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 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