From The CEO's Desk 26 February 2021

FIRST ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL FOR 2021: Council commenced the year with a busy agenda for their February meeting. The following items were considered:

1. GRANT APPLICATION FOR OLD WORKSHOP / TOKOH ON HOME ISLAND: Council approved a grant application for funding of $1.5 million and committed Shire funds of $500, 000 to restore the old Workshop/ Tokoh on Home Islands. This two-storey building has enormous heritage and aesthetic value and it would be great to see it restored and repurposed. 

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From The CEO's Desk 12 February 2021

BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND (BBRF) APPLICATION TO RESTORE THE TOKOH / OLD WORKSHOP ON HOME ISLAND: The Australian Government has announced a grant opportunity under BBRF that provides the Shire with an opportunity to secure funds to restore the Old Workshop/Tokoh on Home Island. If we are successful in our application, funds would be used to refurbish this important heritage building which would then be used to house a new, well positioned visitor centre, museum and a commercial retail space.

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From The CEO's Desk 29 January 2021

WELCOME TO 2021 AND TO PEOPLE NEW TO OUR COMMUNITY: On behalf of the Shire President, Councillors and Staff, please accept my warmest wishes for a happy, safe and prosperous 2021. If you are new to Cocos, we are excited to welcome you to our Cocos family.
As a Shire we have a very busy and productive year ahead and are keenly looking forward to working in partnership with our stakeholders and community members. By working together, we can achieve so much and make Cocos the best it can be in the coming year.

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From the CEO's Desk 11 December 2020

DECEMBER COUNCIL MEETING:
The last Council meeting for the year was held on 9 December 2020. At this meeting Council considered the following items:

  • The presentation of the Shire’s Annual Report. This important document provides Council and the community with detailed information on the Shire’s financial position and the report from the external auditor.

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From the CEO's Desk 13 November 2020

NOVEMBER COUNCIL MEETING: Council held it’s Ordinary Meeting for November last Wednesday on West Island. At this meeting Council approved the following:
A. Three approvals for three new temporary accommodation dwellings on West Island;
B. New policies for Camping, Complaints Handling, Recovery of Sundry Debts and Asset Management – copies of these policies are

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From The CEO's Desk 30 October 2020

VISIT BY U.S. CONSUL GENERAL DAVID GAINER: The Shire President and Councillors welcomed Mr David Gainer, U.S. Consul General to Cocos on Wednesday. Mr Gainer spoke of the various ways his office can support positive relationships between Western Australia and the USA such as advising on scholarships, the provision of small grants and connecting researchers on matters of mutual interest. His office, based in Perth, also supports US Citizens who need assistance while in Western Australia.

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Public Notice - Change of Council Meeting Date

Local Government Act 1995 (as Amended) – section 5.25 (g)

Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 – regulation 12 (2)

Public Notice is hereby given that the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands has amended the date for its November 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting.

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From The CEO's Desk 16 October 2020

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM: Sincere thanks and congratulations to Ossie and Fatin for their extraordinary effort in putting together an exciting, inclusive and relevant school holiday program. Over the course of the two weeks, the Skateboard Clinic attracted on average of 15 participants per clinic on both Home and West Island throughout the week with an excellent share of male and female participants. The Twilight Soccer is always well attended with 13 children enjoying indoor soccer on Home Island. 

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From The CEO's Desk 02 October 2020

SOUTH END ROAD (AIRFIELD ROAD) AND SYDNEY HIGHWAY: We would like to acknowledge the Australian Government, via the Department of Defence (DoD), for their commitment to work with the Shire to review the current condition and vulnerability of the South End Road and Sydney Highway and to look at options to secure and manage these two important roads into the future. This investigation, which is being funded by the Australian Government, was discussed with DoD representatives during our visit to Canberra in June 2019. 

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From The CEO’S Desk 18 September 2020

FESTIVAL OF COCOS ART AND LIFE POETRY/PANTON: The simultaneous Poetry on West Island and Panton on Home Island a couple of weeks ago was a great success. Sincere thanks to John Clunies-Ross for sharing his wonderful original work and to Nek Su for his panton. Also thanks to the community for joining in and sharing their own work or a favourite. As the first FOCAL (Festival of Cocos Art and Life) event, it was a great success. 

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