The Council Meeting for May was held tonight on Tuesday 23rd May at 6pm , as normal , at the Council Chambers on Civic Boulevard in Rockingham.
Here are a few of the decisions made by Council. For the full agenda head to this link – http://rockingham.wa.gov.au/Council/Council-and-Committee-Meetings/Council-agendas-and-minutes
- For the Council to consider supporting the surrender of a portion of Reserve 26359, from the City of Rockingham to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), to enable the
future establishment of a new Career Fire and Rescue (CFRS) Fire Station and Volunteer Hub and Regional Office.
DFES is seeking the Council’s support to transfer the southern Reserve 26359 Mandurah Road, Port Kennedy for the purpose of a CFRS Station. DFES advised that, with an increase in population along the coastal corridor from Kwinana to Mandurah and east to the Kwinana Freeway, it seeks approval from Council to transfer Crown Reserve 26359 under a DFES Management Order, for the purpose of a new Port Kennedy Fire Station.
DFES has advised that it has a fire station in Rockingham operated by Career Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) firefighters.
Other DFES services within the City of Rockingham (the City) include: – Rockingham VFRS; – Rockingham/Kwinana SES; – Baldivis VFRS; – Secret Harbour VFRS; and – Singleton BFB (City of Rockingham).
According to DFES, the ideal location to deliver emergency services within prescribed time limits is located at the intersection of Ennis Avenue and Stakehill Road (west) at Port Kennedy.
This location would provide emergency services to those residents living in Port Kennedy, Secret Harbour, Golden Bay, Singleton, Baldivis and Karnup. DFES has also advised the site would lend itself to the long term development of a volunteer hub and Regional Office.
DFES had previously indicated to Cr Whitfield that the timeline for a Fire Station in this location may be 10 years away, no further time frames have been given as yet but this arrangement , if passed by the council, will allow for that planning to commence.
This was supported.
2. Dog Kennel extension for a business operator on Mandurah Road.
A successful business in Karnup/Baldivis is seeking planning approval to expand and have put in an application to increase the number of kennels to 117 in total. This business has been in operation since 1976 and this application was widely advertised in the area and some of the details include –
The capacity of the cattery is to remain unchanged;
• The kennels are to be accommodated within two new buildings of 286m2 and 516m2 ;
• The kennels are family run, with four staff members;
• The animals may only be dropped off and picked up during the following times; – Check in between 8:00am to 11:30am, Monday to Saturday; – Check out between 8:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Saturday, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday and 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Sundays;
• The animals will be kept on site 24 hours a day, seven days per week;
This looks like a straight forward expansion and I would not anticipate there being any issue with this application, it went through the planning and engineering meeting with 5 out of 5 councillors agreeing to the application which will now go to the full council meeting.
This was supported.
3. Rates to be set at a 3% Increase potentially.
Tonight the Full Council supported the City advertising a 3% rate rise for public consultation. What this means is that between now and the June Council Meeting residents will be able to have their say into this proposed rate increase.
The City Business Plan indicated the need to generate $82.555 million in rates in the 2017/2018 financial year.
4. The Council approved the CEO to engage with the State Government to seek the abolition of the proposal to reinstate the ‘Kwinana Loop Freight Railway’.
This proposed freight rail link could bring heavy freight trains close to homes in Rockingham. There is also the cost of installing proper crossings, as well as a lack of transparent process in regards to the whole planning and consultation about this railway link as well as this impacting on the parkland buffer.
The City have been involved in discussions but , with a change of government, the City feels that direct advocacy now needs to occur to stop this from happening.
5. Stalling of the Foreshore Redevelopment Project.
For a short background piece on this project head to – http://baldivisnow.com.au/news/rockingham-beach-foreshore/
Stage One of the Foreshore Redevelopment was to be the new carpark on Wanliss Street in Rockingham and the second stage was going to see a activity node being built.
Tenders were being sought for the Carpark extension and the tenders had all been submitted to the City and Tenders had been requested for the activity node (for the design phase work).
However in the last month the Proponent of the Wanliss Street Jetty, a privately owned enterprise, has submitted development applications to build a marina at that site. If the $35 million proposal goes ahead, it would include 500 boat pens, up to 600 parking spaces and 4500sqm of retail space created on the Rockingham foreshore.
Naturally what this means is that , if this marina project proceeded, then the City would have spent millions of dollars in this area, to simply have to rip it up! Also if the development is approved then the developer would be liable to pay for a lot of the cost themselves, thus saving the rate payers money.
We would all like to see the Foreshore redevelopment happening but should this Marina project be approved by the State then this could be the kick start the area needs.
It is a sensible decision to stall on the tender process until we know more about the development application.
Personally I am pushing internally for another stage of the foreshore redevelopment to start work as soon as possible, businesses are closing and tourism could be a lot stronger and we need to take action to assist with this.
6. Approved a Childcare Centre in the Rivergums Estate in Baldivis.
The applicant seeks approval to develop a Child Care Premises on the subject site.
Details of the application are as follows:
– Maximum of 99 children;
– Days of operation: Monday to Friday, except Public Holidays;
– Hours of operation: 6:30am to 6:30pm; – Nineteen staff members;
– The Child Care Premises consists of a reception area, six activity rooms, three outdoor play areas, four cot rooms, a kitchen, laundry, store, office and staff room;
– 688m2 outdoor play area for children;
– Twenty car bays on site and eight car bays in the road adjoining road reserve;
The approval was granted by the Council.
Naturally there were a lot more items on the Agenda and these are just some of the more ‘newsworthy’ topics.