give their mid-term report
BY SALLY FOY
08 Oct, 2010
Eurobodalla Shire Council Elections 2008
Tuross Head Progress Association held a
"Meet the Candidates" assembly
on Saturday August 30th, 2008
candidates were from the Moruya to Bodalla region and on
an "Invitation only" basis.
there were several candidates on a single ticket one was asked to present
for that team
attending candidates on stage were (l to r) : Michael Johnson, Helen
Wilson, Keith Dance, Pam Harmory, Fergus Thompson, Graham Scobie, Garry
Smith, Nick Summers, Rob Pollock and Chris Kowal.
stage were Liz Cook, Gabi Harding, Brian Eschmann and Cris McPaul
by: Maureen Baker, Pres. of the Tuross Head Progress Assoc.
those residents who didn't make the assembly of Candidates the following
might help you in your descision.
candidates in 2008 election, who are considered local (being Moruya
to Potato Point and up the Tuross River) have
each been asked to respond to the following Question:
do you understand to be the unique needs of the Shire's smaller hamlets
and villages and in particular Tuross Head?"
responses are as follows (in order of time of
receipt of Response):
27 years in the Eurobodalla Shire Graham Scobie has lived in
Tomakin, Mossy Point, Broulee, Moruya, Congo and Mogo as well
as rural locations at Dwyers Creek and Reedy Creek. He can readily
identify with the issues facing our smaller coastal communities
such as Tuross Head.
For example, the May 2008 Tuross Head Public Transport Survey
has indicated that a massive 355 residents out of the 380 that
responded to the survey would use public transport to travel
to Moruya if it was available and affordable. The fact that
244 of the respondents were in the 60 to 79 age group also points
to the need for more aged care facilities in Tuross Head with
the recent loss of the only doctor in the area being of major
Smith - Coila resident and Independent Candidate
- Experience & Common Sense Group
- responded August 18th
Unique Needs of Villages :
All villages have their own attributes and identity. All need
the basic services provided by council such as water, sewer,
roads, waste removal and general maintenance. Unique needs vary
with each village and may include sporting fields, parks, a
general store, cycle and walking paths, a safe play area for
kids and a healthy environment. Unique to Tuross is a beautiful
location bounded on three sides by ocean and lakes, so an immediate
need is regular maintenance of the vital link road into Tuross.
Other unique needs are:
(1) due to increasing petrol prices, a regular public transport
service to Moruya and/or Narooma is essential. This could be
a "$3 Bus " subsidised by council or corporate sponsorship.
(2) to cater for future population growth and employment in
an "island" community like Tuross, a town plan could
include limited home unit or villa development with provision
for small business. Such development may be located in suitable
areas, with only low buidings near waterfront , and subject
to community consultation.
(3) ensure the lakes remain healthy and managed to provide ongoing
recreation, fishing and enjoyment for residents and visitors.
from Gary Smith, Independent Candidate. 18/8/08
Kowal Independent Community Candidate for a Climate
of Change - Nerrigundah
- responded August 18th
villages are unique, particularly the earlier established
coastal villages and hamlets, they are each different. In
the case of Tuross Heads there are its setting, its heritage,
the lakes, fishing, the dining experiences available (dining
on the waters edge is unbeatable), a great destination, a
great place to live and most importantly its collaborative
community spirit. I’m sure there are many more strengthens
that those fortunate enough to live in its environs know about.
The needs to support
this community and maximise these strengths are catchment
protection and foreshore vegetation protection and establishment
where appropriate so as to ensure a high level of water quality
and reduced sediment loads into the lakes. Continuing and
building on the efforts of Landcare will ensure that Catchment
protection measures will benefit fishing, tourism and oyster
growing just to name a few.
early settlement typifies the qualities that make coastal
living what it is, room to move, never to far from a view,
community friendly urban density.
To keep these qualities
Tuross community needs to put forward into the new LEP a strong
view that creates a planning instrument reflective of these
surrounded by its two estuarine lakes mean that the maintenance
of water quality and the ecological management of these water
bodies is crucial to the Tuross community.
and employment they generate are core to the diversity of
economic opportunities available for this community.Of
paramount need is to have reliable public transport services
such as a regular bus service.
Kowal 18. 08. 08
Summers [Independent Candidate for Mayor and Councillor]
- Tuross Head - responded August 20th
have lived in the Eurobodalla Shire for 16 years, and in Tuross
We are very privileged to live in Tuross with 2 beautiful lakes,
5 beaches, abundant native bird and animal life and a family
friendly lifestyle that is second to none! Tuross, like other
small communities, is a unique village with its own unique needs.
