COCOS CV: The Cocos CV showcases the capacity and capability of the Cocos (Keeling) Island's businesses, service providers, workforce and labour force - see https://www.cocoscv.com/. It is important to make sure the details we have on the Cocos CV is correct. Any information you wish to change, please inform Azia at the Shire.
VISIT FROM HEALTH AND BUIDLING INSPECTOR: The Shire's Health and Building Inspector, Felix Neuweiler, will be on Cocos in the coming week and will be available to meet with people with any queries regarding building matters or commercial kitchens. While he is here Felix will also be doing some inspections of commercial kitchens and recent building projects to check for compliance with building permits. To arrange a time to meet with Felix on either Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 September, please contact Ibrahim Macrae at the Shire who will make any arrangements.
SOLAR LIGHTS TO BACK LANEWAYS ON HOME ISLAND: After many requests and several attempts to secure funding, we are delighted to advise that the back laneways in the Kampong are being lit with solar bollard lights. The lights are intended to allow safer movement in the laneways at night, while not being intrusive. Please bear with us while the works are carried out.
RETAIL CENTRE PROJECT: Works on the refurbishment of the Home Island Retail Centre have commenced with a local contractor commencing the restumping and subfloor structure works this week. We have kept the centre open during this time, but we do ask people to take care in the area and stay away from the areas defined with safety cones and bunting.
CONTRACTOR INDUCTION: Thank you to all our contractors who have supported our contractor induction to-date. We are running our third induction for anyone who has not had a chance to complete it yet. Contact Luluk Sloan, Asset and Property Management Coordinator at the Shire to register your interest. It will now be a mandatory requirement for any of our contractors, who are physically working on any of our sites, to have completed this induction prior to carrying out any works on our sites. This is a big step forward in meeting our Occupational Health and Safety commitment and to keeping our contractors and community safe.
MOVIE NIGHTS: With the shelter over the steps to the Cyclone Shelter on Home Island and the purchase of quality cinema equipment we are ready to commence movie nights. Shire staff and families tested out the equipment on Friday evening and enjoyed the evening very much. Our first movie is scheduled for Friday 9 October and one Friday night per month after that, to take advantage of the late evening ferry. More details to come in the near future. If you have a special request for a movie, please contact Isa Minkom, Community Development Coordinator and we will do our best to source that movie for you.
F.O.C.A.L. (FESTIVAL OF COCOS ART AND LIFE): Our newly formed Cocos Arts Group has developed an exciting program of arts events for the coming year. The program kicked off Friday evening with Poetry in the Pub (Cocos Club) with special guest John Clunies-Ross and a simultaneous Panton in the Pondok with special guest Nek Su.
Speaking of arts – congratulations to Lisa and Steve for an amazing evening last Saturday at the Big Barge. We are lucky to have such amazingly talented people in our community and that fabulous space to enjoy such events.
F.O.C.A.L - INSPIRATION THROUGH ISOLATION ART TRIAL: Another F.O.C.A.L event, the Community Art trail will be a meandering walk through the Barge gardens which will take you on a journey of colour and inspiration through isolation. FOCAL is asking for submissions of sculptures, hanging art and pieces of all descriptions to be included in the Art trail – all of which will be returned to the artists at the completion of the Art trail Exhibition. Entry is free and work submitted will be required to be weather durable for this outdoor trail.
Public Art workshops for both adults and children will also be available to the community for those who would like to take part in several joint projects which will contribute to the Art Trail. First workshop to be held Monday 5th October ( time to be decided ) and second workshop to be held Friday 9th October ( time to be decided ).
MANAGING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE SHIRE: Recent comments on Facebook suggesting that Councillors may somehow gain personal benefit from their positions on Council have been brought to my attention. I have written personally to people who have made these allegations but also thought it would be worth providing some clarity for our community.
The Local Government Act (WA)(CKI) 1995 recognises that conflicts of interest will arise from time to time and has strict measures in place to ensure that Councillors and officers of Local Government manage those conflicts and do not gain any personal benefit from the decisions of Council. The Shire adheres to that legislative requirement and, in the interest of fostering and maintaining a trusting relationship between the Shire and the community we serve, we would be very open to showing any interested person how we manage of interest as per legislative requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
These are just a few items I thought would be of interest to our community. Please contact me to discuss these or any other Shire matters.
Chief Executive Officer