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 for several hours after the event. Similar cameras are already installed at the Elizabeth River Boat Ramp. Council continue to chase this matter up with the government.
Where have I been ….
18th Sept Ordinary Council Meeting
19th Sept Weekly meeting with CEO
20th Sept Wagait Shire Emergency Recovery Committee
27th Sept Weekly Meeting with CEO
27th Sept Meeting with Council Auditors
28th Sept Meeting with Mayor Maree Bredhauer (Litchfield)
4th October ABC Grass Roots on ABC Radio 105.7
5th October Local Government Leadership Symposium (day 1)
6th October Local Government Leadership Symposium (day 2)
7th October Council workshop – Strategic Plan
10 October Weekly meeting with CEO
12 October Meeting with General Manager of Sealink NT
17 October Weekly Meeting with CEO
17 October Wagait Shire Audit Committee meeting with Auditors.
17 October Ordinary Council meeting
Upcoming Meetings and Events
1st November – CEO, Mayors and Presidents Forum Alice Springs
2nd November – LGANT General meeting in Alice Springs
3rd November – LGANT AGM and Regional Forum in Alice Springs
17 – 19 November – Kerbside Hard waste collection / Cyclone Clean-up
24th November – TOPROC Meeting