Council staff meet with Community Consultative Bodies
August 08, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council senior staff met with the Southern Area Community Consultative Bodies (CCB) group last Friday 5 August to discuss ongoing projects and specific issues affecting the area.
Representatives from six CCBs were represented at the meeting, including members of the Lake Conjola Lakecare Association, Red Head Villages Association, Ulladulla and Districts Community Forum, Friends of 2538, Sussex Inlet Community Forum and Tabourie Lake Ratepayers and Residents Association.
Some of the issues raised during the meeting included progress reports on the draft LEP exhibition period, the Ulladulla Harbour Walkway and Civic Centre Projects as well as information on localised kerb and guttering, parking and traffic issues.
Further to this, Shoalhaven City Council General Manager, Russ Pigg provided an update on progress with the draft Community Engagement Policy and gave forward notice and detail surrounding three key policy changes which will soon be on public exhibition.
These changes related to the management of foreshore reserves, a proposal to allow private jetties/wharves adjoining public reserves and the councillor expenses policy.
“The CCBs play a vital role in communicating the views of the community to Council,” said Mr Pigg.
“Council meets with the CCBs twice annually with first the meeting focusing on the strategic issues for the year ahead.
“The second meeting deals with the four area groups and allows a much greater focus on the individual issues specific to each particular area.”
“These meetings provide a valuable opportunity for senior staff to discuss and facilitate conversation on some of the most pressing issues affecting our individual villages and towns.
“Some of the issues raised at Friday’s meeting included kerb and guttering, pathways, storm debris, boat ramps, coastal reserve management, traffic management and the Burrill Lake entrance.”
“I’m sure both the CCBs and Council’s senior staff will have gained a lot from Friday’s meeting, with both parties appreciating the chance to talk over some of the proposed projects and areas of concern for residents in the southern section of the City.”
Council’s senior staff will meet with the three remaining CCB area groups throughout August.