October 2017 – 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…… The new council has settled in with two meetings now under the councilor’s belt now. I recently attended the Local Government Associations Half Yearly General Meeting and Annual General Meeting in Alice Springs. The meeting was addressed by Gerry McCarthy, the Minister responsible for Local Government. He reiterated his governments support for Local Government and confirmed small increases in funding for councils. At the Annual General Meeting I was elected by all of the regions and Shires to take a casual vacancy on the LGANT Executive, for the next 12 months. The Ferry Timetable is still being reviewed by SEALINK Ferries. Proposed changes may include an additional 4.00pm ferry and a seven day a week timetable rather than a 5 and 2-day timetable. Some recent ferry services were delayed or postponed because of low tides. I had anticipated that the proposed changes would have been circulated by now. I will lobby to have these released as soon as possible. Dredging equipment is now in place and will commence shortly. The community has been calling on the NT Government for a number of years to install CCTV cameras on the Mandorah Jetty. The recent death of a man who jumped off the jetty may have been avoided if earlier notice had been received by NT Police. As it was they were not notified for several hours after the event. Similar cameras are already installed at the Elizabeth River Boat Ramp. Council continue to...

September 2017 – Peter Clee President

Purpose of Report To Inform Council and community of activities and to provide the community at large with information that the is important and noteworthy.  What’s been happening…… There has been a lot of activity in the first few weeks of the new council. The NT Government held a Symposium for all council CEO’s, Mayors and presidents as well as the deputies over 2 days in Darwin. The Symposium was addressed by Minister Gerry McCarthy and a number of other speakers on all matters from Legislation to Governance issues. It is proposed to have councillor training for all councillors early in the new year. Turtle Nesting – Turtles are still nesting along the beaches on Wagait Beach.  Residents are asked to be careful and stay below the high-water mark. There has been some traffic on the beach including quad bikes and 4WD vehicles. Vehicles are only permitted to drive on the beach below the highwater mark, with heavy fines applicable. Ferry Timetable is being reviewed by SEALINK Ferries. Proposed changes may include an additional 4.00pm ferry and a seven day a week timetable rather than a 5 and 2-day timetable. Some recent ferry services were delayed or postponed because of low tides. However upcoming dredging operations should open the channel for 24x7x365 operations independent of tides. The community has been calling on the NT Government for a number of years to install CCTV cameras on the Mandorah Jetty. The recent death of a man who jumped off the jetty may have been avoided if earlier notice had been received by NT Police. As it was they were not notified...

July 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…… This August meeting is the final meeting for the current council. I wish to thank Councillors Brad Irvine, Kurt Noble, Shenagh Gamble, Alex Richmond and Tom Dyer for their valuable contributions to the smooth running of council. As a councillor, they contribute their own time to the benefit of this community. The small allowance paid to councillors undervalues their actual contributions. Thanks and good luck to those who have renominated for the next 4 years. The Electoral Roll has already closed and there are 8 nominations for the 5 councillor positions. I think that the high quality of all of the candidates reflects well on this community as a whole and I wish all those who are running the very best of luck. It is also very pleasing to see the significant number of candidates for the Belyuen Local Government election, which will be held on the same date as our election. Council is in caretaker mode which generally means council will not introduce any major changes to the running of the council during this caretaker period Early Voting is now open and the formal elections will be held on Saturday 26th August. Results will be declared on Monday 4th September 2017 and the new council will meet for the first time on Monday 18th September 2017. The senior’s day outing was a great success with nearly 40 participants. All participants indicated that they will look forward...

May 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…… The current CEO Deborah Allen will complete her contract at the end of May. On behalf of Council I wish Deborah and Leigh all the best back in South Australia. Applications for the position of CEO closed at the end of March. We received a number of applications for the position and they are being assessed by the Local Government association (LGANT) and the Selection panel. Final Interviews were conducted in early May and last week I announced to councillors the appointment of Mark Sidey as the new CEO for Wagait Shire Council. Mark will commence work on 22 May. We had a great turnout for Anzac Day celebrations including some ladies from Belyuen community who were unable to make it last year. With the Local Government elections due in August, LGANT will encourage new councillors to undertake the AICD governance course. The Minister has advised us that approval to reduce the number of councillors from 7 to 5 has been approved. We had some interest shown in an information night which was held in April. A community Meeting will be held before the May meeting Where have I been ….. 18th April                              Ordinary Council Meeting 19th April                              TOPROC Meeting 2nd May                                Weekly Meeting with CEO 2nd  May                               ABC Radio – Grass Roots Interview 9th May                                 Weekly Meeting with CEO 14th May                              Farwell Function – CEO 16th May                              Weekly Meeting with CEO 16th May                              Community Meeting 16th...

