My Councillor Update - Council Meeting - 17th February 2020

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Below is a quick summary of the meeting agenda in writing

MAYORAL MINUTES

1. MAYORAL MINUTE - PROPOSED CHANGES TO FERRY SERVICES Update on Council submission to Transdev regarding proposed changes to local ferry services which is not supported by Council.

MOTION ON NOTICE

2. WASTE TO ENERGY PROJECT Proposal to request Federal Government funding for a private company that claims to have invented a zero emission waste to energy process (Note: If you have experience and qualifications in this area - please let me know as I'd like to talk to you).

OFFICER REPORTS FOR DETERMINATION

3. LANE COVE NORTH TRAFFIC STUDY Much anticipated report that recommends several changes to traffic conditions in Lane Cove North to address safety concerns raised by local residents. It is proposed to adopt these recommendations. Then request approval from the Roads and Maritime Service to implement the recommendations. 

4. NEW PARK AT 552 MOWBRAY ROAD PARK - RESULTS OF COMMUNITY CONSUTLATION Proposal to proceed with new park at 552 Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove North.

5. AMENDED CODE OF MEETING PRACTICE Some tweaks and further clarification for the rules on how Council runs a meeting.

6. COMMUNITY GIFT CARD - LOVE WHERE YOU SHOP - 12 MONTH UPDATE $16,353 in Gift Cards were purchased by Lane Cove residents in the last 12 months. It is proposed that we continue with the scheme to support local businesses.

7. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO REGIONAL NSW IMPACTED BY DROUGHT CONDITIONS Update that Council's Drought Relief Campaigns raised $15,000 for our sister city Gunnedah and $13,585.12 for Cobar.

8. HUNTERS HILL, LANE COVE, PARRAMATTA, RYDE, BUSHFIRE RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - BUSH FIRE RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN - 5 YEAR PLAN -  ADOPTION Proposal to adopt a new Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

9. JANUARY 2020 TRAFFIC COMMITTEE MEETING Proposed changes to traffic conditions at Kullah Pde, Bayview St, Pinaroo Place, Austin St, Bridge St & Cowper St. 

10. 2ND QUARTER REVIEW FOR 2019 - 2020 BUDGET Proposal to approve minor tweaks to the 2019-2020 budget.

11. LIVING LABS Council has been approached by Western Sydney University about the Which Plant Where (WPW) – Living Labs program in 2019. The WPW program is a five-year research program that will investigate how well current landscaping species will cope under the more extreme climates that Australia’s cities will face and investigate opportunities for new species and varieties for the urban context. It is proposed that Council allow the use of some surplus land at Blackman Park for this project.

12. THE 2ND QUARTER REVIEW OF THE 2019 - 2020 DELIVERY PROGRAM AND OPERATIONAL PLAN Update on how Council is tracking with what it planned to do this financial year. 

Noteworthy achievements for the quarter include:

  • The new pool structure and water testing was completed;
  • Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement was exhibited from 5 September to 17 October 2019 and endorsed by Council at the Extraordinary Meeting held on 4 February 2020; 
  • The opening of The Canopy car park introduced an additional 400 car spaces in the Lane Cove village;
  • Six (6) electric vehicle charging bays were installed in The Canopy car park and five (5) in the Market Square car park;
  • A preliminary design for the proposed St Leonards Plaza was prepared and is currently awaiting Sydney Trains and TfNSW approval;
  • Forty (40) sustainability levy projects are underway, including the HarbourCare Program which has had eighty-five (85) participants collecting 1,897kgs of litter.  Additionally, almost 2,000 trees have been uploaded into a new online mapping tool;
  • The Lane Cove Community Nursery provided 2,345 plants for distribution through Council programs, as well as at Sustainability Lane at the Rotary Fair;
  • ShoreLink's new Mobile Makerspace - featuring robotics and STEAM educational kits was launched at Lane Cove Library; and
  • A Weeds Management Officer was appointed to Council to implement biosecurity programs in accordance with Council obligations under Biosecurity legislation.

13. COUNCIL SNAPSHOT JANUARY 2020 The usual high level update of everything Council does.