Highlights of Wyong Shire Council Meeting 23/9/15 #Wyong #CentralCoast

Wyong Shire Council Media Release

23 September 2015

Highlights of Wyong Shire Council Meeting 23/9/15 #Wyong #CentralCoast Gaye Crispi with Coast Times NewsHighlights of Wyong Shire Council Meeting

Council to save by-election costs

Council will apply to the Minister for Local Government for an order that no by-election by held to fill the casual vacancy left by the resignation of former Councillor, Luke Nayna.

See separate release

Record surplus give ratepayers a break

Council will use its record surplus to fund the balance of the IPART Special Rate Variation (SRV) next financial year, reducing the burden on ratepayers.

See separate release

Council to convene Shark Summit

Council agreed unanimously to convene a Shark Summit to include all key stakeholder groups, rescue organisations, applicable agencies, tourism representatives and specialist marine experts.

New lease of life for The Entrance Surf Club

Council will amend its current lease with The Entrance Surf Club to allow a café/restaurant to operate on the top floor.

Mayor Eaton said:

“This is a real win-win as it will  bring some much needed income to the surf club and attract more visitors to the beach.”

“I myself would love to go and have a meal and look out over The Entrance beach, it really is a fantastic spot.”

Bumper month delivers $64 million investment in Wyong Shire

During August, 164 DAs worth $64 million were approved, the highest result so far this calendar year.

The developments have the potential to create 640 local jobs and included approval of the Oasis Development in the heart of Wyong ($19 million), a residential flat development at The Entrance and a subdivision at Hamlyn Terrace valued at $11 million each.

Council continues to lead the way in delivering speedy assessment timeframe with the median DA turn-around just 14 days.

Mayor Eaton said:

 “The results speak from themselves – investment confidence in our Shire has never been greater and it is really exciting to see.”

“We are dealing with record numbers of DAs and still turning them around quickly – that is testament to the great planning team we have here.

“We have a plan to revitalise our Shire, attract investment and create local jobs and it is clearly working wonders.”

Council’s Holiday Parks under new management

Council’s four holiday parks will be run by the largest owner and operator of Holiday Parks in Australia, Discovery Holiday Parks, from 1 November.

Discovery Holiday Parks has over 30 destinations around the country and has alliances with BIG4, Top Tourist and Family Parks.

Mayor Eaton said:

“Our parks will be run by the best in the business and will draw visitors to our Shire from all over Australia.

“This is exciting news as more tourism dollars flowing into our Shire means more jobs and opportunities for our community. “


District skate place planned for the Shire’s north 

Council will plan for a state-of-the-art district skate place in the Lake Munmorah Recreation Reserve to meet the recreational needs of the growing population in the north of the Shire.

The community will be consulted during the design phase which will take place in 2016/17 after the skate place in Bateau Bay is built.

A district level skate place for the north of the Shire was identified in Council’s adopted Skate Strategy.  The million dollar facility will allow for both bowl and street skating as well as ancillary and supporting infrastructure including shade shelters, closed circuit television (CCTV), car parking, toilets and drinking fountains.  It is planned to be built in the 2017/18 financial year.

Mayor Eaton said:

“Residents who live in the north of the Shire are demanding more quality sporting infrastructure and tonight we can say we have listened and we will deliver.

“There has been huge interest and excitement about our plans for a skate place at Bateau Bay, unprecedented really, and this one is going to be just as popular.

“In two years time we will have two quality skate place for our community to enjoy – not too many other Councils can say that.  We are a Council who is committed to delivering what our community need and want and we will continue to do so.”

Theatre specialists awarded million dollar contract to fit out Art House

Council has awarded the contract to fit out the state-of-the art conference and performing arts centre in the heart of Wyong to Jands Venue Engineering.

The fit out will include all required lighting, stage  and sound equipment to operate the 500 seat theatre and studio space and ensure the fit out of winches to the automated fly tower.

Jands have extensive experience and runs on the board when it comes to fitting out important cultural facilities such as The Art House.  They have fitted out the Capitol Theatre in Tamworth, a Performing Arts Centre for Guildford Young College and an Art Centre for Mildura Council in Victoria.

Mayor Eaton said:

“This is another exciting milestone for this amazing facility that will literally transform arts and culture in our Shire. 

“There is no other facility like this on the Coast or even outside of Sydney and I believe artists and performers will flock to use this state-of-the-art facility.

“It is great news for our residents who will be able to see quality shows and performances right here in their backyard without the need to travel to Sydney or beyond.”

Shire’s swimming spots continue to come out on top

All 22 of the Shire’s swimming locations were given the highest rating, of four stars, for water quality by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) this month.

Now the weather is warming up, all 22 sites are tested weekly to ensure they are safe for swimming and the Shire’s beaches and lake swimming spots continue to come out on top.

“Now the weather is warming up we will start to see more people enjoying our beaches and waterways.”

“Our beaches are back being patrolled again so people can swim with confidence knowing they are swimming in some of the cleanest and safest beaches in the State.”

Wyong Water investment delivering for the environment and community

Wyong Water is continuing to invest in essential water infrastructure with almost $20.5 million worth of projects underway.  The $15.8 million upgrade of the Wyong South Wastewater Treatment Plant is progressing well and is due for completion in June 2016.

In addition a number of wastewater pumping stations upgrades are underway across the Shire to cater for growth and reduce the risk of overflows to the environment.

Mayor Eaton said:

“We are continuing to invest significantly in essential water and wastewater infrastructure to improve water quality and environmental outcomes for our residents.”

“Work is now starting on the next phase of the Mardi to Warnervale water supply pipeline which will boost the water transfer capacity to the growth areas of the Shire.

“We are committed to providing a quality water and wastewater service at an affordable price.”

Revised planning proposal to deliver 1200 houses for Wadalba

The Wadalba East Land Owners Group (WELOG) has put in a request to Council to progress a rezoning proposal for a 143 hectare site in Wadalba to create 1200 housing lots.

The site is currently used for grazing and hobby farming and the rezoning will allow for low density residential housing to be built on the site while maintaining environmental conservation zones.

The Wadalba Wildlife Corridor will be extended and connect to the Tacoma Wetlands under the proposal and a network of local parks, pedestrian pathways and cycleways will connect residents to adjoining areas.

The final decision will be in the hands of the Department of Planning and Environment, after Council resolved to request the issue of a Gateway Determination to progress the planning proposal.

Mayor Eaton said:

“This represents $500 million of investment directly into our Shire, creating jobs and opportunities for our growing population.

Investment confidence has never been higher with our planning team dealing with record numbers of DAs and rezonings worth billions of dollars.

“This is a direct result of the plans and policies we have put in place to revitalise our Shire, attract investment and create jobs.”

Palmdale expansion given the green light

Plans to expand Palmdale Cemetery with an additional four hectares will mean the facility will be available to the community beyond its current 25 year capacity.

Council will now amend its Wyong LEP to allow for the rezoning of the site adjacent to the cemetery to enable the development of an additional area for memorial gardens. The site is currently cleared and is not being used for agricultural purposes.   In a win for the environment, 41% of the site, home to the existing River Flat Eucalypt Forest will be protected in a conservation zone.

Mayor Eaton said:

 “Our population is rapidly expanding and this expansion will mean this important service can continue to be offered to our community for many years to come.”