April 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……… The current CEO Deborah Allen will complete her contract at the end of May.  On Behalf of Council I wish Deborah and Leigh all the best back in South Australia. Applications for the position of CEO closed at the end of March.  We received a number of applications for the position and they are being assessed by the Local Government Association (LGANT) and the Selection panel.  Final Interviews were conducted in early May and last week I announced to councilors the appointment of Mark Sidey as the new CEO for Wagait Shire Council.  Mark will commence work on 22 May. We had a great turnout for Anzac Day celebrations including some ladies from Belyuen community who were unable to make it last year. With the Local Government elections due in August, LGANT will encourage new councillors to undertake the AICD governance course.  The Minister has advised us that approval to reduce the number of councillors from 7 to 5 has been approved.  We had some interest shown in an information night which was held in April. A community meeting will be held before the May meeting. Where have I been……………… 18th April                             Ordinary Council Meeting 19th April                             TOPROC Meeting 2nd May                               Weeksly meeting with CEO 2nd May                               ABC Radio – Grass Roots Interview 9th May                                Weekly meeting with CEO 14th May                              Farwell Function – CEO 16th May                              Weekly meeting with CEO 16th May                              Community Meeting 16th May                             ...

March 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…… February and March have been very quiet as everyone gets back to work and recovers from the Christmas holidays. A committee has been established to formulate a questionnaire on health requirements of the Wagait Beach community into the foreseeable future. This will assist the NTG establish the ongoing needs of this community. Advertising for the position of CEO has commenced and we hope we will have a CEO to replace Deborah Allen by about April. Where have I been …..  21st Feb     – Ordinary Council meeting 23rd Feb     – Meeting Dept of Infrastructure – 10 year planning Workshop 28th Feb      – Weekly Meeting with CEO 1st March    – ABC local Radio – Grass Roots Program 7th March    – Weekly Meeting with CEO 15th March  – Weekly Meeting with CEO 21st March   – Weekly Meeting with CEO 21st March    – Ordinary Council Meeting Upcoming Meetings and Events  Meeting with Local EMERGENCY SERVICES TBA AUDIT COMMITTEE meeting in on 29th March Mayors and Presidents Forum 5 April LGANT General Meeting 6 and 7 April Easter 14 – 17 April Anzac Day 25...

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...

January 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 in December was cancelled. The next meeting of council will be on 17th January 2017. 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 proposed closure 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 will be held on March 7th do discuss the health needs of the community and the future of the clinic. I urge residents to attend in numbers so that we can retain this most valuable service. Where have I been ….. 9th November                    TRI-Council meeting (Wagait, Belyuen and Coomalie) @ Belyuen 15th November                 Weekly meeting with CEO...

November 2016 – 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……  The Financial Statements were received from the new Auditors. The CEOI and I met with the Auditors to clarify and iron out a few issues with the reports. The Audit report has is considered a clean report without any qualifications. The Annual Report was adopted at the October meeting and is available on the council web site. Council will now begin the process of writing the Annual Plan for 2017 / 18 as well as updating the Strategic Plan and Long Term Financial Plans. The Audit Committee met on 18th October and will meet quarterly or thereabouts. This next meeting of the Audit Committee will be held on December 8th. The ordinary council meeting in December has been cancelled. The next meeting of council will be on 17th January 2017. Where have I been ….. 14th October                       Meeting with Council Auditors 18th October                       Weekly Meeting with CEO 18th October                       Audit Committee Meeting 18th October                       Ordinary Council Meeting 25th October                       Weekly Meeting with CEO 27th October                       Mandorah Ferry Committee meeting 27th October                       Meeting with LOWRYS, Council Auditors 2nd November                   Weekly Meeting with CEO 8th November                    Weekly Meeting with CEO 9th November                    TRI-Council meeting (Wagait, Belyuen and Coomalie) @ Belyuen 10th November                 Local Government Disciplinary Committee 15th November                 Weekly meeting with CEO 15th November                 Ordinary Council meeting Upcoming Meetings and Events TOPROC meeting is to be held on 18th November. Meeting with Local EMERGENCY SERVICES TBA LGANT General Meeting...

