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Council Decided 3 February 2015

Posted Thursday 05 February 2015

Mayoral Minute – Australia Day and Citizen of the Year

Mayor Abelson delivered a Mayoral Minute outlining Mosman’s Australia Day celebrations, where citizenship was conferred on 45 new Australians and Mosman’s 2015 Citizen of the Year was announced.

The recipient of the Mosman 2015 Citizen of the Year is Mrs Susan Wyatt, current Principal of Mosman High.

Mrs Wyatt attended the Council meeting and spoke of the pride she feels for Mosman High, its students, parents and the contribution the school makes to local communities both in Mosman and abroad.

Cr Abelson’s Mayoral Minute includes details of Mrs Wyatt’s achievements during her 10 years at Mosman High.

Mosman Rider

Council resolved to maintain the Mosman Rider community bus at current service levels and to renew its contract with North Sydney Bus Charters to operate the service for another three years from 1 July 2015. A new annual contract price has been negotiated, resulting in a further annual saving of $44,000.

Service changes and improvements agreed to by Council include an extension of the Rider route to include Bridgepoint Shopping Centre, with an automatic counting device also to be installed in the bus. Council stated that its aim over the 3 year contract period is to increase the Rider patronage thereby lowering the cost to Council per trip.

Special Rate Variation 2015/16

Council resolved to proceed with an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation of 13% including the rate peg of 2.4% in 2015/16. This followed exhibition of Council’s draft Long Term Financial Plan and revised Delivery Program and earlier community engagement on rating options in late 2014.

The Special Rate Variation takes into account the expiring 5% Community Environmental Contract and the 2.4% rate peg recently announced by the IPART. Assuming Council had applied this to the 2014/15 rates without seeking a special rate variation, the proposed Special Variation in fact equates to a 5.6% increase on the ‘status quo’.

Applications for Special Rate Variations must be submitted to IPART by 16 February 2015.

Community Barbecues

After considering opportunities and costs associated with providing barbecues in Council’s parks and reserves, it was resolved that the community be consulted on the concept of installing electric barbecues at Rosherville Reserve, Spit West Reserve, Sirius Cove Reserve and Clifton Gardens.

Parriwi Road Traffic Investigation

Residents addressed Council on their concerns over traffic in Parriwi Road.

Following extensive investigation into this matter the following was resolved that Council request the:

  • RMS to fund the installation of traffic lights at the Spit East car park exit to assist with traffic issues in Parriwi Road, particularly during morning peaks
  • Police to increase their enforcement activities in the area
  • RMS to reinstate the lane way closure during peak hours until the traffic lights are operational

Tree Poisoning – Julian Street

In response to the deliberate poisoning of a large camphor laurel tree on Council land in Julian Street, Mosman, Council resolved to install a tree preservation banner in the canopy area of the tree for up to 12 months. Further use of this banner will then be reviewed.

Proposed Aged Care Facility, Middle Head

Speakers from the Headland Preservation Group addressed Council on the proposed Aged Care Facility at Middle Head.

Council subsequently resolved that the Mayor write to the Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott, seeking his direct intervention to request that the Federal Department of Environment review its decision to approve the facility.

Council also resolved to write to the NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services seeking an urgent meeting between the Minister, Council and the Headland Preservation Group to discuss bushfire issues relevant to Middle Head.