President's Report

December 2017

Annual Electors Meeting

Thank you to community members who attended the 2017 Annual Electors Meeting held on Tuesday 15 November where the 16/17 Annual Report which was unanimously received. There were no questions in relation to the Annual Report and in General Business various questions were asked on a range of topics including Beverley Medical Practice; ANZAC Lane bituminising; Corella Destruction Licence; public toilet vandalism; secondary river crossing; Bushfire Preparedness meeting; Vincent Street speed limit, banner poles, paving, redevelopment plans, drainage and flooding. Meeting participants were invited to join Councillors for supper and to view the new 3D “fly-though” presentation of the Cornerstone Building. Meeting minutes will be available from the Shire office and website.

Solar Power for the Shire Office

On 22 November 2017 a solar power system installed at the Shire Office was switched on. The new system, together with installation of LED lighting, should result in a significant reduction in power bills going forward.

Swimming Pool

Following a slight delay in opening the Beverley swimming pool for the summer season as bowl painting and joint replacement work was completed, the pool is now open for action. The kiosk exterior and change rooms are also looking very fresh and I’m sure Pool Manager Brad Miller joins Council in encouraging everyone to take advantage of this great community facility.

Local Government Act 1995 Review

The Local Government Act provides the framework for Western Australian local government. Local governments are created by the Act which sets out the functions, responsibility and powers of local government. Western Australia has changed greatly since the Act was introduced in 1995. Public expectations of government and what can be achieved through technology have evolved. While the Act has been regularly amended, key aspects seem outdated.

Phase 1 of a two phase Local Government Act 1995 review being undertaken by the McGowan State Government considers:

  • Making information available online
  • Meeting public expectations for accountability
  • Meeting public expectations of ethics, standards and performance
  • Building capacity though reducing red tape

A Phase 1 Consultation Paper has been prepared and submissions are invited until Friday 9th February 2018. For more information or to make a submission visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/LGAReview

 

Tourism Planning Framework Updates

Beverley Tourism Officer Jenny Murray has been doing a terrific job progressing actions identified in the Beverley Tourism Planning Framework 2016 – 2020. This has included roll out of the BeverleyWA branding, refurbishment of the beverleywa website, development of the Welcome to Beverley WA visitor information booklet, social media revitalisation and working with the Community Resource Centre who are the Visitor Centre Manager. With the impending addition to her family Jenny has stepped back from the role and the Shire has engaged Jacinta Murray to fill the position from February until the end of the financial year when Council will have reviewed current tourism initiatives as part of the 2018/2019 budgetary process.

 

Avon Tourism Board

Thank you to John Maxwell, Hotel Beverley, who will represent Beverley on the Avon Tourism Board. Avon Tourism is a regional tourism organisation and currently represents the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Goomalling, Northam, Toodyay, York, New Norcia and Victoria Plains. John is also a participant on the Beverley Tourism Advisory Group which provide feedback for the Tourism Officer as various actions from the Beverley Tourism Planning Framework are developed.

 

Maintenance Register

Just a reminder that maintenance issues which community members may have noticed in relation to Shire property can be reported to the Shire’s friendly and helpful Customer Service staff.

 

Banner Poles Feedback

Council is seeking feedback regarding the Banner Poles in middle of Vincent Street. The long term plan is that they be removed as part of a Vincent Street redevelopment, however for that project to proceed external funding will be required so it could be awhile away. In the meantime the question has been raised “why not remove the banner poles now”? The Comments Box located at the Shire office is available for your feedback.  

 

Beverley Community Christmas Concert – Saturday 16 December 2017

Don’t forget the Family Christmas event at the Platform Theatre on Saturday 16 December 2017 which is again being hosted by Beverley Station Arts. Should be a fantastic night!

 

Christmas and New Year

The Shire office and Library will close for Christmas-New Year at 12 noon on Friday 22 December and re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe Christmas and New Year to residents and Blarney readers.

President

CR DEE RIDGWAY
Shire President