Councillor Community Forums

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Councillor Community Forums will be held as follows:

  • 5.00 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 20/03/2019 – Urunga Library

The forums provide an opportunity for you to meet with Councillors and talk through matters of community interest and importance.

If you have a topic you would like to discuss at the Councillor Forums please use the Q&A Tool below. Please also indicate which Forum you will be attending.

As part of Council’s commitment to community engagement and to accommodate members of our community that are unable to attend meetings during normal business hours, Council is to vary the commencement times from 9.00am to 6.00pm for the following meetings:

  • 27 March 2019

For logistical and attendance reasons the evening meetings will be held in Bellingen.

Councillor Community Forums will be held as follows:

  • 5.00 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 20/03/2019 – Urunga Library

The forums provide an opportunity for you to meet with Councillors and talk through matters of community interest and importance.

If you have a topic you would like to discuss at the Councillor Forums please use the Q&A Tool below. Please also indicate which Forum you will be attending.

As part of Council’s commitment to community engagement and to accommodate members of our community that are unable to attend meetings during normal business hours, Council is to vary the commencement times from 9.00am to 6.00pm for the following meetings:

  • 27 March 2019

For logistical and attendance reasons the evening meetings will be held in Bellingen.

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    Urunga 20 march 2019 from council minutes; 12.1. Dalhousie Crk Entrance. I would like to know more about why Cr Carter voted against. He is for Urunga and for the maintaining of the area and ecosystems. So why is he against and majority for who don't live here? The entrance is continuously moving and being blocked which causes disruption for any living being. Let alone the safety and security of all beach users. Funding - can it be a special project that BSC can handle with the current staffing numbers?

    alison carter asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Alison,

    Thank you for your questions. They will all be forwarded onto the councillors prior to the forum so that they will be aware of the issue you wish to discuss.

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    Thank you for arranging this forum. I welcome the opportunity to meet with Councillors. I will be attending the forum 4.30pm-5.30pm Wednesday 28/11/2018 - Church Street North but may not arrive until 5pm as I am coming from work. The topic I would like to discuss is regarding the proposed pathway along the riverbank of Mylestom where I live. The pathway is a major development for Mylestom village and it's riverbank. I am concerned that stakeholders haven’t been consulted yet properly. I have become aware through talking to residents in Mylestom and others that there are a range of concerns to be heard. I’d like to see everyone given a fair opportunity to express their views and have a real influence upon the development. Personally, my primary concern is for the old, mature age trees which line the riverbank and provide habitat for many birds and animals. I would very much hate to see them cut down. But as I’ve mentioned above, it is not only my view and ideas which have been discussed amongst the community. Those I have spoken to want to have their say about the path and amongst other ways to engage, they definitely would like to see a public display of a detailed, professionally designed and engineered plans so that they can make better informed comments. The SCCF application has been approved now, so may I please ask now, that in regard to the Mylestom Riverbank Pathway: • When is Council planning to start the engagement with the community? • In what forms will Council further engage with the community? Could we please have on public exhibition the plans with a detailed map at a public venue in Mylestom such as the Mylestom Hall? Also meeting with focus groups and surveys? • Could Council please engage with stakeholders, Lands Council, Senior Citizens group, Playgroup, Landcare and all residents? • How can I seek further representation through the Councillors to have ours views discussed at Council meetings? I look forward to discussing in the informal setting of the forum and how we can use this opportunity to move forward. Thanking you Averil Harris

    Averil Harris asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions Averil. We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday afternoon.

    Response Q1:    There is no intention to remove any trees as part of the pathway proposal. Final concepts and designs are still to be developed in conjunction with the community. There may be some minor vegetation impacted and, if this occurs, this will be replaced with other landscaping as appropriate.

    Response Q2:    Council has received a number of letters, including a petition, from the community both in favour and not in favour of the project. All of this correspondence, including Council’s responses to these letters, has been forwarded to the local member and the Department of Premier and Cabinet to ensure they were aware of some of the community sentiments when undertaking their assessment of the project.  

    It should also be noted that the State Government also undertook their own community survey, independent of Council, as part of the assessment process.

    Response Q3:    Additional engagement with the community will be undertaken in the New Year prior to the project commencing. Notwithstanding that it should be noted that the proposal for the Mylestom pathway is not new and was originally developed as part of the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) and Bike Plan.  

    Significant community engagement was completed at the time including information sessions, advertising and media, public exhibition of the documents, online information, focus groups and other forms of engagement.

    Response Q4:    While Council hasn’t finalised its engagement plan as yet, it is likely to include online feedback and surveys via the ‘Create’ Community Engagement Hub, the exhibition of concepts and plans in public venues, advertising and media and additional engagement with the community (community forums/focus groups).

    Response Q5: It is Council’s intention that every member of the community will have an opportunity to engage with Council on the project. Previous stakeholders engaged as part of the PAMP development included user groups, older persons and associations/groups representing older persons, school groups/associations, business chambers, people with a disability, young people and the broader community.

    Response Q6: You can discuss this with Councillors at the Community Forum and then submit details in writing to Council at PO Box 117 Bellingen or email to council@bellingen.nsw.gov.au.