MINISTER AND ADMINISTRATOR VISIT: We look forward to welcoming The Hon. Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories to Cocos from 24 to 27 September.  

Mrs Marino has a very busy schedule for the three days including several opportunities for the community to meet her.  A highlight of Mrs Marino’s visit is the launch of the Cocos CV booklet and website.  The Administrator will be sending invitations and promoting opportunities for the community to meet the Minister.  Please keep an eye out for the Administrator’s Community Bulletins.
 
Council is considering the matters to be raised with Mrs Marino and have the following items listed:
a. Thank you for funding via RDO for various projects, Cocos CV, support from the Commonwealth in all aspects of operations.
b. Acknowledgement of great working relationship with Administrator and Departmental staff;
c. Economic Development – current opportunities and barriers such as insurance and lack of residential housing;
d. Shipping costs;
e. Waste Disposal – legacy waste and current waste management practices
f. Runway project – our proactive approach to making ensure local jobseekers and businesses are considered.
 
We acknowledge our hard-working Administrator, Mrs Natasha Griggs for all her efforts in securing and coordinating this important visit. Natasha is also currently on-island, so a warm Cocos welcome Natasha.  During this time, Natasha has held several important meetings such as the Emergency Services meetings, Health Advisory Group meeting and Inter-Agency Coordination meeting.
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE - PUBLIC ART: Sandy Point and Trannies Beach are getting a lot of attention as part of our commitment to action items from the Master Plan.  The upgrades to these popular spots include amazing public art.  At Sandy Point we are delighted to be working with Lisa Moser and Steve Boase to provide functional public art from a re-purposed Jukong.  The Jukong-inspired art provides a lovely link to the cultural heritage of Cocos and the interaction with the sea. At Trannies we are proud to partner with the CIDHS art students who have kindly donated their artwork to enhance the area.  The artwork takes the form of a school of fish decorated with recycled found objects. These artworks were created as part of a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) program. We have some very talented youth in our community, and we thank them for this generous contribution to the community.
 
WORKS UPDATE: Now that the earthworks have been completed at Trannies, the construction of the deck has commenced and is likely to take a few weeks.  While Trannies remains open to the public we ask that members of the public stay out of the construction area that is clearly marked.The shade sails in central park are up and add a nice touch of colour to the streetscape. The sails have been designed with a quick release system that will enable us to remove them quickly through weather events.  The same system will be installed over the Home Island playground in the near future.
 
We have finished production of the bricks for the resurfacing of Jalan Pantai and can now begin the installation of the kerbing and the paving. This will be done in 50 metre sections to minimize traffic disruptions.  We are using a mixture of half blue metal and half pulverized glass that has come from recycling all the glass on West Island to strengthen the Kerbing.  
 
TEAM BUILDING DAY: The Shire’s outside work force took part in a team building day on 12thSeptember. We split into four groups, two of the groups participated in constructing two fire pits at two of the shelters. The crew enjoyed this exercise with the end result being two very nice fire pits. Another group suited up with their safety gear and whipper snippers and gave the grounds a much needed manicure from the jetty entrance through to the rip deck. The final group made the trek to the north end of the Island to relocate one of the information signs that was slowly being eroded and cleared the trails.
 
Once the work had been completed a BBQ was enjoyed by all.
 
CYCLONE SEASON: Cyclone season is fast approaching. Now is the time to start clearing out and securing any loose items that may become airborne through a weather event. The Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands will conduct a verge side pickup on Monday 14 October.
 
Items that will not be collected are:
  • Car Bodies
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Asbestos

All Item can be stored one week prior to pickup date, no closer than two metres in from the road verge. For any more information contact Ian Evans, Manager of Works and Services.

BUDGET 2019/2020: Our budget series continues this fortnight with a highlight on internal governance and process improvements.  These include implementing a proper Records Management System, reviewing our Long-Term Financial Plan and our Workforce Plan, and a minor review of our Planning Scheme.  Not only do these items ensure we are operation in accordance with legislative requirements, they are also critical for a professional and high performing
organisation. We understand that these may not appear to be of direct benefit to the Community; however, as a strong and professional organisation, we will be in the best position to serve our Community.
 
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING: We warmly invite and encourage members of the community to attend and observe these important meetings. Meeting dates for the rest of 2019 are as follows:
  • 25 September   4.00pm         Council Chambers Home Island
  • 6 November      4.00pm         CRC Meeting Room West Island
  • 4 December      4.00pm         Council Chambers Home Island
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. 
 
Andrea Selvey
Chief Executive Officer