COUNCIL FAMILIARITY TOUR with FORUM

The recent  one hour bus tour with Council Directors, GeneralManger, Mayor and Councillors was an excellent opportunity to bring to the attention of Council a number of issues in the best way possible. This was a great opportunity to have those who make decisions or have managerial and operational responsibility see sites and issues for themselves, just as the town walk last year helped ensure the Street scape was to be completed in one continuous stage.

Below this notice is a link to the booklet Forum presented to all the tourists at the end of the tour.

 ITINERARY -MAIN MATTERS:

MURALS – Proposed Community Project – Town Centre Revitalisation. Forum announced to Council that Forum is in the process of writing a proposal and applying for a grant for a community hands-on project to further enhance the town centre. Murals with the theme our history, our heritage are to be installed along the metal fence bounding the Peace Park and the bakery. It is envisioned that this project will be under the guidance and advice of recognised local artists, individuals experienced in this type of artistic project and realised through the assistance and work, in kind, by local schools, clubs and groups.

STREETSCAPE – the need to have the excellent paving in Jacobs Drive to continue through driveways to complete the excellent works in the manner that the Community expects.

CINEMA – It was requested that Council consider repainting of this Council property to further revitalise the town centre.

SUSSEX BEACH– The total vegetative obstruction of the iconic view of coastline from the public lookout at Sussex (Cudmirrah) Beach  at the Surf Club was experienced by the tourists and the inability to view the beach to the right from the platform/ lookout position is a concern to the community with tourism the mainstay of our economy and so was brought to the attention of Council.

DOGS OFF LEASH CAMPAIGN – SUSSEX/CUDMIRRAH BEACH -The stretch of Cudmirrah Beach identified in the Community’s Proposed Unlimited Dogs Off Leash Beach area trial was shown from Sussex Beach. Forum has long lobbied Council for an off leash area on the beach and supported the Red Bandanna Dogs who took up the banner.

On 26th June, 2018, The Red Bandanna Dogs Campaign, a motion to Council by Deputy Mayor, Patricia White and the supporting vote of a majority of Councillors has successfully resulted in a trial to be undertaken on a section of the beach. The timing of the trial is yet to be announced.

CUDMIRRAH and BERRARA – LOOKOUTS and RESERVES – The Council tourists were taken to the headland lookouts and enjoyed the magnificent views and watching the whale that appeared – on cue-at Third Avenue Lookout. The general amenity of the reserves, and construction, safety and maintenance of the lookouts were inspected.

ACCESS FOR ALL – the suitability for, and the possibility of, Third Avenue Reserve to be developed and upgraded to be not only beach access and a Whale Watching Lookout or viewing platform, but an inclusive passive recreation, picnic and playground reserve , accessible to all was presented to the Council.

ALL THIS IN JUST ONE HOUR ! – so we presented all the Council tourists with a booklet to remind them of the tour. A link to the document follows:

Cover Page Council Tour 15.6.18          SUSSEX Tour June 2018 -Summary 

– Footpaths, Cycle ways and Shared Pathways Sussex Inlet & District 2018 now lodged with Council

Link to Document below

This draft document is a result of the Sussex Inlet & Districts Strategic Action Plan 2015-2030 recognising the need for an improved network of shared pathways to better link the district.

The Action Plan identified that with an ageing population needing better and safer access to services and amenity, particularly for those using mobility scooters and wheel chairs, as well as improved safety and access to school for students and parents on foot.

Consistent with Government and Council belief, The Action Plan also identified the integration and connection of a cycling network will lead to the creation of safe and accessible travel routes that will improve the liveability, sustainability and tourism [potential of the district while in turn encourage people of all ages to use bikes for everyday transport and enjoyment.

Take time to read and consider the document.

The document was  the main Agenda item at the  Monday 20 August  Forum meeting. At this and further meetings the document was reviewed and updated. The posted document has now been lodged with Shoalhaven City Council, relevant Department and staff for their reference. The document is a living document and as such will be reviewed and added to as required through consultation with Council and the Community

To access  document and plans click this link.

Footpaths Cycleways DocumentV4

SUSSEX RISE TO SEABERRY STREET SHARED PATHWAY

The shared pathway being constructed by the Sussex Rise Developer looks great- our Sussex Seabridge.

When completed this will be another safe link creating connectivity for our community.

The pathway between Hastings Street in Sussex Rise and Seaberry Street will lead onto Thomson Street Complex pathway, the pool, the school and beyond.

 Pathway Under Construction

NEW TOILET FACILITIES FOR CUDMIRRAH AND CHRIS CREEK

NEW TOILET FACILITIES FOR CHRIS CREEK AND CUDMIRRAH

 

Fast Tracking for CUDMIRRAH – Errol Bond Reserve New Toilet Facility

Construction to begin in November 2018.

 

CONSULTATION and SITE INSPECTION with COUNCIL

Pictured are Forum representatives with  , Council staff Damien Leahy on site at Errol Bond Reserve, Cudmirrah,

 

Vice Chairperson, Kerry Howes reported to the April Meeting that the committee had a second on site meeting with Council staff regarding the proposed siting new toilet facilities at Chris Creek and Errol Bond Reserve, Cudmirrah.

 

Both toilets will be unisex and would be of the same design as at Swan Lake.

 

Council had conditions regarding availability and proximity of electricity for lighting and water and sewerage lines and network. Therefore Council’s preferred site at Chris Creek was near the road where the path turns onto the reserve. Kerry showed photos of this site. Forum Committee concurred with this decision, however, nearby property owners have yet to be consulted. The other possible site would be near the trees by water where the portable toilet has been placed. This facility is planned to be constructed in the near future before Council’s Chris Creek crossing and pathway project is begun.

 

At Errol Bond Reserve, Cudmirrah, the same requirements had been considered and Council’s preferred site was in a clear site by a large tree under the hill near where the entrance road turns into the car park.

Both toilets will be unisex and would be of the same design as at Swan Lake.

This facility was to be in the 19/20 budget and is on priority list. The male toilet has been decommissioned and the remaining existing toilet has been configured as a unisex toilet. Anyone using the facility can actually lock the entrance door once inside.

 

Forum has requested that Council fast track the new replacement facility at Errol Bond Reserve, Cudmirrah, because there are community concerns for personal safety of children, in particular, that could arise due to the reconfiguration and design of the one remaining toilet building at the reserve.

Result:

ERROL BOND RESERVE CUDMIRRAH – CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITY TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 2018.