1. Public Transport.
Tuross needs a bus service to Moruya, Narooma and beyond that
is affordable, reliable and convenient. I will work with the
Tuross community, to establish strategic partnerships with business
and government, to provide an ongoing service. Another consideration
is for a co-ordinated community car pool to be established.
2. Health and Medical Services.
With the loss of our only doctor and the large number of aged
residents in Tuross, it is ever more important to continue to
lobby for improved transport and access to health services,
hospitals and specialists. Council needs to support bringing
additional health services to our small towns.
With the growing number of young people in our small communities,
we need to provide more opportunities in Tuross for employment,
recreation and engagement. Tuross would benefit from a skate
park, a weekly music and social venue, regular events particularly
targeted to teen needs and interests, more cycle paths and a
concerted effort from governments, local clubs, churches, sporting
groups and businesses to provide safe, affordable entertainment
and employment for young people.
4. Catchment and Ocean Protection.
Tuross is reliant upon our rivers, lakes and beaches for income
from tourism, for clean, unadulterated water, and, for the marvellous
lifestyle we share. We need to protect our forested catchments,
which filter fresh water supplies, from degradation due to industrial
logging practices and inappropriate farming and fishing methods.
What happens upstream, can impact severely downstream, and can
have major economic and ecological impacts. The Marine Park
and other environmental initiatives are necessary to educate
residents and visitors as to the importance of catchment and
ocean protection. We need to be united in our vision to keep
Tuross Head clean and safe.
5. Protection for Community Land and green spaces.
Tuross is very lucky to have extensive protection of community
land and ecological communities.
I will support efforts to improve and enlarge upon existing
protections, including Landcare projects. Tuross, and other
small communities, would benefit from community gardens, particularly
as food and fuel prices go up. Tuross is uniquely placed to
develop a ‘best practice’ strategy for dealing with
the effects of global warming. I oppose the re-zoning of community
land for private enterprises. I oppose Tuross kangaroos being
culled for so-called ‘economic’ reasons!
Other needs for Tuross Head.
Improved mobile phone reception, particularly at the shops,
for safety and business reasons. Public toilets are in poor
condition and need to be refurbished to include disability access.
The main road into Tuross needs to be resurfaced, in parts,
and regularly maintained.
Finally, I support the crucial work of our local volunteers,
without whom, we would be in real trouble! Volunteer organizations
are the backbone of small communities like Tuross Head.
Harding [Independent Community Candidate for a Climate
of Change] - Moruya
responded August 20th
the balance between access to services whilst maintaining its
unique identity is a situation most smaller hamlets find themselves
in. A council that can engage with and maintain an open dialogue
with the residents of such areas is a council that can listen
and work with its shareholders (the ratepayer).
The Tuross community needs to strongly express its view of
how it sees itself and what qualities it would like to maintain
by involving itself in the new LEP so that a planning instrument
can be created to reflect these values.
Considering most people move to unique locations such as Tuross
Head in search of a lifestyle, it would be paramount to ensure
that this style of life be upheld as much as possible.
By providing a secure and affordable public transport system
for the residents of Tuross Head (to Moruya and beyond) would
enable access to the services required to maintain a healthy,
comfortable and enjoyable style of living whilst enabling
the beauty that is the Tuross Head area to be maintained away
from the pressure of overdevelopment.
Independent Community Candidate for a Climate of Change
Johnson [Shire Wide Action Group] - Tuross Head -
responded August 20th
you for giving me this opportunity to put my case for election
to our council as your representative.
First let me tell you of my experience of Tuross Head. I came
to Tuross as a fifteen year old for holidays. My family had
recently moved from coastal town just north of Brisbane to
Canberra. As you know our capital city is a former sheep farm,
far from the coast and I thought I had lost the sea forever.
You cannot imagine the joy of rediscovering the ocean at Tuross.
From that time on I came to the area for every holiday and
every excuse I could find.
After I had finished my apprenticeship as a carpenter, my
wife and I bought land in Tuross Head and moved here permanently
to start a family so that our children could grow up on the
coast. We didn’t move here for the money, trust me.
We moved here because we believed that this was the best environment
for our children to have a childhood and because we loved
We got work and built a house. I played rugby with the Shamrocks
and cricket with the Tuross Head cricket team until a sporting
career-ending knee injury. We also helped with work on Kyla
oval, on community buildings and at the local schools, including
being on the Kyla Oval committee while it existed.