October 2016 – Peter Clee President

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 had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the new ferry the “MV Tommy Lyons” on 27th September. I spoke for and on behalf of the community and expressed our support for the new ferry. It has been operating for a few weeks now and it is a fast comfortable ride into the city. Council has established an Audit Committee. The committee comprising President Peter Clee, Vice president Brad Irvine, Russell Anderson and Barry Bamford. The Audit Committee met on 18th October and will meet quarterly or thereabouts. This first meeting of the Audit Committee was to receive the interim Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2016. This committee is designed to provide oversight and guidance to the CEO. The audit committee is an NTG requirement for all councils. Amalgamation discussions have been ongoing over the last 12 months or so. Council will continue discussions in good faith in anticipation of options and recommendations forthcoming from consultants who have been commissioned to do so. Council will present amalgamation and regional council recommendations to the community for consideration. The council met on Tuesday 4th October with Sharyn Innes and Allan McGill, consultants who are preparing an options paper for community consideration. The council members articulated to the consultants the options that were discussed at the community meeting held on 2nd August 2016; namely:- A preference to remain a separate council, No desire to amalgamate...

September 2016 – Peter Clee President

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…… The NT ELECTIONS were held on 27th August and as everyone is aware labour led by the new Chief Minister Michael Gunner was successful in forming government. The Minister for Housing and Community Development who has responsibility for Local Government is Gerry McCarthy. We have already written to the new minister in relation to the decisions taken to reduce the councillor numbers for Wagait Shire and in relation to legislative changes. We have requested a meeting with the new minister to discuss our Shire Plan and Amalgamation Proposals. The recent Hard Waste Collections have been completed. The next collections will be at Christmas time between 16 – 30 December. There was a lot of items that are not considered hard waste. This increases the costs of disposal and will lead to an increase in the Waste levy that is applied to residents. The CEO will report on these additional costs when they are know Council has established an Audit Committee. The committee will meet on 18th October and will meet quarterly or thereabouts. This committee is designed to provide oversight and guidance to the CEO. The audit committee is an NTG requirement for all councils. The Public Meeting that was held on August 2 at the Community Centre recommended changes to the size of the council. The recommendation to reduce the number of elected councillors from 7 to 5 has been adopted by council and the recommendation...

August 2016 – Peter Clee President

What’s been happening……  Waste Management contractor for kerbside pickup seems to be settling in. They have been operating with a temporary vehicle pending the delivery of a new permanent collection vehicle. There have been no complaints to me about the contractor’s operation in the last month. The kerbside pickups are scheduled to commence at 8am in Wagait Beach every Wednesday morning. The next collections for hard waste have been programmed to occur from 2 – 16 September then 16 – 30 December and 3 – 17 March 2017. Council have introduced a Waste Management Levy to pay for the kerbside collection and it has been set at $300 per annum. This fee also covers the quarterly hard waste collection service offered by council. There is a supplementary waste disposal levy charged quarterly if an additional wheelie bin is used at any time during that quarter. Council has established an Audit Committee. The committee consists of two Councillors, one community member and an independent Chairperson. Mr Russell Anderson has been appointed as the Chairperson. The Audit Committee will meet quarterly and will provide oversight and guidance to the CEO. The audit committee is an NTG requirement for all councils. The first meeting of the Audit committee will probably be when the 2015/16 financials are released. A Public Meeting was held on August 2 at the Community Centre. The meeting considered matters requiring review by the Electoral Commissioner and these will be considered by council at its August meeting. The public meeting also considered the Wagait Shire Council Strategic Plan for the next 5 years. Priorities were identified and may be...

July 2016 – Peter Clee President

A new waste management contractor has been awarded the contract for kerbside household waste collection and the contractor is Fin Bins.  They carried out their first kerbside collection on 06 July and are scheduled to commence at 8am in Wagait Beach every Wednesday morning.  The next collections for hard waste have been programmed to occur from 2 – 16 September, 16 – 30 December and 3 – 17 March 2017. Council have introduced a Waste Management Levy to pay for the kerbside collection and it has been set at $300 per annum.  This fee also covers the quarterly hard waste collection service offered by council. To remain compliant with the Local Government Act, Council is required to establish an Audit Committee.  The committee was to consist of two Councillors, one community member and an independent Chairperson.  Mr Russell Anderson has been appointed as the Chairperson and Council has appointed President Peter Clee and Deputy President Brad Irvine to the committee. The Elected Members allowances and expenses policy was presented and discussed during Council’s last meeting on 19 July.  Meeting sitting fees will now be paid to elected members for their attendance. The Shire Plan was prepared and advertised recently.  Several public submissions were considered and where appropriate, incorporated into the final plan as presented to Council.  The final plan was discussed at length and the changes were endorsed along with the Annual Budget and the Long Term Financial Plan. Council has set rates for the 2016/17 financial year at $560.00 per annum.  This represents an increase of only $37.70 per...

