Following is a summary of resolutions from the Ordinary Council meeting of Tuesday 31 October 2023. NB: it is not a full record of resolutions.
Lord Mayoral Minutes
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the City of Newcastle
A Lord Mayoral Minute was supported that recommits to the 1998 Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the City of Newcastle, noting that 53% of Newcastle residents voted ‘Yes’ to constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a Voice to Parliament, with Newcastle receiving the highest ‘Yes’ vote outside of a capital city.
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
A Lord Mayoral Minute was unanimously supported that acknowledges the work of the Royal Commission over the last four years with the release of the Report of the Disability Royal Commission and commits to the continued implementation of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan over the next two years.
New Annual success
A Lord Mayoral Minute was unanimously supported that noted the recent conclusion of the highly successful New Annual, Newcastle’s flagship arts and cultural festival and recognises New Annual’s success over the last three years in attracting 95,000 visitors.
Authorisation for signing of the financial statements
Council received the draft Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2023 and unanimously voted to authorise the signing of City of Newcastle’s statements by Councillors and Management as required.
Tabling of Register of Disclosures of Interest annual report
Council noted the tabling of the Register of Disclosures of Interest for the financial year 2022/2023 by the Chief Executive Officer.
Adoption of Newcastle Environment Strategy
Council voted to adopt the Newcastle Environment Strategy 2023, repealing and replacing the Newcastle Environmental Management Strategy 2013.
Conservation agreement for Black Hill wetland
Council unanimously voted to endorse the establishment of a Conservation Agreement over 185D Lenaghans Drive, Black Hill.
Draft Newcastle City Centre Heritage Conservation Areas Review report
Council unanimously voted to exhibit for a minimum of 28 days the Draft Newcastle City Centre Heritage Conservation Areas Review Report, which recommends ways to preserve and protect the cultural heritage in the Newcastle City Centre.
Adamstown Park Masterplan
Council unanimously voted to adopt the Adamstown Park Masterplan, which has been developed to guide the future vision and renewal of the precinct over the next 15 years.
Adoption of Crown Land Plan of Management 2023 and application to the Minister
Council voted to adopt the Crown Land Plan of Management 2023 following public exhibition and endorsement by Crown Lands, and to make an application to the Minister for Local Government for consent to grant a lease as per the Local Government Act following the CEO’s decision to award a tender for the operation of City of Newcastle’s inland swimming pools.
Draft Council Property Lease and Licence Policy
Council unanimously voted to place the Draft Council Property Lease and Licence Policy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days. It would establish a framework for optimal use and utilisation of Council Property based on community need, equitable access, and affordability.
Newcastle Show Day 2024
Council voted to make an application to the Minister for Industrial Relations seeking the proclamation of Show Day for Friday 1 March 2024 as a Local Public Holiday, and if that is not approved by the Minister, request their approval for it to be proclaimed a Local Event Day as set out in the Public Holidays Act 2010 (NSW).
Release of easement at New Lambton Heights
Council unanimously voted to support the request to release an existing easement for drainage and create an easement to drain water at 13 Grandview Road, New Lambton Heights.
Public positive covenants in Lambton
Council unanimously voted to support the release of the two public positive covenants currently burdening 79A Young Road, Lambton.
Major events update
Council voted to support City of Newcastle’s commitment to attracting and hosting major events, as well as an amendment to prioritising universally accessible experiences for every person, for every event. Council also voted to support Cessnock City Council’s effort to retain Supercars in the Hunter with the proposed Wine Country 500.
Executive monthly performance report
Council received the Executive Monthly Performance Report for September 2023.
Cell 9 stage 2 upper batter contract
Council unanimously voted to accept a tender for the construction of the Cell 9 Stage 2 upper batter component of the Cell 9 landfill at Summerhill Waste Management Centre.
Notices of Motion
Hillcrest Tennis Club
Council unanimously supported a notice of motion that congratulated the Hillcrest Tennis Club, Mayfield on celebrating its 85th anniversary and committed to the protection of the Hillcrest Tennis Courts and continued partnership with Tennis NSW and the Tennis Club in the development of a Tennis Strategy as an action of the 10-year Strategic Sports Plan.
Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund
Council unanimously supported a notice of motion that called on the NSW Government to restore the Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund, noting the fund had minimal impact on the State Budget, but provided significant benefits and assurance to the redevelopment and revitalisation of Inner-City Newcastle.
Community preparations to ensure a safer summer
Council unanimously supported a notice of motion that intends to ensure the safety of the community during the upcoming summer season and empowers residents with the knowledge and resources necessary to protect themselves, their families, and properties from the potential risks and threats posed by heatwaves, bushfires, and storm activity.
Recognition of carers
Council unanimously supported a notice of motion that recognises the contribution of informal and family carers in caring for loved ones across our community and supports the creation of a national carer advisory body to provide advice on the development and implementation of a National Carer Strategy.