With two of our three children having finished school I decided
to see how the Tuross Head Progress Association was getting
on, so I joined up and started attending meetings. That’s
when I discovered that the Association was experiencing many
of the difficulties that I and my colleagues in the building
industry were experiencing.
For instance, the Association has been trying for over two
years to get a handicapped toilet built onto the existing
public toilets at the park near the shops and had gotten nowhere
basically. They had lobbied for eighteen months to get a bicycle
rack installed at the shops, mind you the Association was
providing the rack and the concrete slab to put it on, the
only requirement of the council was to agree where it should
go. They are trying to finish the walkway around Coila Lake
and have been slowed to a stop by council delays. The Association
is still waiting for council to develop a plan for the remaining
walkway to the boatshed area on Tuross Lake.
The Progress Association is also pushing for public transport
into Tuross which has been met with a distinct lack of enthusiasm
from council. And let’s not even start on the river-mouth
fiasco. I will also take this opportunity not to go into some
the decidedly un-Turossian style of developments that have
been allowed to go ahead by council because what is done is
done. The trick is to stop it happening in the future.
So why am I standing for council in the upcoming elections?
I am standing for council because in the entire time that
I have lived here we have never had a representative from
Tuross on council and, as a result, we have never had representative
say in what happens in our town and, as a result of that,
we have never been able to lobby council effectively on the
town’s behalf. I know it sounds lame, but I do want
to be there for the community, to try and put the community’s
needs before the council instead of the other way round.
And now for my election spiel
As a Tuross Head resident I am well placed to service the
interests of residents and ratepayers south of the Moruya
River and particularly the smaller locations of Tuross, Congo,
Bergalia, Bodalla, Potato Point, etc.
I am a passionate supporter of job diversification so that
our young are offered more opportunities in the selection
of a career.This
will lead to better job satisfaction, higher disposable incomes,
a better standard of living, and a reduction in the exodus
of our young to the cities.
I will seek to grow a robust and prosperous local economy
through supporting the development of more small to medium
businesses enterprises. I will seek ways to attract further,
diverse, businesses that have a light environmental footprint.
I will work hard towards increasing the program for kerb and
guttering. The current poor state of road edges and verges
are dangerous for pedestrians – old and young alike.
I will also push hard for properly formed footpaths to be
provided at the standard distance from roads - particularly
where the pedestrian access is narrow and far too close to
the road. I will work closely with communities to develop
strategies for this and lobby other Agencies for funding assistance.
I support community needs for better public transport services
for all who require it. It will assist people who, for whatever
reason, need to rely upon public transport for medical appointments,
socializing, employment, etc
I will pursue the lack of bus shelters for public transport
users. This particularly applies to those transport users
from towns and villages connecting to the Princes Highway.
Because we have an ageing population I will support regular
reviews of all matters relating to the needs of the retired
So, please, vote 1 Allan Brown for mayor and vote 1 for the
Shire Wide Action Group.
(Though a member of the Tuross Head
Progress Assoc Michael's comments above are his alone and
are not representative of the Assoc.)
Thomson [Independant] - Tuross Head - responded
Having lived in the Eurobodalla Shire all my life I have observed
the growth of the major towns, villages and hamlets. Many of
our coastal villages started as farming areas. Dalmeny and Tuross
are two such communities.
The migration of people to the coast has seen the land use and
appearance change dramatically. Houses and streets have replaced
sheds and fences. Preserving the natural beauty is as important
as caring for a beach. Tuross is fortunate that its rural approach
is being preserved, and its views across the lakes, the sea
and the mountains retain many of its original charms.
Preservation of these natural values, managed development and
growth, and community participation in all the facets of decision
making will ensure a sense of place for Tuross.
Pollock [Eurobodalla First] - Potato Point - responded
welcome the opportunity to respond to this question.
have a longstanding association with the Tuross head community
and living in Potato Point I know first hand the needs of a
links with Tuross date from 1983 when this local community formed
a large proportion of my clientele at Mexican Munchies in Bodalla
– a business that sandy and I ran successfully for twelve
years. I was
also a member of the successful Tuross cricket Team Premiers
in the 1980s. Over
the years I have been directly involved in backing The
Rotters with the rescue of One Tree and spent many happy
and interesting hours with the late Ted Aust and his helpers
as they founded and then expanded the sensational Tuross Memorial
Gardens. Anzac Day at Tuross Head has to be one of the most
moving ceremonies that anyone could ever attend.
have worked closely with the Cycleway volunteers and stand behind
the pride of volunteerism that characterises this Shire and
I will continue to work with the organisers and Council staff
to ensure this vital community role is not forgotten.I
have been honoured to be patron of the Tuross Country Club for
the last six years and am pleased to assist the club in its
liaison with Council and in any other way I can help.
as part of the Eurobodalla First team I want to lead a group
of Councillors of whom the community can be proud.
the Community see fit to elect me as the mayor of Eurobodalla
I will continue to actively pursue the needs of the Tuross Community.
