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Blackadder Report 2011



Minutes and notes of THPA bi-monthly meetings
and Special meetings conducted in the
THPA Comittee Year of October 2010 to August 2011

 

THPA Officers for these minutes:

President : Michael Johnson

Senior Vice president : Maureen Baker

Treasurer ; Joan Buchan

Secretary : Lei Parker

Public Officer : Lei Parker

Publicity Officer (informal position) : Lei Parker

TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED
Draft MINUTES OF Minutes of August 19th 2011 MEETING

Held at Sails Café, Evans Road, Tuross Head
The Executive meeting commenced at 10:13am
1 apology was received.

Chaired by M Baker – Vice President
Secretary – Lei Parker
Treasurer - Joan Buchan

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting dated 2nd June were read and had been circulated by e-mail and placed on the Internet.

Moved the Minutes be adopted – M Baker
And seconded – J Buchan

BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
none

TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending 4-8-2011. The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting:

Working Balance : $5213.30
Cycleway working balance : $33,070.86
Term Deposit : $90,275.04
Total : $112,677.70

The report was adopted on the treasurer’s motion seconded by L Parker

Correspondence:
Inwards:
Tax invoice from Council for $13902.00 for the 180m of cycleway work done in June

Motion – Not to pay this invoice until a spreadsheet breakdown of costs is provided as per the agreement between THPA and Council – moved J Buchan, seconded M Baker

Invite to Council review meeting at Luhana Motel.

Council Response to submissions for Management Plan

Advice on reconstruction of Morwong Street

Outwards:
Letter to Council regarding of support to seek dredging grants for the boatramp

GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

Tax invoice from Council for $13902.00 for the 180m of cycleway work done in June

Motion – Not to pay this invoice until a spreadsheet breakdown of costs is provided as per the agreement between THPA and Council – moved J Buchan, seconded M Baker

Report on the Community Garden
A letter is still to be written to the Tuross Community Garden Committee (once advised of Office Bearers) advising them that the sub-committee has been dissolved

Update on the Status of the Sandy Point Playground and picnic shelter
Council are awaiting a report to be written by an accredited acheologist in regards to the findings at the midden once a study is undertaken. As there are only two such experts on the coast and as they both have a considerable workload it might take some time to see a report written and from the findings end up with a go-ahead or cancellation of the project that has now been 10 months in waiting - picnic shelters and BBQ's now opened - Mayor asked if he would like to formally open the facilities - awaiting reply

Update of Boat ramp at Lavender Pt & entrance situation:
Council have sought funds from the State government and will be advising the THPA and THBOA once they can confirm funding and a date the dredging might start.

Report on the cycleway status:
Michael was not able to attend the meeting – current status of volunteers and proposed work along Nelson Parade unknown

Basket Ball court donation to be returned

THPA requested financial assistance from THCC to match a possible grant of $2500 from the Department of Sport and Recreation to construct a half court basketball court at Kyla Reserve. Council determined that a Plan of Management was required first. With no funding in sight the THPA will now return the donation to the THCC with a letter of thanks to the Board for their generousity.

Motion to return the $500 donation from THCC for a half court basketball facility

The Next Meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:00pm for an AGM and 7:30pm for the general meeting on 6th October 2011

Moved that a letter be written to each THPA member inviting them to the AGM reminding them that membership fees of current members are also due and can be paid before the AGM date or before the AGM meeting commences on the night – Moved M Baker, seconded J Buchan


MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 11:23am

TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED
Draft MINUTES OF June 2nd 2011 MEETING

Held at Tuross head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave Tuross Head

The meeting commenced at 7.30 pm
18 signed the register and 5 apologies were received.

Chaired by Michael Johnson - President
Secretary – Lei Parker
Treasurer - Joan Buchan

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting dated 7th April were read and had been circulated by e-mail and placed on the Internet.

Moved the Minutes be adopted - S Dixon
And seconded - M Baker

BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
1. Motion to pay Council the donation requested in their letter dated 6th April and substantiated by an accompanying spreadsheet clearly showing the costs to be associated with material purchase
Moved M Johnson, seconded L Parker

2. Status of cycleway – Due to ill health the cycleway project has been delayed. In coming weeks there will be a drive to seek volunteers for the next section.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending 7 /o4/2011. The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attqached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting:

Working Balance : $5378.50
Cycleway working balance : $32421.58
Term Deposit : $90,275.04
Total : $123345.90

The report was adopted on the treasurer’s motion seconded by Maureen Baker.

