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Council Decided - 6 October 2015

Posted Tuesday 06 October 2015

Christmas Lighting and Decorations

Council debated improvements to Christmas lighting and decorations in Mosman and agreed to proceed with further enhancements to the civic precinct including decorated Christmas garland and Christmas trees on the first floor terrace of the Civic Centre. It was also agreed that fairy lighting be installed in the large London Plane tree in Mosman Square, as well as in trees at the intersection of Military and Belmont Roads, and the intersection of Military, Bradley’s Head and Middle Head Roads. The Balmoral Rotunda will also be decorated in a Christmas theme and decorations on the small street trees lining Military Road will again return in 2015.

Council will also continue its annual RAPT Christmas Decorating Competition, expanding business categories to include prizes for the best lighting and most sustainable displays, as well as adding new residential categories including best residential lighting display and a ‘people’s choice’ award.

As well as making plans for the 2015 Christmas season, Council also resolved that further work be undertaken on a decorative streetscape lighting strategy which will look at year-round lighting options.

Financial Statement 2014-15

Council’s Financial Statement for 2014/15, together with the Auditor’s Reports for the year ending 30 June 2015, were tabled at the meeting. This followed Council’s adoption of the Financial Statement at its meeting on 8 September, and public notice subsequently being given to residents and ratepayers. Council’s year-end result for 2014/15 reflects an improvement on the budget forecast.

2014-15 Annual Report

Council’s 2014-15 Annual Report was tabled at the meeting, outlining key achievements during the last financial year as well as a range of statutory reporting requirements mandated by the State Government. The report will now be referred to the Minister for Local Government.

Management of Community Properties Policy

A new Management of Community Properties Policy was adopted by Council to provide direction for community property operations including plans of management, leases, licences and permits. Development of this policy was undertaken in response to a request by Council’s Audit Committee, which also endorsed the draft policy prior to its consideration by Council. Future applicants for leases, licences and permits on community land will be required to acknowledge and address issues raised in the new policy as part of the application process.

Open Space Recreational Needs Assessment

Earlier this year an Open Space Recreational Needs Assessment was undertaken to identify priorities for further improvement of recreational opportunities and facilities in Mosman. Following consideration of the Needs Assessment by the Expenditure Review Committee, Council has now resolved to adopt the document which will provide guidance for future recreational projects and planning.