22 April, 2022
Flood Recovery Costs
A report exploring options for the waiving of user fees and charges for the disposal of household items in declared disaster events will be prepared for a future Council meeting.
The notice of motion was put forward by Cr Ann Luke “after seeing all the heartache” due to flooding events. It was supported by her fellow councillors.
Cr Luke said it was a logical step to ensure Council could be more responsive in its efforts to support the community recovering from times of crises.
Previously, waiving of these user fees and charges required a resolution of Council each time it needed to be done.
“I would like to support this resolution so we have in place all the things we need when there is an emergency,” Cr Luke said.
Off-leash Dog Area
Council has resolved to prepare a report on the feasibility of making the Woolshed Reserve a fenced off-leash dog area.
The notice of motion was put forward by Cr Ann Luke who said she was passionate about establishing a space for dog owners in Gunnedah.
The report will outline options and costings for a fenced off-leash area for the consideration of Council.
Working Group Memberships
Council has resolved to endorse the following new members for Council’s working groups.
Cr Juliana McArthur, Cr Robert Hoddle and Cr Murray O’Keefe will join the Section 356 Arts and Cultural Small Grants Working Group.
Council endorsed Helen Lickorish as the fourth community representative in the Gunnedah Shire Council Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.
Cr Kate McGrath, Cr Robert Hooke and Cr David Moses will join the Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Working Group.
Council endorsed Lindsay Sheedy, Bruce Hockings, Simon Gainsford and Treena Daniells as community representatives for the Business Partner Program Advisory Group.
Council endorsed the appointment of the following members for the Crime Prevention Working Group: Gunnedah Police Inspector Michael Wurth, Gail Paddison (Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce), Jess Blair (Gunnedah PCYC), Joy Wilson (Homes North Community Housing), Vanessa Hodges – Schembri (Gunnedah Family Support), Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation, Joshua Launders, Kath Wilkinson, John Harford, Caitlin Woodgate – Etherington, and Raelee Bruce. Two youth positions remain vacant and Council will continue to seek appropriate members to fill them.
Council endorsed the following members for the Access Working Group: Peter Jones (Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce), Ingrid Allen-Thomas (GoCo Community Care), Bec Maybury (GS Kidd Memorial School), Corenna Doolan, Lyndal Riordan and Amanda Cooper. Two community positions remain vacant but ongoing efforts will be made to fill the positions.
Council endorsed the following members for the Economic Development Working Group: Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce representative Initra Larsen and community representatives Kate Gunn, Tracey Reid, Scott Ford, Glenn Many, and Richard Patriquin. Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry will reassign one remaining vacant position and advise Council. The working group is in hiatus until the position of Economic Development Manager is filled.
Council endorses the following members for the Skills and Training Working Group:
- Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce Representatives: Paul O’Donnell and Susan Frater-Sims.
- Business Representative, Medium Size Business Representative: Michael Broekman.
- Educational and Training Based Representatives: Alison Heagney (Gunnedah Community College), Emily McInerney (Acting Principal Gunnedah High School) and David Carter (Carinya Christian School).
Positions for Large Business Representative, Small Size Business Representative and TAFE Representatives remain vacant. The working group is in hiatus due to staffing, but it is anticipated that meetings for the Skills and Training Working Group will convene in the near future.
Caption: Council will prepare a report on the feasibility of making the Woolshed Reserve a fenced off-leash dog area.
For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s media team on (02) 6740 2100.