Correspondence:
Inwards:
2 EAR FM newsletter.

Replacement Bike rack letter

Rebuilding of Morwong St

Letter from Council seeking donation of $10,668.20

Letter seeking support from THPA of No Maccas in Moruya


Outwards:
Replacement Bike rack letter

GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

Kyla Hall Staus
Plans were displayed in the Newsagency – Much as it was with a few changes. Toilets will be refurbished . Advised that Council was now agreeing on a budget and then having plans drawn so that tenders could be called on the work to be done. It was stated that ideally Tuross volunteers could assist to reduce costs.

Youth sub-committee:
Awaiting Council contact indicating fund availability ot grand funding before calling a youth sub-committee meeting and requesting additional information from Council regarding the skate components that have been identified as needed outside of the Precinct area.

Cycleway status:
Voluntary work on the cycleway to re-commence after July.


Boatramp update:
There have been two articles in the Bay Post and on site meetings with Council. Council needs approval from various State authorities.
THPA will support but not lead the charge in regards to a second boatramp – Fishing and Business Association should do so.

Sale of Hall update:
Sunset Committee has met and resolved to determine expenses before establishing net proceeds. They have come up with a Survey Form in consultation with Council’s media officer and the form will now be presented to Council for approval prior to distribution. Survey most likely to be delivered with rate notice.

Community Garden
Motion to dissolve Community Garden Subcommittee and advise them of such once they advise who their new committee is so that a letter can be formally written

Membership
Following a comment/complaint about THPA being a closed shop and not representing the community but only it’s members and that membership should be open to all the website wording was reviewed and no changes will be made to the membership process as it stands requiring nomination and seconding.

MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 845 pm

Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:30pm for the general meeting on 4th August 2011.

 

TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED
Draft MINUTES OF April 7th 2011 MEETING

Held at Tuross Head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave Tuross Head

The meeting commenced at 7.30 pm
16 signed the register and 5 apologies were received.

Chaired by Michael Johnson - President
Acting Secretary - Gary Cooper
Treasurer - Joan Buchan

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting dated 3rd February were read and had been circulated by e-mail and placed on the Internet.

Moved the Minutes be adopted Keith Everett
And seconded Jim Baker

BUSINES ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
1. The THBOA Sign at the Highway is to be revamped and to remain in its present position. Also the THBOA is to be incorporated.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending 7 /o4/2011. The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attqached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting:

Working Balance : $4,835.50
Cycleway working balance : $30,806.70
Term Deposit : $90,000.00
Total : $122,421.58

The report was adopted on the treasurer’s motion seconded by Maureen Baker.


Correspondence:

Inwards:
2EAR FM newsletter. Made available for attendees to read.
Letter from Council regarding Kyla hall and Progress Hall

Letter from Council regarding Draft Companion Animal Plan ( Map of the new areas received)

Excerpts from the Animal Plan regarding Tuross:

Special arrangements for Shorebirds – Nesting Season
During the endangered shorebirds nesting season (normally September to March annually) the existing exercise area rules will cease in areas where shorebirds are found to be nesting. Affected areas will be clearly sign posted by National Parks and Wildlife Services and Council. Significant localities/areas affected include Tuross Head (Coila bar dune and salt marsh areas, including Tuross River entrance).

Time Share Off-Leash exercise Areas - *24 hour access off season*
* From- 1 November to 30 April time-share access is available between 5pm
and 9am
* From – 1May to 30 October access is available on a 24 hour basis.
Tuross Beach from Plantation Reserve south to One Tree Point.

24 Hour Off-Leash exercise areas:
Tuross Head Coila Beach and Coila Bar 2.6 km (Not including dune area or lake foreshore). Note dogs to be allowed on 24 hr leash due to potential impact on environment for shore birds/fauna/flora. Numerous othe adequate exercise areas in Tuross. Will require new signage and education.

Northern foreshore prohibition supported. Significant impact on environment – shore birds/fauna/flora. Numerous other adequate areas in Tuross. Will require new sinage and education.

24 Hour Leashed exercise areas:
Tuross From Anderson Ave to Country Club car park.

Time-Share Leashed exercise areas (*24 hour access off season):
None.

Dogs are also prohibited from the following beaches and adjacent reserves:
Tuross Head Main Beach south of One Tree Point.

