Council works on steroids

ABOVE: This man was NOT at the council meeting. Stock photo.

Susanna Freymark

Well, that has to be the shortest council meeting ever.

Kyogle Council’s July 11 meeting was done and dusted in just under half an hour.

I couldn’t attend in person and instead listened to the recording of the meeting. It isn’t quite the same and there were times the recording dropped out but here’s a summary if you don’t want to listen to the meeting.

Roads and other works

Mayor Kylie Thomas asked about the state of the Bentley Rd given many Kyogle residents use it regularly to get to and from work.

The Kyogle section of the road has no repair issues. Neighbouring councils Richmond Valley and Lismore City are responsible for their sections of Bentley Rd (which do have issues).

There is plenty to keep council busy.

Some of the projects on the to be completed list are Kyogle Rifle Range, Tabulam Hall, Mummulgum Hall, Tabulam Racecourse, Wiangaree Sports Ground Hall, Fairy Mount Land acquisition, Kyogle Mountain Bike Trails, Old Bonalbo Reserve and many more.

Check out the full list here.

Managing flying foxes

The Kyogle Flying Fox Camp Management Plan is for Fawcetts Creek north of Kyogle town. The plan aims to reduce conflicts between humans and the flying fox camp.

At the meeting there was a discussion about what trees would be removed.

The large camphor trees hanging over the caravan park were dangerous and would be removed, general manager Graham Kennett said.

Read the plan here

Water for Tabby

Plans are afoot for a reticulated water supply for the village of Tabulam.

Mr Kennett said council needed to acquire land so they could apply for funding for construction of a water supply system.

Council was going to approach the landowner who had 4-5 hectares at the top of the hill in Tabulam as this would be an ideal place.

The scoping study for the Tabulam Water Supply can be read here.

Grants for flood recovery

The State Government has given council $2 million of flood recovery money.

This is how the money will be spent:

$500,000 for the Fairy Mount Community Recreation Precinct Activation

$250,000 for a Community Recovery Grants Program

$500,000 for the Community Place Management Project

$500,000 for the Critical Open Space Upgrades project

$250,000 for Community Asset Business and Management/Marketing Plans

Plus there is $375,000 for the Dogs and Cats Living Together project came from a different pool.

Councillor James Murray asked about the funding allocation for the Bonalbo tennis court and rec grounds.

“Does any of that go to (fixing) the scouring from the creek,” Cr Murray asked.

Mr Kennett said there was no government funding for river restoration.

Listen to the council meeting here

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