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Council Decided – 3 May 2022

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2022

Donation to Lismore City Council Flood Relief Appeal

Mayor Carolyn Corrigan presented a Mayoral Minute acknowledging the devastation and trauma experienced by thousands of residents living in the catchment areas of the Clarence, Richmond and Tweed Rivers as a result of recent major flood events. To assist with the enormous recovery effort, a donation of $9,000 has been made to the Lismore City Flood Appeal through the Mayoral Fund and contributions from Councillors.

Membership – Community Consultative Committees

In April 2022 Councillors met to consider Expressions of Interest received from the community for membership of the Climate Action and Visual Amenity Community Consultative Committees. These Committees provide opportunities for community members to actively contribute to conversations about local issues and services. Council resolved at this meeting to make appointments to both Committees, noting the high calibre of applicants overall. Formal notification of successful applicants is currently underway.

Nominations – Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board

Council is periodically requested to make nominations to the Minister for Energy and Environment for appointment of a Mosman representative to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board. Following a recent call for Expressions of Interest received from the community, Council considered the submissions lodged and resolved to nominate three residents (one first preference and two second preference) for consideration by the Minister for appointment to the Board by 30 June 2022.

Quarterly MOSPLAN Report and Financial Statement – January – March 2022

Council received and adopted progress reports on the 2021-2022 MOSPLAN Operational Plan, as well as its 2021-22 Budget for the January – March 2022 quarter. MOSPLAN delivery and budget performance has been sound over the period, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the extended period of poor weather impacting some results. With ongoing attention to prudent financial management Council has been able to revise the projected operating deficit of $366,400 forecast at the end of the December 2021 quarter downwards to $200,300.

Draft Policies – Expenses and Facilities

At Council’s March 2022 meeting draft policies for payment of expenses and provision of facilities to the Mayor and Councillors were endorsed for public exhibition. During the period of exhibition from 3 March to 11 April 2022 the consultation materials on Council’s website were viewed 13 times and 6 documents were downloaded, however no submissions were received. Council noted the results of exhibition and subsequently resolved to adopt the exhibited policies, with further adjustment to the policies relating to use of credit cards and cab charge. These additional amendments were not considered substantial enough to require further exhibition of the policies prior to adoption.  

Land Reclassification – Part Little Curraghbeena Reserve

Following a protracted road closure procedure relating to a small (238.5sqm) portion of Little Curraghbeena Reserve, Council resolved to reclassify this parcel of operational land as community land under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993. Reclassification as community land will protect the parcel from future alienation and is consistent with Council’s strategy of effectively managing parklands for community use. 

Legal Services

In February 2022  it was resolved that open tenders be called for the provision of legal services to Council and appointment to a legal services panel for a two year period commencing 1 July 2022, with an option for renewal of appointments for a further four year term commencing 1 July 2024. A report was presented to Council detailing the results of the tender process and recommending panel appointments in accordance with Council’s previous resolution. It was subsequently resolved that Council appoint a panel of four firms for the provision of legal services, these firms being HWL Ebsworth, Maddocks, Marsdens Law Group and Pikes and Verekers.

Mini-Mos Community Fun Run 2022

Council considered and approved an application from Mosman Public School P&C Association to conduct the 2022 Mini-Mos Community Fun Run. The event, celebrating its 40th year in 2022, will be held on Sunday 19 June.