Central Coast Council has requested an urgent meeting with relevant state government agencies, over controversial work to build a Train Maintenance Facility at Kangy Angy.
A it's meeting in Wyong tonight, the local government resolved to seek more information after Mayor Jane Smith put forward mayoral minute, due to ongoing concerns about the impacts the facility could have on the surrounding environment and landholders.
The resolution that passed was significantly watered down - Cr Smith had originally intended to ask the government to immediately stop all work on the facility.
Liberal Councillor Troy Marquart suggested this motion be removed, and amendment which Cr Smith accepted on the grounds Council gets the briefing it desires within two weeks.
Advisory Committee to tackle illegal dumping
The Mayor, three other Councillors, Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel, community stakeholders and independent experts will join forces in a new committee, to oversee solutions to the alleged illegal dumping of thousands of tonnes of waste at Mangrove Mountain and Spencer.
It was another Mayoral Minute hotly debated by councillors - Labor councillor for Wyong Kyle Macgregor moved an amendment that the Committee not include any current members or staff of Council that had oversight of alleged illegal dumping while part of the former Gosford Council.
“You don’t want the vampire running the blood bank,” Mr Macgregor said.
Cr Smith and Cr Marquart both spoke against this amendment over how vague it was, and how it might prevent the committee from accessing critical information.
Council eventually passed the motion, compromising that "the committee considers the membership of the committee taking into consideration any previous involvement of in alleged illegal dumping or waste activities at Spencer or Mangrove Mountain.”
Councillors get a pay rise
Central Coast Councillors will receive $28,950 a year with the Mayor to receive $113,280 and the Deputy Mayor $37,383.
The recommendation is consistent with the resolutions of other Councils of a similar size including Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Northern Beaches Councils.
Titles breed titles
Council has nominated Labor's Kyle Macgregor and Liberals Chris Burke as members of the Hunter Central Coast Joint Regional Planning panel.
The duo will now have a direct role is approving or rejecting Development Applications for our region that are more than $20 million in value, for the next three years.
Council held a minute's silence in recognition of the passing of former Gosford Councillor Bob Ward.