OUTCOME OF NOVEMBER 8TH 2016 COUNCIL MEETING
A quick update on matters of interest to Northfield Ward, as I see it, now the minutes are out.
ITEM 12.1.2 NEW COUNCIL POLICY – GRANTS AND SPONSORSHIPS
The new policy was passed with no comment.
ITEM 12.1.3 GRANT FUNDING – FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS
Council agreed to assist in writing the application for new changerooms in the Edward Smith and LJ Lewis Reserve Precinct under the State Government’s Female Changeroom Grants Scheme.
NOTE: I declared I am a member of the Greenacres FC, but do not believe I have a conflict of interest and stayed in the chamber and voted for the motion.
ITEM 12.1.4 BIO-COMPOSTABLE BAGS
Replacement bio-bags will now cost $10 per roll, as recommended, down from $19.45.
ITEM 12.2.2 PARKING CONTROL WAYS ROAD, HAMPSTEAD GARDENS
The 2 hour parking controls outside the shops at 19 Ways Road, Hampstead Gardens, will be removed, at last.
12.2.7 DRAFT ROAD MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR FOSTERS ROAD
This was probably the longest debate of the night.
Due to our busy schedules, the three ward Councillors had not had time to sit down to work out what we thought of the Council staff’s reaction to DPTI’s (State Government) Draft Management Plan for Fosters Road.
However, during the debate, it became obvious that not only did we all agree the staff had the same opinions as us on the draft plan’s, ah, limitations, but that we also agreed that more needed to be done, and what that was.
Accordingly, after Cr Osborn had originally moved the staff recommendation, I asked him to add the details that Council at my behest had already been asking for, for many years, namely, lights at the North East Road and Fosters Road intersection, and a pedestrian operated crossing in the most suitable location on Fosters Road.
Cr Osborn sort of agreed, but cleverly, changed my words to include more than one crossing, and then Council staff chipped in, asking that their suggestion that the Fosters/Sir Ross Smith/Folland intersection be signalised, be added in, so this was added in too.
The final motion read:
Cr. Osborn moved that Council resolves the following:
1. The Director Technical Services’ report titled “Draft Road Management Plan for Fosters Road” be received and noted. 2. Council Administration provides Technical feedback as outlined below to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) for their consideration and continues to lobby DPTI to upgrade Fosters Road, especially the intersections with North East Road and Sir Ross Smith Boulevard / Folland Avenue. 3. Council support a signalised intersection at the corner of Fosters Road and North East Road and pedestrian activated crossings at appropriate locations.
Cr. Hubycz seconded CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Bit of teamwork there.
I firmly believe now that with the projected increases in traffic, especially at the roundabout corner, and the dangers to pedestrians trying to cross, that DPTI will need to budget around $15M to fix Fosters Road with two sets of traffic lights, multiple roundabouts, a redesign at the southern end and landscaping throughout to slow the traffic down and make it safe for pedestrians.
What do you think?
I have an entire page devoted to this on this site –
which will updated with my full thoughts soon.
I will be distributing a special leaflet to suburbs either side of Fosters Road later this month asking for people to supply feedback to DPTI on their feeble and misguided effort on this one, and I hope for their next attempt at this, we get something that matches community expectations.
ITEM 12.2.13 GOLF COURSE REVIEW
Council has agreed to looking at reviewing options for management of Council’s golf assets portfolio. This of course (no pun intended) includes our Valley View Par 3 course and the adjacent golf driving range.
ITEM 14.1 NOTICE OF MOTION – ADDITIONAL DOG PARKS – CR BASHAM
Council has agreed to investigate constructing an additional three dog parks across the city in the next financial year, with Klemzig Ward Councillors getting in on the action quickly writing to staff asking for one to be build at TK Shutter Reserve. I also received an email from a resident of Windsor Gardens to this effect.
ITEM 14.2 NOTICE OF MOTION – PARKING STIRLING ST, NORTHFIELD – CR BASHAM
Council agreed to look at fixing the parking issues when there are junior football games on at LJ Lewis Reserve, Northfield.
You can read the full minutes (minus the confidential bits of course) here:
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