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
Meeting with Local EMERGENCY SERVICES TBA
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