Following the Australian Government’s ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people and health authorities’ advice to practice social distancing, Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) will be implementing new arrangements for Council Meetings.
From 26 March 2020, anyone coming to Council Meetings to observe proceedings will be required to abide by social distancing. Chairs in the public gallery will be spaced 1.5metres apart as pictured below.
This will limit capacity, but Council may also provide some spaced seating in the Foyer outside the Chamber.
Council are also encouraging people to listen live to Council Meetings by connecting to Coffs Harbour City Council on Mixlr or via the free Mixlr app for android or iPhone/iPad devices. Simply install the Mixlr app then search for the Coffs Harbour City Council stream.
On the agenda for Thursday night will be the allocation of Federal bushfire relief to the Nana Glen community. Coffs Coast Outlook (CCO) is aware of some disquiet among Orara Valley residents over the previous allocations of monies for bushfire relief in the Valley.
At a recent community meeting, using a professional facilitator, residents were asked to prioritise projects for the remaining $300,000 of the $1.3m Federal Government Bushfire Recovery Grant that was given to Coffs Harbour City Council to administer.
The first part of $416,784 that was signed-off by Councillors at the February 13 meeting of Council has met with strong community opposition largely due to the allocation of $78,784 for the Lower Bucca Pre-School which is 10km from where the fires burned on 12 November last year.
Some angry residents have been asking Councillors to rescind the motion but without luck so far.
CCO understands Helen Schlangenotto has asked to address Council this Thursday in relation to this.
Also up for debate on Thursday night will be a proposal to improve access to Moonee Beach estate.
Councillor Amos has given notice of his intention to move the following motion in relation to this:
“That Council allocates $75k to investigate options for additional access to the proposed new estate at Moonee Beach north. The funding to be allocated from the 20/21 road infrastructure budget.”
Based, in part, on a CHCC Press Release, Friday 20 March 2020. See; https://www.news.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/2020/03/20/coronavirus-arrangements-for-council-meetings/