Wanneroo Council November meeting in short

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A FLYNN Drive upgrade, the chief executive’s contract and sponsorship funds were some of the times considered by Wanneroo Council this month.

At its November meeting, the council approved listing $80,000 for consideration in mid-year review spending to acquire 922sq m of 398 Wattle Avenue East, Neerabup from DevelopmentWA (formerly Landcorp) and cover associated fees.

The land will be needed to widen part of Flynn Drive, however a council report said funding for the dual carriageway project had been deferred to 2025-27 in the City’s long term financial plan.

Sponsorships approved
TAEKWONDO and badminton groups benefitted from the latest round of sponsorships approved by Wanneroo Council.

Councillors supported a staff recommendation to approve Black Swan Taekwondo’s $2500 sponsorship request for a competition in Bali at their November meeting.

They also voted to amend a recommendation about Coastal Ladies Badminton League’s 50 per cent fee waiver for hiring Kingsway Indoor Stadium.

Although staff said the majority of members did not live in the City, councillors decided to approve the request, which would equate to $3172 for the 2020 playing season.

They did not approve a $2000 donation request from the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia WA Chapter to hire the Churchlands Senior High School auditorium and equipment for its Diwali Celebration in October because it was held outside the City.

In a separate agenda item, the council agreed to add another event, the Marina Swim, to its sponsorship agreement with The Marina, Mindarie.

The addition did not alter the cost of the $60,000, three-year agreement, which was signed in November 2018.

The first swim was held in March this year and the next one will be on March 7, 2020.

Daniel Simms.

Contract renewed
CITY of Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms has secured another five-year contract for the position he has held since 2008.

The council approved the contract during a confidential session at its November 12 meeting, following a September decision noting a “high level of satisfaction” in his latest performance review.

Precinct plan submission
WANNEROO Council raises concerns the State Planning Policy on Precinct Design would centralise decision making and erode the powers of local governments.

The draft policy aimed to ensure precinct planning and design processes delivered good built environment outcomes with “social, economic and environmental benefit” for people using them.

Discussing a submission on the policy, council members and staff raised concerns about how it would affect planning and give the WA Planning Commission more control deciding where precinct plans were needed.

Cr Chris Baker said local government was the level of government “closest to the people”.

“The City will lose much of its current planning controls (if the policy is introduced),” he said The council resolved to tell the WAPC it did not support introduction of the policy but would support the State Government preparing guidelines to help local governments prepare design-based plans.

The council also adopted changes to a planning policy for site works and retaining at residential developments after receiving no submissions during public consultation.

There will be a special council meeting on December 3 from 5.30pm prior to the next briefing session.

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