August 2015 – Peter Clee – President

Firstly I want to congratulate Deborah Allen on a great job at settling into the role of the CEO under difficult conditions. It was a mammoth effort to get the shire plan and the budget published and a rates declaration done in a timely manner. Well done. Councillor Noble attended an alcohol workshop representing council and he will report on that workshop to the council meeting. On 29th July I was invited by the Minister to attend a briefing by the Department of Local Government. Councillor Irvine attended. He will report on this at the August meeting. At our last meeting the Northern Territory Government provided us with a time line for the proposed closure of our landfill rubbish dump. The time line was very tight and there were serious doubts that it was achievable. Since that time we have had a number of people working on the project and things are looking up. Our CEO and Councillor Thorpe have been working with the Belyuen Council on the proposal to use the Belyuen rubbish dump. They also did some valuable initial work on identifying a suitable sites for a transfer station to be established. The Department of Local Government, CEO Deborah Allen and Local Government Association’s Peter McLinden have been working on the costing and layout of a suitable transfer station. This work and the joint co-operation between councils has been most helpful in trying to keep costs down and investigate good economies of scale. It is desirable to create a transfer station that can be utilised by both Belyuen and Wagait Shires into the foreseeable future. The CEO,...

July 2015 – Peter Clee – President

I am pleased to report that our new CEO Deborah Allen has performed very well at this most difficult time of the year. The Budget and Shire plan had not been started until May this year Deborah has definitely hit the ground running and things are starting to run more smoothly. The Annual Budget is a most important part of the Wagait Shire Councils operations. Deborah has done a superior job in preparing and dealing with council requests for project funding. It was most disappointing that the 2014-15 year looks like being a deficit year. The areas of concern have been identified and will be closely monitored over the next 12 months. The Shire Plan has been updated and placed on our web site. The strategic plan and annual report will be completed next. Wagait Shire has always had a policy of rating on the basis of a flat rate per block and the proposed rate for 2015 / 16 budget of $560 per annum is due to be adopted at our July meeting. I believe that Wagait Shire Council is most certainly sustainable in the long term whilst still able to maintain the lowest rates in the Northern Territory. Details are available in the Wagait Shire Plan 2015 – 16 which is available on the council web site. Many blocks now have multiple residential dwellings. It will be necessary for the CEO to look at alternative rating methodology to more evenly distribute the burden of rates. During the first half of 2015 a community meeting was held in relation to an issue of unrestrained and feral dogs roaming...

June 2015 – Peter Clee – President

As you are no doubt aware the previous CEO Michael Campaign departed much earlier than was expected leaving the council without a CEO at what is a very busy time of the year. The council strategic and shire plan required to be updated; the budget needed to be finalised and there needed to be preparations for the annual report and end of the financial year. It was unfortunate that little work had been done on these important projects prior to the departure.   The proposed start date for the new CEO was not until June 1, some 6 weeks after Michaels’s departure. Accordingly council appointed Mr Russell Anderson at the end of April, as the temporary CEO. Russell was previously a councillor for Litchfield Shire Council. He then spent about 8 years as there CEO until he retired about 2 years ago. He now does consultancy work and has part time positions on various council boards and committees. It was great to have him on board for the last 5 weeks. Russell experience and knowledge was of great assistance to council staff and he has been asked to provide support and backup on an ongoing basis. Ms Deborah Allen, the new permanent CEO commenced work on 1 June. Deborah has hit the ground running and has taken up the challenges with enthusiasm. I wrote to Minister Price to confirm that the new CEO had commenced duties. In this last 6 weeks I have had a number of media events including ABC Radio where I was able to discuss some of the issues concerning local residents as well as advertise...

