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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Anna Greer

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Wagait Beach


v. 3 no. 14

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4 The Wagaitear, March 2014 MATELOT Phil Ill cut your grass Parker gardening, building maintenance or reapairs. Reasonable rates Phone: 8978 5372 or 0412 506 999 If unattended (or unheard) please leave a message and I will return your call. ABN 37 199 580 163 Council meeting wrap up By Jack Ellis Last months Wagait Shire Council meeting again tackled the thorny issue of possible amalgamation with the Belyuen Council. Belyuen was placed under NT Government management more than five years ago. Talks of a possible amalgamation with the Darwin City Council have not progressed, possibly because the Wagait Beach community showed little interest in joining. The matter was raised at the January council meeting when Local Government Department officer Lee Farrell suggested there could be discussions within the two communities that may lead to talks about a potential amalgamation. This led long-time local Fred Gillis to write to the council expressing his concerns. No consideration should be given to amalgamation without in-depth consultation with the community, Fred wrote. He followed up by addressing last months meeting. We probably need to hold a public meeting so people know whats going on and give their opinions, he said. Shire president Trish McIntyre said the council had every intention of taking all available options to the community. Nothing will be set in concrete without community consultation and the sooner the better, she said. Were putting the options together (but) we need to set a time frame on getting the information out there. If you can supply a rough draft of the options, Im happy with that, Fred responded. Peter Clee said the amalgamation issue again was being pushed by the Local Government Department. (The department) has used bullying tactics in the past, he said. If its not a win-win situation we dont want to do it. Lee said amalgamation should be explored rationally with consultation with the respective communities followed by talks between the two councils. Three local government ministers Elliot McAdam, Jack Ah Kit and Malandirri McCarthy all pledged not to force an amalgamation if the community rejected it. This undertaking was confirmed by the Country Liberals Member for Daly Gary Higgins after the change of government in 2012. Plans to apply for alcohol restrictions on the jetty and the surrounding foreshore will go ahead. There is a possibility that the 2-kilometre law could cover the area but councillors decided that the Licensing Commission restrictions would provide more certainty. The area has become a hotspot for itinerant drinkers since the Mandorah Beach Hotel closed last year. At last! Tenders have been called for the new car park at the jetty. Plans were finalised almost 12 months ago but costings and changes in personnel appear to have caused the delay. The shire council stands to make a quid from the work with the possibility of a small workers village being established near the council workshop. Chief executive Michael Campaign said one company was prepared to pay $1000 a week to put two temporary dongas on the site. Councillors voted to accept the new shire strategic plan that was tabled at the previous meeting. The 2013/14 2017/18 plan prepared by Michael with assistance from Lee is a comprehensive document showing planned actions and costings for the next four years. Unlike earlier council plans, this one can be read by mere mortals. Following the recent monsoon weather that caused considerable erosion along the beachfront and huge waves at the Mandorah jetty, Michael suggested a project to reinstate the Erickson Crescent boat ramp. The boat ramp at the jetty is absolutely stupid, he said. Its a wonder more people havent been injured. He suggested exploring the availability of grant money to fund the project. Earlier efforts to establish a ramp within the estate have failed, mainly due to most of the Wagait Beach being open to the north-westerly storms. Dump management was raised yet again with some residents continuing their stop and drop approach to refuse disposal rather than taking 20 seconds to put all their garbage in the pit. Recent rain has compounded the problem with the pit halffull with foul black liquid. A water resources team has been working in the area to monitor water quality and leaching. Less than a month after a decision was made on the long-running memorial garden project, work is underway. The rocks are almost in place, the aggregate has been delivered and the garden is taking shape. The donation box in the council office is there for voluntary contributions from those who use the printer or the fax machine. A recent count of the loot resulted in the bush fire brigade and the emergency service volunteers winding up with $216 each. Memorial garden progress out the front of the Community Centre

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