September 2014 – Lisa-Marie Stones – President

The past few months have been a busy time for your Council. We have had two Community meetings on the question of amalgamation/expansion and have carried out an online survey of community opinion. While disappointed with the number of answers from the survey we were pleased at the turn out for the meetings. This will give Council a feel for its submission to the NT Government and allow for us to take the initiative rather than waiting “to be told”. We will be having another open community soon – the date is to be considered at the next Council Meeting. Other breaking news is that unfortunately due to increasing workload at his ‘day job’, Councillor Ian Crawshaw has resigned from Council; we thank Ian for his past efforts. A by-election will be held on Saturday 14/11/2014 from 8am till 6pm at the Community Centre if more than one nomination for Council is received. A notice inviting nominations will be advertised on Friday 24/10/14 and close of nominations will be Friday 31/10/14 at 12 noon. On a brighter note, thanks to the assistance from our local member, Gary Higgins and the CEO has received a grant of $55,000.00 for the Sports oval. Goal posts for soccer and AFL will be erected soon, and a ball/bat wall also will be built. Work will then start on a cricket pitch. New sports equipment, balls, bats, etc., have been ordered for use by the children of Wagait Beach. More good news is that grant monies have been obtained and used to purchase satellite phones for Emergency Services and the Volunteer firefighters and a...

August 2014 – Lisa-Marie Stones – President

Greetings Wagait Beach residents and friends. Hopefully you are all now all aware of the public meeting set for 9 September at 7pm. Council is working hard to obtain community feedback in regard to the questions of amalgamation and possible expansion. Please let us know your feelings so that we can make an informed decision in the best interests of our community! You can find an outline survey on our website and hard copies are also available at the Council office or the Wagait Supermarket. More exciting news is that our new Aussie rules and soccer goal posts have arrived and once proper plans and applications are finalised they will go up at the Sportsground. Further improvements in the sports area are also on the way since we have received the grant from the NT Government. Other grants have been received and plans have been lodged for a new generator at the Council office and satellite phones for emergency services and the firies. This will enable us to be more efficient with the coming cyclone season. Further improvements at the Memorial Garden area are also on the way. The CEO has also been talking with the Weeds Management Department in Darwin. As a result poison and spray equipment will be on loan to the Council to distribute to ratepayers for control of Gamba grass. They will be available from October 2014 and you will be advised by council notices. We have also been advised that the car park will be completed by the end of September. What a relief for all!!!! Your new Councillor, Ally is settling in well...

May 2014 – Lisa-Marie Stones – President

Greetings Wagait Beach residents and friends. Walk to School Day is underway as I write this – and what a resounding success! Approximately 45 Wagait schoolkids (and a few keen parents) hopped off the bus a lot earlier than usual and made the annual trek to the jetty where a fully catered breakfast awaited them. A great big thanks to Chis and Sue Chaplin from the Wagait Beach Supermarket for their generous support in catering the breakfast. Also thanks to Wagait Shire Council staff Pam, Robyn, Angela, Robbo and Gaz for all of the organising, set up and delivery. Just another example of why Wagait is a wonderful place for kids to grow up! Wagait Shire Council By-election is coming up. Keep your eye on local noticeboards for announcements. Nominations open June 6. Take the time to consider how you would like to contribute to the future of our beloved community. The election will be held on Saturday June 28 (same day as the highly anticipated Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival – so ensure you get your vote in before heading down to the Cox Club for festivities!). As always, Council welcomes feedback regarding all aspects of our operations, so please be encouraged to send us an email, write a letter or drop in! Yours in community....

March 2014 – Trish McIntrye – President

Hello all.  This is the first of a series of short letters for our website to keep you updated on actions, events and and other matters that may effect our wonderful community. To start with I would like to mention the work on the Wagait Memorial Garden.  Work is progressing well.  We have finished painting the feature wall and a little work has to be done with the rocks and landfill.  We will soon plant a selection of desert roses in the garden and natives on the mound at the front of the Community Centre near the road. Well done so far by the Council workers and contractors.  Jill Mumme is taking a very keen interest and involvement in the project which has been in the pipeline for many years.. We already have two plaques to install and I would encourage any other interested parties to contact the Shire Office. We hope to have an official opening around June/July and I am sure you would like to have your plaques ready for this. The shelter for the caretakers at the Sports Ground is finished and the contractors have done a wonderful job. The dry season is around the corner and Council will soon be working hard on the beach access points. Work on the new car park is to begin next month and I am confident that the finished project will be attractive and friendly usable. Major events being organised at this time are ANZAC Day and Territory Day.  Please join in these events for a big community effort.  If they are anything like Australia Day I am sure...