At tonight’s Council Meeting there were quite a few Baldivis related topics of note but this was generally a quieter meeting than normal.
For the full agenda and 85 pages please head to –http://www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/Council/Council-and-Committee-Meetings/Council-agendas-and-minutes
- There was a structure plan amendment for phase 2 of the Spires estate, and the main item of note in this one was that there is intended to be a large commercial zone with plans for one of the major supermarkets to occupy. Also the zoning change means that there is the potential for three 5 Storey apartments to go on this newly rezoned R100 site. Councillor Downham and myself were very unhappy at , what we felt to be, inadequate public advertising and my alternate motion to allow more potentially affected people to comment was not supported. This site will ultimately yield approximately 900 dwellings. No building designs at this stage as this was only about the land. The positives out of this are that there will be (market forces depending) another shopping centre potentially anchored by a Coles, Woolworths, IGA or even Aldi! as well as the fact that there will be more affordable housing options for Baldivis Residents.
- The Tender was awarded for the construction of the Sporting Facility on Eighty Road and congratulations to a local company in Shelford Constructions whose tender was accepted out of 13 tenders. Construction is due for completion by May 2017 of the facility that will be anchored by the Baldivis Soccer Club and the Baldivis Little Athletics Club.
- I was delighted that the Council unanimously voted to approve my Notice of Motion to put a safer pedestrian crossing point in place between the Baldivis Library and the Stockland Shopping Centre on Settlers Avenue.
- My second notice of motion was to ensure that we looked further at options to protect the amenity of the residents who live on the final section of the Dual Use Path (Eighty Road to Mandurah Road) to allow for design changes to basically install a fence/wall to protect their privacy better. Full Design work is due to start in approximately Sept of this year and this motion was also successful.
- As you will be aware I have been advocating strongly for change at the Baldivis Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade to ensure that the volunteers have the training and equipment to tackle structural fires. This has resulted in the city recently adopting a policy position on this and tonight I put a procedural motion up that (in a nut shell) allows the process to happen sooner than it would have and this was also accepted.
- I am absolutely over the moon that we tonight approved the engagement of Business Foundations Inc to deliver more support to local small business. This one has been a massive fight internally with a Notice of Motion of mine from a few months ago working with a similar one from Councillor Liley to try and attempt to get the city doing more for small business. The City report from that time came back saying that it was not the core function of local government to assist small business and after an investigation the city stated that again. However Councillor Downham, myself and Councillor Liley have all pushed and pushed at this one and I am really pleased that this solution has been found that will see the foundation running free business sessions.
- There was a lot of debate over a few of the Community grants. The first item of serious debate was in regards to an additional grant of $10,000 (to go with the $30,000 already approved) to the Cruising yacht club for a Hydro Foil Pro Tour where 65 competitors enter from around the world. Personally I disagreed with the amount (would have preferred the grant to be less as it does not fit in with our current policy and some of the information in the application was not accurate) but lost the debate but I am sure the event will be fantastic. Total grants awarded tonight were around $120,000.