January 2018 – President Peter Clee

Purpose of Report

To Inform Council and community of activities and to provide the community at large with information that is important and noteworthy.

 What’s been happening……

In early November the work at the jetty needed to be redone after three of the new grates were dislodged preventing commuters from disembarking / boarding the ferry. Luckily it was a Sunday but several RPT ferry runs needed to be cancelled. Council immediately wrote to the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure requesting an urgent review of the materials and the workmanship associated with the jetty work.

Unfortunately, it happened again on Christmas morning. Another couple of the non-metallic grates were again dislodged preventing the use of the walkway. This situation was most inconvenient for everyone as there were already reduced services for Christmas day and celebrations scheduled for both sides of the harbour were impacted. This affected many residents and intended visitors to Cox peninsula. We again immediately wrote to the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure. We are still awaiting a reply.

There has been not a lot of response to the publication of the proposed dog by-laws. Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposals in more detail. Specific matters regarding the numbers of dogs will be one of the key issues.

I recently met with NTES and they have recommended that the Recovery Committee’s project to establish the UHF CB Repeater at Wagait Beach should be nominated for a Community Resilience Award during 2018. This nomination will highlight the benefits to the community in both Emergency situations and during non-emergency times. They hope that the project might be an inspiration and maybe copied by other local governments at other locations throughout the NT.

Where have I been ….

21st November     Ordinary Council meeting

22nd November    Wagait Shire Recovery Committee

24th November     TOPROC Meeting

29th November     LGANT Executive meeting

6th December       ABC Radio Interview – Grass Roots

9th December       NTES Briefing

11th December     LGANT – CEO probation review

13th December     LGANT Executive meeting

Upcoming Meetings and Events

 16th January          Ordinary Council Meeting

26th January          Australia Day

7th February          LGANT Strategic Planning Workshop

20th February        AICD – Training workshop

20th February        Ordinary Council meeting

21st February        Emergency recovery committee

23rd February        TOPROC Meeting