Highlights of Tonight’s Wyong Shire Council Meeting #Wyong #CoastTimesNews #CentralCoast

Highlights of Tonight’s Wyong Shire Council Meeting #Wyong #CoastTimesNews #CentralCoast Gaye Crispin, Coast Times News, Central CoastWyong Shire Council

Media Release, 12 August 2015


Highlights of Tonight’s Wyong Shire Council Meeting


Motion to support marriage equality withdrawn

A motion calling on Council to publicly support marriage equality was withdrawn by the mover.

The Mayor, Doug Eaton OAM, further ruled the motion out of order as the matter is not considered within Council’s jurisdiction.

Tourism benefits of promoting Birdie Beach to be explored

Council resolved to work with Central Coast Tourism to explore opportunities to promote Birdie Beach as a tourism destination for naturalists, including holding a community event.

Recruitment of new General Manager underway

Council resolved to accept a proposal from Davidson Executive, to assist Council to recruit a new General Manager for Council.

Mayor Eaton said:

“We need to get the right person who will continue to move our Shire forward.

“The community can be assured it is business as usual as we get on with the job of delivering the services they need and want.”  

Rezoning will allow for a new local centre and complimentary residential development in Gwandalan
Highlights of Tonight’s Wyong Shire Council Meeting #Wyong #CoastTimesNews #CentralCoast Gaye Crispin, Coast Times News, Central Coast

Councillor Doug Eaton OAM (Mayor) A Councillor since 1991, he is Wyong Council’s longest serving Councillor. He has been Mayor since September 2012, also serving 2010-11 and in 1996-97 when Council won the Bluett award for best council in NSW. In 2012, Wyong Council finished second in the Bluett Award.

A vacant piece of land on the corner of Kanangra Drive and Summerland Road in Gwandalan may be rezoned to allow a new local shopping centre and a small area of additional housing.

Council has given preliminary support to progressing the rezoning subject to the necessary environmental and economic investigations as well as consultation with the community.

The proposal would provide for a range of shops and services to meet the needs of the growing population and provide additional housing similar to residential subdivisions which have already been approved in the area.

Mayor Eaton said:

“This proposal will inject $8.5 million into the local economy and create 100 local jobs.”

 “It really does tick all the boxes – it is an opportunity to bring more local retail options to service this growing area – it makes it a really attractive place to live.

Councillor grants delivering for the community

Councillors allocated $14,000 from their own Councillors’ Improvement Grants to seven local organisations to directly benefit Shire residents and enhance their quality of life.

Young Aboriginal leaders from the Kuriwa AECG will have the opportunity of a lifetime when they attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York.   The Entrance Junior Rugby League Football Club will now be able to set up their oval safely each weekend with a $1500 grant for custom built trailer.   The long awaited opening of Alison Homestead is on track for next month and has benefited from a $4000 grant for outdoor furniture.

Mayor Eaton said:

“The amounts may seem small but these grants really do deliver real and lasting benefit to our community.

Talented local stars helped to fulfil their dreams

Three talented locals will get the opportunity to represent Australia in international sporting competitions thanks to Council’s Sport and Cultural Sponsorship Program.

Council currently provides $20,000 a year for the program to recognise individuals or groups who achieve excellence in their field and represent the Central Coast.

Steven Pullen is going to the Karate World Championships in England and Sandra and Tane Hauraki are going to Canada for the Dragon Boat Senior and Junior championships.

Mayor Eaton said:

“It’s fantastic Council can give our talented locals a chance to shine on the world stage

“They will be representing us and we wish them all the best.”

Outdoor dining revolution underway for the Shire

The ability to enjoy food and beverages while enjoying the great outdoors will get a whole lot easier under a new relaxed outdoor dining regime to be rolled out by Council.

Council took over care and control of outdoor dining from The Entrance Town Centre management recently and has moved quickly to standardise outdoor dining approvals across the whole Shire.

Council is expecting a lot more businesses to take up this popular option for patrons with businesses no longer requiring a bond and the introduction of a flat hire based on the area of footpath used, no matter where in the Shire it is.

Mayor Eaton said:

 “People just love eating outside, and we want to give them every opportunity – so expect to see tables and chairs popping up on footpaths across the Shire.

“We are cutting the red tape and making it easier for businesses to expand, creating more jobs and opportunities for our community.” 

Office of Local Government decides no action warranted against Mayor

A local newspaper published allegations that Council’s Mayor, Doug Eaton OAM, had breached pecuniary interest provisions.  Those allegations, and a related complaint by a member of the public, were referred by Council to the Office of Local Government (OLG) to investigate.  OLG has written to Council advising that no action was warranted concerning those allegations, and provided reasons for its determination.

Mayor Eaton said:

“I was never concerned about this investigation as I knew I would be totally vindicated.

“It is a shame that some people are more interested in throwing mud then in seeing our Shire moving forward.  Luckily mud doesn’t always stick.

“Council’s main focus is to deliver jobs and opportunities for our community and we will not be derailed by naysers.”

Council to have a seat at the table as CASAR becomes a reality

Council’s Director of Property and Economic Development, Mike Dowling, will join the board of Community Automative Sport and Recreation (CASAR) Park Supporters.

This appointment further cements Council’s commitment to ensuring the first major motorsport park on the Central Coast becomes a reality.

Council has been a long-time supporter of the proposal and has lobbied the state government for funding as part of its Transforming the Central Coast campaign and provided almost $5000 in foundation sponsorship and a $75,000 grant.

Mayor Eaton said:

“This project has got this far because we have long supported it – there is a DA, there is a land lease agreement and they have a board to run it – this is really happening.

“Build it and they will come – 70,000 visitors a year in fact – creating jobs and opportunities for our community.” 

Record roads spending continues to roll out

Council’s road crews are being kept busy as Council’s record $66 million starts rolling out across the Shire.

In July upgrades to Johnson Road in Tuggerah and Oakland Avenue and Campbell Avenue at The Entrance were completed.  Access to Council’s Buttonderry Waste Management Facility is now much easier thanks to upgrades to access roads.   Rotherdam Street in Bateau Bay will soon be much safer will preparations complete for traffic calming devices.

Residents are being thanked for their patience as works continue on improvements to the major local roads of Hume Boulevard in Killarney Vale, Goorama Avenue in San Remo and Kanangara Drive in Crangan Bay but will get to enjoy the results of a smoother drive very soon.

Mayor Eaton said:

“We have certainly hit the ground running with major upgrades complete or well and truly underway in the first month of the new financial year.

“We are the highest spending Council in the State when it comes to our roads and no suburb will be left untouched in this major rollout.