Council Meeting News April 2023

Glenorchy City Council held its fourth meeting for 2023 on Wednesday 26 April, following the ANZAC Day holiday. At the meeting nine (9) Elected Members were present. 

Highlights from the meeting are as follows:

Quarterly Report – Quarter 3 2022/2023

Council received the third financial year edition of the quarterly report on Council’s progress against the Annual Plan for 2022/2023. There is a large amount of detailed information, demonstrating that Council is working hard to deliver for the community, including some highlights of the quarter below:

  • Glenorchy City Council 2023 – 2032 Strategic Plan endorsed
  • Future of Local government Review Options Paper considered and submission made
  • Local Government Elections Review Process considered and submission made
  • Glenorchy Jobs Hub Strategic Plan endorsed
  • Investigations undertaken into potential sale of land – 23A Norman Circle, Glenorchy & 12 Rothesay Circle Reserve, Goodwood
  • Motion – Aldermen or Councillors considered
  • Review of Council services completed with the finalisation of the Community Development and Moonah Arts Centre reviews
  • A Capital Works Update detailing progress on:
    • Giblin’s Reserve Playspace works commenced in March, expected to be completed within 12 months
    • Montrose Bay Foreshore Skatepark works commenced in March, expected to be complete in June
    • Solar Panel Installation on Council Offices underway – estimated annual saving of $25,000
    • Prince of Wales Sports ground drainage completed
    • Football (Soccer) projects at KGV and North Chigwell – new synthetic pitch and lighting complete at KGV, new grounds sewn at North Chigwell and design of new sports pavilion almost finalised for submission of development application
    • BMX Track relocation negotiations finalised with new track expected to be completed at Sorell by October/November 2023
    • Tolosa Park Dam Reintegration Project – TasWater in process of securing contractor to deliver Stage A of project to reintegrate the dam by April 2024
    • Playground Renewal projects – works underway at Collinsvale and Cairnduff Reserve playspaces, expected to be completed April 2023 and the community engagement process for Benjafield Park playspace is underway

Activities of the Mayor

The Mayor provided the monthly report on the extensive list of events and external meetings attended during the period Monday 20 March through to Sunday 16 April 2023.

Highlights for the month included:

  • Officially opened the Glenorchy Jobs Fair held on the Council Forecourt and participated in interviews with WIN and Southern Cross news in relation to the Glenorchy Jobs Fair and Jobs Hub
  • Presentation to grade 3/4 students at Moonah Primary School on the role of the Mayor and local Council
  • Officially opened the Harmony Day celebrations at Moonah Arts Centre
  • Attended Claremont versus New Norfolk, Southern Cricket Association Grand Final at Abbotsfield Park
  • Met with members of the Salvos Red Shield Appeal fundraising team and David and Anne Kernke from Claremont House
  • Met with Peter Sheedy, President Glenorchy Rugby Club and Senator Andrew Wilkie
  • Hosted the Glenorchy Citizenship Ceremony
  • Presented to students at the University of the 3rd Age and the School for Seniors at the Golden Years Club on local issues and Council priorities
  • Attended a meeting with the Premier, Ministers and Council elected members regarding anti-social behaviour in Glenorchy, and
  • Participated in Aboriginal Awareness training.

Updated Council Policies

Council also considered updates to two policies during the meeting:

  • Leasing and Licensing of Council Owned and Managed Properties Policy
  • Event Management Policy

The policies were reviewed and updated toset out Council’s approach to allocating its community properties and facilities to provide a consistent, equitable and transparent approach for all users and to permitting and licensing events within its jurisdiction, including events on Council land and mass outdoor public events not on Council land.

Dangerous Dog Registrations

Council also considered a report regarding the fee charged for registration of a declared Dangerous Dog. Owners of declared dangerous dogs are at risk of imprisonment or large fines if a dangerous dog attacks someone of causes threatening behaviours.  Making the commitment to own a dangerous dog comes with not only a community safety responsibility, but a financial one too for the owner.

Council’s role here is to balance the requirement to disincentivise the ownership of a dangerous dog and cover Council’s costs to monitor the requirements on owners whilst not forcing ownership underground and animals not being registered.

After discussion Council, resolved to ensure that an increased fee is still effective and received for registrations of declared dangerous dogs resolving a $500 fee continues to stand for newly declared dogs for the first year of registration and then reduced to $200 for subsequent years.

You can view the full agenda and minutes on Council’s website