Letter from Council regarding Sandy Point Toilet, Kyla Hall, Progress Hall representation and Budget requests.
Update on the Status of the Sandy Point Playground:
Council workers found remains of a midden so work has been halted while the Council awaits approval for the work to proceed under Section 90, hopefully in the coming months.
Kyla Hall Refurbishment:
A copy of the proposed refurbishment plan has been circulated and it was suggested that a large copy be put on display in the Town Centre so Tuross Head residents would have the opportunity to see it. Councillor Dance advised the THPA that the $60,000 proposed for the repairs of the Kyla Hall had been included in the 2011-2012 Budget.
Progress Hall representation:
See M Bakers report in Outward Correspondence.
Boat ramp at Lavender Pt & entrance situation:
Letter to be written to Council requesting the reinstatement of the request for funding for the dredging of the Lavender Pt boat ramp. Jeff De Jager to present the letter to the next Council meeting.

Letter from Council regarding Budget Requests
Letter from Tuross Head Country Club regarding Laying of ANZAC Day wreaths.
The Treasurer was authorised to pay $55 for ANZAC Day to each of the Pipe band and the next school on the rotation list.
Moved Jeff De Jager;
Seconded Maureen Baker.


Outwards:
Email Request Council supply RTA with Eurobodalla Cycle maps
Letter to Council regarding Progress Hall representation
Email from M Baker regarding Progress Hall Land proposed Sale representation and considerations
Report on the Progress Hall Sunset Committee;
At its meeting of 8 March the Council accepted the report of Warren Sharpe which contained all the elements that were included in Maureen Baker’s letter above. The Council then appointed the following three representatives:
Councillor R Pollack
Councillor K Dance
Councillor L Brown.
The first meeting of the Committee will be at 1.0pm 18 April at the Progress Hall.
Letter to Council regarding Sandy Point Toilet

GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

Where does the current Draft LEP now stand with the change of State Government and more importantly does this now alter the process in place that sought to change the classification of the Progress Hall land for possible sale?
Councillor Dance advised that the LEP was expected to be approved shortly.

Refurbishment of cycle rack at shops (destroyed by vandalism):
A letter is to be sent to Council drawing the destruction of the cycle rack to their attention and requesting a replacement.

Report of Youth sub-committee:
Awaiting Draft Plan of Management for Kyla Sporting Precinct before calling a youth sub-committee meeting and requesting additional information from Council regarding the skate components that have been identified as needed outside of the Precinct area.

Report on the Community Garden sub-committee:
Tuross Community Garden
Things seem to be moving nicely with the garden.
The original PROPOSED community garden site has been revised and that the new PROPOSED site can be seen on the Tuross Community Garden website.

Here are the notes from the 15th March meeting:

• An underground tank collecting all water from the community hall down pipe would provide water through a drought to cover the garden area of our preferred site, which is 5000m2 giving 4000m2 of useable space. We could start with 2 above ground tanks at the back of the hall to water a 50m2area. A variety of watering options were costed and discussed.
• Water tanks on the proposed Kyla Park Community Hall need approval through the hall community consultation process. The Kyla Hall sunset committee will be approached on this.
• Would the Progress Association assist with financing water tanks. The Tuross Community Garden sub-committee need to establish what their restrictions are as a sub-committee are. Heather Coleman will establish these once they have been discussed at the next THPA meeting in April. It is understood that ALL formal communications to do with the Tuross Community Gardens will go through the Progress Assoc whilst the TCG is a sub-committee-if the TCG wish to seek their own incorporation then that is fine. Initial formal discussions have been allowable and possible through the TCG being a formal sub-committee.
• A TCG member has been delegated to list the Group’s autonomy needs if under the Tuross Head Progress Association’s incorporation and insurance (which would require all TCG members to be members of THPA). Now that the Group has established its own footing it might be best for the TCG to pursue its own incorporation. (THPA is happy to advise them should they need and is happy to play a role in the establishment of the gardens and a dialogue with Council.)
• The TCG jointly went through the individual community garden check lists and found that we were in agreement on all aspects. Heather will give these to Lane.
• Next meeting was to be held on 27th April but may need to postpone this to suit the date for the Councillors’ BBQ. Until early May.
A workshop of the TCG was held on the 5th of April. The meeting agreed to leave further discussion until we receive a copy of the policy, which is to be presented by the TCG to the Council at its next meeting.

