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Monday Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 5 August

Below is a snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Monday 5 August 2019. For full details of the Council Meeting, please see the Council Meeting Minutes available on the Council website on Thursday 8 August 2019.

By Portal Admin - 30th August 2019 - Back to News

Notice of Motion

2019/10 – Hazelwood Pondage

Item 9.1 | Time of decision: 22:30-37:00

Council directed the Mayor to write to the Premier of Victoria requesting the government to fund a detailed feasibility study of all available options to retain the Hazelwood Pondage as a recreationally accessible waterway. Also request the Premier of Victoria write to ENGIE to cease all works on the Hazelwood Pondage that might jeopardise the future use of the waterway as a recreational waterway.

Items referred by Council to this meeting for consideration

Adoption of 2019/2020 Budget, 2019-2023 Strategic Resource Plan, Rating Strategy 2019/20 and Declaration of 2019/2020 Rates & Charges

Item 10.1 | Time of decision: 57:45-107:50

Council adopted the following:

  • 2019/2020 Budget
  • 2019-2023 Strategic Resource Plan
  • Rating Strategy 2019/2020
  • Declaration of 2019/2020 Rates & Charges

Collapsible Chevron Alignment Marker signs – Application for funding and sample installation

Item 10.2 | Time of decision: 108:30

Council endorsed lodging a grant application to the State Government to fund the trial installation of collapsible or flexible chevron alignment marker signs.

City Development

International Engagement and Investment Strategy
Item 14.1 | Time of decision: 37:20 – 40:30

Council adopted the International Engagement and Investment Strategy and made it available on Council’s Website and all Council Service Centres for public view.

Amendment GC124 - Gippsland Regional Line Upgrades

Item 14.2 | Time of decision: 41:45 – 51:00

Council resolved to write a letter of ‘in principle support’ to the Minister for Planning in relation to Planning Scheme Amendment GC124 which relates to rail facility upgrades in the valley. Council also requested that:
  • There be no loss of car parking in Morwell and Traralgon CBD areas as a result of the upgrades.
  • A temporary location for the Traralgon and District Arts Society be made available while works are being undertaken and that the Arts Society to return to their current location on completion of the works.
  • The proposed second platform at the Morwell station be moved further east towards the Morwell Bus Interchange.

Council also resolved to write to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure regarding the inaction of VicTrack in providing a solution to parking issues that incorporate an outcome for the disused service stations adjacent to Moe and Morwell railway stations.

Infrastructure and Recreation

Road Safety Strategy - Consideration for Endorsement

Item 15.1 | Time of decision: 51:15 – 52:45

Council endorsed the Road Safety Strategy 2019-2024 which had been proposed after public consultation. This endorsed strategy will be made available to the public.

Presentation of Draft Mathison Park Management Plan for Public Exhibition

Item 15.2 | Time of decision: 53:00 – 55:45

Council endorsed the public exhibition of the draft Mathison Park Management Plan (2019) for a period of four weeks finishing Sunday 1 September 2019. Public Submissions are invited.

Northern Reserve Newborough - Construction of a Netball Court by Newborough Football Netball Club

Item 15.3 | Time of decision: 56:00 – 57:15

Council endorse the construction of a netball court by the Newborough Football Netball Club at Northern Reserve Newborough. Subject to external funds being approved.

2018/19 Outdoor Pool Season Review

Item 15.4 | Time of decision: 57:25 – 59:45

Council endorse the following for the 2019/2020 Outdoor Pool Season:
  • Operate Outdoor Pool Season from 30 November 2019 to 9 March 2020.
  • Open all Outdoor Pools 12pm to 7pm, on days forecast 25 degree or above.
  • Open all Outdoor Pools 10am to 7pm, on days forecast 32 degrees or above.
  • On days forecast 24.9 degrees or below all Outdoor Pools remain closed.
  • Retain free general entry for the Yallourn North Outdoor Pool during the 2019/20 outdoor pool season. Particularly as the Traralgon Outdoor Pool will remain closed during the 2019/20 outdoor pool season due to the construction of the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre.

Also Council are to receive a report after the end of the outdoor pool season regarding the trial including an evaluation of the operating expenses, visitations and community feedback throughout the trial.

Community Services

Release of Draft Cultural Diversity Action Plan 2019-2023 for Public Consultation

Item 16.1 | Time of decision: 1:00:00 – 1:05:45

Council approved the release of the draft Cultural Diversity Action Plan (CDAP) 2019-2023 for public consultation for a six week period. Public Submissions are invited.

Corporate Services

Contract Variations and Contracts Awarded by the Chief Executive Officer Report for the period 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Item 17.1 | Time of decision: 1:06:00 – 1:06:30

Council received and noted contract variations and contracts awarded by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during the period 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Consideration of Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy

Item 17.2 | Time of decision: 1:06:30 - 1:14:00

Council adopted the Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy with an effective date of 5 August 2019 and rescinded the previous version of the policy.

CEO Delegations to approve the allocation of additional funding to Contract LCC-545 Redevelopment of Keegan Street Reserve, Morwell

Item 17.3 | Time of decision: 1:14:00 - 1:15:45

Subject to reallocation of funding being approved by the Federal Government, Council increases the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) approved delegation of $600,000 (incl. GST) for the redevelopment of the Keegan Street Reserve, Morwell to $750,000 (incl. GST). Council is to receive a report detailing the contract awarded by the CEO.

Tabling of ‘Assembly of Councillors’ Records

Item 17.4 | Time of decision: 1:16:00 - 1:17:00

Council received and noted the Assembly of Councillors records tabled for the period 2 April 2019 to 16 July 2019.


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