May Council Meeting Update.
This week we had the City of Rockingham Council Meeting and here are some of the more ‘noteworthy’ issues.
To see the full agenda head to the link at the bottom of this.
1. We agreed to advertise rates at 3.6% which will go out for public submission so please have your say when the time comes on the city website. Cr Downham had a 3% rate rise debate ready but the 3.6% was moved.
2. The Council approved the policy to allow home occupations and home businesses to open at 8am instead of at 9am, this could help small business especially and no submissions were received during the consultation period.
3. The Council decided to cancel the Castaways sculpture awards for a year to allow the foreshore redevelopment to be undertaken and to be re-launched in October 2019.
4. The Council agreed that the City should enter the ‘Cities Power Partnership’ which is a free national program run by climate australia to encourage large scale sustainability initiatives.
6. Cr Burns was un-successful with his notice of motion to have a policy that would prohibit the Mayor and Deputy Mayor being interstate or abroad at the same time.
7. My notice of motion to live stream council meetings took a positive first step with a compromise being reached that will give the city 6 months to do a full investigation on the costs, legal implications etc. One councillor commented that he would be afraid of potential defamation if council meetings were live streamed, the response was that if we are only telling the truth and using facts then we would have no problems! I thank the council for their support on this one.
8. The Mayor was successful with his notice of motion that the City contribute $30,000 towards the Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue group to help refit their boat. A great cause that saves lives and we were all happy to support this item which did not fit into the community grants criteria.
9. Four members of the public asked questions, one about the seaweed on the waikiki foreshore, 2 asked about the point peron area and the final resident asked about the AKO trip.
10. The Council approved a report that supports the proposed lime manufacturing plant on Mandurah road, subject to many conditions.
11. The Council approved a report that supports the extension of the nickel refinery on Patterson Road.
12. Council approved a draft cultural development of the arts strategy so get ready in a week or so to be able to have your say on this!
13. The Council approved tightening up our record keeping. I was against this on one point but will post about this in more detail at some other time.
14. We approved the current 10 year Business plan which is attached in the picture segment for you.
15. Cr Stewart asked to defer her notice of motion in regards to having a conservation park at point peron as ‘conservation’ means different things to different people and the city are getting more clarification on the terminology etc. My belief is that the council are ready to support a conservation type outcome for the area but again the State government own the land and we will be advocating only, however we need to do this the right way and make sure the public is consulted. Some people would like a caravan park, some have grander visions yet some would like nothing to change. This is a complex issue and Cr Stewart is the only councillor who has been fighting for this for a long long time so good on her and I look forward to supporting this.