Report on the cycleway status:
Voluntary work on the cycleway to re-commence following Easter with the formwork to be undertaken on the Fridays and concrete pour on the Saturdays.

Discussion on car park at Princess Highway Intersection and H McW drive:
Councillors Dance and Brown reported that the Council had been informed that the Bus Stop was legal and it is proposed that the parking space on the east side will be upgraded.

MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 9:30pm

Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:30pm for the general meeting on 2 June 2011.

 


TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED
Draft MINUTES OF February 3rd 2011 MEETING

Held at Tuross Head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave, Tuross Head

The meeting commenced at 7;35.pm.
16 signed the register and 5 apologies.


Chaired by Michael Johnson – President
Secretary – Lei Parker
Treasurer – Joan Buchan


COMFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and had been circulated by email and placed on the internet.

Moved the minutes be adopted L Beers
and seconded G Cooper

BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES


TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending 3-2-2011
The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting.

Working Balance : 5261.50
Cycleway working balance $30,806.70
Term Deposit $90000
Total : $120806.70.

The report was adopted on the Treasurer’s motion seconded by M Baker


Correspondence:

Inwards:
Letter from Council regarding Kyla Hall and Progress Hall
Letter from Council regarding Community gardens

Outwards:
none


GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

The status of Kyla hall
There was much discussion regarding the Kyla hall as a result of Councils letter dated January 20th, 2011. In particular:
• The THPA is interested to learn of the determinations of the Kyla Hall reference group at the upcoming meeting to see if they might simply suggest using the $60,000 from Council that will be recommended to be used “toward the repair of the hall from Council’s Infrastructure Fund” as stated in Councils letter.
• The THPA owns the Progress Hall land – at the time of discussions with Council regarding rationalizing the two town halls to just one it was not known at the time that the Kyla Hall was in such disrepair.
• The members discussed the array of options that might be considered in the public consultation some of these ideas are as follows:
1. To simply refurbish the Kyla Hall back to being operational with the $60,000 on offer.
2. Retain the Progress Hall and land so that it can remain a community centerpiece and continue its role as a public hall .
3. Let the Kyla Hall demand increase at its own pace and when the time requires then expand to the wants and needs of the community at that point in time – presently there is neither a need to expand or to go to a second story – a practical reconfiguration of the old layout to something more useable is all that might be needed in the short term at no cost to the community.
4. Let the Kyla Sporting Precinct Plan of Management reveal itself to see if there is increased demand and utilisation of the hall.

The second part of Councils letter invited two THPA representatives to meet with Council ”to establish an agreed community consultation process”

It was moved (by L Parker) that:

“Three THPA representatives be appointed to meet with Council ”to establish an agreed community consultation process” and that these be representatives be elected from the floor:” seconded S Dixon

The following members were nominated and seconded to the role of representatives of THPA in the community consultation process:

M. Baker, G Cooper and J de Jager

With M Baker as the primary representative for Council to contact.

Report of Youth sub—committee
That a submission on behalf of Tuross Youth was made for various sporting amenities in the Kyla Sporting precinct Plan of management such as a half court basketball court, a BMX circuit and a possible skating component. R Kennedy indicated an interest in pursuing the What and Where of the other skating components recommended in Councils Recreation and Open Space Policy. Ention of the recommendations in this policy will be referred to in the THPA letter to Council regarding Funding needs 2011-2012

Report on the Community Garden subcommittee
Read letter from Council regarding the possible premature identification of a site and advising the group to establish a Business Plan – an on-site meeting was scheduled on Feb 5th to seek advise and direction from the SAGE committee.

Report on cycleway status
It is hoped that the cycleway volunteers will begin the next section of the path in the coming month – M Johnson to make contact with R Burke of Council to indicate that the volunteers are ready.

THBOA sign at highway
THBOA sought the THPA support of relocation of the THBOA sign to behind the fence on the adjacent grazing lots if Council required such relocation – support was not given. (Council has since indicated the sign can remain)

Discussion of carpark at Princes Highway Intersection and H McW Drive – Clr Dance to advise status following Traffic Meeting of Council in Feb 2011

Councils 2011-2012 Budget

A Motion to write to Council seeking funds in the 2011-2012 period to:
• Guarantee the funds for a beach patrol for the summer period and to suggest that funds be provided on a recurring basis until annual sponsors can be guaranteed.
• Provide funds to dredge the boatramp prior to the Christmas holiday period (there was heated outcry that Council had failed to do any dredging in preparation for the 2010 -2011 season)
• Provide funds to investigate a second boatramp at The Narrows
• Provide funding for a picnic shelter at Sandy Point and at One Tree Point
• Provide funds to support Council’s recommendation of “skating components” for Tuross Youth to be located adjacent to the Tuross Shared pathway at locations to be advised and approved.
• Provide funds for the design of the timber section of the Tuross Shared Cycleway adjacent to Nelson Parade.
Letter of appreciation
That a letter of appreciation be written to Council thanking them for the new toilet block at Sandy Point.


MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 9:05

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:30pm for the general meeting on 7th April 2011

TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED
MINUTES OF
December 2nd 2010 MEETING

Held at Tuross Head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave, Tuross Head

The meeting commenced at …..7:10..pm.
13. signed the register and …3.apologies.


Chaired by Michael Johnson – President
Secretary – Lei Parker
Treasurer – Joan Buchan


COMFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and had been circulated by email and placed on the internet.

Moved the minutes be adopted L Beers
and seconded S Dixon

BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES


TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending …………..
The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting.

Working Balance : 5313.30
Cycleway working balance 30,644.54
Term Deposit 90,000
Total : 120644.54

The report was adopted on the Treasurer’s motion seconded by M Baker


Correspondence:

Inwards:
Emails from Council regarding Beach Patrol petition
Acknowledgement of Companion Animal Management Plan submission
2EARFM – elections
Canberra and District Ratepayers folding

Outwards:
none

GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

The status of Kyla hall
- A letter was written Council in regards to their response on the condition of Kyla Hall

A letter was written to council seeking a clear response to proposed sale of Progress Hall land

Report of Youth sub—committee – youth committee will present a submission to the Plan of Man – Kyla oval

Report on forming a Community Garden subcommittee
A motion was put forward to the meeting seeking THPA approval to form a sub-committee of the THPA for the purpose of establishing a Tuross Community Garden – the motion was approved Stafford Dixon and seconded L Beers with unanimous support

Report on cycleway status – Michael Johnson gave a status report that the cycleway volunteers will recommence works in February 2011 after the holiday period.

discussion of carpark at Princes Highway Intersection and H McW Drive - Clr Dance to

MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 9:10pm

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:30pm for the general meeting on 3rd February 2011

 



TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED MINUTES OF October 7th 2010 MEETING

Held at Tuross Head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave, Tuross Head

The meeting commenced at 7:40pm..pm.
21 signed the register and 10 apologies.


Chaired by Michael Johnson – President
Secretary – Lei Parker
Treasurer – Joan Buchan


COMFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and had been circulated by email and placed on the internet.

Moved the minutes be adopted G Cooper…
and seconded J Baker

BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES

- none

TREASURER’S REPORT
Joan Buchan presented the report for the period ending 31st July 2010.
The report stated the following balances and was read in full and is attached and forms part of the minutes of the meeting.

Working Balance : 5453.15
Cycleway working balance 29193.94
Term Deposit 90,000
Total : $120,395.25

The report was adopted on the Treasurer’s motion seconded by ………………


Correspondence:

Inwards:
Emails from Council regarding the Kyla hall restructure committee meeting
Memorandum of Understanding – Tuross Cycleway
Acknowledgement of Submission to Recreational Strategy

Outwards:
Invitation to Council to attend Youth Forum in Tuross

Emails to Council regarding the Kyla hall restructure committee meeting

Notice of AGM to notice board

Email sent to youth forum – read in Report of Youth Forum in general business

Email to Council regarding Beach patrol Question Without Notice

2nd email sent to Council regarding Beach patrol Question Without Notice


Email sent to Council – requesting Cyclepath onsite meeting

Email sent to Council – read in Report of Cyclepath staus in general business

Letter to Tuross Head Country Club thanking them for their generous donation


GENERAL BUSINESS – Agenda items

Survey results from THPA mailout

There were 1400 flyers delivered and 45 returns

The items of concern on the returned coupons were:


life guards
police presence
youth facilities
tennis courts - retain all 4
keep cats inside at night
holes in driveway and carpark at shops
provide access to public transport
remove sand from tuross river mouth
police station on cnr of Highway and HcMc
Kyla Hall - local volunteers and tradespeople
upgrade Progress Hall
complete nelson Pde cycleway
cycleway for Trafalgar - tern in to Booatsheds
remove deawood from leased lots
replace jutland playground
enforce block slashing in suburbia
need for under 18 youth facilities
continue path from Lake St to kyla oval via shoreline


report of meeting with Council executive re Tuross Halls - read report here

report of Beach Patrol general meeting – question without notice read out plus followup email read emails here

report of Youth Forum meeting – email to attendees read - read email here

report of cycleway meeting with ESC – email to Council read - read email here

Dogs off leash along Coila Foreshore - THPA submission read out and adopted to be sent
read letter here

discussion of carpark at Princes Highway Intersection and H McW Drive deferred to next meeting

