MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR | 26 JUNE 2020
It has been a busy month for Council, where we have been focussing on engaging with our community on many issues.
One of the key outcomes from the June meeting was about the future of the Pinks Beach RV Park. There is no doubt there was some robust debate about this topic, with opinions divided about whether to re-open the facility, or keep it permanently closed. We undertook our first poll on Facebook as well as accepting votes and feedback through our website. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated. Due to the volume of feedback you gave us, we have developed a comprehensive community engagement report which you can find on our website.
Ultimately, the decision we came to was a risk based one, with the view to making the location safe for all users and not impede those who live close-by or those who use the area to access the beach. Accordingly, Council has decided to revert the location back to a public toilet, carpark and beach access facility only.
However, Council recognises the value that free long-term RV camping has to the visitor economy and that it is a drawcard to another category of traveller. We will therefore investigate the suitability of a facility on Council owned property adjacent to Cooke Street. We inspected the area prior to the Council meeting and the potential to open this location up for self-contained travellers has significant potential. So, watch this space as we commence planning and engaging about a new long-term free camping facility for Kingston.
Council also adopted its 2020-2021 Annual Business Plan & Budget, new Public Art Framework, and community support program at the meeting.
We’ve been the recipient of a funding boost for our local road & community infrastructure projects through a federal government grant of $340k. Whilst Council has agreed on what it would like to allocate this money too, largely being an unsealed road boost and footpath connectivity project, this is still to be approved.
Council is partnering with Kingston SE Small Steps to promote Plastic Free July!Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. As individuals, families, businesses and community groups, we encourage you to get together and collect rubbish throughout the council area during July. You can dispose of your rubbish at specially marked bins at the council office so we can tally up just how much of a contribution we can make to helping the environment.
We are very proud of Kingston resident Tony Hutchison, being recognised and awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Queen's Birthday honours list. Tony’s immediate family, friends, Elected Members and Council staff joined me at a Mayoral reception last week to pay tribute to this achievement, which is in recognition of his significant service to amateur radio, particularly to satellite and space communication.
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