First Meeting of the new Glenorchy City Council
The new Glenorchy City Council meet for the first time on 28 November 2022 with Mayor Thomas welcoming new and returning Aldermen to the Council Chambers.
A report was tabled detailing the 2022 local government election outcome in order of election with all Aldermen making their Declaration of Office on Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November 2022.
2022 Aldermanic Statement of Intent
The commencement of a new Council term is always significant for the local community to see how their newly elected Council performs. With this in mind, Aldermen met to discuss their focus for the current Council term (4 years) and the legacy they wish to leave at the term’s conclusion. The focus is articulated in a Statement of Intent and Legacy that describes how Aldermen believe they will have made a positive difference.
Key features of the Statement of Intent are:
- being progressive, proactive and innovative
- being honest and trustworthy
- being open to feedback
- continually learning and practicing good governance
- Hearing both sides before making judgement
Key features of the Legacy Statement are:
- putting people first
- being Inclusive
- creation of a safe, clean, equitable city
Both the Aldermanic Statement of Intent and Legacy documents can be viewed on Council’s website here
Glenorchy CBD Safety
Council also received a report on actions taken to address public place behaviour in the Glenorchy CBD. The report detailed the trial of security officers in the Glenorchy CBD and recommended that this be continued until 30 June 2023.
The report also detailed Council’s efforts in advocating to the Premier and relevant state government ministers about the issues being experienced in our community and how to collectively address this concern. Council was also informed of the range of activities and partnerships that have been established and are working in the area to change behaviours. Those partnerships are inclusive of the Tasmanian Police, YMCA, PCYC, Salvation Army and Mission Australia.
Council will continue to advocate and to seek a response from the State Government to the urgent safety needs of our community whilst also working with PCYC on individual interactions. This combined work aims at delivering initiatives toward positive long-term change in our community.
Land Sale – Taree Street Chigwell
As part of its ongoing commitment to enable more affordable housing stock in the municipality, Council received a report on a recent land sale in Chigwell to Housing Tasmania with the potential for development of social and affordable housing on the site.
5a Taree Street, Chigwell was identified in Council’s Open Space Strategy as being suitable for disposal and was sold following an evaluation process and community consultation.
The report outlined that Council is working hard to identify land that can be used to increase housing supply and continue to deliver on the actions in Council’s Statement of Commitment on Housing.
Council approved the allocation of the funds from the sale at just over $1.2m, to be allocated to a reserve fund which will be set aside for future projects that will benefit of the community.
Council will continue to investigate parcels of land surplus to requirements that can be made available for housing and will work with the State Government to have rezoning fast-tracked so that appropriate housing can be built as quickly as possible.
GCC Quarterly Report – Q1
The new Council received the first quarterly report for the 2022/23 financial year that provides commentary from the General Manager on the highlights for the quarter, progress against the annual plan, financial progress for the quarter and a summary of Council’s risk management profile.
Some highlights were:
- The Jobs Hub – which has seen 967 registered participants since opening in August 2021
- Jackson St Landfill – completion of the new waste disposal cell
- Eady St Reserve – completion of the Ian ‘Jessie’ James amenities building.
- North Chigwell Junior Soccer Hub – works have commenced onsite.
- KGV Football Park – works have commenced on site.
- Events and Awards – Council continue to provide Citizenship ceremonies, ANZAC Day celebrations, Volunteer and Citizen of the year awards whilst commencing a review on the Moonah Taste of the World Festival.
Did you know that Council had 8,922 visitors with their dogs to the Chapel St Dog Park during this quarter?
You can view the full agenda and minutes on Council’s website, via this link https://www.gcc.tas.gov.au/council/council-meetings/minutes-and-agendas/