MEETING CLOSED
The meeting closed at 9:35.pm

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Tuross Head Progress Association will be held at the Progress Hall at 7:00pm for an AGM and 7:00pm for the general meeting on 2nd December October 2010

 

TUROSS HEAD PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED

Draft MINUTES OF October 7th 2010 AGM


Held at Tuross Head Progress Hall – Jutland Ave, Tuross Head


The meeting preceded the October bi-monthly meeting of the Association with Michael Johnson in the Chair

18 people signed the attendance register and 0 apologies were received

Adoption of the minutes of the 2009 Annual General meeting

The minutes of the meeting of Thursday 1st October, 2009 were read by the secretary and adopted


The Secretary then read his report which is as follows:

This last year has seen some excellent actions take by THPA from improving communication between Council and the community and also ensuring that, through the THPA, the community are given a voice.

Membership has increased and interest in the THPA is strong. Whilst it is understood that residents aren’t always able to attend meetings the meeting agendas and minutes now go out to over 700 residents to ensure that everyone is equally advantaged with informed , inclusive and timely communication.

The THPA has been instrumental in establishing improved dialogue with Council on behalf of the residents of Tuross and it is hoped that this will improve further with Council wishing to participate in improved consultation and transparency.

The strength of the THPA rests on its base of signatories as it is vital that it represent the opinions and needs of the community. With improved consultation and a doubling of membership this representation of the wider community is hopefully now assured.

The President then Read his report

Tuross Head Progress Association
President’s Report 7th October, 2010

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been a year marked, as usual, with frustration as we try to deal with council and try to get things to happen. In spite of all the marketing language used by our council the truth is that the council is still extremely slow to re-act to public concerns, still extremely opaque in their dealings with the community and still an extremely expensive operation to run with, at best, very poor outcomes for the community as a general rule.

After a long council imposed delay to the cycleway project some work has been done. Twelve months ago we were shown plans by the council for the pathway full of details regarding siting of the cycleway, retaining walls, boardwalks etc etc. The present situation is that the council actually does not have a completed plan for the cycleway, that there are problems and concerns still to be sorted with regards to the siting and construction of the pathway and once again the volunteer group is in limbo as to when and where the cycleway will be resumed.

To me the council has a pre-natural talent at making simple, easy projects into complicated and difficult ones. The unfortunate thing about that is the complicated, difficult ways are usually the most expensive and it also makes it difficult to keep a good volunteer team together.

Some time ago the council asked us to start thinking about which of our two halls, the Progress Hall and Kyla Hall, we wanted to keep as council could not continue to maintain both. This position by the council is difficult to understand as they do very little maintenance on either. Then we found that Kyla Hall is so riddled with white ants that it has been condemned and nobody is allowed to use it. The council then very generously facilitated a meeting of concerned users to discuss how we could use this “opportunity” to re-model and re-design the hall.
Let me say just a few things on this. We have never received any iron-clad assurances from the council that monies received from the sale of either hall will be returned to Tuross exclusively.


The council resumed Kyla Hall by making it so difficult and complicated for the community to run it that became too difficult and complicated for the community to run it.

The hall was built by the local community and was totally unencumbered when council took it over. As such it was a valuable and functional community assets.

In the eight years under council control it became under-utilised and fell into such a ruinous state that it now a value-less and totally non-functioning facility.

I believe that the council owes us one hall to be paid for by council. I believe that the council has proven beyond any question that they are totally unqualified and incapable of being property managers and must therefore return the hall back into community care and, as a consequence, remove any legislative and/or council regulations that will impede this process.

And this is not just a one off. The same case could be made for most of the assets that the council has resumed throughout the shire, from the Tuross tennis courts to the Durras skate park.

