Wanneroo Council September meeting in brief

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THE chief executive’s performance review, an environmental policy and Yanchep Lagoon were among the items considered at a recent Wanneroo Council meeting.

Daniel Simms.

Councillors authorised a report by local government consultant Gary Martin on a performance review for chief executive Daniel Simms during a confidential session at the September 24 meeting.

They noted it resulted in a “high level of satisfactory performance that (exceeded) the job requirement” and confirmed he met key performance indicators.

The council asked the mayor to initiate negotiations with Mr Simms on his new contract, due to be considered at the November council meeting.

Environment policy adopted

AN environment policy adopted by Wanneroo Council in September that recognised the importance of natural and built environments for residents and the economy.

The policy said the City was committed to “protecting the natural environment from pollution and degradation” and enhancing the environment through strategic planning.

It said it also aligned practices with sustainable development principles to encourage efficient use of resources, reduced waste generation and minimise the City’s environmental footprint.

It supported objectives such as minimising impacts of climate change, improving energy efficiency, managing water scarcity, retaining significant vegetation, and reducing waste or treating it as a resource.

The council also approved changes to the environmental advisory committee’s terms of reference.

The changes included expanding its role to provide advice on state planning policies referred to the City for comment, environmental elements in the local planning strategy and scheme 3, and treatment options from the Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

Yanchep Lagoon. Picture: David Baylis

Yanchep Lagoon working group

UP to 11 community representatives will be part of the Yanchep Lagoon community working group.

Wanneroo Council endorsed the group’s establishment and its terms of reference at its September 24 meeting, with an amendment to have up to 10 community members and one representative from the residents association.

The group will provide feedback on the Lagoon master plan and build community awareness.

It will also include the mayor and North Coast Ward councillors.

Local area plans endorsed

WANNEROO Council has endorsed local area plans for Girrawheen and Koondoola, and Yanchep and Two Rocks following public consultation.

The plans form part of the City’s Place Framework, which highlighted the importance of creating distinctive local areas that met the needs of local communities.

Consultation for both plans included online surveys, workshops, focus groups, stakeholder meetings and a public comment period.

“Girrawheen and Koondoola residents have told us they value their friendly inclusive neighbourhoods, community safety, economic opportunities, well maintained parks and facilities, and the area’s natural bushland,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“In Yanchep and Two Rocks, local employment and business opportunities are important to residents as well as sustainable developments that reflect the area’s coastal village roots.”

The City will now work with the community to develop a local area plan for Wanneroo.

Funding sought for sports facilities

THE City of Wanneroo will seek almost $800,000 from the State Government to upgrade sports facilities in 2020-21.

The council decided to apply through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund for $555,667 for the $1.67 million clubrooms project at Leatherback Park in Alkimos.

It also wants $120,000 for a $399,000 floodlights upgrade at Paloma Park in Marangaroo and $115,000 for a $373,000 floodlights upgrade at Ferrara Park in Girrawheen.

Constable Care continues

CONSTABLE Care will continue providing child safety theatre performances at schools in the City of Wanneroo for three years.

Wanneroo Council approved a sponsorship agreement with the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation for 2019-20 to 2021-22 for $26,900 a year at its September 24 meeting.

A council report said the foundation delivered 127 theatre-in-education performances to 7238 children aged four to 17 at schools in the City in 2018-19.

Themes covered included road safety, mental health, protective behaviours, cyber safety, bullying, first aid, alcohol and drug abuse, and crime prevention.

Sponsorship and volunteering policies endorsed

WANNEROO Council endorsed a draft sponsorship policy to guide sponsorships it gives and receives at its September 24 meeting.

It repealed the incoming sponsorship policy, which only related to sponsorships the City received.

The council also endorsed a revised volunteering policy that guides how it delivers volunteering opportunities and the City’s role in relation to community volunteering.

Rates reduction for rural owners

OWNERS of Wanneroo property could get a rates reduction if the Local Government Minister agrees to change the land valuation method.

The owners of 17 Grisker Road requested a change from unimproved value to gross rental value because they were not using it for rural purposes.

The City of Wanneroo has recommended the minister approve the change, which would reduce rates for the property by $1193.78.

A drainage site on Langar Way, Landsdale will be returned to the developer.

Land returned to developer

THE City of Wanneroo plans to return a 1072sq m parcel of land in Landsdale to a developer.

According to a September 24 council report, the original owner Landsdale Joint Venture gave the land at 22 Langar Way to the City free of cost in 2010 so it could be used for drainage.

However, it said design of the Mirrabooka Avenue dual carriageway, completed in late 2018, recognised the site was not needed for drainage.

The council agreed to advertise disposal of the land to Linc Property, which was the surviving entity of the original owner.

Strategic land reserve created

WANNEROO Council approved changing the name of its land acquisition reserve to Strategic Land Reserve.

The reserve supports a policy adopted in 2017 to create property-based income streams other than rates, and ensure appropriate use of land owned and controlled by the City.

A council report said the land acquisition reserve had no activity on the past two years and had a balance of almost $2.82 million.

Donations approved

TOUCH football, soccer and badminton groups received donations and fee waivers from Wanneroo Council in September.

The council approved sponsorship requests of $600 to School Sport WA and $800 to Touch Football WA to send players to the Australia Touch Football Championships in Canberra and the National Youth Championship in Queensland respectively.

It approved $600 to Perth Glory Football Club for players to take part in the FFA National Youth Championships.

Councillors also approved a 50 per cent fee waiver to the Badminton Association of WA for using Kingsway Indoor Stadium for the Perth International 2019 BWF Future Series Badminton Tournament.

Finances reviewed

WANNEROO Council considered reports relating to the monthly financial activity statement and warrant of payments for August.

It also adopted the last quarterly corporate performance report for 2018-19 and a financial management review prepared by Moore Stephens, which identified financial risks in City operations and recommended actions to address those.

An artist’s impression of the childcare centre.

Petition lodged against childcare centre

WANNEROO Council received a 203-signature petition against a Banksia Grove childcare centre at its September meeting.

The petition asked the City to review the scale of plans for a childcare centre on Glendale Place and Harbour Elbow, which the council approved in May following a State Administrative Tribunal appeal by the owner Atlantis Group.

Items due to be considered at the next council meeting, on October 15, include a tender to widen Connolly Drive, a golf course strategic plan, federal election commitments, and caravan storage in Jandabup.

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