The actual agenda for the Council Meeting is 214 pages long but here are some of the issues relating to Baldivis specifically and other matters of interest.
- Heritage Park Phase 2 structure plan was approved to be forwarded to the West Australian Planning Commission with conditions.Around 350 nearby land owners were notified (in writing) about this proposal and 4 residents put in a submission. This 19ha site will have approximately 325 houses on the site when fully developed along with a public open space of around 2ha.
Some of the conditions that the City have asked to be included are –
* Alterations to the roads to factor in the increased traffic, basically to make it safer.
* The applicant must have a tree management plan in place to protect the mature trees on the site.
* The Master Plan being changed to include a street tree planting strategy.
2. Approved a Restaurant on Mandurah Road.
The owners of this land had put in an application earlier in the year for a restaurant with a capacity for 138 customers, 37 parking bays and the proposed hours of operation being 11am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Nearby property owners were asked for submissions and none were forthcoming.
This site is close to the Liquor store and Deli and is in a unique location with views over the salt lakes.
3. The continuing transformation of the Baldivis Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
The history to this issue is that the Volunteer Fire Brigade in Baldivis are ill-equipped to deal with structural fires or vehicle fires, this is a huge problem in our suburb as this means that all they can currently do is defend a property but not enter it as they do not have the training or the necessary equipment.
However, thanks to the members and the community, action is now occurring with the brigade receiving training and a change over is slowly undergoing where the Brigade will soon come under the direct jurisdiction of DFES rather than the City of Rockingham. This was voted on by all of the Brigade members and supported.
At tonight’s council meeting the Council endorsed the following actions –
- That the City contributes up to 50% of the funding to extend the Brigade buildings to accommodate the new equipment (up to a maximum of 100m2)
- The City will do the project management of the upgrades.
What this means is that we are another step closer to having our own Volunteer Brigade who can tackle structural fires and therefore do everything we can to help protect lives and property.
There are still issues to iron out but this is a real positive step forward and hopefully the transformation should be complete within the next few months.
4. The Council approved keeping Settlers Avenue the way it is but agreed to enhance the signage, line marking and to make sure that the parking restrictions were enforced properly. For more background info on this one click on this link – http://baldivisnow.com.au/projects/safe-crossing-point-settlers-avenue/
5. The Council decided tonight to not support the hosting of the 2017 Sister Cities Annual Conference which would have cost up to $110,000 for no real economic benefit.
6. Council approved the Barri Barri Park as the preferred site for the fully enclosed dog park (for more background there is a very long post purely on this matter at – http://baldivisnow.com.au/news/fully-enclosed-baldivis-dog-park/ )
Above you can see the 4 sites that were short listed with Number 1 being the site we selected tonight.
What will happen soon is that consultation will start with the community and residents who live close by will be asked to comment on this site. What must be pointed out is that the location is not where the tennis courts are so please make sure you read through the enclosed dog park post I highlighted above for more information.
Some people have asked why no sites were selected North of Safety Bay Road and the truth is that the vast majority of residents in Baldivis still live south of Safety Bay Road which is why this location will also be in the South.
The Bayview reserve fully enclosed dog park is the first to be built in the City of Rockingham and with that park opening in November it will be good to take the feedback from the users of that park and incorporate the good into this Baldivis Park.
The projected cost of this fully enclosed dog park with fencing, water, all ability access, shading, seating, pathways and dog elements is approximately $160,000 and is due for completion in approximately Jan 2018.
7. Approved the Community Infrastructure Plan 2016 – 2026
Baldivis is the fastest growing suburb in Western Australia and the table above shows that our suburb is needing the facilities that are planned.
Below is a table showing the various different projects contained within the Business Plan
The projects marked with an orange star are all in Baldivis and you can see how far the pendulum has finally swung. Years ago there was nothing, now things are firmly in place!
8. My Notice of Motion to get some sign boards promoting Rockingham on the Kwinana Freeway and tourism information booths at the two BP service stations was supported. Just need Main Roads and BP to approve.
We have thousands of cars passing by every day yet there is nothing, currently, to showcase Rockingham as a tourism destination and this will go some way to helping with that.
9. My Notice of Motion to assist small businesses with Tender processes was part supported.
There is a $360m contract at Garden Island (HMAS Stirling) and I am of the firm belief that more local businesses should be able to access that tender and as the City we should be supporting and doing whatever we can to facilitate sessions between interested businesses and the main contractor. The second point in my notice of motion was that as a City we need to do more to encourage more local businesses to tender for city work.
The City is going to be running information sessions with Business Foundations and the Chamber of Commerce to help encourage businesses to tender for city, state and federal contracts and to be positive in their approach to the tender process by providing more clarity and background information. A real positive step.
10. Cities submission to the Perth Transport Plan 3.5m
The Perth Transport plan covers many different aspects but basically it looks at how we will be travelling as we progress to 3.5m people. This covers cycle paths, public transport and roads.
Of interest to Baldivis residents mainly will be the future road network (see below) as well as the planned intersection that will join Kulija Road and Nairn Drive.
Submissions are now open so I urge anyone interested to make a submission directly (google – perth transport plan for details.
The one contentious issue as part of the Submission was that one of the officers recommendation was that we support the Roe 8 Highway in lieu of no other viable costed alternative. Personally I voted against this but the full Council decided to support this project.
The one glaring error that I was keen t highlight a few months ago was that the Perth Transport Plan did not include the Karnup Train Station. We need the Karnup train station to ease the pressure on Warnbro Train Station and to allow those people who live in secret harbour (for example) the opportunity to shorten their journey time. I am pleased that the City have included this vital piece of infrastructure into their submission. The Liberal Party have obviously forgotten about the station and the Labor Party have made a loose pledge to build it but have not identified what year or where they would get the funding from, I hope this actually gets serious attention and pressure on both sides of politics.
For those who really want to read the full agenda from tonight then grab your pipe and coffee and head to http://www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/getmedia/71b57154-32fd-4ca7-ae21-5dbb591e1010/2016-10-(Oct)-Agenda-Council.pdf.aspx
As always I welcome your feedback.