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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 E: email@example.com T: 8935 9922 (24-hour line) W: PALMERSTON.NT.GOV.AU COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Meeting: 5.30pm Public forum: 5pm (have a chat to your Elected Members) Council Chambers: Level 1, Civic Plaza, 1 Chung Wah Tce Community to help develop Rating Strategy City of Palmerston is calling on community members to join a Community Reference Group to assist in the development of the Citys first Rating Strategy. The City of Palmerston Rating Strategy will: Determine a fair method of raising revenue from rates. Ensure that the money raised through rating property owners, in conjunction with other income sources, will guarantee the long-term financial sustainability of the Council; and Ensure that Council has sufficient measures in place to support community groups, pensioners and those suffering from hardship. City of Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell, said the Community Reference Group would inform a Rating Strategy that will provide certainty for the community over the next 10 years. The community has sent Council a clear message that they want to be more engaged in Councils decision-making and we have listened. Working with Council staff, the Group will play an important role, providing ideas and feedback to ensure we develop a Rating Strategy that will deliver fair outcomes for our community. To ensure there is appropriate representation from all areas within the Municipality, we are calling for representatives from each suburb, including our industrial areas, Pinelands and Yarrawonga, she said. Applications are sought from residents and ratepayers of Palmerston who have a special interest in the future of our growing city and ensuring sustainable outcomes for the community. Having a variety of representatives from across the community will ensure their invaluable insights are appropriately considered and will assist Council in the successful delivery of a Strategy that will lead our decision-making for the next 10 years, Mayor Pascoe-Bell added. Successful nominees are expected to attend four facilitated evening meetings held in late September, mid October and early December 2018. Following this, the developed draft Rating Strategy will be made available for public consultation prior to its adoption by Council. To be involved in the Community Reference Group or for more information, visit www.palmerston.nt.gov.au. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018. Community Reference Group Meeting Dates 6.00pm Thursday 20 September 2018 6.00pm Thursday 27 September 2018 6.00pm Wednesday 17 October 2018 6.00pm Thursday 6 December 2018 Residents to plant the way in Palmerston Palmerston residents will soon be able to plant fruit and vegetables in sections of local parks and reserves, following the release of Councils draft Edible Pocket Garden Policy for public comment. There are many positive aspects to having this smaller style of share-gardening: it increases the amount of fresh produce freely available to the community and creates opportunities for those that may not otherwise have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, said City of Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell. This style of gardening allows members of the community to engage in gardening activities when they may not normally have the space, and it encourages them to get involved in environmental sustainability, as well as increasing green spaces throughout Palmerston, she said. Council has created a draft policy with some very simple guidelines that will allow residents to nominate a location in their local park or a reserve to plant edible plants or trees. We are currently asking residents to provide suggestions for improvements or ideas for inclusion on this policy, so we can implement this project. Once established, the produce will be freely available to all; with the plant or tree to be maintained by the responsible resident. It is an initiative that is completely led by the community, said Mayor Pascoe-Bell. The draft Edible Pocket Garden policy and details on how to submit your feedback may be viewed online at www.palmerston.nt.gov.au Submissions close 5pm, Tuesday 4 September 2018. MAKING THE SWITCH Council recently announced local Palmerston company, Class A Energy Solutions, as the contractor for the design and construction of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels for the City of Palmerston Library, following a competitive tender process. Over 300 PV panels will be installed, with an anticipated reduction cost in power for the facility by 33%. The project is anticipated to be operational by the end of September and is the first stage of an ongoing solar and renewal energy program to be rolled out across a number of Council facilities. Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell, NC Electrical & Air-Conditioning Director, Neill Carberry and Class A Energy Solutions Managing Director, Miles Ratcliff. FREE outdoor movies Saturdays Goyder Square MOVIES START: 7pm 25 August: ET 1 Sept: Spirited Away LINE UP FREE LIVE MUSIC FORTNIGHTLY SUNDAYS Goyder SquarE Each session: 5-7.30pm 26 August The Groove Factor 9 September Jigsaw Collective Elected Members Palmerston Market Stall Friday 31 August 5.30-9pm Bring your friends, children, colleagues. Meet new people and connect with familiar faces. Saturday 25 August 4-6PM Sunday 2 September 8-10am Father Gerry Remie Park (Flynn Cct, BELLAMACK) FREE healthy breakfast & activities NT Sand Cards (make your own Fathers Day card),Petting Zoo, National Asthma Awareness Week information FREE FITNESS SESSIONS AT GOYDER SQUARE Every Wednesday until 3 Oct Bring a mat, towel and water bottle Every THURSDAY until 4 Oct Bring a water bottle and soft soul footwear Sessions: 6-7pm Silent Auction - Excess Materials Council Depot Open to Palmerston not-for-profit organisations and community groups. A variety of items are available. For detailed information, including inspection dates, visit www.palmerston.nt.gov.au I CITY OF PALMERSTON I ..:...;;,~~nrr-=-~ --..... REPORTING lS ISSUES 11;- COUNCIL city of PALMERS TON