Council Decided 14 April 2015

Posted Wednesday 15 April 2015

1. Fit for the Future

The Mayor presented a Mayoral Minute outlining some of the topline results from Council’s recent consultation on four independence and amalgamation options. The purpose of this consultation was to ascertain current community sentiment on the issue of Council mergers. The feedback will help inform Council’s ‘Fit for the Future’ submission, due to be lodged with the NSW Government by 30 June this year. The results of the consultation, which will be further reported to Council in May, indicate strong community support for Mosman’s continued independence and strong opposition to the ‘mega-merger’ of lower north shore councils recommended by the Independent Local Government Review Panel in 2013. Smaller mergers with either North Sydney or Manly Council were also largely opposed by over 1,200 respondents.

2. Draft Mosman Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget

The latest revisions to Council’s 2013-2017 Delivery Program, together with a draft 2015-2016 Operational Plan, Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges were considered by Council and endorsed in principle for exhibition. The exhibition period for the draft documents will commence on Monday 20 April and submissions will be received up until Sunday 17 May. All documents will be available for review at Mosman Civic Centre, Mosman Library and on Council’s website from Monday 20 April 2015. Submissions can be made by regular mail, email to council@mosman.nsw.gov.au or via the online submission form on this website.

3. Festival of Mosman 2015

Council endorsed a draft program for this year’s Festival of Mosman, which will run from Friday 4 – Sunday 13 September. The program of events includes popular regular fixtures such as Pets Day Out (13 September), concerts and gallery events, as well as outdoor cinema, markets and, for the first time, poetry readings on Sydney ferries. In 2015 the annual Mosman Address will also be incorporated into the Festival schedule, together with the opening of a much-anticipated joint exhibition by artists Ann and Sophie Cape. Interest has already been strong from local community organisations and a community presentation on the 2015 Festival will be held at Mosman Art Gallery on Tuesday 21 April commencing at 5.30pm.

4. Customer Service Upgrade

Council has been considering how to improve the Customer Service area in the Mosman Civic Centre, particularly how this area can be made more welcoming and functional for visitors at a reasonable cost. Council resolved to support detailed design and implementation of a solution which is affordable and which will provide visitors with a better customer experience. Works are expected to be completed within the next few months.

5. Mosman Parking Strategy

Following a significant period of community consultation, Council considered and adopted a new Parking Strategy for Mosman. In adopting the Strategy, Council also resolved to:

  • undertake community consultation in regards to any changes to parking restrictions arising from the Strategy
  • call tenders for parking technology with a view to implementing new technology at the Vista Street and Bridgepoint carparks
  • call tenders for on-street occupancy technology (not linked to enforcement) in the Parking Strategy study area
  • receive further reports in 12 months after the installation of the new technologies to consider any additional action regarding long-term parking fees for off-street parking and enforcement technologies in the study area
  • refine and implement other Strategy actions as resources permit

6. Land Status Review

In response to a Notice of Motion and in the context of potential changes to local government structures, Council resolved to support preparation of a comprehensive listing of Council managed lands and their status, with commentary on appropriate options to maximise the ongoing protection of public land, particularly public open space.

7. Balmoral Plan of Management

After considering a further Notice of Motion, Council resolved not to proceed with preparation of a new Plan of Management for Balmoral. In so doing Council recognised the extraordinary natural beauty of the Balmoral Beach area as a place of national environmental significance requiring a high level of planning protection. Council noted that the aims, objectives and guidelines in the Balmoral Plan of Management remain as relevant today, if not more so, than when the plan was adopted in 2001.