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Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:31 PM
Category: General Announcements
Posted by: Site Administrator

Date: Mon 4th September 2017
Time: 7pm-9pm
Place: Prince Henry Centre

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:01 AM
Category: General Announcements
Posted by: Site Administrator

Date: Wed 23 Aug, 2017
Time: 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Place: Bowen Library

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 06:53 PM
Category: General Announcements
Posted by: Site Administrator

Agenda for August Meeting.

CMS - 1.12 - Pohnpei
 

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:34 AM

March minutes and April agenda


Minutes of March meeting and agenda for April Meeting.

Category: General Announcements
Posted by: Site Administrator

Dear Residents,

Please be reminded that we will be holding our monthly meeting at 7pm today, 3rd April 2017 at Prince Henry Centre.  Minutes of our March meeting [06 Mar 2017 minutes] and agenda for tonight's meeting [04 Apr 2017 agenda] are up on our meetings page.  I would like to say a bit more about the two items on the agenda.

Botany Cemetery Expansion into Bumborah Point

You will recall we made a submission against the Botany Cemetery expansions proposal [28 Feb 2017 submission] essentially on the grounds that Bumborah Point being the best part of Bicentennial Park should be retained for the use of the living community in preference to catering for the needs of the dead. 

Council did not accept our submission.  However as it was not clear why in-principle approval should be given at this stage without looking further into the merits of the proposal, the matter was deferred pending further consultation.  This was done by way of an amended resolution.

However a rescission motion was considered at the last Council meeting, to rescind the amended resolution and revert to the original motion to grant in-principle approval.  We made a further submission [28 Mar 2017 submission] arguing for the consultation to occur, and that the resident community (precinct) be be included as a stake holder.

In addition to reiterating our concerns and objection to the expansion proposal, we said that a case has to be made by the Land Council that Bumborah Point is the only suitable place to site an Aboriginal Cemetery from Watson's Bay in the north to Helensburgh in the south, and from the eastern coastline to the Sutherland and suburbs of the inner west,being the area covered by the Land Council.

We also said that a case has to be made by the Cemeteries Trust as to the value to the community of expanding Botany Cemetery into Bumborah Point over other areas and pointed out that it costs $9,200 per standard burial plot at Woronora compared to $13,200 Botany.

We also said that the development of the coastal walkway around Bumborah Point provides an excellent opportunity for the point  itself to be remediated and protected for community use as a recreational amenity given its commanding position and view of the area.

The rescission motion was defeated.  There was due to be a Councillor briefing on Tue 04 Apr to consider detailed information as to the merits of the proposal.  However, there is an article that appeared on Sydney Morning Herald [30 Mar 2017 article] that appears to suggest that expansion proposal has been given the green light.  It is possible the Councillor briefing on Tuesday will simply rubber stamp the expansion proposal.

Precinct Challenges - Community Consultation

In making the submission against the cemetery expansion proposal, spoke as the precinct representative, as representing the "resident community".  A councillor appear to question this and asked how many attend our precinct meetings.

I responded to the effect that numbers go up and down depending on a number of factors, including weather and that I take into account the much larger portion of the La Perouse precinct community that communicates by email.  I sensed this was not well received.

This begs the question as to what the distinction is between those who attend meetings in person and those who interact by other means, e.g. through online participation.  We need to look at the future of the community consultation process being adopted by Council and how we want to be part of that process.

I must say the message coming from Council is not clear.  In the case of Kensington West Kingsford precinct where attendance numbers are large (in the order of 40 at precinct meetings) Council is desirous of setting up an alternate virtual online precinct in a parallel universe, but in the case of La Perouse precinct, it appears that our submission in this instance is not being received well because the meeting was not well attended.

We will discuss more on the two issues above at the meeting tonight.  Your attendance is important considering the issues so that the precinct position can be articulated clearly and authoritatively to Council.

See you all at the meeting tonight.

Kind regards,

Jayasooriah
Chairperson

 

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