This Shoalhaven on the Move newsletter is the last issue under the current Council. Time has flown by fast and it has certainly been a successful four years. Council has achieved great things over this time and many of these are outlined in the newsletter.
The commitment to good governance and leadership has also seen the advancement of a number of strategic plans and polices over the past four years.
There has also been some difficult times, including the most recent two storm events to hit our area in the past year which has significantly impacted Council's infrastructure, facilities, beaches and waterways. What has been so pleasing to see is the resilience and dedication shown by the community when faced with these situations. There are many amazing stories of community members providing help and assistance to others during these times.
Council will continue to work for and serve the community into the future. Residents are encouraged to have their say in the upcoming elections and voice their opinion on who they would like to run Council.
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It has been a big start to the New Year, despite Council being found as "Fit for the Future" the NSW State Government announced a proposal for a merger between Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council.
State Government consultation on the merger proposal is now completed with the "delegate" appointed to provide a report on the merger proposal to the Minster for Local Government and Premier for decision.
Council attended the Public Inquiries in Nowra and Ulladulla and has made verbal and written submissions to the State Government opposing the proposed merger with Kiama.
Council has categorically resolved to oppose the merger and has made representations to the Minister for Local Government, the Delegate, local Members and the Premier.
It is not known what the outcome will be and despite facing this uncertain time, Council still needs to focus on "business as usual".
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Welcome to our first edition for 2016! With Christmas well and truly behind us already we would like to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of our residents a healthy and happy 2016.
The upcoming 12 months represents another very big year for Council.
Despite Council being found as “Fit for the Future” the NSW State Government has announced a proposal for a merger between Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council.
Consultation on the merger proposal has commenced and a “delegate” has been appointed to consult with both councils and the community during January & February. You are encouraged to view all the facts about the proposal on our website and to provide your input by either sending Council an email or letter.
For now it is “business as usual” and with so much happening around the Shoalhaven we have again tried to dedicate the newsletter to alerting the community to some of the good news stories happening throughout the area.
The organisation is working to open more major developments for the area including the Orion Beach
Pathway and Turpentine Road. Roadworks and footpath construction throughout the city are ongoing.
The new Nowra Pool waterslides are operating and design concepts are being developed for an inclusive play space in Mollymook.
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There are many ways in which you can do this and we have highlighted some opportunities where you can make a difference and help our City become an even more vibrant, colourful and healthy place to live.
I have a plaque on my office door which talks about what makes a healthy community – it lists optimism, problem solving, consensus building and collaboration to name a few. If it’s going to be, it’s up to all of us to play a part.
Maybe you know someone in your community who is already doing this? If so why not nominate them for an award? We are now combining the Australia Day and Shoalhaven medals awards into one City-wide event with the first ceremony to be held in Ulladulla next year. Nominations will open September. Stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime I look forward to seeing how getting involved changes your community for the better.
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13th April, 2015
The past quarter has represented an extremely busy period for Council.
Particularly pleasing has been the amount of grant funding the area has received over the last few months.
Since the start of 2015 the NSW State Government has provided $3.5 million for local waterways/boat infrastructure, $500,000 towards a meeting room at the Nowra Pool and $40,000 towards a community engagement program for the area’s Coastal Zone Management Plan.
This is on top of additional funding grants for two shared use pathways in Ulladulla and Milton as well as funding for the upgrade of bus shelters across the area.
Meanwhile it was fantastic to see the three levels of government combining to ensure major upgrade works on Flinders Road, South Nowra with the State Government contributing $3.1 million and Federal Government $2.95 million towards the project.
Council would not be able to undertake any of these major projects without the assistance of both the State and Federal Governments.
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18th December, 2014
With Christmas having already come and gone I would like to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy 2015.
With the Shoalhaven currently in the peak of holiday season I would again ask all local residents to remember the role tourism plays in the local economy.
It is vitally important that we all remain ambassadors for the area and ensure our visitors leave having enjoyed their time in the area and are looking forward to their next visit. While there has been a lot happening at Council, I would like to highlight the status report on audit results for the 2013/14 financial year which Council received late last year.
I was extremely pleased to see Council’s financial position improve across a number of key performance indicators from the previous financial year.
While the improved results are certainly welcomed, the organisation will continue its current review of services to ensure the organisation meets the criteria outlined in the NSW Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ package.
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14th October, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Shoalhaven News.
The last quarter has seen Council working closely with the community in launching the exciting Nowra Alive project. As part of the Nowra Alive project, Council has recently commenced work on the revitalisation of Egan's Lane following the completion of streetscape works in Berry Street.
While both projects will help in activating the CBD, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of planned activities. Watch this space!
It has also been pleasing to see the number of large development applications either recently approved or currently under assessment. The influx of large development applications is a sure sign of a growing confidence in the local area and will provide the City with ongoing economic and employment benefits.
As always, if residents have any concerns or an issue they would like to bring to my attention, they can do so by contacting me on 4429 3250 or emailing Jo.Gash@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.
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