April 2015 – Peter Clee – President

This last month was really a busy period. The CEO, Michael Campaign is currently on leave prior to his retirement in May. Council advertised for a new CEO in March. There were 14 applicants when applications closed on 31 March. Since then the HR consultant LGANT provided has assessed the applications and CV’s and shortlisted several candidates. These applications were then checked in greater detail and a shortlist of 4 suitable candidates provided to the selection panel for further consideration. The interview process proceeded very smoothly and the selection panel were very pleased with the high quality of all of those interviewed. The selection panel then asked LGANT HR to assist the panel undertake due diligence on the final candidates including National Police Checks and Referee Reports. The whole process, whilst very time consuming, has been extremely good and we were very fortunate to have such high calibre candidates to choose from. The selection panel utilised a multi stage process in forming an opinion on the candidates.   Review and Analysis of the formal application and CV Relevance of the application to the selection criteria advertised 4 questions in a written form with a time constraint A formal interview Referee checks and comments The final candidates were of an exceptionally high calibre and the process was extensive, difficult and time consuming. In the end the panel has selected Deborah Allen to fill the position of CEO and made a conditional offer of employment to her. Deborah Allen comes to Wagait Shire with an impressive resume. She has over eleven years of military experience in the Australian Navy. Deborah comes to...

March 2015 – Peter Clee – President

During the month I was contacted by the department in relation to a complaint about a payment  to a supplier. I discussed the history of such matters and explain that payments made by council are in accordance with council delegations and authority. I have had 1 interview on ABC Radio’s Grass Roots program. I discussed dogs, wharf, ferry service and Wagait in general. I also took the opportunity to promote 2 exhibitions by the Wagait Arts Group and upcoming events including Anzac day and the Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival.I also visited one of the Art Groups exhibitions. I have agreed to promote local events for the club, the arts group and the Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival (MUFF) whenever I get a gig on radio and/or the opportunity arises. I have attended a Belyuen, Wagait, Coomalie Advisory meeting. The minutes of that meeting have been distributed. I have had more people contact me that are very pleased to hear the Alcohol Ban has been reinstated on the Mandorah Jetty. Mostly from families that were enquiring if it was now safe to allow their children to fish off the wharf....

February 2015 – Peter Clee – President

I advise that I have had a busy month representing council and the people of Wagait Beach In late January I was contacted in relation to the methodology around the resignation of past president Lisa-Marie Stones. The Department of local government queried the procedure and suggested we were incorrect. I drew there attention and provided a copy of the letter sent to the minister and corrected there understanding. The department apologised for the error On Australia Day represented council at the official flag raising by Navy Cadets and introduced VIP guests from Australia Day Council, and our local member. I announced the awards for Australia Day, whilst VIP’s presented the awards. The social events following the flag raising were held at CLOPENBERG PARK. The events were well attended, but unfortunately there were only a few councillors present on the day. The events went of very will I announced all of the events and awarded prizes to the successful teams and participants. The Navy Cadets were very pleased with the afternoon and are looking forward to returning, possibly for ANZAC Day. I have had 2 interviews on ABC Radio dealing with dogs, wharf, ferry service and Wagait in general and 1 interview with NT News regarding the wharf. I also did an interview with the Wagaitear. I have agreed to promote local events for the club, the arts group and the Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival (MUFF) whenever I get a gig on radio and/or the opportunity arises. I had a meeting with a representative from the Department of Infrastructure after I made a complaint about the lighting not working at...

November 2014 – Lisa-Marie Stones – President

Greetings Wagait Beach residents and friends, As you are probably aware, due to the resignation of one of our Councillors last month, there will be a bi-election held on Saturday 15th December. We have two excellent candidates for consideration, so I encourage you to get down to Council on Saturday the 15th and vote for who you think will represent you best in this important role. Another event to remember – we are holding a Public Forum at the Community Centre on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 630pm, prior to the Ordinary Council meeting in Council Chambers at 7pm. This forum is an opportunity provide feedback and suggestions or to put across your view on particular issues in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. It is hoped that feedback and suggestions gained in these regular public forums can inform future strategic development of your Council. In another opportunity to engage with your Council, we have now introduced a process whereby Council can address questions from the public at meetings. Questions from our residents can be submitted to the CEO prior to any ordinary meeting. The question and answer will be tabled and discussed, and residents can attend the meeting for the outcome or have it mailed to them afterward. For more information on this, or to submit your question or feedback please contact the office. I am happy to announce that the new generator has been installed at the Council Office which will give us greater capacity if we need to shelter in the cyclone season to come. A cyclone clean-up day was held on Monday 10/11/2014. Five properties left...