Monthly Report - November 2022
Council meeting 25 October 2022
At this meeting I had a Notice of Motion (11.2):
“That Council requests that the Chief Executive Officer investigate options for changes to the planning framework to list smoking/cigar rooms, tobacconists, vape shops and other outlets whose primary purpose of the premises is where tobacco, e-cigarettes and other products to be used for smoking are offered for sale or consumed as uses that are limited in future developments, and that a report on the outcomes of the investigation be presented to Council at the December 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting.”
I am pleased that Council supported my motion 9 votes to 1.
10.3.1 Network Renewal Undergrounding Program Pilot (NRUPP)
The following motion was unanimously supported.
1. Supports, in principle, the City progressing the Network Renewal Underground Power (NRUP) program, as provided by Western Power for the areas identified in the City of Bayswater.
2. Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to:
(a) Negotiate the terms and conditions of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Bayswater and Western Power for the purposes of progressing the NRUP Program in the City of Bayswater;
(b) Include provisions in the Memorandum of Understanding that enable the City of Bayswater to not proceed with the project should financial modelling deem it to be financially undesirable; and
(c) Enter into the Memorandum of Understanding.
3. Extends the deadline for reporting back to Council on the undergrounding of power along arterial roads (as required by Council resolution of Item 11.1 of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 25 January 2022) from December 2022 to April 2023.”
Limb 3 being result of a motion that I brought to Council earlier this year.
City of Bayswater Ward Review
As mentioned in one of my previous reports, the Minister for Local Government has set out the proposed Local Government Reforms giving LGs the option of Voluntary or Involuntary Pathways.
At a Special meeting of Council we adopted the Voluntary pathway and have selected to reduce Councillor numbers by one at the next election and have the election on the Mayor by Direct Vote, with 2025 seeing Councillor numbers reduce by a further two positions.
As part of the reforms and reduction in Councillor numbers we have to undertake a Ward review as if the City continues to have Wards they must be within 10% + or – equal distribution of electors to Councillors.
The Ward review is currently underway and it is very important that electors have their say. There are 4 options presented. 1. No wards, 2. Two Wards and 3 & 4 are retaining the four ward system but two different options as to the boundary realignment for South Ward.
The City is seeking community feedback as part of local government reforms proposed by Minister for Local Government, the Hon John Carey MLA.
A discussion document presents options for public comment, including reducing or removing the ward system, or retaining the current structure with ward boundary adjustments.
A copy of the discussion document and survey can be found online at Engage Bayswater: https://engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au/ward-boundary-review
Hard copies are also available at the Civic Centre or the City's libraries.
Feedback closes 15 December.
Have your say at http://ow.ly/x2FE50LnwMB
Tree Planting Day in the City of Bayswater
We have had a very successful tree planting season this year with 3,012 trees planted! To put that into context, that is roughly the same amount that we planted over the 2020 and 2021 planting seasons combined!
As a further commitment to greening our City, the Officers have placed orders for next planting season for 5,000 trees.
Peninsula Farm Cafe
Danny and Tania Taylor have advised the National trust that the café opening has been postponed (to likely January 2023). This is in relation to trades and supply of materials.
Creative Maylands have completed an on the road mural in Roxy Lane as part of the Roxy Lane Revamp which has been funded by RAC WA Connecting Communities fund and the City of Bayswater Laneways Activation program.
It looks nice and bright, head down to have a look.
We're once again partnering with the State Government to bring KidSport funding to children aged 5-18 in our community. If your child is eligible, you could receive up to $150 to help with club registration fees.
Find out more at https://bit.ly/2ZjWQxK
Gibbney Reserve Redevelopment
The City of Bayswater is the first metropolitan Council to install a communications board to help children with disabilities, people who are non-verbal, or have other language barriers lead their own play.
Added as part of upgrades to Gibbney Reserve in Maylands, the board was developed with the help of Wanslea following a request from a local resident.
Using the symbols and icons on the board, children can point or gesture to emotions that describe how they are feeling or to different playground elements and lead their parent or caregiver in the type of play they want.
Other accessible additions to the park include a basket swing, harness swing and wheelchair accessible carousel,
A new nature play zone features an adventure slide with boulder steps, climbing logs and a carved log sculpture of yoorn – the Noongar name for Bobtail.
The City worked with Activ Foundation and students from Maylands Peninsula Primary School to plant more than 200 trees and over 6,500 native plants around the space.
Other upgrades include a sheltered accessible barbecue area, shaded exercise station, accessible connecting pathways, seating and grass picnic areas. There is also a large area that has been left grassed and has been identified as a future playspace expansion area.
The upgrades were made possible through $252,000 in funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Low-Cost Urban Traffic Management
The City has secured funding from Main Roads WA to help fund the design and implementation of traffic calming treatments across the City of Bayswater.
It is important that people who live and work in these areas can share their experience in relation to traffic issues in their local neighbourhood. We want to embed this knowledge in the design process, for a traffic plan to address local issues.
The Low Cost Urban Road Safety Program from Main Roads aims to improve safety for local communities. Successful treatments in other metropolitan areas have been installed to reduce speed, number and severity of crashes, and to create safer walking and cycling environments.
Two areas for Maylands are open for input, please head here to have your say: https://engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au/bayswater-and-embleton-traffic-management