Wanneroo council meetings cover fence, climate change and deputy mayor

Recent works to replace the fence at Wanneroo Showground.
Recent works to replace the fence at Wanneroo Showground.

FENCE upgrades, a climate change petition and election of a deputy mayor were among the matters brought to the Wanneroo Council table in October.

The council agreed to bring forward replacement of chain link fences with garrison fencing around Wanneroo Showground at its October 15 meeting.

The old fence at Wanneroo Showground.

To cover the costs, councillors accepted $90,000 from Wanneroo Agricultural Society and reallocated $159,000 from a transport infrastructure project that was expected to receive federal funding.

Works were expected to finish before the Wanneroo Show on November 29 and 30.

New garrison fencing will be installed at the Wanneroo Showgrounds following yesterday's Council meeting. To improve…

Posted by City of Wanneroo on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Petition calls for climate change action

A PETITION asking the City of Wanneroo to declare a climate emergency was tabled at the October ordinary council meeting.

Butler student Aiden Campbell (15) started the change.org petition in September, which about 800 people have signed.

Mayor Tracey Roberts presented a six-signature paper petition at the meeting, noting there were more signatures on the online petition.

Aiden Campbell.

Deputy mayor elected

LONG-SERVING Wanneroo Councillor Frank Cvitan has been elected by his peers to be deputy mayor for the next two years.

The Central Ward councillor, who was re-elected on October 19, received nine votes while the other nominee, North Coast Ward newcomer Chris Baker received six votes at a special council meeting on October 29.

Frank Cvitan.

Cr Cvitan was first elected to the council in 1999 in the inaugural elections following the split that created the City of Joondalup.

The Madeley retiree was re-elected in 2001 and 2005 before losing his seat in 2009, then was voted back in at the 2011 election and retained his seat in 2015.

The meeting was also used to select council delegates for internal and external committees and groups, and to approve the meeting dates for 2020.

Councillors sworn in following election

Policies reviewed

Wanneroo council has updated the City’s community garden policy to guide how it handles requests to establish new sites.

The policy supports establishment of community gardens and aims to have a consistent approach to assessing and managing requests.

An October 15 council report said there were seven community gardens within the City, including some under development.

They include one at the Merriwa Hub managed by MercyCare, independently-run Brighton Community Garden in Butler, and Yanchep Community Garden, supported by Yanchep Beach Joint Venture near the shopping centre.

The report said the Wanneroo and Northern Suburbs Community Garden was the first to formally ask to set up on City land, and the City had received State funding to re-establish the Girrawheen Hub community garden.

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The policy said the City would attempt to identify suitable sites for future requests.

“The role of the City of Wanneroo is to facilitate and promote community gardens that are sustainably managed and led by the community on City land,” it said.

The council also endorsed a reviewed occupational safety and health policy, updated to align with new safety standards, at the October 15 meeting.

Land valuation changed

GNANGARA landowners could get about $950 knocked off their rates after seeking changes to their land valuation method.

Owners of a Carmignani Road property requested the method change from unimproved value to gross rental value because the rural property was only being used for residential purposes.

Wanneroo Council agreed to recommend the change to the Local Government Minister, who will decide whether it should be gazetted.

Sponsorships approved

A SCHOOL and sporting groups will share in $3200 of sponsorships approved by Wanneroo Council in October.

It approved Greenwood College’s request for $600 for students taking part in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Queensland.

Wanderers Australia will receive $1000 to provide netball and soccer coaching in London and Paris in January.

Warwick Senators received $1000 for players who took part in the National U14 Basketball Club Championships in Victoria.

Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Club received $600 for players who travelled to Queensland for the National Gold Cup Tournament U15s.

The council also supported changes to Tamala Park Regional Council’s powers of attorney arrangements and, during a confidential session, endorsed the chief executive to finalise and progress enterprise agreement negotiations.

Golf course strategic plan endorsed

Tender awarded to widen Connolly Drive

Council backs caravan storage owners

Developer moves to rezone land

School expansion plans out for comment