‘Council Carry-ons’ – A summary of recent Council meetings – Coffs Harbour

By the Editor.

This is the second of a fortnightly look at the major decisions made by Councils in the Coffs Coast region at their meetings. 

Today we look at the Coffs Harbour  Council meeting held on  Thursday 8 March last.

Nambucca Shire Council’s next meeting is today, Thursday 15 March. The Coffs Coast Outlook will report on that next week.

 

Amendment to Alcohol Free Areas in Woolgoolga CBD for Eat Street Events

 
Following a very successful “Eat Street” event in Market Street, Woolgoolga in September 2017 during the Curryfest celebrations, the organisers wish to hold three similar events during the course of 2018, including as part of this year’s Curryfest. The proposed dates are:

1.       Saturday 14th April 2018 from 3pm – 10pm

2.       Saturday 14th July 2018 from 3pm – 10pm

3.       Saturday 6th October 2018 from 2pm – midnight following the Curryfest on 29th September 2018.

The event involves a number of mobile vendors in Market Street complementing the permanent dining venues showcasing craft beer, cider and wine products. Stall holders will be permitted to sell alcohol to patrons within the fenced event area.

Market Street is currently an Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ). Section 645 of the Local Government (LG) Act provides for Council, by resolution, to allow the temporary suspension of AFZs for specific periods or events.  The LG Act and Ministerial Guidelines on Alcohol Free Zones (February 2009) provide a specific procedure which must be followed in relation to suspending AFZs, and this includes a requirement to seek Council’s endorsement as well as Police approval.

 

2018/48Resolved (Cr Jan Strom / Cr John Arkan)

That Council approve the temporary suspension of the Market Street, Woolgoolga Alcohol Free Zone between Nightingale Street and Queen Street, on:

1.       Saturday 14th April 2018 from 3pm – 10pm

2.       Saturday 14th July 2018 from 3pm – 10pm

3.       Saturday 6th October 2018 from 2pm – midnight following the Curryfest on 29th September 2018

These suspensions are pursuant to the provisions of Section 645 of the Local Government Act 1993.

The Motion on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.

Carried

 

 Selection of Significant Projects
  

Council has requested, via the Executive Performance Process that the organisation provide:

Four (4) S

pade Ready projects which could be pursued if suitable funding  opportunities become available, such that these projects can be  presented to Council for review.”

In accordance with Council’s instruction, this report provides a selection of potential projects which are consistent with Council’s instruction, and requests Council’s input in order to identify the 4 (four) Projects which will be accelerated to Shovel Ready Status.

The body of this report provides individual analyses of seven Projects including the strength of their individual alignments with potential funding streams, and their alignment with existing Delivery Program documents.

For the purposes of documenting a Recommendation, and based solely upon staff review, the Report provides four particular projects from the wider list as the most appropriate for selection.

  

Motion (Cr Paul Amos / Cr Jan Strom)

This motion be deferred until the report referred to in the unanimously supported Notice of Motion detailed below has been presented to Council and the Coffs Creek Remediation be presented as one of the costed “p

riority”, spade ready projects.

Council resolution NOM 17/3 of 23rd February 2017:

That Council receive a report for the remediation of Coffs Creek as a matter of priority that addresses the following aspects:

1.   Consideration of the actions identified in the adopted Coffs Creek Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan in the context of how these actions can achieve long term solutions to issues relating to low water depth, poor water quality and poor water flow and other related matters;

2.   Consideration of funding options associated with the development of an implementation plan, such that ideally Council has a “spade ready” plan for remediation works available by January 2018, thus enabling inclusion in Council’s future Delivery Program;

3.   Ideally, the implementation plan will provide increased opportunities for recreational water activities and must provide solutions that are environmentally responsible, sustainable and utilise modern engineering solutions.

CARRIED unanimously”

Motion Withdrawn

 

At 6.32pm, Councillor Arkan left the meeting, returning at 6.35pm.

 Motion
 (Cr Keith Rhoades / Cr Michael Adendorff)

That Council:

1.         Endorse the development of the following four potential projects to ‘Shovel Ready Status’:

1.1.     J4S Stages 5&6

1.2.     Brelsford Park Masterplan Works

1.3.     North Coast Region

al Botanic Garden Glasshouse

1.4.     Jetty Theatre rehearsal space

2.         Note the Estimated Project Development Costs to bring each of the four projects to “Shovel Ready Status”.

3.         If necessary, receive a future report via the Quarterly Budget Review process to operationalise the Estimated Project Development Costs.

 Amendment
 (Cr John Arkan

That Council:

1.         Endorse the development of the following four potential projects to ‘Shovel Ready Status’:

1.1.     J4S Stages 5&6

1.2.     Brelsford Park Masterplan Works

1.3.     North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Glasshouse

1.4.     Jetty Theatre rehearsal space

2.         Note the addition of the remediation of Coffs Creek will be included to the seven projects

3.         Note the Estimated Project Development Costs to bring each of the four projects to “Shovel Ready Status”.

4.         If necessary, receiv

e a future report via the Quarterly Budget Review process to operationalise the Estimated Project Development Costs.

Amendment Withdrawn

 Amendment
 (Cr Sally Townley / Cr Jan Strom)

That a workshop is held at which Councillors have opportunity to discuss a wide range of potential projects and that forum will be used to prioritise projects for the purpose of being ready for grant applications.

 Motion put
2018/49Resolved (Cr Keith Rhoades / Cr Michael Adendorff)

That the motion b

e put.

For:         Crs Adendorff, Amos, Cecato, Rhoades and Strom

Against:  Crs Arkan and Townley

Carried

2018/50Resolved (Cr Sally Townley / Cr Jan Strom)

That a workshop is held at which Councillors have opportunity to discuss a wide range of potential projects and that forum will be used to prioritise projects for the purpose of being ready for grant applications.

For:         Crs Amos, Arkan, Strom and Townley

Against:  Crs Adendorff, Cecato and Rhoades

The AMENDMENT on being put to the meeting was CARRIED.  It then became the MOTION.

For:         Crs Amos, Arkan, Strom and Townley

Against:  Crs Adendorff, Cecato and Rhoades

 

 

 

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The original documents used for this article, the minutes of the meeting, can be found via the hyperlink in the introduction to the story.

2 thoughts on “‘Council Carry-ons’ – A summary of recent Council meetings – Coffs Harbour

  1. Many of your readers may not know that Coffs Harbour City Council Meetings are streamed on line and it makes for interesting listening as each Councillor has their time at the microphone. It becomes obvious that some are great actors and have a large ego playing to the Gallery.
    It may be boring at times, but there are some gems when the action and debate gets heated.
    Find the link here to download and listen in live : http://www.mixlr.com/coffsharbourcitycouncil/

  2. Many thanks Archie. I knew about it, but you are right, many readers probably wouldn’t know about the link. Many thanks indeed for posting it.

    Does anyone know if similar services are available for Bellingen and Nambucca Councils too? If so please post the links.

    The more community interaction with local government the better IMO – all politics is local as the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill, is alleged to have said a lot.

    In about three months time I intend to analyse the themes and trends that emerge from these meetings for Outlook’s readers. And regularly thereafter too hopefully.

    Grant – Editor.

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