Monthly Report - September 2022
Council meeting 20 September 2022
Some items on the current Council Agenda that may be of interest.
Notice of Motion by Cr Giorgia Jonson - 11.1
“That the City investigates differential rates and specified area rates for consideration during the 2023/24 budget process.”
Notice of Motion by the Mayor, Cr Filomena Piffaretti – 11.4
1. Notes the final LG Reform proposals announced by the Minister for Local
Government in July 2022;
2. Adopts the ‘direct election’ method of filling the office of Mayor, to take effect at the 2023 Ordinary Council Elections;
3. Directs the Chief Executive Officer to conduct a ward boundary and representation review for the City of Bayswater, having regard to:
(a) The final local government reform proposals announced by the Minister for Local Government in July 2022, which will require the City of Bayswater Council to reduce the total number of Elected Members from 11 to nine (with no more than eight elected Councillors and one directly elected Mayor);
(b) Any reduction in the number of elected member positions, as required by the final local government reform proposals announced by the Minister for Local Government in July 2022, being phased-in over two stages across the 2023 and 2025 Ordinary Council Elections; and
(c) The requirement for the submission of any proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board to be made prior to the end of January 2023, so that it may be considered and in place in time for the 2023 Ordinary Council Election.”
As MRRA members may be aware, the City of Bayswater must reduce the number of Councillors from 11 to 9 (8 Crs and one directly elected Mayor), this is also likely to increase the size of South Ward from 9,587 electors to approximately 12,200 electors – this would occur by reducing the size of another ward, likely West Ward.
The Minister will be presenting the draft Bill to parliament in the first quarter of next year.
10.4.4 Proposed Refurbishment and Additions to Maylands Peninsula Golf Course and Clubrooms at R33966 Lot 12530, 15 Swan Bank Road, Maylands.
Community Planting Days in the City of Bayswater
The planting days have been completed for this season with over 25,000 native plants put in the ground by our amazing volunteers and City staff. Well done all!
The City is currently finalising the community engagement outcomes report with the consultants. A copy of the document will be provided to the Community Reference Group (CRG) to confirm it represents their feedback. Once the CRG have reviewed the report it, a copy will be shown to the Councillors.
Once the community engagement outcomes report has been received by Councillors finalisation of the feasibility report and business case will be completed and presented to Council. It is anticipated that these works will be finalised by the end of the year.
Better Bayswater Grants
The City is offering a second round of Better Bayswater Grant funding for 2022 for community groups, individuals and sporting clubs, who can apply between 1 and 30 September for up to $5,000 in funding towards initiatives that seek to improve community wellbeing or address social issues in the City.
For more information: https://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/grants
Maylands Interpretive Centre
A big welcome to SUP TONIC AUSTRALIA and their new home at the Maylands Interpretive Centre (on Tranby Reserve).
SUP Tonic will be offering various paddle boarding options, including private lessons, Pups on Sups, stand up paddle hire and more. You can find more details via this link: http://suptonic.com.au/packages/.
Other activities for people to try:
- It’s Hip To Be Square! Crochet Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/570042110578169/?ref=share
- Buying simple tea and coffee, and enjoy the beautiful river views. Or also play some board games - supplied on site.
- Grubs Up! – Homemade soup to warm your heart and soul.
The activation of the Maylands foreshore and our river is part of an overall vision of having strong community recreation options on Maylands Peninsula - as envisioned by previous Mayor Alma Venville, it is also one of the reasons I put forward to award the lease of this property to SUP tonic.
The City has provided an update on the outputs of the dredging program. GHD were engaged to provide a technical assessment of the dredging undertaken, in order to:
• sample survey the dredging areas pre- and post-dredging;
• identify changes attributable to the dredging; and
• conclude on the overall effectiveness of the dredging.
GHD have provided their report to the City, and concluded the overall objectives of the program appear to have been substantially achieved, as follows:
• Completion of dredging in the identified priority area;
• More than half the available nutrients in the target area have been removed (an estimated 59% of total organic compounds, totalling approximately 17 tonnes); and
• Dredging was significantly more successful than the Lake Bungana dredging works, recovering approximately 187m3 vs 56m3 of dewatered silt.
It is anticipated the removal of nutrients via dredging will work in concert with the other long-term water quality initiatives (mechanical mixers and solar powered ultrasonic units) to progressively reduce eutrophication, algal blooms and midge production over time.
The limestone from the dredging laydown pad is being reused to create paths in natural areas in the City. The first path has been completed at Maylands Samphire's recently and the remaining limestone will be removed in coming weeks to create a path in Lightning Swamp Bushland.
A copy of the full GHD report has been uploaded on this project's Engage Bayswater webpage: https://engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au/maylands-lakes
Roxy Lane Community Garden
I’m pleased to report that after speaking with both groups and arranging a meeting for them (I did not attend the meeting) both the Garden and Theatre groups have had the meeting and have agreed to work together to develop a Users Agreement between both parties.
City of Bayswater Libraries
The City has launched its new library app called "City of Bayswater libraries”
· check out items next time you visit, discover new releases, manage holds and loans for the whole family
· download e-books, stream movies and music, register for events, stay up to date with the latest news
Not yet a member of the library? Use the app to join online. Download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. For more information on the available apps, head to: https://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/arts-and-leisure/libraries/e-library-and-catalogue
City of Bayswater Art Awards
Calling all artists! Entries into the City of Bayswater’s Community Art Awards for 2022 open soon
From watercolours and acrylics, to sculpture and printmaking.
Enter across 10 categories to win up to $5,000.
· City of Bayswater Open Award
· Highly Commended
· City of Bayswater Resident Award
· Sculpture Award
· Photography Award
· Ellis House Member Award
· High School Award
· Primary School Award
· People’s Choice Award
· Local Wadjuk Acquisition Award
Entries open Monday 5 September. For more, visit: http://ow.ly/98qj50Kfwgt
Peninsula Farm Cafe
Welcome to Danny and Tania Taylor! Both residents of Maylands, Danny and Tania have a passion for sustainability, tasty nourishing food, delicious coffee, local produce, as well as exceptional customer care.
They are also Founders of Perth’s iconic BODHI Day Spa Group and will be bringing some wellness to the café. The café is scheduled to open in October/November this year.
City of Bayswater Skatepark
The new Skate and BMX park located at Wotton Reserve in Embleton is on track to open up in October/November.