February Council Meeting:
Council’s Annual Electors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27 February at 3.45pm at the West Island CRC with the Ordinary Meeting of Council immediately following.
Main items we will be presenting for Council to consider are the Mid Year Budget Review, an audit of our compliance against the Local Government WA 1995 and two development applications.
Maju Pulu Kita / Advance Our Islands:
We have been absolutely thrilled by the response to the workshop on Saturday. We are expecting around 90 people to join in planning for the future of Cocos. A massive and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has registered for so generously giving their valuable time and placing their trust in a cohesive and collaborative approach to future planning. Following the workshop on Saturday, the design team, led by talented Urban Designer, Malcolm Mackay, will develop some options and scenarios for review and comment by the community. For those who are not able to make it on Saturday, you can still join the fun and get involved by coming to one of two shorter sessions where the scenarios will be presented on
Wednesday 27 February either at 9am—12noon on Home Island or 5pm—8pm on West Island. Please contact Luluk at the Shire if you would like to know more about what we are doing and why.
Off-Island Battery Disposal:
As many residents would be aware, a major legacy issue we are facing is the responsible disposal of old batteries. I am pleased to advise that we are working on an off-island disposal solution. It is a long and labor-intensive process with each battery needing to be cleaned, washed and packed to ensure it can meet sea transport and export requirements. We aim to have this legacy issue resolved within the coming months. If you would like to know more, please contact me.
Waste and Recycling:
Speaking of waste management, I had a great morning a couple of weeks ago when I joined our West Island Waste Management Team, Iku (Nek Izahan) and Hamiril (Nek Zathiyah) on their run collecting household waste. Theirs is such an important role and they do it with such commitment and dedication. Thank you gentlemen. I noticed that sadly many people do not take advantage of our glass and aluminum recycling and would urge residents to recycle wherever possible. To assist we will look at some improved signage and community education in the near future.
Regional Development Organisation Meeting:
I attended a meeting of the RDO on Christmas Island last week as a guest of the Administrator. The meeting was productive and included working on a Business Plan for the Regional Investment Officer and reviewing the community input from surveys and meetings for the CKI Strategic Plan by the RDO. The RDO also considered a tourism proposal from CI residents and decided to form a Tourism Development Sub-Committee. This Sub-Committee will be working very closely with CKITA and CITA to try and leverage regional tourism development outcomes as outlined in the CI Strategic Plan.
Meeting With Warren Snowden MHR, Member for Lingiari:
The Deputy Shire President, Cr Young, Cr Dedian and Shire officers met with Mr Snowden in early February. Matters discussed included the following.
- Housing—the need for additional housing;
- Employment from runway upgrade project;
- Drugs as an important health issue in the community;
- The Shire’s work to develop a priority list of capital works and master plan.
- Family is the First Teacher – a Government program that works with parents as the first and most important teacher.
Arts and Culture Community Interest Group:
Pulu Gangsa Sand Bagging:
We have commenced the sand bagging project at Pulu Gangsa. With the low tide the crew is work at a rapid but safe rate to have this 210meter section completed within 2 weeks.
The hand over and training of the new EWP took place last week and was a great success. During the training the coconut trees at Trannies Beach were de-nutted.
This new piece of equipment will allow us to maintain more trees that would not have been able to do with the old EWP. It will also be useful in treating wasp nests.
The new street furniture, table settings and bin surrounds have been installed for all to enjoy. We hope you like them.
The general rubbish pickup that is scheduled to be collected on Thursday 7th March will now be collected on Wednesday 6th March.
The rubbish collection dates will then resume back to normal after. We apologise for any inconvenience.
These are a few items that I think may be of particular interest but we are always willing to meet with members of the community who are interested in knowing more about Shire activities.
Chief Executive Officer