Twenty years ago we were told that unless we paid the best we could not hope to attract the best. Well we are now paying very generously and seeing little to no return. Employing and paying for the brightest and giving them the best conditions should result in reduced rates and better facilities. Just as any corporation paying big money for a good CEO expects an improvement in investors returns and improved performance and economies so do the ratepayers expect better services and improved economies from our corporate structured council.

My opinion and the observable facts point to the actual reverse of that outcome.

Our community developed assets are either in ruin or on their way.

There is no money for any community work or, if there is, there is nowhere near enough money to even start anything up. If you want it you will have to raise the money yourself and then engage the council to build it, with much difficulty and expense, for us.

And yet the council has money for trips away, cars, computers, office extensions, more management and more staff and an endless number of committees looking into better ways to rule our lives, but no money for the more trivial matters such as life savers at our beaches to ensure our safety, and indeed our lives, and the lives of our families and friends.

Being involved with this organisation means being involved with the council. Being involved with the council is a very frustrating experience. I do not do this for money or glory because there is none. I do this because I love my town and because this is what I have always done. I expect assistance and help from this council who are paid to do exactly that.

I do not expect well paid employees of the shire, paid for with my rates, to treat our town, our shire, our assets and our organisations with contempt.

In this last year the council has refused to reply to any correspondence from the Association regarding how the hall was allowed to fall into ruin.

The council has refused the association’s repeated requests to be informed as to the progress and construction time-line for the community cycleway and this is in spite of meetings with council staff who promised faithfully to do so.

The association has been misled by council over the status of the progress hall and the land involved. The council has put the local businesses and town’s tourist trade in jeopardy through their unconscionable behaviour regarding the life guards.

To me it is clear that the senior executive of council has their own agenda that relates directly to their own career and how they can further it through local, state and federal governments and that the Eurobodalla Shire will become just another asterix on their CV. Nothing that they have produced to date is innovative or original. If it goes wrong it is due to outside influences out of their control and if it goes right they will claim all the credit regardless of how little they have contributed to the outcome.

Believe me when I say that I do not take this position lightly. I take this position against the council from the experiences I have had with this council. They are the major reason for the low levels of employment and pay levels in this community. In spite of all the money paid to them their performance is not only sub-par it is subterranean.

If you want me to be your president I would be with great pride, but I will no longer kow-tow to the council in any fashion or forum.

If you are going to endorse me as your President I thought you should know exactly how I feel about the present incarnation of our council.

And on a lighter note………..
I would like to thank the members of the committee for all of their hard work over the year. In particular, of course, Lei Parker who has done an extraordinary amount of work on and for our behalf and has graciously consented to continue. Lei has a very big heart and his efforts on behalf of his community are gratefully acknowledged.

Joan Buchan has faithfully served this association for an extraordinarily long time as treasurer and has looked after this hall with a passion and understanding that no employee of a council could ever understand, much less achieve.

Maureen Baker has really given of herself for this community for as long as she has been here and who represents to the council on our behalf whenever called upon to do so and, even, sometimes, without being called upon to do so.

And lastly, and by no means least, Stafford Dickson who has been here since Moses was a little boy and has given and given to and for his community. Thank you Stafford for all your work and good deeds. Our town has been made better because of your contribution and I am sorry that you will not be standing for the committee again, but I understand how much energy that you have put into your work and responsibilities and that the batteries need a bit of a re-charge.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Mr Anthony O’Reilly, Honorary Auditor, had provided audited financial statements which were read by the Treasurer to the meeting and adopted on the motion of the Treasure and seconded by M Baker

Two copies of the report were distributed to the meeting for perusal. A copy of the financial statements is appended to the Minutes and form part thereof

The annual return will be lodged with the figures provided
Moved J Buchan, seconded M Baker

Election of Officers

Mr D Burns Assumed the chair for the election of officers. The following members who were duly nominated and seconded were declared elected unopposed for the following positions:

President : Michael Johnson

Senior Vice president : Maureen Baker

Treasurer ; Joan Buchan

Secretary : Lei Parker

The role of Public Officer will remain with the Secretary

Publicity Officer (informal position) : Lei Parker

The position of Jnr Vice president, being vacant saw no nominations

The Jnr Vice President for 2010/2011 remains Vacant

The new Executive then took to their seats

General Business:
The meeting expressed appreciation to the past Snr Vice president, Mr Stafford Dixon. The Meeting also expressed thanks to the Honorary Auditor Mr Anthony O’Reilly.

The meeting closed at 7:40pm.