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Council Decided – 5 December 2023

Posted on Wednesday 6 December 2023

The final Mosman Council Meeting for 2023 was held on Tuesday 5 December. Council Meetings will resume on Tuesday 6 February 2024.

Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Annual Report

The Chair of Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, Andrew Hanigan, attended the meeting and presented his report on the operation of the Committee during the year ending June 2023. Council thanked Mr Hanigan for his report and also thanked Mr Hanigan and other independent members of the Committee, Mr Brian Hrnjak and Mr Mathew Broom, for their valuable contributions over the past year.

Communications and Advertising Update

A report was submitted to Council outlining communications and advertising activities over the past year, referencing the range of communications channels used and the types of promotional campaigns engaged in, as well as analysing the take-up and impact of communications issued on Council’s behalf. It was resolved by Council that the report be received and noted.

40km/h Feasibility Study Outcome

The current MOSPLAN Delivery Program and Council’s adopted 2023 Walking and Cycling Strategy include the investigation of speed reduction to 40km/h on Mosman streets. Independent consultants have been engaged and have now provided their assessment of the suitability of 40km/h restrictions on selected roads in Mosman. The consultants findings, included in a report to Council, are that speed reductions from 50km/h to 40km/h should be pursued on The Esplanade and on Military Road (from Spit Junction to Centenary Circle), however that similar action should not be pursued on other roads included in their study. It was resolved by Council that speed reduction to 40km/h be endorsed at the locations recommended by the consultants and that Council make application to Transport for NSW to commence the speed reduction process.

Flood Management Committee – Mosman LGA Flood Study

Council has previously noted the value of establishing a Flood Risk Management Committee to assist Council in developing and implementing a Flood Risk Management Plan. After considering a report on this matter, Council endorsed the establishment of a Flood Risk Management Consultative Committee and adopted a Charter including terms of reference for that Committee. Expressions of Interest will be called for three community members to be part of this Committee and the outcome of this process will be reported back to the February 2024 Council meeting.

Planning Instrument Changes

Council received reports on changes to various planning instruments, including amendments made to clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP by Ministerial Direction on 1 November 2023. The stated purpose of these changes is to provide more certainty about development standard variations, to make the planning system simpler and to reduce the risk of corruption. It was noted that the changes are likely to result in an increase in the number of clause 4.6 requests received by Council and a lowering of the assessment threshold for successful variation requests.  

Council also resolved to approve amendments to Mosman’s Development Control Plans which were recently exhibited for public comment. Public notice of this decision will be formally published on Council’s website and copies of the amended Development Control Plans will be provided to the NSW Government in accordance with legislative requirements.