeting.
The new Winnie Bay steps were roundly criticised for creating too much environmental damage and stage two will now be rethought and re-exhibited for community reaction.
A boarding house at 6 South St, Killarney Vale was passed while a drug and alcohol rehab centre at 74 Glen Rd, Ourimbah was deferred.
Council knocked back an application for a partially completed canopy and signage at the general store at Yarramalong.
The fees and charges for next financial year’s water and sewer and drainage were passed – with no change from last year.
Heaps of other items were deferred and a continuation of the meeting was to be held on the next Monday, June 4.
It was the same day the State Government made its big $52m announcement towards sewer upgrades on the coast and a new water park at the Gosford Leagues Club Park.
Dredging issue and the proposed Wamberal Child Care Centre took up most of the meeting and many items were deferred. The meeting ended about 11pm. The gallery was absolutely packed for the first two items.
On the dredging issue, the council resolved to ask the State Government for emergency funds to solve the issue immediately and also to apply for funds from the State Government’s Rescue Our Waterways funding which is announced next January.
Council refused to approve the development application for a child care centre at 612 The Entrance Road, Wamberal.
Mayor Jane Smith said the main areas of concern raised by residents and Wamberal Action Group were traffic safety and the impacts of traffic flow on Old Gosford Road, on street parking, driver visibility and child and pedestrian safety in proximity of the site.
The MOU with the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council passed unanimously.
The draft budget was passed to be put out for public comment until June 14. Mayor Jane Smith called it the council’s contract with the community. It outlines rates and charges for the next financial year plus where council will spend its money.
New CEO voted on – no names public (but has since been named as Gary Murphy who will start on July 2. He is CEO of Lismore Council.)
The first expenses report for the councillors went through without discussion.
Rescission motions from April 11 meeting: RPAC (failed) and Library (passed).
The Community Strategic Plan went through without comment and is now on public exhibition until May 28.
Previous Meeting Highlights
- April 11: extraordinary meeting dealt with the RPAC and Library. 8pm to 11.15pm.
- April 9: Six Advisory groups named. Finished about 9.10pm
- March 26: Dredging issue. Airport rescission motion. Buskers Policy. Old Sydney Town sale. Tuggerawong pathway. Recycling crisis. Auditor clears council. Meeting finished after 11pm. Crs Best and Matthews left at 10.30pm
- March 12: Carters Rd, Lake Munmorah. Ethical investments. Meeting finished at 11pm.
- Feb 26: Sister City trip. Disability Inclusion Plan. Coastal waterways in crisis. Rigs on the horizon. Tree and Vegetation Management.
- Feb 12: Cr Troy Marquart away for three months due to medical issues. He hurt his leg falling from a roof. DA Objection numbers. Parking strategy for Gosford. Mangrove Mountain Advisory Committee terms of reference.
- January 29 dealt with choosing a firm to find a new CEO. Meeting finished at about 10pm.
- Council’s extraordinary meeting held at Wyong on Monday, January 15 dealt with CEO resigning. Meeting finished at 7.05pm.
- Council’s meeting held at council chambers at Gosford on Monday, December 18 finished at 1am.
- Council’s meeting at Wyong on Monday, December 7 saw councillors sign off on the financial statements. Meeting finished at 7:15pm.
- Council’s meeting at Wyong on Monday, 27 November finished at 12.16am.
- Council’s meeting on October 23 at Gosford Council chambers finished at 9.09pm.
- Rezoning in 137 Johns Road, Wadalba.
- Lake Munmorah and Norah Head masterplans – update on their progress.
- A mayoral minute about Warnervale airport.
- Council’s October 9 meeting finished at 8.35pm.
- Council’s September 25 meeting saw the mayor and deputy elected. Meeting ended at 7.13pm.
- Meeting normally start at 6.30pm unless stated.