Council moves on Kangy Angy train facility

Will seek state gov meeting.

Council moves on Kangy Angy train facility

Central Coast Council has requested an urgent meeting with relevant state government agencies, over controversial work to build a Train Maintenance Facility at Kangy Angy. 

A it's meeting in Wyong tonight, the local government resolved to seek more information after Mayor Jane Smith put forward mayoral minute, due to ongoing concerns about the impacts the facility could have on the surrounding environment and landholders.

The resolution that passed was significantly watered down - Cr Smith had originally intended to ask the government to immediately stop all work on the facility. 

Liberal Councillor Troy Marquart suggested this motion be removed, and amendment which Cr Smith accepted on the grounds Council gets the briefing it desires within two weeks.

“Landowners feel they have been railroaded in this whole process and their voices remain unheard,” Mayor Smith said.
“If a meeting cannot be held within a fortnight then we will be calling on all work relating to facility to cease until a meeting can take place.”


Advisory Committee to tackle illegal dumping 

The Mayor, three other Councillors, Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel, community stakeholders and independent experts will join forces in a new committee, to oversee solutions to the alleged illegal dumping of thousands of tonnes of waste at Mangrove Mountain and Spencer. 

It was another Mayoral Minute hotly debated by councillors - Labor councillor for Wyong Kyle Macgregor moved an amendment that the Committee not include any current members or staff of Council that had oversight of alleged illegal dumping while part of the former Gosford Council.

“You don’t want the vampire running the blood bank,” Mr Macgregor said.

Cr Smith and Cr Marquart both spoke against this amendment over how vague it was, and how it might prevent the committee from accessing critical information.

Council eventually passed the motion, compromising that "the committee considers the membership of the committee taking into consideration any previous involvement of in alleged illegal dumping or waste activities at Spencer or Mangrove Mountain.”

Councillors get a pay rise

Central Coast Councillors will receive $28,950 a year with the Mayor to receive $113,280 and the Deputy Mayor $37,383.

The recommendation is consistent with the resolutions of other Councils of a similar size including Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Northern Beaches Councils. 


Titles breed titles

Council has nominated Labor's Kyle Macgregor and Liberals Chris Burke as members of the Hunter Central Coast Joint Regional Planning panel.

The duo will now have a direct role is approving or rejecting Development Applications for our region that are more than $20 million in value, for the next three years.


Council representation confirmed for key Committee and Panel
Councillors have tonight been appointed as Council’s representatives to the key positions in the Grants and Sponsorship Review Panel and the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee.
The Grants and Sponsorship Review Panel is responsible for reviewing all staff recommendations for eligible applications, over $5000, received within the Grants and Sponsorship Program. The Program funds more than $1.4 million in community events and programs across five areas including community partnership, community development, place activation, community support, heritage and sponsorship.
Mayor Jane Smith will chair the Panel with Councillors Lisa Matthews and Jilly Pilon as Council delegates.  Councillors Chris Holstein and Louise Greenaway are alternate delegate.  Group Leader of Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, is also appointed to the Panel.


In memorium 

Council held a minute's silence in recognition of the passing of former Gosford Councillor Bob Ward.