Central Coast Council Meeting, February 12, 2018

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Central Coast Council Meeting, February 12, 2018

Lower DA objections threshold on hold after attempted Rescission motion

Central Coast Council has decided against abandoning its plans to lower the objections threshold for it to consider Development Applications, in favor of consulting the community and developers about its plans.

A rescission motion moved by five councillors at last night's meeting was ultimately amended to get this result.

Mayor Jane Smith says the policy guiding when DAs come to Council will be publicly exhibited, and she'll invite developers to a round table on the matter in the near future.

While a report on the impacts of this change is set to be prepared for Councillors - Council Watch reports they'll revert back to a minimum of 50 objections until the report comes back.

 

Council resolves to review litter laws

Central Coast Council will press the state government to review its penalties for people who litter.

The local government resolved to do this at last night's meeting in Gosford, and also voted to review its own education policies about littering so the community's fully aware of them.

The motion was moved by Independent Councillor Bruce McLachlan, who said some of the Coast's jetties looked like third world nations due to rubbish.

He also alluded offhand to his brother Craig McLachlan, who's currently fighting sexual harassment allegations.

"I was also going to lobby the Federal Government to make littering a deportable crime... but I think my family can only handle one international incident at a time!” McLachlan joked to nervous laughter.

 

Council resolves to review litter laws

Central Coast Council will press the state government to review its penalties for people who litter.

The local government resolved to do this at last night's meeting in Gosford, and also voted to review its own education policies about littering so the community's fully aware of them.

The motion was moved by Independent Councillor Bruce McLachlan, who said some of the Coast's jetties looked like third world nations due to rubbish.

He also touched on his brother Craig McLachlan, who's currently fighting sexual harassment allegations.

"I was also going to lobby the Federal Government to make littering a deportable crime... but I think my family can only handle one international incident at a time!” McLachlan joked to nervous laughter.

 

Documents relating to the Wyong Employment Zone released

Council is looking to restore the public's trust in its decision making process and transparency.

Following last night's meeting, some documents on the future development of the Wyong Employment Zone will be made public online.

While others will be available to view only at Council buildings due to to copyright or other legal issues.

“If the community feel assured they are being given all the information they need to understand an issue, then they will then be able to better appreciate the decision-making of Council,” Mayor Jane Smith said.

“Council tonight has deferred a decision (until the next meeting) on the re-allocation of budget to the Airport and the Wyong Employment Zone for site visits and a full briefing.

“We understand there may be implications for current lease arrangements at the Airport and want to ensure we have all the information we need to make the right decision."

 

Terms of Reference Adopted for Mangrove Mountain Committee

Council has set the scope and limitations of the new body set up address illegal dumping issues in Mangrove Mountain and Spencer.

The recommendations the body makes on what action Council should take - have to be agreed on by at least 3 councillors and six community stakeholders.

The committee next meets at Mangrove Mountain's Community Hall at 5pm on Tuesday February 27th.

 

Talking Tourism

Council CEO Brian Glendenning will draw up a report on how the local government can boost tourism.

Council supported the motion moved by independent Bruce McLachlan, who said the report should consider if new tourism opportunities can also help address youth unemployment.

Brad Wilson from Wyee's CASAR motorsport park spoke before the debate, suggesting a partnership with council would help in this regard.

“Regions with strong council partnerships are leapfrogging us in terms of getting projects like this off the ground”, Mr Wilson said.

"Bathurst Council's secured $5 million towards a feasibility study for a permanent circuit."

 

Gosford Regional Gallery to be expanded to create a Japanese Tea House

Decision makers have accepted an offer from Sydney's Urasenke foundation, to build a traditional Tea House in East Gosford's Japanese gardens.

Council will take over ownership of the Tea House once it's been built, and has committed to its long-term maintenance. 
Construction is expected to cost $250,000, and the completed Tea House will increase the size of the gardens by 15 square metres.

 

 

$30k for 13 community initiatives

Council awarded more than $30,000 to 13 community groups as part of the 2017/18 Community Grants and Sponsorship Program.

The successful applicants received funding under the Community Support Grant Program and the Heritage Grant Program for a range of programs, events and projects, including:

 

  • Brentwood Residents Activities Group – Story of Sheila Hall
  • Gosford Regional Community Services – improve learning facility for the group
  • Erina Baptist Community Care Ltd – Clean Up Surrounds
  • Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc Central Coast – Summer equipment renewal project
  • CWA of NSW Mannering Park Branch – purchase of Defibrillator for all hall users/rates rebate
  • Davistown Progress Association Inc – rate assistance Davistown Progress Hall
  • Anglican parish of Wyong – new chairs for church hall
  • Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) – Access All Areas Community Festival on Mann Street
  • Gosford Regional Community Services – Place Making Project Support
  • Ettalong Baptist Church – Ettalong community event
  • Historic Boatshed, Mangrove Walk, Hardys Bay – conservation of valuable heritage building
  • ‘Lerida’, Narara – research history on property, people and history of the area
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Gunderman – repairs to help conserve the historical building.

 

 

Council to review Sporties Assessment Report

The local government will review a proposal to build a new bowling club and seniors housing at Woy Woy Bowling Club.

Council may ultimately make a submission for to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, who will have the ultimate say over the $37 million DA.

Assessment of the DA is in its early stages with community consultation only just completed.

Two Councillors - Labor's Kyle Macgregor and Liberal Chris Burke - are members of the JRPP.

 

New meeting schedule adopted

Council has adopted a new Code of Meeting Practice confirming webcasting of bi-monthly meetings from February to November, finishing times of 10.30pm, community forums once a month and a simplified order of business including a limit of three minutes for Councillors to address the meeting.   

Meetings will alternate between Gosford and Wyong Chambers.  

Mayor Jane Smith said the changes would give the community confidence that Council decisions would be timely, open and transparent with plenty of opportunity for community input.  

“We have a big job to do, and the community want us to get on and make the decisions that will move the Coast forward and more regular meetings will ensure that,” Mayor Jane Smith.

“Openness and transparency is the key which is why we will continue to live stream all Council meetings so everyone can see what is going on without having to travel to be in the Chamber.”

“Residents will be able to address Council on items on the agenda or seek to speak at a community forum to raise a specific item of concern to them with all Councillors there.”

“So there will be more opportunities for the community to be actively involved in the decision-making process of Council and we certainly encourage that.”

 

The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday February 26 at the Wyong Chamber from 6.30pm.  Agenda papers are available on Council’s website three business days before the meeting.

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