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Council Decided – 6 June 2023

Posted on Wednesday 7 June 2023

Emergency Services Levy

Mayor Carolyn Corrigan presented a Mayoral Minute citing the highly damaging increase in the Emergency Services Levey (ESL) imposed on councils without warning by the NSW Government for the 2023/24 financial year. Council resolved to make representations to the NSW Treasurer, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Local Government and the Member for North Shore expressing its strong opposition to the enormous ESL cost increase, particularly after Council had already publicly advertised its draft 2023/24 Operational Plan and Budget. Council also resolved to write to the President of Local Government NSW seeking the Association’s ongoing advocacy on this matter and to explore the notion of Council rates notices containing an appropriate notation advising ratepayers of the ESL’s impact.

MOSPLAN, Budget and Fees & Charges

Council recently exhibited its Revised MOSPLAN Delivery Program 2022-2026 (incorporating a review of the 2022-2032 Long Term Financial Plan), and its draft 2023-2024 Operational Plan, Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges.

The period for public comment closed on 14 May and the draft documents were again considered by Council, along with comments received.

Council resolved to adopt all MOSPLAN documents, incorporating changes made since draft documents were previously considered in April 2023..

The new MOSPLAN documents, which will come into force on July 1 this year, can be accessed from the MOSPLAN 2022–2032 page of this website.

Mayor and Councillor Fees

In response to advice received from the NSW Office of Local Government and the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal, Council resolved to adopt the maximum increase of 3% determined by the Tribunal for 2023/24, resulting in the following fees being payable: mayor ($47,390 p.a.) and councillors ($21,730);  noting that appropriate provision has been made in Council’s 2023/24 Budget.

Mosman Walking and Cycling Strategy  

Following the recent public exhibition of its draft Walking and Cycling Strategy, Council further considered this matter in conjunction with the 22 submissions received. It was subsequently resolved by Council that the Mosman Walking and Cycling Strategy 2023-2028 be adopted with minor changes arising from community consultation. The input from members of Council’s Active Transport Community Consultative Committee into the strategy’s development was noted and it was resolved that they be thanked for their contribution.

Outdoor Exercise Equipment

A report was presented to Council detailing the results of a recent audit of outdoor exercise equipment in Mosman and identifying opportunities for further equipment at other locations in the future. It was noted that all existing exercise stations are well utilised, in good condition and require minimal maintenance.

COVID-19 Signage

Council resolved that outdated COVID-19 decals on Mosman footpaths be removed and that staff also assess local COVID-19 signage in September 2023 with a view to removing signage depending on health advice at that time.

Reservoir Park  

The General Manager provided a verbal update on action taken in relation to recent anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Reservoir Park and Boronia. Interested residents can access the webcast recording of Council’s debate on this matter (generally uploaded within two days of the meeting).