City of Wanneroo: August council meeting in brief

The City of Wanneroo plans to upgrade toilet blocks A and B.
The City of Wanneroo plans to upgrade toilet blocks A and B.

WANNEROO Council endorsed a scope of works to upgrade two of three toilet blocks at Wanneroo Showground at its August meeting.

The City plans to demolish existing toilets north of the tennis courts and build a replacement facility that will include a universal access toilet, time lock doors and an accessible pathway.

It also plans to refurbish the toilet block east of the Margaret Cockman Pavilion.

Demolition and construction in the $220,000 project is scheduled for March to June 2019, which the council report said would “not impede the main summer events” at the showground.

The City upgraded the third toilet block in 2011.

Yanchep Two Rocks Community Bus

THE committee for the Yanchep Two Rocks Community Bus, established in 1990, won’t have to pay almost $11,700 for using the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre.

Wanneroo Council approved the $11,694.35 retrospective fee waiver for the volunteer group’s monthly meetings and weekly bingo evenings in 2017-18 and 2018-19 at its August meeting.

The council also approved a change on the City’s Facility Hire and Use Policy to include the committee as being eligible for 100 per cent subsidised use of facilities for regular bookings.

CEO’s performance review

CITY of Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms has “satisfactorily met” performance criteria set out in his contract, the council agreed last month.

During a confidential session, councillors unanimously agreed to adopt the 2017-18 performance review, prepared by local government consultant Gary Martin, and noted it “resulted in a high level of satisfactory performance” that Mr Simms’s job requirement.

At the August meeting, the council also appointed corporate strategy and performance director Noelene Jennings as acting chief executive from October 6 to November 19.

Constable Care agreement

THE City of Wanneroo will continue its Community Champion Partnership with Constable Care Child Safety Foundation.

The agreement for Constable Care performances at schools, which has been run for the past eight years, is expected to cost the City $26,250 in 2018-19.

The August council report, carried unanimously by councillors, said Constable Care delivered 128 performances to 9916 children in 72 visits to schools within the City in 2017-18.

The shows highlight issues such as road safety, mental health, protective behaviour, cyber safety, cultural understanding, alcohol and drug abuse, crime and violence prevention.

Emergency aid agreement

WANNEROO Council agreed to continue supporting a mutual aid agreement for emergencies with seven other local governments for another four years at its August meeting.

The Metropolitan North and East Recovery Group was established in 2004 and includes the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo, Stirling, Bayswater, Swan and Kalamunda as well as Town of Bassendean and Shire of Mundaring.

The agreement formalises arrangements between them to provide mutual aid during emergency events.

DFES agreement

A MEMORANDUM of understanding between the City of Wanneroo and Department of Fire and Emergency Services received council endorsement in August.

The three-year MOU sets out responsibilities relating to emergency services in the City, including the role of the chief bushfire control officer, emergency prevention programs and training.