February 2017 – President Peter Clee


Purpose of Report

To Inform Council and community of the Presidents activities and to provide the community at large with information that the president sees as important and noteworthy.

 What’s been happening……

I hope everyone had a great break over the Christmas and new Year period.

The LGANT General meeting and AGM was held in Alice Springs

The ordinary council meeting of WSC in December was not held.

I have heard there is some excitement about proposed Dog By-Laws. It is good that we have such enthusiasm within the community and I have been receiving good feedback from both sides of the divide. There is no doubt there is overwhelming support for the introduction of these by laws and especially for limitations on numbers and types of dogs that can be housed within the community. No doubt there will be a good meeting to discuss the proposed by-laws which are still being drafted. Any by laws are unlikely to be implemented until the second half of this year.

A more imminent issue is the future of the Wagait Beach Health Clinic. The Health Department tried unsuccessfully to close down the clinic late last year. But ministerial interventions restored the service. A public meeting was held on February 7th to discuss the health needs of the community and the future of the clinic. The meeting was well attended and the NT Government representatives went away knowing that the maintaining this service is a high priority for the community.

Where have I been …..

 15th November 2016       Ordinary Council meeting

16th November                 ABC Radio Grass Roots Program

17th November                 ABC TV interview on Clinic Closure

18th November                 TOPROC Meeting at Darwin City Council

18th November                 Meeting with Minister Gerry McCarthy @ Parliament House

21st November                  Meeting with Dept. of Health re future of the Wagait Beach Clinic

22nd November                 Weekly Meeting with CEO

29th November                 Weekly Meeting with CEO

30 November                    Mayors and President Forum

1 and 2 December           LGANT General Meeting

6th December                    Weekly Meeting with CEO

6th December                    Darwin Festival Committee – Wagait as a Venue

7th December                    Wagait Shire Recovery Committee

8th December                    Meeting Darwin festival Committee re Venue at Wagait

13th December                  Weekly Meeting with CEO

20th December                  Phone meeting with CEO

17th January 2017             Weekly Meeting with CEO

24th January                        Weekly Meeting with CEO

26th January                        Australia Day Celebrations

28th January                        Weekly Meeting with CEO

7th February                        Community Meeting – Dept of Health

20th February                     Tri Council Meeting at Batchelor

21st February                     Ordinary Council Meeting

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Hearing of Local Government Disciplinary Committee 22nd February

10 year NT Infrastructure Strategy Planning – 16 Feb

ABC Radio – Grass Roots 1st March

AUDIT COMMITTEE meeting in on 29th March