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Gosford councillors 1 year election committment

Posted by gosfordpip on February 4, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Greens Election Commitments - Outcomes from my first year on Council by Councillor Hillary Morris

February 5, 2014 at 11:38am

2012 Greens Councillor Election Commitments:

Protecting the local environment:

NOM: Coal Seam Gas & protection of the Gosford LGA

NOM: Springfield Quarry asking Council to cease use and find an alternative site – supported with amendments

Questions on Notice regarding updates on negotiations with Bambara land acquisitions and an addition to a Notice of Motion inserting a time frame on action

Asking the Environment Committee to lodge a submission with the DoPI requesting Ecologically Sustainable Development be included as a core principle within the proposed changes to the NSW Planning Bill

One of 15 councillors who lodged an individual submission with the DoPI regarding proposed changes to the NSW Planning Bill

General Manager went on ABC Local to encourage people to lodge submissions with DoPI regarding proposed changes to the NSW Planning Bill at my request

Lodged an Urgency Motion regarding writing to DoPI to request Ecologically Sustainable Development be included as a Core Principle – supported unanimously

Put additions to NOM regarding Rocla Sand Quarry asking Council to seek advice in order to join any legal action as a minor party and to also request licencing information from NSW Office of Water, DoPI and Rocla themselves.

Accountable Council:

Have ensured senior management, including the General Manager, are aware of the issues with the current website. Council is currently in the process of reviewing the website format. New ways of communicating with the general public have been instigated by the General Manager

Developed great working relationships with all Councillors based on mutual respect and the philosophical approach to agree to disagree

Informal investigation of costs and legal ramifications of recording public meetings

Community Involvement:

NOM Requesting Council to seek an extension of deadline for submissions for Calga expansion from DoPI – supported unanimously by Councillors, DoPI refused to extend

Supported Mountain residents regarding the illegal operation of a helicopter drop zone that was eventually shut down

Supported Mountain residents regarding the saga that continues to be Mangrove Mountain Landfill disguised as remodelling of the existing golf course

Supported Mountain residents regarding the planning outcome of Rindean Sand Mine – rejected by JRPP

Councillor Bowles, Scott and myself requested a policy change which required Gosford City Council to join the growing number of councils who ban wild animal displays in travelling circuses. This did not get majority support.

Lodged a rescission motion to stall further investigations by Council regarding the financial viability in operating childcare centres and their long term viability – Council had made an earlier resolution for a financial year to have run prior to investigation. This year wasn’t up

Guest speaker at Protection our Planet community action day at Erina

Urgency motion on the unfairness of the Early Intervention Bill for Local Councils which gave unfair powers to the State Govt to shut down Councils – supported unanimously

NOM on ensuring the State Govt continues with its election promise of no forced amalgamations of local councils – supported unanimously

Attended many Council run events for local community projects

NOM asking Council to seek a review of major roads for inclusion in the RMS road scheme rather than being the responsibility of Council

Supported the community regarding their objection to the expansion of Rocla Sand Quarry at Calga by attending the Council meeting with PAC where I was able to talk, the following community meeting and the protest two weeks ago outside the gates of Rocla

Still a volunteer with both Gosford & Kariong High Schools as canteen helper

Ensured all members of the Avoca Beach community are included in discussions regarding the South Avoca Beach plan of management

Green Economy:

Assisted Glenworth Valley in getting important changes through for their planning proposal to allow Eco Tourism development

Encouraged Council to engage with and assist the Central Coast Community Energy Network regarding potential clean energy supply to Council buildings

Engaged with the Narara Eco Village to support their aim of development an eco-community at the site of the former research station

Worked with the Brisbane Water Oyster festival organisers and the local branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation to introduce recycling at the event

Gosford City Council, although not having a dedicated Sustainability Officer, does have a Carbon & Energy Officer who focuses on reducing Council’s greenhouse gas emissions. Council also has a Waste Officer, their primary focus is reducing waste throughout the LGA. Council currently has the Draft Waste Strategy on exhibition until 6 February 2014.

Coal Seam Gas:

NOM on Council was to ask the State Govt for protection against Coal Seam Gas extraction in the Gosford LGA. Whilst supported by all but three Councillors, there are still no assurances from the State Govt that no fracking will occur in the LGA – with a licence in place for exploration across the entire LGA, including the coast, valleys and mountain.

Participated in public presentations from both NSW Farmers and Lock the Gate Alliance regarding impact of Coal Seam Gas and action that can be taken by the community.

Working with Neighbours:

Ensuring respectful relations are maintained with Wyong Councillors through attendance at Council functions and Central Coast Region of Councils meetings

Joint Regional Arts strategy and many other joint programmes are currently being undertaken between Councils. Unfortunately, with the Local Government Review still in the process, it has been difficult for either Council to move forward on joint programmes due to the uncertainty surrounding the outcome and the recommendation form the Review Panel for Councils not to proceed with the Joint Water Authority strategy.

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