Shire on track to de­liver agenda

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

SHIRE of Mun­dar­ing coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered 10 re­quests from elec­tors at their coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day.

The pub­lic mo­tions pre­sented at the an­nual elec­tors’ meet­ing held on De­cem­ber 13 had to be con­sid­ered at the ear­li­est sub­se­quent coun­cil meet­ing to com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995.

Mun­dar­ing in Tran­si­tion asked for the coun­cil to cre­ate a work­ing group to in­ves­ti­gate a pro­ject based on the Dare­bin So­lar Savers ini­tia­tive, with coun­cil­lors agree­ing to make the re­quest.

Cr Lynn Fisher pro­posed a revision of a mo­tion to have coun­cil agen­das made avail­able ear­lier and won the vote to have the doc­u­ments ac­ces­si­ble to coun­cil­lors and the pub­lic two week­ends be­fore a coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported an ap­peal by the Mt He­lena Res­i­dent and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to en­cour­age the use of Mt He­lena Aquatic Cen­tre after the Shire last year re­duced its open­ing hours, a move seen by many as a threat to a lo­cal fa­cil­ity.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Joan Quinn said fam­i­lies new to the area were un­aware the pool was for pub­lic use be­cause it was at Mt He­lena Se­nior High School.

A con­cerned res­i­dent who lives nearby re­cently posted a hand­made sign on his fence to draw at­ten­tion to the pool’s lo­ca­tion.

More than 1229 peo­ple have signed a ‘save Mt He­lena pool’ pe­ti­tion at

In a sep­a­rate mo­tion, coun­cil­lors ap­proved an up­grade to tracks and trails be­tween the north­east of Mt He­lena and the north­west of Chid­low be­fore the end of Septem­ber.

The sug­ges­tion for an on­line por­tal to pro­vide com­mu­nity feed­back will be con­sid­ered in the 2018-19 cor­po­rate busi­ness plan, along with a re­quest to be­gin an on­line ac­tion re­quest sys­tem to the Shire.

A rec­om­men­da­tion to adopt a “care­taker mode” pol­icy dur­ing an elec­tion pe­riod gained sup­port.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed all ratepay­ers should be in­vited to pro­vide their view of the Shire via an on­line sur­vey.

Coun­cil­lors voted 5-7 against a re­quest to sep­a­rate the Shire’s com­mu­nity ser­vice de­liv­ery costs from of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tive costs, while per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors for the chief ex­ec­u­tive will be pub­lished on­line.

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