Council meeting 20 October 2009

Posted: October 19, 2009 by admin in Uncategorized

Hello again. After a bit of a break, I’m back in harness and below are my picks for the October meeting of the Council.

There is nothing particularly juicy in the agenda, although there has obviously been some work done with the Moruya airport on their leasing issues. You can see the report here,  and vote and comment on it here

There is also a report on pricing for community markets which is important for the many groups that organise community markets for their fundraising efforts You can see the report here,  and vote and comment on it here

Other  interesting reports are the quarterly review and the monthly financial review.  The news on the failed products from the global financial crisis is still not good, but it is not as dire as it seemed to be at the beginning of the year.

The Council is carrying out a number of reviews which are worth reading if you are interested in taking an active interest in local affairs.   These include:

A survey of motorcyclists using Eurobodalla’s roads.

This survey is timed to coincide with the spike in motorcyclists going to and from Phillip Island. Council’s Road Safety Officer, Karen Sydenham, says all motorcyclists travelling in the Southern region can find the surveys at known refreshment areas and copies can be downloaded from Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au under Road Safety on the ‘Community’ menu.

Eurobodalla Heritage Study

The Shire’s new heritage advisor Pip Giovanelli is inviting anyone who knows about or owns an item of heritage value to the Eurobodalla, to come forward and share your interest in the history and heritage of our region by participating in a community-based Heritage Study.

The study, supported by the Heritage Branch of the NSW Department of Planning, will be carried out by Pip Giovanelli , together with an enthusiastic Heritage Advisory Committee and a working group that contains some interested community members.

Mr Giovanelli says the purpose of the Study is to review and update the existing 1997 Heritage Study and to prepare a list of heritage places and items valued by the community. “We’re calling for expressions of interest now from residents for the working group and for nominations of heritage places,” Mr Giovanelli said. “When it’s compiled, the information will be of great value to Council for planning decisions, tourism and the way history and heritage are promoted and managed in the area,” he said. Find out more.

DCPs on public exhibition from next Monday

On Monday 19 October, Eurobodalla Shire Council will commence public exhibition of the first four of a suite of new Development Control Plans (DCPs).  These plans will cover the following areas – Batemans Bay Regional Centre, Moruya Township, Narooma Township and Residential Zones.

According to the Director of Development and Natural Resources at Council, Lindsay Usher, the proposed amendments will streamline the development application process by reducing the number of DCPs needed to be considered when preparing a development application. Under the new DCPs, only one DCP will apply to a parcel of land. “The full suite of DCPs will replace all of Council’s current DCPs and will be exhibited progressively over the next twelve months or so as they are completed,” Mr Usher said.

There will be three public information sessions to explain the plans at the following venues:

Batemans Bay Moruya Narooma
21 October 2009 20 October 2009 22 October 2009
6pm – 7pm 6pm – 7pm 6pm – 7pm
Soldiers Club Council Chambers Narooma Golf Club

“Planning staff will be available to discuss the DCPs throughout the exhibition period at Council’s administration building in Moruya.  A hotline 4474 1084 has also been set up for DCP enquiries. Information will also be on our website at www.esc.nsw.gov.au, and at our three local libraries as of Monday,” Mr Usher said. Find out more.

Review of Eurobodalla’s Cultural Plan

The Tilba Tea Pot, 17 Bate Street, Central Tilba is the place to be if you want to put your views about the direction of Council’s Cultural Plan. If you are interested, come along to the monthly Arts Exchange at the Teapot at 11am on Thursday 22 October

Council’s Cultural Planning and Development Officer, Monika McInerney, says she is very interested in hearing of the thoughts of arts practitioners, workers or creative participants in this forum on the cultural plan, facilitated by Mandy Hillson and Susan Conroy who have been engaged by Council.

“Susan and Mandy have been investigating current arts and cultural initiatives, the facilities they presently utilise and reviewing our current and future aspirations and potential infrastructural requirements,” Ms McInerney said. “We would love the input of interested members of both the arts and broader community.”

“The information obtained next Thursday and during Mandy and Susan’s investigations will inform Council’s effectiveness in developing a forward plan on the Shire’s infrastructure needs for performing and visual arts,” Ms McInerney said. For more information, please contact Monika on 4474 1061.

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