We are fortunate to have good and open communication between
Council and the community and I will work to progress the most
pressing issues, for instance public transport links to Moruya
and improved facilities.
aim in running for Council is to promote progress, tourism and
prosperity without spoiling this wonderful paradise in which
I will endeavour to work hard to promote more jobs for the many
unemployed and strive to improve the medical system
in our area, especially the mental health system. I
naturally would, and will do, anything to improve the living
standards for everybody in the community and will do anything
to stop another Surfers Paradise situationto occur in our beautiful
my arrival in Potato Point thirty years ago, having moved from
Sydney, I have been actively involved in this wonderful community,
volunteering myself to many health and social organisations.
retired, I will be able to dedicate more time to this work.
Should I be
elected I will do what I can to best represent you using my
many years of managerial skills gained working with the Federal
Hotels and Travelodge chains along with the thirty years experience
I have in being a businessman, a volunteer
and a long standing resident within our community.
have held an Appointment of the Crown as a Commonwealth Registered
Marriage Celebrant since 1994, and also conduct funerals and
other ceremonies to commemorate major life milestones. I have
owned and run 2 other successful businesses in the shire and
have held appointment as a Justice of the Peace for 25 years
and hold qualifications in Workplace training and assessment
and business management.
been a resident of the shire for 23 years I have volunteered
in many local community organizations past and present including
President Tuross playgroup, President Tuross Head safety house
scheme, Training Co-ordinator and control centre assistant Eurobodalla
Bush fire Brigades, President and committee member Tuross Head
Youth and Sports Club, President and committee member Bodalla
Scouts Group, Director Tuross Head Country Club
stand for Council as an Independent with a real desire to see
stability and common sense instilled in the decision making
process, to encourage an open, transparent, honest and communicative
council with the importance to have a strong woman’s perspective
live in a very unique part of this country with coastal towns
and rural areas and it needs to be sustained and preserved for
the future which means a fine balance between encouraging industry,
residential building and tourism and not allowing overdevelopment
and being aware of the need to encourage alternate energy options,
having a clean water supply and more efficient water recycling.
is a unique place like many of the other small towns and hamlets
in our shire. I love it here and I assume you do to. The character
of it must be maintained
but for it to continue to survive councilors must be aware of
some problems and look at certain issues and they are –
The most important is the need to attract another doctor, the
lack of street lighting, public transport, the extension of
the cycle walk way, footpaths in other areas and many other
I have accepted
no campaign donations and am not aligned with any groups.
I am truly independent
encourage you to control your vote and vote below the line
for the opportunity to answer the question:
do you understand to be the unique needs of the Shire's smaller
hamlets and villages and in particular Tuross Head?"
overwhelming need for villages in our shire is to be strong
and supportive communities which care about their social, built,
and natural environment. These communities must actively participate
in all short and long term decisions which will affect them
or be of concern to their ‘place’. They must have
strong representation and advocacy to understand and support
their unique situation.
Tuross Head is almost an island, considered by some locals as
isolated and forgotten by the neighbouring towns. This is however
the reason many choose to live there, and also the reason that
many choose to leave! If one reads the website however, there
are so many community sponsored
organisations and volunteers there is never a dull moment, and
is a rich opportunity for residents to become involved.
elected I would undertake to support the Tuross Head community
by facilitating any action required to achieve community set
targets for resolution
person or group of people would have particular issues which
would concern them more than another. From my consultation with
and business proprietors I know that the following issues are
of concern to many – if not most residents.
I understand these
to be the main issues for Tuross residents
Transport: With almost half the population
aged over 50 the lack of availability of public transport
is a major issue. Any service would have to be consistent
and reliable and I would expect that resolution of this would
be a commercial decision. An individual, group, or established
local business might as an alternative, consider setting up
a roster for car sharing.
Development: As with the rest of the shire,
development must be consistent with our ‘nature coast’
concept, and residents should take the opportunity to have
input to the new Local Environment Plan. More housing opportunities
could be created at Tuross for rental and for ageing residents
wanting to downsize.
Environment and Tourism: The natural beauty
of the mountains, lakes and beaches provides not simply a
nice place to live but an ideal opportunity for tourism. It
is important for everyone that the environmental health of
these assets is maintained. The infrastructure (eg footpaths,
parks, toilets) and recreational needs of tourists should
complement the needs of permanent residents, with safe and
inexpensive opportunities for bicycle users and
walkers. The playing fields, tennis courts, and other social
venues could more easily and safely be accessed by all residents
and tourists with the completion of the bicycle track to Coila.
Health and Medical: These issues are difficult
with a small – albeit ageing population. The resolution
of transport issues would help considerably, and would be
a part solution.
Dance [Independant] - Nerrigundah - responded
you for the opportunity to contribute to this excellent forum.
lived and farmed at Moruya and Belowra (high in the Tuross catchment)
since 1965 I have watched the coast grow and change constantly
over the years.
My early recollections were that Tuross did not start until
the and of Hector McWilliam Drive and then with only small fibro
cottages around the coastal fringe. It has evolved become a
vibrant and important part of the Eurobodalla shire.
Today as in the
past the Tuross attractions are the lake systems, the beaches,
the fishing and the great visual amenity remain intact.
The major change
is the built environment, which today has nearly reached capacity.
The role of council now is to continue to upgrade services
that compliment the Tuross character and also enhance the
lifestyles of all residences
can only do this successfully if the people of Tuross convey
their wishes strongly to their councillors enabling projects
to be incorporated into management plans. The guarantee if elected
to council will be to represent all sectors of the community
so that Eurobodalla continues to prosper and grow, to expand
our employment prospects by diversifying our income stream,
yet maintain the great lifestyle that we are so fortunate to
I can promise that the rural view one sees when entering Tuross
will stay for the next 20 years as I have leased the Kyla Park
lands for that period to continue the long held tradition of
that land being used for grazing livestock.
you for taking the interest Keith Dance
Cook [Experience & Common Sense Group] - Moruya
responded August 26th
smaller villages & hamlets such as Tuross Head have a
“unique need” to be managed differently to larger
centres, and I think the “small is beautiful”
theme applies. These smaller areas often hold the reason people
are attracted in the first place, ie the “smallness”,
the beach, the river, the parks for family recreation, or
for gatherings such as picnics & bar-b-qs.
They tend to have
keen volunteers ( and Tuross has lead the way ) and have
a pride in their local identity, therefore need to be protected
from the “over-development” syndrome that coastal
councils seem to replicate. I like the idea of resident’s
action groups, progress associations and groups that foster
an interest in how their village is being managed by governments.
to council, I will ensure that the needs of Tuross Head are
met with community consultation & opportunities to be
engaged with the planners.
Sincerely, Elizabeth Anne Cook JP, #2 candidate with Gary
is on the Experience & Common Sense Group Ticket with Gary
Smith and was represented by Gary at
the "Meet the Candidates"
McPaul [Eurobodalla First] - Moruya responded
someone who lived in Tuross for the first 6 years after moving
here I am aware of the need for Public Transport and also the
great need to have a Medical Practitioner in residence at least
5 days per week.
believe that Council needs to lobby the State and Federal governments
to work together to provide a public transport system for all
the small hamlets and villages to link them with one or both
of the bigger centres at least twice each day. These facilities
are available for the small hamlets from Batemens Bay to Moruya
and I believe that there is an equal need to link the residents
between Narooma and Moruya.
am also aware of the needs for accessible facilities for the
Tuross area. The linkage of footpaths is also an important issue.
Budworth [Experience & Common Sense Group] - Moruya
- did not respond
Dot is on
the Experience & Common Sense Group Ticket with Gary Smith
and was represented by Gary at
the "Meet the Candidates"
Butt [New Politics] - Moruya - did not respond
on the New Politics Ticket with Graham Scobie and was represented
by Graham at
the "Meet the Candidates"
Gold [New Politics] - Moruya - did not respond
on the New Politics Ticket with Graham Scobie and was represented
by Graham at
the "Meet the Candidates"
Roberts [Independant]- Moruya - did not respond
is on the New Politics Ticket with Graham Scobie and was represented
by Graham at
the "Meet the Candidates"
here for the final 2008 Eurobodalla Council Election Results